Sri Sri Rajarsi Janakananda

A Brief Biographical Sketch

Rajarsi Janakananda (James J. Lynn) was a beloved disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, and first successor to him as president and spiritual head of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realization Fellowship until his passing on February 20, 1955. Mr. Lynn first received Kriya Yoga initiation from Paramahansaji in 1932; his spiritual advancement was so swift that the Guru lovingly referred to him as “Saint Lynn,” until bestowing on him the monastic title of Rajarsi Janakananda in 1951.

A beautiful description of his years with Paramahansa Yogananda, along with many photos, can be viewed here

The biographical sketch is extracted from the book Rajarsi Janakananda: A Great Western Yogi, published by Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realization Fellowship. The book contains a more detailed biography and excerpts from his talks. It also features more than sixty pages of Paramahansaji’s personal correspondence with him — words of guidance and love that offer glimpses of the intimate spiritual accord they shared, and powerfully convey the depth of the guru-disciple relationship.


Audio recordings of brief talks by Rajarsi are included on two of the CDs in Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realization Fellowship’s Collector’s Series of rare recorded talks by Paramahansa Yogananda:
1: Self-Realization: The Inner and the Outer Path
2: In the Glory of the Spirit