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Read this article on crediting Yogananda’s work in America as being a major factor in bringing the reality of “International Day of Yoga” into such quick manifestation because of His 30+ years of work in the West.
The government of India has named one of its railroad services “Kriya Yoga Express”. As this was the train that Yogananda used to travel between His Ranchi school and Calcutta [now Kolkatta]
During Yogananda’s work in America He established His one society known as Self-Realization Fellowship through which anyone may take correspondence course to learn Kriya Yoga Meditation techniques for home independent study.
He also authored many books and restored the true teachings of Jesus & Krishna, showing the essential advanced unity of their teachings for world wide dissemination.
His life was a living, walking, display of divinity itself!
This epic film will awaken a lot of people and inspire devotees the world over.
It is now playing in Europe and Latin American countries 2016……
To get more of the true facts about Self-Realization Fellowship history
since the master passed on in 1952 see these links.
www.yogananda-srf.org or SRFbooks.com
Welcome page; also see other links on these pages. See Side List >>>>>>> >>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Deeper Meditations, Healing, Self-Transformation, Advanced spiritual practices, and community devotion are found at London Ontario Meditation Circle of Self-Realization Fellowship.
A society free from dogma, prejudice, and exclusivity,
and free of gender limitations.
Kriya Yoga Meditation is absolutely safe and effective.
Come, meditate deeply with us and expand your consciousness!
You can change your life more quickly in this uplifting environment…
Practices and readings at these Meditation Circle services will
give the wise seeker tools to take home for personal growth.
If you came only once or twice and imagined it was like any other
church, you have missed the whole point.
You didn’t take time to really see! Do more reading of Yogananda’s wisdom!
Come for many months, also Meditate at home -then you will know for sure.
The Uniqueness and fullness of these services are consciousness/life changing.
If you are not ready to change yourself, this path may not be for you?
Self-Realization Fellowship was Founded by
Paramahansa Yogananda in 1920,
Incorporated in 1935.
His journey in this lifetime 1893-1952.
This divine manifestation brought Kriya Yoga Meditation to the West.
He made far reaching contributions to world peace, and religious unity,
and left us all with a revelatory divine dispensation in the world’s
most widely spoken language. Yogananda also brought the yogic
“Science of Religion” as a true science to the world’s attention in a
way fully explained and demonstrated in His own remarkable life.
Methods, that when correctly and regularly practiced, will bring one the personal enlightenment & Joy of Self-Realization even before death.
Ending the tedious cycles of reincarnation.
This path is one of grace, self-effort, reason, devotion, and Intuition. SRF/YSS Lessons Course is available at minimum expense for all who wish to learn and practice the world’s most
advanced and effective methods for self-transformative living.
With ongoing personal counseling, initiations, and instructions
from Self-Realization Fellowship mother centre.
This is always accompanied by Yogananda’s constant aid to all
sincere devotees who are attuned to His presence –
He is a “Living Guru.”
Consciousness does not die and is not born, it learns and remembers itself through human experience. When we change our ego consciousness into superconsciousness, there is no more need for physical bodies.
We just go on working all the same.
Yes! Yogananda brought the most advanced brain plasticity concepts as part of many unique advanced lifestyle practices/teachings all based upon Ancient Yoga principles.
All part of a Spiritual science free of dogma and superstition- there are real results!
Kriya Yoga Lessons course from YSS/SRF note;
These advanced Kriya Yoga techniques allow a person to dissolve their past Karma [the residual traumas of this and other lives in this world, called sin by some].
Of course this will only happen with regular correct practice and attitudes.
Attitudes of loyalty to the Guru and his work via YSS/SRF, and attunement
with His living presence, study of the Lessons and other writings daily.
The Master said, “I seek nothing from you but your joy in God .
And you seek nothing from me but wisdom and joy.”
……..” You have come here for the pure truth that flows from my soul,
and even if one person receives this truth and is changed,
I will have done more good than if thousands were rocking with emotion.”
“Journey to Self-Realization“- Pp 152
Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers © LA USA
He also began the pluralistic open restoration of these advanced
world teachings found in the Holy Bhagavad Gita & the Biblical Gospels.
For the Arabic peoples He revealed an advanced esoteric commentary on
the Rubaiyyat of Omar Khayyam. “Wine of the Mystic.”
