Paramahansa Yogananda: A Yogi in Life And Death

Dear blog viewers,

My today’s blog post is dedicated to my beloved guruji Sri Paramahansa Yogananda who attained mahasamadhi today!!!

Sri Sri ParamahansaYogananda entered mahasamadhi (  a yogi’s final conscious  exit from the body) in Los Angeles, California, on March 7, 1952, after concluding his speech at a banquet held in honour of H. E. Binay  R. Sen, Ambassador of India.

Paramahansa Yogananda was the first great master of India to live in the West for an extended period— thirty two years, until his mahasamadhi in 1952.

The great world teacher demonstrated the value of yoga (Scientific techniques for God-Realization) not only in life but in death.Weeks after his departure his unchanged face shone with the divine lustre of incorruptibility.

Last Smile

Mr. Harry T. Rowe, Los Angels Mortuary Director, Forest Lawn Memorial-Park ( in which the body of the great master is temporally placed), sent Self- Realization Fellowship a natarised letter from which the following extracts are taken:

The absence of any visual signs of decay in the dead body of Paramahansa Yogananda offers the most extraordinary case in our experience….. No physical disintegration was visible in his body even twenty days after death…….. No indication of mold was visible on his skin, and no visible desiccation (drying up) took place in the bodily tissues. This state of perfect preservation of a body is, so far as we know from mortuary annals, an unparralleled one…. At the time of receiving Yogananda’s body , the mortuary personnel expected to observe, through the glass lid of the casket, the usual progressive signs of bodily decay. Our astonishment increased as day followed day without bringing any visible change in the body under observation.Yogananda’s body was apparently in a phenomenal state of immutability…..

“No odour of decay emanated from his body at any time….. The physical appearance of Yogananda on March 7th, He looked on March 27th, just before the bronze cover of the casket was put in to position, was the same as it had been on  March 7th. He looked on March 27 th  as fresh and as unravaged by decay as he had looked on the night of his death. On March 27 th there was no reason to say that his body had suffered any visible physical disintegration at all. For these reasons we state again that the case of Paramahansa Yogananda is unique in our experience.”

Dear devotees of YSS/ SRF,

Let us pay homage to our beloved Guruji Sri Paramahansa Yogananda on his mahasamadhi day and let us get his blessings which lead all of us to the path of truth!!! Jai Guru!!!

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Author: vedvyash

Writing is something that helped me discover the creativity and the expressionism that was hidden under the deep layers of my soul. And me!

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