Autobiography of a Yogi is one of the hidden gems and treasures of the Spiritual haven and today it can be found in libraries and Universities around the Globe.
Great Yogi Lahiri Mahasaya
Shyama Charan Lahiri Mahasaya (30 September 1828 – 26 September 1895).
During Yogananda’s visit to India from 1935-1936; His Guru Sri Yukstewar asked him to write about the life of Lahiri Mahasaya. Yogananda conducted interviews and collected photographs, old letters and photos to write about the life of Lahiri Mahasaya in Autobiography of a Yogi.
She wrote interesting philosophical articles, essays with wisdom and intellectual prowess. Here is one sample of an article she wrote on East-West Magazine titled Atlantis and Lemuria.
There is also a prominent article, well written and thoughtfully articulated by Laurie Pratt (Tara Mata) about the Astrological World Cycles.
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BRIEF HISTORY OF ENCINITAS ASHRAM
In 1936 business and millionaire James Lynn and one of the most advanced disciples of Yogananda since 1931 purchased the land for the hermitage.
James Lynn bought what was considered the largest estate in Encinitas in 1936 and gave it away to Yogananda as a gift for his private use.
Yogananda instead shared the Temple, Hermitage and beautiful gardens with all God’s thirsty souls and established a Colony of spiritual seekers.
After Yogananda’s conscious exit from his body in 1952, James Lynn was baptized in initiation By Yogananda as Rajarsi Janakananda. After Yogananda’s passing Mr. Lynn became the first President of SRF until his soul departure from the physical plane in 1955. And Sri Daya Mata became his successor.
Today the thriving religious and non-profit organization founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, known as Self-Realization Fellowship in USA maintain the sacred grounds and offer spiritual retreats to all sincere and meek souls seeking God. Spreading the nectar and ambrosia of such sacred teachings
The gardens are open to the public year round.
Encinitas Hermitage is indeed Heaven on Earth, imbued with spiritual peaceful vibrations and joy.
ABOUT SRI DAYA MATA.
In 1955 Sri Daya Mata (Faye Wright) became the Second President of SRF, until her passing in 2010. Then beloved Sri Mrinalini Mata succeeded Sri Daya Mata as president and spiritual head of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India on January 7, 2011 until her passing on August 3, 2017.
On August 30, 2017, Brother Chidananda succeeded Sri Mrinalini Mata as the fifth president and spiritual head of SRF/YSS. For more detail about the spiritual lineage click here.
Sri Yogananda predicted that SRF /YSS will always have realized souls to carry on the spiritual torch of the organization and ideals.
Beautiful Lake Shrine Oasis of bliss and Peace.
Beautiful Lake Shrine is a “hidden” jewel at Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles California. This property was donated to Self-Realization Fellowship in 1949. As Yogananda described about the twelve – acre wonderland: ” it has a large Natural Lake, a blue jewel in a mountain diadem… with a Quaint Dutch-windmill. its limpid waters are fed from deep springs, hot and cold… and at the sound of a bell, swarms of fish rise picturesquely to the surface to receive bread crumbs.”
Trees, shrubs and flowers are part of the beautiful landscape and grounds. There is an open air temple and monuments representing the four major Religions of the World.
The sylvan peace is surrounded by mountains and the ocean. Portions of Mahatma Ghandi s’ ashes are enshrined in a 1000 years old Chinese sarcophagus located in the Ghandi World Peace Memorial.
In 1945 the Great Master Paramahansa Yogananda finished his Autobiography of a Yogi. Fifty years exactly after Lahiri Mahasaya ‘s passing; by fulfilling the prediction made by the great Lahiri Mahasaya.
Yogananda began writing his biography in 1931.
During the years, Sister Tara Mata, Sraddha Mata, Ananda Mata & Daya Mata assisted him with the making of the book.
On Christmas of 1946 the long awaited books arrived at Mount Washington. Then He gave each disciple a dedicated copy of the book with his words of wisdom and autograph.
Yogananda predicted that millions will be changed by reading this magnificent book. And it has been translated in more than fifty five languages
In 1925 Paramahansa Yogananda established Mother Center at Mount Washington, the international headquarters of Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles, California.
It was here at Mother Center that Yogananda held the first Easter Sunrise, even before completing its purchase and also established the traditional ‘All Christmas day Meditation’ every year.
Today Mother Center handle the SRF lessons to students all over USA and the World.
In India and Asia Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (founded in 1917) serves students and devotees in that region of the Globe..
YSS makes the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda available through the printed Yogoda Satsanga Lessons
BOSTON – 1920
Yogananda came to America in the ‘City of Sparta’ boat and docked in Boston on September 9, 1920 and as an Indian delegate to the World Religion Congress.
In October 6 1920 gave his maiden speech in America at the Unitarian church in Boston.
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