In 1933 in Washington, D.C., John Laurence met Paramhansa Yogananda, the great master of yoga. That meeting stimulated John to embrace more fully his inner search for God—a search he’d already partly explored through years in a Franciscan monastery, and through a study of Eastern teachings. In the midst of a busy life—John became a famous singer—he found time for meditation and for correspondence with his Guru, Yogananda. In his later years, Rev. Laurence gave much-treasured sermons in various churches and drew about him a group of devoted students. He passed away peacefully in 2003 at the age of ninety-five.