Yogananda was an Indian yogi and guru who introduced many
westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga. At the
age of 17, Yogananda became a disciple of Swami Sri Yukteswar
who expertly guided him along the spiritual path. After several
years of strict spiritual training, Yogananda was inspired to
travel to America. With the blessings of his Guru, Yogananda
travelled to the West, in order to share the spiritual
traditions of India and his own inner realizations.
Yogananda founded the Self Realization Fellowship. Yogananda
taught that although outer customs of religion may be different,
the underlying principles are the same. He also taught that the
essence of any religion and spiritual practice was the Love of
God and to realize the true nature of your own divine Self.
Yogananda also did much to show the underlying unity between
Hinduism and Christianity, and in doing so he helped bridge the gap
between East and West.
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