Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi talk with author, Philip Goldberg

Nearly a century after he arrived in the United States, Paramhansa Yogananda is still one the best known and most beloved of all the Indian spiritual teachers who have come to the West.

Yogananda, considered by many to be the father of modern yoga, has had an unsurpassed global impact thanks to his spiritual magnetism and especially his iconic memoir, Autobiography of a Yogi.

Since its publication in 1946, that book has sold millions of copies and changed millions of lives. But it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Join us for a special panel discussion with Nayaswamis Jyotish & Devi, spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide and Phil Goldberg, biographer and spiritual counselor, on how Yogananda ignited a spiritual revolution that continues to spread like a wildfire of bliss throughout the world.

Phil Goldberg will be signing his new book, The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru.

Jyotish & Devi, the spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide, will also be signing their new book based on the teachings of Yogananda called Touch of Joy.

This is a free event and seating will be on a first come first serve basis.

Date:             Thursday, May 3, 2018

Time:             7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location:       Ananda West LA
(11870 Santa Monica Blvd. #208)

Panelists:        Swamis Jyotish & Devi and Phil Goldberg

Admission:      Free

This powerful collection of spiritual writings will change your life through new perspectives for facing life’s challenges and inspiration for living a life in unconditional joy.

Drawing from the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi (the book Steve Jobs asked to be given to each guest at his funeral), Touch of Joy shares practical tools, instructive stories, and right attitudes to help you learn to tap into the wellsprings of joy within you.

Swami Kriyananda, disciple of Yogananda, once said: “Joy is the solution, not the reward.” To learn to live with joy under all circumstances, and not to wait only until conditions are to our liking, is the secret of a happy life.

Touch of Joy shows us how to find that JOY.


This important biography of “the 20th century’s first superstar guru” (Los Angeles Times) is long-overdue. Ninety-seven years after his arrival in the United States, and sixty-five years after his death, Paramahansa Yogananda remains the best known and most beloved of all the Indian spiritual teachers who came to the West. His influence is unsurpassed, because of the durability of his teachings and the institutions he created or inspired (more than 600 centers worldwide; 200 in the US), and mainly because of his landmark memoir, Autobiography of a Yogi. That text has sold millions of copies since its publication in 1946, but there are huge gaps in the story it tells. Yogananda spent more than 30 of his 59 years in America, yet that period takes up less than 10 percent of his book. Huge chunks of his life—challenges, controversies, relationships, formative experiences—are unknown to even his most ardent devotees. This book fills those gaps.
It is hard to image today’s $27 billion yoga industry without Yogananda. Yet, surprisingly, there has never been a bona fide biography of him—only tributes penned by disciples. Those are useful sources, but not genuine biographies. With this book, readers will finally have a complete and compelling account of Yogananda’s remarkable life, in all its detail, nuance, and complex humanity.