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"Paramhansa Yogananda at a yoga class in Washington, D.C.Yogananda taught his students the need for direct experience of truth, as opposed to blind belief. He said that ďThe true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soulís power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God.Ē

Echoing traditional Hindu teachings, he taught that the entire universe is God's cosmic motion picture, and that individuals are merely actors in the divine play who change roles through reincarnation. He taught that mankind's deep suffering is rooted in identifying too closely with one's current role, rather than with the movie's director, or God.

He taught Kriya Yoga and other meditation practices to help people achieve that understanding, which he called Self-realization:

Self-realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that Godís omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve your knowing."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramahansa_Yogananda