Devi Mukherjee – a disciple of the great yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda (1893-1952) – spent many years in spiritual retreat, walking through India’s spiritual richness preserved in forest ashrams, mountain caves, and in holy places and shrines. Throughout his years of travel, Devi meditated with some of India’s great souls and felt their transforming spiritual power. From all, he received the same soul guidance – to love God with every fiber of one’s being.
One of Yogananda’s closest boyhood friends, Tulsi Bose, is the father of Devi’s wife, Hassi. From Bose and others, Devi obtained previously unpublished stories of Yogananda’s early life and 1935 visit to India that give the reader inspiring new glimpses of Yogananda’s generosity, courage, loyalty to friends, and spiritual power. From 1955 until 1966, Devi was part of Yogoda Satsanga Society, Self-Realization Fellowship’s sister organization in India. It was during this period that Devi formed a life-long friendship with Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Yogananda and founder of Ananda World Brotherhood Village in northern California. Devi left his body in 2009. He was truly a saint who inspired many devotees through his wisdom and loving presence.