From the archives of the Salt Lake Tribune
Written by Peggy Stack
From the archives of the Salt Lake Tribune
Written by Peggy Stack
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Paramahansa Yogananda – Founder of SRF/YSS
(The Second Coming of Christ)” Said Paramahansa Yogananda.
Above Comment was made by PY at Self-Realization Fellowship annual convocation, c 1951, LA USA .
A Major part of Paramahansa Yogananda’s world mission/dispensation was to clearly demonstrate/encourage/clarify the basic unity and harmony of the primary elements and purposes of all true world religions. This is the nature of pluralism – the main concept that alone brings peace and cooperation among all religious communities! It’s opposite is “exclusivism” which is the main cause of stress, intolerance, and violence between religions and cultures world wide.
These conflicts are mainly caused by original teachings literary errors through time, and political manipulation of works by those in power, or by a false prophets pretending to have received his comments from some God.
One should examine all claims closely as there are many charlatans in the world of religion. Especially test and examine those teachings that you were raised in!
This can be better understood with searching your history and your heart. Are today’s common beliefs followed by your faith what those prophets really intended or taught? Academia is seldom the best place to learn about comparative religion and true philosophy. Better to do your own personal searching and the truth of all this will become clearer as you go beyond your earlier programming. As a seeker of truth you owe that much to your personal integrity. We all have the same challenge, from birth we were mostly misled led by the spiritually blind in every religion.
This was the story of my own sadhana, when I was ready Yoganandaji introduced himself to me, and the rest is history. Many positive results eventually came since that amazing day of divine grace.
It was mainly India and the far east that has kept the truly ecumenical principal of global pluralism, tolerance, and the spiritual science of Kriya Yoga alive through countless millenniums. Such is the light giving nature of India’s “Sanatana Dharma.” This is what it takes to produce a Gandhi or a Paramahansa Yogananda.
Yoganandaji’s particular emphasis above re the historical words of Jesus and Krishna are for specific reasons as follows. The Master’s original mandate was to show the harmony between Original Christianity and Original Yoga . This however evolved into showing the plurality in all world true major spiritual scriptures. It is not unusual for a great Prophet to adjust the nature of His mandate part way through His world mission.
Yogananda, like Jesus, changed or upgraded several of His main emphasis for the immediate and long term goals.
In today’s world of global communications, mobility, and sciences, those documents provide the clearest elements referencing the highest Yoga spiritual sciences. Which Yogananda has made transparent and available for the “man in the street.” Which He has fully demonstrated in His extraordinary life. The value of any claims by any authority/prophet lies in all the results and examples of that life and statements. That becomes a living proof! If you don’t know why you believe something, you are in a state of blind belief situation going nowhere. What does the record say?
This move away from the narrowness of dogma, academia, and the secrecy of ancient monastic traditions will restore real spirituality in the hearts of many true seekers of reality world wide. It will spark a healing revolution in the hearts of a humanity that is now experiencing an emptiness and psycho derangement from the pace and direction of today’s world.
Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings via Self-Realization Fellowship are leading the way! Our first duty is to change ourselves!
Monuments to the World’s Major Religions, SRF Court of All Religions, Lake Shrine
“To reveal the complete harmony and basic oneness of original Christianity as taught by JESUS CHRIST and original Yoga as taught by BHAGAVAN KRISHNA; and to show that these principles of truth are the common scientific foundation of all true religions.” Paramahansa Yogananda
“To point out the one divine highway to which all paths of true religious beliefs eventually lead: the highway of daily, scientific, devotional meditation on God.”
~excerpt from ‘Aims and Ideals’ set forth by Paramahansa Yogananda
Everything published these days immediately goes world wide, especially in the English language. So the quality of any new spiritual message/dispensation must become more sensitive, advanced, esoteric, and universal, and pluralistic. It must also appeal to our reason and common sense. Does it’s originator have a reliable history ?When we can see past the common notions of what is popularly believed by the masses, we begin to see the whole picture in proper
The average person is also far more educated and literate than in centuries past. Peoples of many widespread cultures/religions are living side by side all over the globe, and even more interested in what is true in religion.
This is the “information age,” with the literature/history of most ancient and modern scriptures easily available, along with clearer, verifiable records of many more recent true and false prophets, available to all.
The Devotees Dilemma!
