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Paramahansa Yogananda

1893 - 1952

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Paramahansa Yogananda (born Mukunda Lal Ghosh; January 5, 1893 – March 7, 1952) was an Indian Hindu monk, yogi and guru who introduced millions to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his organization Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) / Yogoda Satsanga Society (YSS) of India, and who lived his last 32 years in America. A chief disciple of the Bengali yoga guru Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, he was sent by his lineage to spread the teachings of yoga to the West, to prove the unity between Eastern and Western religions and to preach a balance between Western material growth and Indian spirituality. His long-standing influence in the American yoga movement, and especially the yoga culture of Los Angeles, led him to be considered by yoga experts as the "Father of Yoga in the West."Yogananda was the first major Indian teacher to settle in America, and the first prominent Indian to be hosted in the White House (by President Calvin Coolidge in 1927); his early acclaim led to him being dubbed "the 20th century's first superstar guru" by the Los Angeles Times. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paramahansa Yogananda has received more than 2,597,815 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Paramahansa Yogananda is the 272nd most popular philosopher (up from 305th in 2019), the 71st most popular biography from India and the 12th most popular Indian Philosopher.

Paramahansa Yogananda is most famous for his book, Autobiography of a Yogi. This book is about his life and the yogic teachings that he learned.

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Among philosophers, Paramahansa Yogananda ranks 272 out of 1,081Before him are Roger Garaudy, Hans Jonas, Xenocrates, Andronicus of Rhodes, Julius Evola, and Pherecydes of Syros. After him are William Godwin, Georges Sorel, Alain Badiou, Raymond Aron, Alexander of Aphrodisias, and G. E. Moore.

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Among people born in 1893, Paramahansa Yogananda ranks 21Before him are Draža Mihailović, Karl Mannheim, Harold Lloyd, Albert Szent-Györgyi, Damdin Sükhbaatar, and George Grosz. After him are Andrés Segovia, Palmiro Togliatti, Edward Adelbert Doisy, Harold Urey, Omar Bradley, and Chaim Soutine. Among people deceased in 1952, Paramahansa Yogananda ranks 18Before him are Walter Schellenberg, Elena of Montenegro, Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, Sven Hedin, Khorloogiin Choibalsan, and Ferenc Molnár. After him are Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Jürgen Stroop, Kiichiro Toyoda, Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, Robert Guérin, and Charles Maurras.

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Among people born in India, Paramahansa Yogananda ranks 71 out of 1,493Before him are Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Kasturba Gandhi (1869), Ghalib (1797), Ram Nath Kovind (1945), and Samudragupta (335). After him are Ravi Shankar (1920), Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486), Rajendra Prasad (1884), Rajiv Gandhi (1944), Mahavatar Babaji (1900), and Mumtaz Mahal (1593).


Among philosophers born in India, Paramahansa Yogananda ranks 12Before him are Kabir (1440), Adi Shankara (788), Padmasambhava (717), Vyasa (-390), Aśvaghoṣa (80), and Ram Mohan Roy (1772). After him are Ramana Maharshi (1879), Sri Aurobindo (1872), Ramanuja (1017), Jyotirao Phule (1827), Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883), and Buddhaghosa (401).