Paramhansa Yogananda | Kriya Yoga

Paramhansa Yogananda & Baba-Ji Founders of Kriya-Yoga

Paramhansa Yogananda; Baba-Ji – Founders of Kriya-Yoga



Paramahansa Yogananda, Founder of Kriya Yoga

Birth, Age, Death:

Paramahansa Yogananda Jan 5,1893 – Mar 7,1952
Kriya Yoga re-founded in 1861 by BabaJi



Method/Religion started:

Kriya Yoga (meditation), Self Realization Fellowship

Holy book/teachings:

The Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons & well known for the book, Autobiography of a Yogi



Lifestyle requirements:

Recommend simple life & vegetarian diet; abstain from excessive sexual desire

Form of practice:

Kriya yoga

Wiki (encyclopedia) link:


Paramhansa Yogananda and Kriya Yoga

Satguru Paramhansa Yogananda said “You are walking on the earth as in a dream. Our world is a dream within a dream; you must realize that to find God is the only goal, the only purpose, for which you are here. For Him alone you exist. Him you must find”.  Paramhansa Yogananda was an indirect student of Mahavatar BabaJi, and was fated to teach eastern mysticism to the west, living a good part of his life in the United States (California).

His mission was to disseminate the sacred teachings of India’s ancient practices and philosophy of Yoga and its tradition of meditation worldwide.

He taught an ancient method known as Kriya Yoga, which has 6 stages of practice. Each building on the previous until complete self-realization is obtained. The guru would teach the next stage when the disciple had passed the current one. If the disciple could not pass before the masters death, then he would need to be reborn or find another master to impart the method.


The basic essence of Kriya is deep meditation using the Pranayama (control of vital breath life force), by going in-between the breath to find the point of stillness. “The Kriya Yogi mentally directs his life energy to revolve, upward and downward, around the six spinal centers (medullary, cervical, dorsal, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal plexuses) which correspond to the twelve astral signs of the zodiac, the symbolic Cosmic Man. One-half minute of revolution of energy around the sensitive spinal cord of man effects subtle progress in his evolution; that half-minute of Kriya equals one year of natural spiritual unfoldment.” 

It’s best to learn this technique directly from an authorized Kriyaban or acharya teacher as it contains many advanced aspects.

The greatness of Paramhansa Yogananda cannot be under-estimated. Even though the method now lacks essence due to the guru having left the body, his legacy lives on. Yogananda seemed more normal than normal, yet his spiritual attainment was probably higher than his own guru. Like all great and real masters, there was nothing unusual about him, no flashy miracles, no magic power. He was a humble, simple and spiritual person that was a perfect vehicle for God. Through him, thousands benefited with countless having wonderful inner spiritual experiences proving the guru’s God-power. Still to this day, his followers worship him and have created ashrams all over the world in his name. But as with all past-masters, once they leave the teachings begin to change.