Pre-monastic name :
Date of Birth : 30 March 1861
Place of Birth : Dakshineswar, Kolkata.
Jogin was one of the six disciples whom Sri Ramakrishna regarded as
ishvarakotis. He was spiritually inclined from boyhood. He first met
the Master when he was studying for school final examination. Since
he lived in the neighbourhood of Kali Temple, he started visiting
Sri Ramakrishna frequently.
After the Masters passing, Jogin accompanied Holy Mother on her
pilgrimage. At Vrindavan she initiated him by giving a sacred
Mantra. After his return from the pilgrimage he joined Baranagar
Math and took the vows of sannyasa, assuming the new name Yogananda.
However, he dedicated his life to the service of Holy Mother.
Whenever Mother visited Kolkata, Swami Yogananda would arrange for
Mothers accommodation, usually in rented premises, and stayed with
her to look after her needs. He also spent some time in Varanasi and
other places doing severe austerities which told on his health.
When Swami Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Mission on 1 May
1897, he made Yogananda its Vice-President (Swami Brahmananda was
made the President). Owing to his delicate health, he did not live
long. He passed away on 28 March 1899 at the age of 38, causing much
sorrow to Holy Mother and the other disciples of Sri Ramakrishna.