Recognized as one of the greatest emissaries to the West of India's ancient wisdom, Paramahansa Yogananda was commissioned by his master Swami Sri Yukteswar to bring these teachings from India to America. Yogananda emphasized the underlying unity of the world's great religions, and taught universally applicable methods for attaining direct personal experience of God with an emphasis on Kriya Yoga. This book outlines the life story of this great teacher and how he came to be known to the West. There is much in this book that is useful to the student of esoteric wisdom and spirituality and I highly suggest anyone reading this book who plans on becoming a serious student pay close attention to the words and teachings from the wisdom of Swami Sri Yukteswar. Though Yogananda has moved from this physical plane to the next in 1952 his loving-kindness and teachings of God-Illumination continue to this day through the school he founded known as Self-Realization Fellowship headquartered in Los Angeles, California. This book is highly recommended for any student of spirituality!