Many seekers fall into the trap of assuming they know who is either a true Guru, or which teachers are even Avatars. The novice devotee uses such wild assumptions to feel good about his/her judgement on such matters.
Most of these wrong estimations take years and growth of consciousness to overcome. You must go well beyond your cognitive dissonance.
The essence of holy writs as historically recorded in the New Testament Gospels and the Bhagavad Gita of India are not only the purest and clearest statements of what is called “the perennial philosophy” (re A. Huxley c 1945). The life example and teachings of Jesus and Krishna are two of the most exalted examples of exemplary lives among the worlds Avatars. Extremely high on the human spiritual evolutionary consciousness scale! The message and the wisdom level are very similar and equal!
Before you can read those subtle messages and change your own life, you may have to do a lot of work on yourself! Just what are you really looking for, reinforcement of your emotionally based blind programming, or the truth that will demand serious changes in your behavior, attitudes, and your total way of understanding the world and consciousness?
Essentially, these 2 documents, at their esoteric level of interpretation are not onlythe same direct teachings at the highest spiritual level of understanding and inspiration, they were parts of great dispensations to cultures that were at a very high level of human civilization. Societies relatively free of tribalism. Without taking anything away from all other true spiritual paths which were suited to other cultures. Yogananda will make this all very clear to the seeker who studies His other teachings. Yogananda’s legacy has cleared up a mountain of problems in the field of today’s religions/spirituality.
The quality, sophistication, and purity of a spiritual dispensation is seldom rated solely by the lineal historical time period in which it was introduced.
The wisdom of its content, the suitability of its message for that specific peoples, and the character of its deliverer are more important than how recent that teaching is. Which should ideally appeal to the local culture of the prophetic messenger of that culture and era.
Claims that this new message is some Gods greatest is vain compared to the long term results of its followers. Did it bring peace and light or violence in the name of power and conquest? Time is the test for all things in this world!
On a global scale therefore, a new revelation may be more advanced or less advanced than earlier previous spiritual dispensations. One may ask – how does one assess the value and level of a particular spiritual message and its claims? Who can be believed without doubt? Certainty, without clear evidence blind belief is the maintainer of blindness and ignorance.
Such “prophets” and dispensations must also stand as true guides to remove ignorance and enhance mind awareness/expansion of consciousness for all sincere devotees who want to awaken from this dreamworld of relativity. This is the way to salvation. Jesus tells us that very few will ever find it! It may not happen after death at all . There is so much history to know!
Thus Yogananda’s dispensation is the key to Self-Realization and world peace for the masses in today’s world! In fact Paramahansa Yogananda, like others before Him sometimes made a temporary shift in their mandate.
One of the ones made by Him was to expand His mission from America to uplift all world religions who have the wisdom to add the science of kriya Yoga to their traditions. We read in various SRF/YSS publications His work as being described more and more as a Global mission. It is truly worthy of that classification!
[the acknowledgements]-by Paramahansa Yogananda ( Founder of Yogoda Sat Sangha/Self-Realization Fellowship.)
The multicolored lamps of various true teachings,
In whom the Cosmic Heart is ever throbbing equally.
And unto; The multicolored lamps of various
Dedicated unto; Christians, Muslims, Buddhists,
Hebrews, Hindus, and all other Religionists,
In which shines the same white flame of God.
And unto; All churches, mosques, Viharas, tabernacles,
pagodas and Temples of the world,
Wherein the One Father dwells impartially
in the fullness of his glory.
by Paramahansa Yogananda
[© Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers LA USA]
This acclaimed avatar Paramahansa Yogananda, gave the world community updated, advanced, wisdom saturated, esoteric scientific commentary and living example of how to live a life of spiritual and material harmony and peace.
“Truth is one… Divine incarnations do not come to bring a new or exclusive religion, but to restore the One Religion of God-realization. The great ones, like waves, all bathe in the same Eternal Sea…” (Page 242 The Second Coming of Christ) x Paramahansa Yogananda, © SRF Publishers LA USA.
For the Christian world He clarified the true meaning of the Bibles Gospels.
“The Second Coming of Christ; Resurrecting the Christ Within You” 1994
For the Orientals He clarified the true meaning of the Holy Bhagavad Gita.
“God Talks With Arjuna” 2004
For the Muslim world He gave the higher teachings from one of their greatest Saints – Omarr Khayyam’s “The Rubaiyat.” in “Wine of the Mystic.” 1996
All 3 above commentaries are published under Copyright by Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers LA USA.