This dispensation has led to a world wide revolution in spiritual
thinking and greater respect for all religious traditions.
Yoga and the work of Self-Realization which is now
sweeping the world is only in the earliest beginning stages.
This is a more advanced level of the Yoga lifestyles that are
now sweeping the world in 2016.
When asked by a devotee what the future held for these SRF teachings.
The master replied, “wait till you see this work in two thousand years.”
Be sure to see the award winning film “Awake, The Life of Yogananda.”
Available on DVD from SRF web site book store with sub-titles in many languages.
Paramahansa Yogananda’s renowned “Autobiography of a Yogi”
originally written in English in 1946 has been revised per His own
efforts and instructions left with his only church SRF/YSS.
Now available in about 40 languages, and still appearing
on Best seller lists world wide. Get the “complete edition” only from SRF.
The Master said, “By heeding these simple truths that I give you, you can find God.
You don’t need a new religion. You know what God wants; what you need is to live by it.”
Paramahansa Yogananda, from SR magazine, Summer 2008.
Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers LA USA
Links to visit ;https://plus.google.com/b/100023454330735949713/100023454330735949713/aboutRead the inspiring Wisdom from Paramahansa Yogananda’s talks.
“The highest way to achieve success is to deeper and deeper into the silence within,
until you rise above the mortal realm of this earth-plane.”
Who is Babaji? What is an Avatar?
The world first became aware of Mahavatar Babaji [prophet] by name upon the publication of the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi ,” written by Babaji’s emissary Paramahansa Yogananda, whom He sent to the West in 1920 to spread the global unifying teachings of world religious Pluralism and the science of Kriya Yoga Meditation [ among other things] beyond the shores of sacred India. Yogananda not only came to teach, but also as a living example of that ideal personage, to aid others on their journey to salvation/ Samadhi/ cosmic consciousness, [union with reality.]
Note; If you plan to read the Autobiography of a Yogi, the only up to date and complete editions are the SRF ones with orange covers. There is also a digital version from Amazon by Self-Realization Fellowship. Other electronic and printed versions of the 1946 edition are pirated original editions are all out of date and incomplete. Only SRF orange cover editions are now as Paramahansa Yogananda wanted them.
The Master was changing/improving this book since its first edition, and left further instructions with His editors in chief for further changes, which they faithfully and accurately carried out.
Yogananda’s legacy from YSS/SRF remains accurate and intact. We are now left with an exceptional, reliable, & valuable sacred record of Yogananda’s final wishes for this great dispensation. Through Mahavatar Babaji’s teachings and living presence found in YSS/Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons course and other publications, we now have one of the worlds clearest spiritual dispensations on how to know truth and commune with the Real Self within – Reality.
It works! Yoganandaji left us all a gold mine. But we still need to do our share of serious deep digging ! He tells us that if we are not doing that digging in SRF publications with proper loyalty and meditation, we will not get the full results we seek.
“A siddha is a perfected being who has attained complete liberation in Spirit; he becomes a paramukta, “supremely free,” and can then RETURN TO EARTH AS AN AVATARA—as did KRISHNA, JESUS, and many other saviors of mankind through the ages. As often as virtue declines, a God-illumined soul comes to earth to draw virtue again to the fore (Gita IV-7-8). An avatar, or divine incarnation, HAS TWO PURPOSES ON EARTH– quantitative and qualitative. Quantitatively, he uplifts the general populace with his noble teachings of good against evil.
But the main purpose of an avatar is qualitative—to create other God realized souls, helping as many as possible to attain liberation. This latter is the very personal and private spiritual bond formed between guru and disciple, a union of loyal spiritual endeavor on the part of the disciple and divine blessings bestowed by the guru. Students are those who receive only a little light of truth. BUT DISCIPLES ARE THOSE WHO FOLLOW COMPLETELY AND STEADFASTLY, DEDICATED AND DEVOTED, UNTIL THEY HAVE FOUND THEIR OWN FREEDOM IN GOD.”
said Paramahansa Yogananda,
God Talks With Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita
© Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers LA USA
“Loyalty is the highest law.” Paramahansa Yogananda……………….>
One thing that should be cleared up in the first place, a matter widely and deeply misunderstood by many seekers and devotees of many paths – just who/what is an Avatar?
