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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Yogananda, George Harrison, Steve Jobs 

On the cover of the famous album called "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," is a group of people, some famous, with four unknowns included.  These four have been identified as four gurus who were of special interest to George Harrison in his spiritual journey.  All are included in Yogananda's autobiography, a book that deeply influenced Harrison and Steve Jobs, among others.  At his funeral, Jobs arranged that each person should receive a copy of Yogananda's "Autobiography of a Yogi", a work which had impressed  him greatly, with its emphasis on "Self Realization."  At goyogananda.com you can receive a free copy of the book and also read it free online.

from Richard Salva:

The stories of these great masters of yoga are told in Yogananda's autobiography in poetic detail. Their lives were intertwined with one another, and together they comprised some of the brightest stars in the celestial firmament of Indian saints - recharging the sacred soil of Mother India with their teachings, their presence, and their uplifting influence.

Paramhansa Yogananda
Situated on the Sgt. Pepper cover in the upper right corner below Bob Dylan is the author of Autobiography of a Yogi. This great saint was given the title of "Paramhansa" (highest swan) by his guru, and called "premavatar" (incarnation of divine love) by his most advanced disciple… (Read Full Bio)

Swami Sri Yukteswar
In the upper left corner of the Sgt. Pepper group photo we see the serene face of Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri. This great sage was the guru of Yogananda, and the disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya. His penetrating mind and the depths of his spiritual perceptions earned him the title of "gyanavatar" (incarnation of wisdom). … (Read Full Bio)

Lahiri Mahasaya
If we look closely we can spot this advanced yogi on the Beatles album cover, his half-closed eyes peeking out at us to the left of Lewis Carroll, in the third row from the top … (Read Full Bio)

The guru of Lahiri Mahasaya can be found in the second row to the right of writer William S. Burroughs. Like Lahiri, Babaji's image is partly hidden on the cover. This is perhaps appropriate, for Babaji's powerful, sublime influence wafts over an unknowing world without fanfare - secret and sacred, like the reclusive master himself … (Read Full Bio)

Richard Salva is the author of Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh.

Note:  Here is a site that may help you get back to the original article, where you can then ask to read the full bios:

The Gurus of Sergeant Pepper - About Hinduism
hinduism.about.com › ... › Hinduism › Gurus & Saints
Find out who these saints are, and what's so special about them. ... ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Richard Salva is the author of Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh  ...

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