The Master said ,” A new scripture is born,” upon the completed dictation of these sacred commentaries of divine inspiration and wisdom.
Why did Yogananda not give a commentary on the Koran, Hadiths, or Sira to share His spirituality advanced teachings with the Muslim world? He did use the key scriptures of other religious prophets to share their truths of esoteric spiritual wisdom. This is a major deviation that may rightly or wrongly maybe perceived as a slight by those who play the victim card.
Although His prime mission was to share the wisdom of the Gospels and the Bhagavad Gita, it seems that He wanted to wean the Muslim world into a Higher level of understanding with the Rubaiyat of Omarr Khayyam (great middle Eastern saint) as a basis to work from. Yogananda’s commentary on Khayyam’s Rubaiyat is titled “Wine of the Mystic” and is published by Yogananda’s true publisher, Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers LA USA.
The fact being, that all the worlds teachings/dispensations/revelations were presented at specific levels (grades) suitable for the culture into which they were introduced. On a global scale, this does not necessarily mean that the latest is the greatest or most advanced teaching or more advanced than previous revelations! This was more often true only on a local level for that specific culture where is was introduced. Some cultures are always less advanced than others, it all depends on many factors. Have they been involved for centuries in warfare , research, exploring human consciousness – simple agrarian activities, or just reproducing themselves?
Often various parts of the same continent or hemisphere would be centuries apart in their development and goals.
In today’s world- the latest may or may not be the Greatest – or even new!
The serious scholar or spiritual seeker will find that even many so-called New religions are not much more than the rehashed previous teachings with a new book cover. Until you have done your research you are a potential victim of all the slogans and false prophecies of many so-called prophets. Attracting large numbers of people is not necessarily an indication of a new celebrity having any divine knowledge of status. A Celebrity can merely be another popular figure for the masses to blindly follow, Don’t follow the crowds – they love running over cliffs!
If that culture was more primitive, nomadic, tribal, it would of course receive a less advanced teaching than previous dispensations given to more advanced cultures in a different geological location. For such a culture the first order would be to secure a firmer sociological structure often requiring many strict rules while maintaining the color of certain local elements such as ancient Gods and rituals. So, on a global scale there was not necessarily any “progressive revelation” going on by reason of historical timelines global timelines.
Too many persons -groups- cults are over touchy at the idea that “they” are not the greatest new kid on the block. Well, if you’re nowhere’s near the top, there are others more advanced that can get you closer. As long as you think unrealistically that you are something you are not, there will be little if no immediate progress for your chosen group!
There are often false claims such as “this is God’s final revelation to mankind,” and “there will never be another new religion or prophet sent to earth,” as Mohammad said in the seventh century. Or “the true gospel and priesthood has now been restored for the world” as said Joseph Smith not so long ago. The wise know that it is the “priesthoods” (and Mullahs, bishops, elders, etc) of institutional religions that serve the lower levels of all religions – not the higher more advanced levels. Time is the proof of all things in this world. “You will know them by their fruits” said JC. There have been a number of greater prophets and new religions since the seventh century. And many earlier vain claims have now turned to dust!
Many of these great prophets have been from India alone since the seventh century and even before that era!
This is revealed/evidenced in Yogananda’s spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” from SRF Publishers LA USA. Being one of the 20th centuries greatest spiritual classics and divinely inspirational revelations by one who was a living example of all he taught.
Apparently, even though Yogananda had no serious condemnation re certain other writings and groups, by simply not using them in His great world wide spiritual dispensation, and breaking with His own pattern of literary usage for commentary, His actions made a clear statement on the truth of this whole subject of progressive revelations. Vive la difference!
The oft misunderstood concept of “progressive revelations” mostly applies only to the particular area / culture into which they were introduced. It may only be an advanced timely teaching for that culture/peoples in that specific geographical area of the world.
There may be a possible exceptions in today’s advanced techno world.
With the increasing intermixing of the worlds cultures it is possible to introduce a spiritual dispensation that is globally more advanced. For the content of the message and record of its blessings, but not solely because of the date of its occurrence.
