Paramahansa Yogananda was born Mukujda Lal Ghosh on 05th January 1893. He was an Indian Hindu monk, yogi, and guru who initiated the teachings of Meditation of Kriya Yoga. He was the first Indian monk to be hosted in the White House of the United States. He published his first book “Autobiography of Yogi” which was widely successful while it has been reprinted again and again at intervals.

“Many people may doubt that finding God is the purpose of life; but everyone can accept the idea that the purpose of life is to find happiness. I say that God is Happiness. He is Bliss. He is Love. He is Joy that will never go away from your soul. So why shouldn’t you try to acquire that Happiness? No one else can give it to you. You must continuously cultivate it yourself.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

He founded the non-profit religious organization in 1977 for teachings of “Self Realization” The science of “Kriya Yoga” is the foundation of Yogananda’s teachings. The purpose of life is happiness and happiness is a joy within yourself. You have to search within and not seek in the outside world. God is happiness and he is the joy that will never go from your soul. You have to cultivate it yourself.

“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

When you sit in the silence for deep meditation, you feel the ecstasy of joy bubbles up from within that is the ultimate purpose of life. The joy of meditation is overwhelming. The purpose is to unite with the Supreme by self-realization. Life aims to be free from the suffering of all Maya and to attain infinite bliss consciousness. His main objective being alive is to find himself. The sole meaning is to learn to break the records of attachments, desires, greed, jealousy, negation. The greatest sin is the ignorance of not knowing what life is all about. With the help of Kriya Yoga, one can ascend the six spinal centers, reinforcing the human consciousness progressively with greater heights.

“The man form is higher than the angel form; of all forms it is the highest. Man is the highest being in creation, because he aspires to freedom.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

We must not only know Intellectually but realize Spiritually, that one life pervades everything. All sous are a part of one Union. The purpose is to get away from the delusion of the material world.

“The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

We are in a dream state. The only way to woke up is to realize God as reality. We have to be awake, conscious, and aware of life. We came from God and our ultimate destination is God through Union of Yoga. He further says Chanting helps us to focus on our thought and awakens our love for God.

“Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

“Our painful experiences are not meant to destroy us, but to burn out our dross, to hurry us back Home. No one is more anxious for our release than God.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

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