Yogananda’s popularity


Dear friends,

How well known is Yogananda in the USA and India. Is he as well known as Ramakrishna? Do people have the same respect for Yogananda as they have for Ramakrishna and Vivekananda, just to take an example. Thank you.

—jon, norway


Dear Jon,

Paramhansa Yogananda is very well known in the USA and is given a lot of respect. His Autobiography of a Yogi is one of the best selling spiritual biographies of all time, which has resulted in many, many people knowing about him, as well as his inspiring and life changing teachings.

Yogananda is becoming more known through the efforts of his disciples, including Swami Kriyananda, who has written over one hundred books based on Yogananda’s teachings. One of the most recent books is The New Path: My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda. This book, which was published originally in 1977, with the title, The Path, has done much to spread the awareness of Yogananda and his teachings.

In India, Yogananda is increasingly becoming more well known, again largely through the efforts of Swami Kriyananda and Ananda Sangha India. Swami has had a daily television program broadcast in India based on his book, Conversations with Yogananda, which has reached out to millions of truth seekers in India.

In divine friendship,