Content, quality, and living examples of truth are the determining factors of the greatness of a dispensation. Does it bring wisdom, harmony, and peace to the world. Does the message truly enhance human consciousness, or is it just a plagiaristic rehashing of all the old ideas from the past while saying it is from some God with no witnesses?
Paramahansa Yogananda did not make such egoistic claims, and when He used ancient quotations/sources He gave proper credit to those sources. Although there is considerable evidence that His communication with the infinite was very true and profound He always credit to others. Time is the test of all things.
The message and example of Yogananda’s great dispensation is universal and enlightening to all who wish to wisely change themselves. It is the way of the “few” that Jesus described, the way that leads to real salvation.
If “you” think you have an opinion on this particular matter, there are a few things you need to do before criticizing these comments. First you must understand clearly what the Guru was doing and what changed in his presentations on certain subjects, and for what reasons.
A beautiful ideal is one thing, yet the timing and practicality of promoting that ideal must sometimes by put on hold or be revised as changing situations/needs dictate. Yogananda, like Jesus, had to redirect/reassess his promotions of some very important opinions/mandates.
In this case of not using Islamic sources to share higher teachings with the Islamic world – what kept Yogananda away from this situation? He claimed that His method of commenting on ancient holy writ was to actually time travel to the time and place where these prophets lived and taught. Thereby experience and ascertaining their true meanings. When we read His reveletory commentaries, this claim becomes very believable. So, what did He see to warn Him away from Islamic writ? This was back in the last century. Since that time a lot of questions have arisen about the way in which these so called holy writs of Islam came about. So our present day knowledge of these matters gives great credibility to the Masters conduct in this matter. He never got caught up in that hornets nest.
The problem most devotees experience is a form of cognitive dissonance, they become too attached to the old idea and are unable to see the Gurus redirection. This causes some stumbling on the part of the devotee who may have heard the first words but were not open to the Master’s redirections .
Jesus said his original mandate was “salvation of the Jews,” that being rejected He then told his apostles to baptize all sincere believers into his new path. This does not apply to every so called missionary who is far from the realization of the Holy Spirit. Few are capable of actually baptizing others at that level.
Paramahansa Yogananda’s great ideal of world brotherhood colonies became impractical in the near future so he rephrased the sense of community to be around SRF temples and meditation groups. There simply was not the spiritual leadership in the West to do this properly. And there was so much other work to prioritize to grow this sacred path.
Most of all, unless you have spent a few years serious study of Islam and its prophet, you will probably have little idea what you are talking about. First take a few years to do this – then we can talk. Remember that in most religions very few of it adherents know what it is all about, and even fewer study the global picture of history and scripture. That is the bigger picture. The avoiding of commentary on the Koran has serious implications.
You will clearly know why He did it this way when you do your own research!
Originality especially, with true inspiration is a great indicator of divine creativity!
There are also many other dubious aspects of the historical Koran that renders it unsuitable to have a comparative association or inclination with certain more advanced scriptures of other prophets (already mentioned by Yogananda).
Here are the addresses of some videos that partially reveal why the Koran could
not be used in a pluralistic, spiritually advanced dispensation for the modern world; “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUsk39rrONE”
(shared with appreciation to Jay Smith),
or see this doc by Tom Holland “Islam The Untold Story”
or, shared from the Positron channel : Why Caliph Uthman Burned All Original Qurans? see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-OX362ff74
“Ye shall know them by their fruits…..JC
Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” ….end
Why do so many people ignore the serious simple wisdom
in these Biblical comments? They do not take time to read!
This is some of the wisdom that Jesus suggests as a way to test true souls;
Another aspect to Yogananda’s comment above; “Truth is one… Divine incarnations do not come to bring a new or exclusive religion, but to restore the One Religion of God-realization. ”
Few persons in history claiming prophet hood tried more loudly and brutally to create a new, most exclusive, intolerant religion than Mohammad. If anyone finds this statement untrue – then you must figure out what went wrong, when, and by whom. Because something is seriously out or whack with that ideology! fp
If someone attempts to introduce a new spiritual dispensation and make
any claims of superiority and exclusivism, or of being the “true church”, or the only true church it will have to stand the tests of time and comparison. We now know too much about such vain claims! We now have so much info available at any moment to test all such claims. Remember, one who makes many claims and prophecies must answer many questions and may have many schemes.
Examine and test all claims made by those who attract a lot of ego and emotional popular attention!
There never was only One holy Writ of truth, or one way to Salvation!
