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 2,095,910 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Paramahansa Yogananda is the 305th most popular philosopher (down from 285th in 2019), the 71st most popular biography from India (down from 64th in 2019) 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 305 out of 1,089Before him are Jerome of Prague, J. L. Austin, Ram Mohan Roy, E. H. Carr, Alfred Schütz, and Roscellinus. After him are Nicolai Hartmann, Hilary Putnam, Theano, Andronicus of Rhodes, David Strauss, and Synesius.

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Among people born in 1893, Paramahansa Yogananda ranks 26Before him are Harold Urey, Albert Szent-Györgyi, Andrés Segovia, Hattie McDaniel, Omar Bradley, and Damdin Sükhbaatar. After him are Prajadhipok, Hans Fallada, Viktor Shklovsky, Palmiro Togliatti, Fritz Perls, and Leslie Howard. Among people deceased in 1952, Paramahansa Yogananda ranks 20Before him are Elena of Montenegro, Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Hattie McDaniel, Jürgen Stroop, Khorloogiin Choibalsan, and Vittorio Emanuele Orlando. After him are Ferenc Molnár, Kiichiro Toyoda, Robert Guérin, Sveinn Björnsson, Heinrich von Vietinghoff, and Charles Maurras.

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Among people born in India, Paramahansa Yogananda ranks 71 out of 1,227Before him are Abdul Karim (1863), Aśvaghoṣa (80), Harsha (590), Pete Best (1941), Nathuram Godse (1910), and Ram Mohan Roy (1772). After him are Śuddhodana (-590), Ronald Ross (1857), Sher Shah Suri (1486), Rajiv Gandhi (1944), Satyendra Nath Bose (1894), and Bahadur Shah Zafar (1775).


Among philosophers born in India, Paramahansa Yogananda ranks 12Before him are Kabir (1440), Swami Vivekananda (1863), Sri Aurobindo (1872), Ramana Maharshi (1879), Aśvaghoṣa (80), and Ram Mohan Roy (1772). After him are Vyasa (-390), Ramanuja (1017), Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883), Abul A'la Maududi (1903), Shantideva (685), and Buddhaghosa (401).