The inspiration for the founding of KnowEx, comes from Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) - a preeminent spiritual figure and leading voice behind calling all to live at their highest potential. As the author of such books Autobiography of a Yogi and The Law of Success, he serves as a living testament for applying great will power, focus and creativity to bring forth the greatest happiness and harmony in our own lives, through doing all for God and service to mankind. KnowEx aims to be of such service. Paramahansa's writings invite each of us to unveil that hidden Source within through meditation, self-effort and introspection.
May KnowEx reflect only his highest ideals and aspirations for all.
Autobiography of a Yogi, has been an influential book to leaders and stars from around the world over the last 60 years.First published in 1942, it has been recognized as a life changing book for such noteworthy individuals as Elvis Prestley, Ghandhi, Madonna, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar among others. At Steve Job's memorial service in 2011, countless more individuals were introduced to the classic when the late founder of Apple offered this book as a parting gift to all who attended his service.
Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com was in attendance at that service, and at an interview that followed he noted that this unique gift was given in a small brown box to all in attendance as they left the ceremony.In Marc's his mind, Steve Jobs was a very spiritual man, uniquely gifted with intuitive talents and keenly influenced by the life of this Master. "This is going to be good" he said to himself as he looked through the book. "I knew that this was a decision he made, and whatever it was, it was the last thing he wanted us all to think about."
Steve Jobs first read this book as a teenager and reread it every year that followed. When the iPad was first released, Steve Jobs called Mother Center directly himself - the headquarters of Self-Realization Fellowship - asking to speak to the leader of the organization. Sri Daya Mata answered the call, and he requested to see if she would consider allowing him to include the Autobiography of a Yogi to be distributed through the iTunes store - - and Sri Daya Mata, agreed. As the only book he had on his iPad when he died, the life story of Paramahansa Yogananda deeply affected Steve Jobs, encouraging men to get on with the purpose of their lives - to Realize themselves, and find God in the here and now.
Sing songs that none have sung,
Think thoughts that ne'er in brain have rung,
Walk in paths that none have trod,
Weep tears as none have shed for God,
Give peace to all to whom none other gave,
Claim him your own who's everywhere disclaimed.
Love all with love that none have felt, and brave
The battle of life with strength unchained.
- Paramahansa Yogananda, from The Law of Success, published by Self-Realization Fellowship