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Adidam Glossary - X-Y-Z
Yoga, in Sanskrit, is literally yoking, or union, usually referring to any discipline or process whereby an aspirant attempts to unite with God. Avatar Adi Da acknowledges this conventional and traditional use of the term, but also, in reference to the Great Yoga of Adidam, employs it in a radical sense, free of the usual implication of egoic separation and seeking.
Paramahansa Yogananda (Mukunda Lal Ghosh, 1893-1952) was born in Bengal, the child of devout Hindu parents. As a young man, Yogananda found his Guru, Swami Yukteswar Giri, who initiated him into an order of formal renunciates. In 1920, Yogananda traveled to America to attend an international conference of religions in Boston. Subsequently he settled in the United States, attracting many American devotees. He Taught Kriya Yoga, a system of practice that had been passed down to him by his own Teacher and that had originally been developed from traditional techniques of Kundalini Yoga. Yogananda became widely known through the publication of his life-story, Autobiography of a Yogi.