Yoga owes its amazing modern popularity to the work and dedication of gurus and masters that came from India. Few were more influential than Paramahansa Yogananda who introduced many westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga. His name means bliss, ananda, through divine union, yoga and his hope was for a “United World” that would combine the best qualities of “efficient America” and “spiritual India”. His book, Autobiography of a Yogi, is a perennial best seller that has been in continuous publication since it first appeared in 1946 and is widely regarded as a modern spiritual classic. The organization he founded, Self Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, is a worldwide nonprofit spiritual organization with more than 600 temples, retreats, ashrams, and meditation centers around the world — offering all interested seekers the opportunity to come together to experience the power of group meditation, focused retreat programs, inspirational services, and to share in spiritual fellowship. To speak about this great guru and the organization he founded I invited Brother Kalyanananda and Brahmachari Martin to the show.
Brother Kalyanananda is a member of the Self-Realization Fellowship monastic community since 1983 and has been inspiring audiences for many years throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe with his insightful and engaging presentations. He was born in the former West Germany and served as the senior minister at the Berkeley Temple of Self-Realization Fellowship in Northern California since 2011.
Brahmachari Martin is a member of the Self-Realization Fellowship monastic community since 1977 and is a was born and raised in Southern California. He currently lives and serves at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple in Pacific Palisades, California and traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe as part of SRF’s public lecture tour series.