Paramahansa Yogananda

1893 - 1952

Paramahansa Yogananda

Paramahansa Yogananda (born Mukunda Lal Ghosh; January 5, 1893 – March 7, 1952) was an Indian 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 1,673,166 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 288th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Paramahansa Yogananda ranks 286 out of 1,005Before him are Cleanthes, Al-Jahiz, Hugh of Saint Victor, Alain Badiou, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, and Uriel da Costa. After him are Ibn al-Nafis, John Searle, A. S. Neill, Ágnes Heller, Ammonius Saccas, and G. E. Moore.

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Among people born in 1893, Paramahansa Yogananda ranks 23Before him are Alexander of Greece, Harold Urey, George Grosz, Soong Ching-ling, Andrés Segovia, and Chaim Soutine. After him are Omar Bradley, Prajadhipok, Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, Damdin Sükhbaatar, Edward Adelbert Doisy, and Palmiro Togliatti. Among people deceased in 1952, Paramahansa Yogananda ranks 19Before him are Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, Elena of Montenegro, Karen Horney, Ferenc Molnár, Khorloogiin Choibalsan, and Jürgen Stroop. After him are Kiichiro Toyoda, Robert Guérin, Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Sveinn Björnsson, Charles Maurras, and Jean de Lattre de Tassigny.

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Among people born in India, Paramahansa Yogananda ranks 64 out of 848Before him are Julie Christie (1940), Satyajit Ray (1921), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Narendra Modi (1950), Kim Philby (1912), and Ravi Shankar (1920). After him are Ronald Ross (1857), Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888), Sri Aurobindo (1872), Aśvaghoṣa (80), Ramana Maharshi (1879), and Razia Sultana (1205).


Among philosophers born in India, Paramahansa Yogananda ranks 11Before him are Kabir (1440), Adi Shankara (788), Swami Vivekananda (1863), Ramakrishna (1836), Vyasa (-390), and Ram Mohan Roy (1772). After him are Sri Aurobindo (1872), Aśvaghoṣa (80), Ramana Maharshi (1879), Ramanuja (1017), Shantideva (685), and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883).

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