Paramahansa Yogananda lived from 1893 to 1952.
Born in India, his mission in life was to emphasize the underlying unity of the world’s great religions, and taught universally applicable methods for attaining direct personal experience of God.
“We are all part of the One Spirit. When you experience the true meaning of religion, which is to know God, you will realize that He is your Self, and that He exists equally and impartially in all beings.”
Horticulturist Luther Burbank, operatic soprano Amelita Galli-Curci, George Eastman (inventor of the Kodak camera), poet Edwin Markham, and symphony conductor Leopold Stokowski were just a few of his famous students. He was officially received at the White House by President Calvin Coolidge in 1927.
Last Tuesday Bill, Marcia, and I went to Encinitas, Ca. to the Self-Realization Fellowship which he founded (there are several other locations in California). There is a wonderful chapel there where he presided over services. Down the street a few blocks is a beautiful meditation garden that stands on a cliff overlooking the Pacific. These wondrous facilities are free for all to enjoy and I found the energy and tranquillity in these places to be refreshing to my soul and body.
I finally got to enjoy some nature without being a Lyme-o-phobe (see earlier post). The colorful, well-maintained gardens included several ponds full of large, multi-colored koi, waterfalls, and flowers of all colors. Lots of green. Shade and sun. I felt renewed. I was reminded how much nature plays a part in our serenity.
Marcia and Bill at Chapel
At the garden:
Juxtaposition of cactus and the ocean:
Marcia gazes out to sea…