The seventh in our Collector’s Series of recorded talks by Paramahansa Yogananda, this inspiring address was given on December 25, 1949, during the annual Christmas banquet held at the Self-Realization Fellowship Mother Center. Paramahansaji spoke to his ever-growing spiritual family with warm praise and affection. His words at times were an out-pouring of his interiorized state of consciousness, and at other times he reminisced informally with the resident desciples and guests.
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893–1952) is widely regarded as one of the preeminent spiritual figures of our time. Born in northern India, he came to the United States in 1920, where for more than thirty years he taught India’s ancient philosophy and science of yoga meditation and the art of balanced spiritual living. The first great master of Yoga to live and teach in the West for an extended period of time, he traveled and lectured extensively throughout North America and abroad, speaking to capacity audiences in major cities and revealing the underlying unity of the world’s great religions. He has inspired millions through his acclaimed life story, Autobiography of a Yogi, his groundbreaking commentaries on the scriptures of East and West, and his numerous other books. Paramahansa Yogananda’s spiritual and humanitarian work continues to be carried on today by Self-Realization Fellowship, the international society he founded in 1920 to disseminate his teachings worldwide.