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Founder
Paramahansa Yogananda
Time Period
1946
Description
Paramahansa Yogananda incorporated his Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), headquartered in Los Angeles, in 1935. SRF encompasses a blending of religious traditions -- from Hinduism, which Yogananda studied extensively in his native India, to western religious practices that he encountered after he first came to America in 1924. His teachings focus on how to achieve bliss through self-realization.

In 1946, Yogananda, a popular and prolific lecturer, published his Autobiography of a Yogi, which talks about his lifetime exploration of world religions, their teachings and his own conclusions. The book has become a spiritual classic and is still in print. It is read at SRF gatherings (along with other sacred texts, from the Bible to the Bhagavad Vita). And it’s used as a textbook and reference work in universities.

SRF counts more than 500 temples, retreats, ashrams, and meditation centers around the world.
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Photographs

Autobiography of A Yogi, first edition cover- Wikimedia Commons

Self-Realization Fellowship Headquarters- Wikimedia Commons- photo by Jack B108 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Paramahansa Yogananda portrait- Wikimedia Commons
Book/Journal Source(s)
Melton, J. Gordon, 2009. Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions, Eighth Edition. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale.
Smith, Jonathan Z., and William Scott Green (Eds.), 1995. The HarperCollins Dictionary of Religion. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco.
Web Source(s)
http://www.yogananda-srf.org/Default.aspx
Self-Realization Fellowship website
Web Page Contributor
Sandi Dolbee
Affliated with: Former Religion and Ethics Editor, The San Diego Union-Tribune

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