Paramhansa Yogananda was one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the 20th century. He was no ordinary teacher, but a great Yoga Master from India with a special mission for this time in world civilization—to help people find lasting happiness through definite, scientific techniques of meditation and balanced living. During this course, we will explore the unique spiritual vibration he brought to the world.
Paramhansa Yogananda – His Life touches ours
We’ll journey from his upbringing in India and his search for saints and a true Guru, to the shores of America where he filled the largest halls during his “spiritual campaigns.” We’ll explore the joys and struggles he encountered along the way, the people he influenced, and miraculous stories—even after his passing.
Yogananda’s teachings included:
Showing the underlying unity of religions, especially what he called original Christianity and original Yoga
Bringing Kriya Yoga, which he called the “jet airplane route to God”, to the West
Sowing the seeds of World Brotherhood Colonies
Techniques for balanced living in body, mind, and soul
Paramhansa Yogananda shared the classic Sanskrit definition of God: Satchidananda, which he translated as “ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new Bliss.” The God he shared is a living, loving, joyful presence, which we can access within ourselves. Yogananda’s sense of humor and positive outlook in all circumstances were hallmarks of his life and teachings.
About this online retreat experience
This weekend Light Retreat schedule will include:
- Friday evening, 7:30pm, introduction to the subject and to weekend
- Morning recorded sadhanas to follow on your own
- Saturday sessions: 10am-12pm and 2-4pm
- Evening optional offering
- Sunday morning wrap-up, final questions and answers, 9:30am
Meet Your Instructor:
Sundara (Greg) Traymar is an inspiring teacher and retreat program leader at The Expanding Light Retreat in Northern California. As a teenager, Sundara had an experience in the wilderness which awakened his spiritual life and soon after he found Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings. Since moving to Ananda Village in 2008, his deep joy has been helping people understand the wisdom of Yogananda in clear and compelling ways as they apply to our daily life.
Sundara is the International Director of Sharing Nature Worldwide and has been personally trained by world renowned author Joseph Bharat Cornell. Sundara is a gifted and inspiring teacher and wins friends wherever he travels. He has spent the last 12 years traveling the world, helping others deepen their love for nature. As well as teaching in more traditional environmental education roles such as at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Sundara has specialized in offering people a more therapeutic and wellness based approach to nature awareness. Thousands of people have learned how to internalize their experience of nature and feel a greater sense of peace and well-being.