Paramhansa Yogananda was the first yoga master of India to permanently live and teach in the West. Yogananda arrived in America in 1920, and traveled throughout the United States on what he called his ‘spiritual campaigns’. His enthusiastic audiences filled the largest halls and he became a national sensation. Yogananda’s lectures and books were extensively written about by the major media of the era, including Time Magazine, Newsweek, and Life. He was even invited to the White House by President Calvin Coolidge. Yogananda continued to lecture and write up to his passing in 1952.
As the author of ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’, first published in 1946, Yogananda helped launch a spiritual revolution throughout the world. His message was nonsectarian and universal.