A Pioneer of Yoga in the West

Paramahansa Yogananda lecturing to packed auditorium in America

Paramahansaji's maiden address in Boston, on "The Science of Religion," was enthusiastically received. For the next several years, Paramahansaji lectured and taught on the East coast of the United States, and in 1924 he embarked on a cross-continental speaking tour. In Los Angeles, he began a two-month series of lectures and classes in January of 1925. As elsewhere, his talks were greeted with interest and acclaim. The Los Angeles Times reported: "The Philharmonic Auditorium presents the extraordinary spectacle of thousands…being turned away an hour before the advertised opening of a lecture with the 3,000-seat hall filled to its utmost capacity." Later that year, Yoganandaji established in Los Angeles the international headquarters of Self-Realization Fellowship. Yogoda Satsanga Society of India and Self-Realization Fellowship were founded by Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda as the instruments for the dissemination of his teachings on the ancient science and philosophy of Yoga and its liberating Raja Yoga technique of meditation.

Paramahansa Yogananda meditating with Rajarsi Janakananda in EncinitasParamahansa Yogananda with his disciple Luther BurbankParamahansa Yogananda with one of his foremost disciples, Sri Daya Mata