There never was only One exclusive Prophet/Savior/Guru!”….. by PYislove
eg. Krishna’s date in the Holy Land [India] was circa 3000 BC.
Yet spiritually, sociologically, scientifically, and politically, Krishna’s teaching has far more refined and consciousness enhancing directives than that of the Hebrew prophets of much later dates which follow the timeline. Not from any lack therein of the profound wisdom of life, but there are missing detailed pieces of that ancient picture. Much of this may have been deliberate.
India’s spiritual and civilizational heritage predates the Mediterranean areas perhaps by thousands of years.
Vedic holy scriptures of the Sanatana Dharma also contain esoteric locked up wisdom. Some great seers of modern times have unlocked from them the worlds most advanced mathematics and psychophysical spiritual exercises for human development.
Archaeological findings from the Mohenjo-Daro civilization have uncovered an intact skeleton of a Yogi sitting in Lotus posture meditating, dated at 7,200 BC. How many millennia before that date was the spiritual science of Yoga perfected?
There was also the Harrapan civilization in Western India.
After the Hebrews had practiced their religious traditions for a few millennia, only then did Jeshua return from His long sojourn in India to give them the highest ways to live and worship Brahman. Brahman(That) is the name given to the nameless reality in the wisdom of the Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism).
Again, their history shows politics of the Hebrew priesthood generally rejected Christ’s message and attempting to shut down his personal ministry.
Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well;
John 4:21, “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Yogananda concludes with this far reaching statement;
Paramahansa Yogananda said;
“We in Self-Realization Fellowship have not come to bring a new religion, or a new cult or new interpretation. We have come to teach practical methods, the exact technique of widening the channel of human consciousness, so that truth may flow in ceaselessly, endlessly, without obstructions of dogma or unproved beliefs. We seek to point out the path of concentration on a practical system of realization as well as words and personality of saints and prophets. We teach step by step progress to individual personal realization and attainment of divinity.”
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“Meditation is the science of God‑realization which brings true light and happiness into our lives. It is the most practical lifestyle science in the world. Whatever trauma or baggage is preventing you from reaching your full potential of a happy, successful and meaningful life, Self-Realization Fellowship Kriya Yoga, and attunement with this Guru, will remove those barriers to success.
Most people would want to meditate if they understood its value & experienced its beneficial effects. The ultimate object of meditation is to attain conscious awareness of God [the real Self within] – That one Reality that underlies this dream world of relativity, and the soul’s eternal oneness with Him [ The real part of our being.] What achievement could be more purposeful and useful than to harness limited human faculties to the omnipresence and omnipotence of our Creator?” God‑realization FROM MEDITATION bestows on the meditator the blessings of true LIGHT, PEACE, LOVE, JOY, POWER, AND WISDOM.
The techniques and practices of SRF/YSS Kriya Yoga science are not complicated, but it is advanced and sophisticated, requiring and exactness of sustained regular serious practice as set up by the true God realized Master whose life is the first evidence of how effective His teaching is.
Our London Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Circle has weekly meditation services based upon service readings format established by Paramahansa Yogananda.
Come and experience the expanding Awareness, LIGHT , LOVE, & PEACE, and proper group meditation with us.
This meditation circle is an advanced spiritual community dedicated to individual Self-Realization and inner joy based upon the life and teaching of Paramahansa Yogananda as established through the Self-Realization Fellowship/YSS. His only true and personally dedicated global community.
Accelerate the expanding awareness of your consciousness and universal love in this uplifting environment. Change Yourself!
Self-Realization Fellowship is not a sub group of any other religion –
it is unique, transformative, balanced, pluralistic, and spiritually refreshing. Free of old dogmas and non-functional ritual.
We have been meeting here for many years and invite you to call us at;
We are planning to have a mid-week Study group studying and meditating the inspiring writings of Paramahansa Yogananda at a future date.
“Practice (SRF/YSS) Kriya Yoga, and you will surely succeed on the spiritual path. That is my own experience. The liberating power of Kriya Yoga sunders the prison bars of karma. I have never found in East or West such a great technique as this. Everyone who is a follower of Kriya and of this path of Self-Realization Fellowship will go far ahead. Meditate and see the results in yourself…”
said Paramahansa Yogananda.
Yogananda created the Self-Realization Fellowship/YSS as His sole and uniquely authorized non-sectarian NRM to publish and disseminate the great Babajis teachings of Kriya Yoga as taught to Him by the great ones – Lahiri Mahasaya and Swami Sri Yukteswar. Some persons like to dispute which version of Kriya is most pure, but the fact remains that Yogananda has left us a thoroughly proven system that will take one all the way to cosmic consciousness. Once one becomes a student of SRF Lessons course, nothing else is needed. Everything one will ever need is in the SRF Lessons course as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda is Self-Realization Fellowship. These advanced spiritual SRF Lessons are accompanied by ongoing personal counseling and Kriya Yoga initiations.
Another major revelation shared by Paramahansa Yogananda was the Restoration of the True teachings and concommitance of the the Bible Gospels and the Bhagavad Gita from India. Read His “The Yoga of Jesus” for a better idea of what His message is. Also read, “Autobiography of a Yogi” (orange cover editions from Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers are the only up to date, complete, and accurate editions.) now available on Kindle or from other publishers, be sure to buy the “SRF Publishers” complete edition!)
The Master also authorized SRF/YSS Mother Center president in LA USA to approve all future qualified Kriya Yoga teachers/initiators and ministers on a yearly basis who would use Yogananda’s name and teachings to assist this great cause initiated by the great ones. As authorized by the current SRF/YSS President.
SRF GROUP MEDITATION will enrich your spiritual life, and was a most
important recommendation by Yogananda for all serious YSS/SRF devotees.
Bring more peace and harmony into your personal life.
The meditation group is our community of Master’s SRF/YSS devotees world-wide. Your regular attendance will help you sustain a stronger
personal practice of your spiritual sadhana.
Meeting together on a regular basis is one of the greatest aids in helping a new devotees personal growth and happiness. You will
find that overcoming negative moods and addictions is easier.
By meeting you support this community and Masters world wide work that is enhancing human consciousness.
Enjoy the participation in our weekly London Self-Realization Fellowship community meditations.
Group meditation will accelerate your self-transformative process,
and motivate you to meditate daily while enriching your life and works.
You can learn more about SRF Kriya Yoga meditation lessons course by contacting SRF Mother Centre or visiting www.yogananda.org
This web site will tell you much about Yogananda’s only organization
and offers free basic meditation instructions to all visitors…………
If you wish to learn more about the life and work of Paramahansa Yogananda,
see these links also: “The Yogananda Site” and “SRF Answers” .
SELF-REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP IS THE MOST RELIABLE, ACCURATE & COMPLETE SOURCE FOR TEACHINGS AND PUBLICATIONS ABOUT PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA and KRIYA YOGA.
KRIYA YOGA is more than a set of instructions. Unless you take some preliminary training, unless you understand the value and necessity of Surrender, Unless you take this course as the master has set it up,
You will not gain what should be gained when practicing Kriya Yoga. You will think that the method does not really work that well – but the real problem will normally lie in your attitudes to the Guru. Loyalty and attunement are needed!
SELF-REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP/YSS is NOT simply A NEW AGE TEACHING. SRF/YSS is similar to “New thought ” teachings, plus the science of KRIYA YOGA.
With great emphasis on meditation and balanced living.
And a remarkable unblemished progressive history.
Self-Realization Fellowship/YSS IS NOT A SUB GROUP OF ANY OTHER RELIGION.
It is non-sectarian! It is uniquely original and new! It is one of a kind!
I only wish that those who write about it would learn more about it first!
SELF-REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP / Yogoda Sat Sangha is the only Kriya Yoga group recommended & founded by Paramahansa Yogananda.
SELF-REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP /YSS TEACHES THE COMPLETE KRIYA YOGA, including the higher Kriyas necessary to reach the highest levels of Divine awareness, [ often called by many “the kingdom of heaven” or “Salvation”]
Taking Kriya Yoga initiation via Yogananda’s SRF/YSS will give you all you will ever need to reach cosmic consciousness,
as for those who imagine they have a better kriya yoga, or a so-called “original”Kriya Yoga etc, they have yet to learn there never was “only one way” for all. Even Lahiri Mahasaya gave differing initiations to different devotees according to their needs.
But if you want to work with Yogananda’s way, He is the last Guru and strongly recommended joining Self-Realization Fellowship, and taking the SRF Lessons course in order to gain all the benefits and blessings of these teachings.
MEDITATION AND STUDY GROUPS ARE OPEN TO ALL SINCERE SEEKERS / MEDITATORS.
Jesus the Christ Mahavatar Babaji Swami Sri Yukteswar /Paramahansa Yogananda/ Lahiri Mahasaya Bhagavan Krishna
These LIVING PROPHETS (Gurus) are the great examples that guide and protect the lives of all sincere Kriya Yoga devotees of the One Reality. These manifestations of the Divine Reality represent our main inspiration and sources of wisdom to awaken us from the worlds dream.
There Never Was – “ONLY ONE WAY.” The True picture of what ancient scriptures really mean can only be intuitively ascertained by looking at the whole picture of thousands of years of all this worlds spiritual history. Anything less will only keep one bound to dogmatism and the narrowest view of life. No one religion can honestly claim to be the “only way” to live and find salvation from this world of relativity.
True UNITY IN DIVERSITY only happens when one does not practice claims of exclusivism and abrogation of previous true Dispensations/scriptures. Group Meditation accelerates ones spiritual transformation and creates a healthy world community of freedom, light, joy, and peace.
The prime message and teachings of the Great Ones is ….
“Change yourself First, then you will see clearly to enlighten others.” pp
We also honor the SAINTS AND SAGES OF ALL TRUE PATHS and do not abrogate their esoteric teachings.
This is a balanced non-sectarian scientific spiritual path that will enhance your awareness of the Divine regardless of your present affiliation. Narrowness and dogmatism must be left behind!
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And are used as a contribution to further the work of Paramahansa Yogananda’s great mission…
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PYisLOVE says: 24 December 2012 re Amazon.com reply comment to ;
People should become aware that when a review says;
“This review is from: Autobiography of a Yogi
(Reprint of the Philosophical library 1946 First Edition) (Paperback)”
This and any blue covered out of date 1946 editions are mainly from
Crystal Clarity publishers [aka Ananda] and others, and are editions Paramahansa Yogananda
began changing as soon as it was published..do they know better than the Guru?
The orange covered edition [by Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers]
which is now on kindle at $1.99 , is the only complete edition
which clearly represents the final instructions for this SRF book
by Yogananda – as He wanted it. It is the only up to date and complete
edition available anywhere, just as Yogananda had it revised to be.
Now if you don’t like cheap 5mp cameras! -[ you should really try the rebel
series like T7i or 7d.] This is like the difference with the earlier out of
date editions of AY and the newer orange cover Autobiography of a Yogi .
SRF Editions give you the full story, fullest quality, and the best for your money.
The best part of all this is that SRF edition comes with the Guru’s blessings and darshan.
It is in fact Yogananda’s most advanced and complete edition of this book per his wishes!
I fully trust the quality and accuracy of SRF publishers on this book.
These were the people who truly understood these teachings
and remained loyal to Yogananda’s work since his passing in 1952.
Yogananda Himself made many changes to this book from the start…..
If he wanted it to be read as originally printed He wouldn‘t have made any changes.
For persons who are “psychological antiques” it still remains a sacred cow!
The whole SRF editions with orange cover has resulted in a spiritual masterpiece
that is changing the way people see spirituality in the world……
Read the orange covered edition of “Autobiography of a Yogi “,
and Use this link below to read more about these great Avatars………
Be sure to visit “yogananda.org” for more info on this great path, and the Self-Realization Fellowship/YSS updated Lessons course on Kriya Yoga meditation, and on how to live a productive and happy life.
There are many genuine reports of how Yogananda has worked with sincere devotees even after He left the body. One of these interesting stories in clearly and fully shared by the late Mr Larry Reavis ; see his videos on Utube as follows; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCDQFgPuDlc ,
etc etc etc …………………………………………………………………………….
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Dates for public appearances of the above Avatars “Living Christs.”
Lord Bhagavan Krishna of India ……………………….circa 3,125 BC
Lord Jesus the Christ of Judea……………………………..Circa 32 AD
Lord Mahavatar Babaji of India…………………………..Dates prehistorical records, but has a recorded history again in the 19th and 20th century.
Shri shri Lahiri Mahasaya of India………………………Late 19th century
Shri shri Swami Sri Yukteswar of Ranchi India….Early 20th century
Shri Shri Paramahansa Yogananda…of India/America Early 20th century.
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