No matter how enamored you are about your teachers charisma or talk, that does not necessarily make him/her a true Guru or an Avatar. “We have many teachers such as mentors, books experiences, other persons – but only one Guru.” The Guru does not have to be an avatar, but why settle for less! Yet in the meantime, we will all be lead by self- transforming moves to those experiences that lead us one step at a time to that which unveils the Realization of the true Self. So it is quite natural that we are not all attracted to the same path, the same books etc.
What is their purpose and how does the Avatar really work? How can one tell who is and is not an Avatar? These details are clarified in Paramahansa Yogananda’s book “Autobiography of a Yogi.” Nowhere in the modern or ancient annals of world spiritual literature/scriptures is this more fully and clearly defined than in the sacred works left to the world by Paramahansa Yogananda and His mentors, especially in His “Autobiography of a Yogi.” Bhagavan Krishna, Rama, Buddha, Jesus the Christ, Adi Sankara, Lahiri Mahasaya, Moses, Swami Sri Yukteswar, Mohammed, and Abraham, are a few major examples of Avatars that ancient and modern history records. These great ones are also “Gurus” [living spiritual masters], another term that has been misaligned in modern popular jargon. A true Guru is not only an expert/teacher, as that is only one of his roles. His power to Personally and directly aid in the devotee’s self-transformation is unique, and their works before and after the death of the their own body is legendary. The true “living Gurus” are in a class well above “expert,” and have lived extraordinarily incredible lives. What they became and lived is what they taught us! They seek only to show us the way to true freedom. True Gurus and Avatars are not motivated by the obsessions of the ego. This true power to directly aid and help spiritual seekers is not possessed by priests and pseudo prophets. As when the pass on the will be just as dead as you are. They may impotently promise you heavenly rewards, but all the while they program you with darkness and bondage, the political programming of the many.
First of all – Avatars are extremely rare, if we had more than one in a century doing widespread public dispensations, that alone would indeed be very rare. Closer examination exposes so many false prophets. Saints, even great saints may not be in the class of “Avatar.” Yet it is a great egoistic exaggeration of so many devotees to imagine and boast that their teacher, guru, or mentor is an Avatar. Get Real! Your inflated ego “cannot even imagine the state of the avatars consciousness, ” said Yogananda.
Essentially, an Avatar is a person who in a previous incarnation on this planet had reached a fairly advanced level of cosmic consciousness. One who has returned, not under the normal compulsions of the cycles of births and deaths [reincarnation], but of His own free will. This incarnation is done not to serve any personal ambitions but only to work with the divine will [the wisdom guided directions of Reality [Brahman]. Usually being born into a very spiritual family at a time of great sociological transformational need going on in this world.
This does not include the many smaller teachers who work in the world. The new devotee can scarcely tell who is a spiritually live or dead teacher, so when he/she claims that the teacher is a Guru or an Avatar be very cautious. They seldom know what they are talking about.
As Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, Ch4;v 7-8 “O Arjuna! Whenever virtue [dharma] declines and vice predominates, I incarnate as an Avatar. In visible form I appear from age to age to protect the virtuous and destroy evildoing in order to reestablish righteousness.” (c) “The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita,” SRF publishers LA USA.
As wonderful as the Gurus, Saints, and Mystics of all faiths are, the Avatar stands out as well beyond them in attainment – a veritable superman. The Avatar literally changes history on a vast scale, and brings forward the understanding and evolutionary speed of human consciousness. Some Avatars work with smaller groups of devotees or specific cultures, and leave a teaching to suit the needs of that particular culture. While others may do work on a vast cultural or global scale. Such an Avatar was Mahavatar Babaji as described in the orange covered Autobiography of a Yogi. No, there does not necessarily need to be prophetic declarations ahead of time, many of which are misinterpreted and already overused by desperate, overexcited, devotees. Although in the case of Paramahansa Yogananda there were prophecies at the time immediately after his birth in this lifetime.
Many claims have been made over recent decades by a number of persons about seeing/meeting Mahavatar Babaji.
These reports are often accompanied with the edict that “Babaji wants me [or whoever] to spread His teachings to mankind. Many of these claims are not clearly founded or even supported by their sources. Devotees beware – you wouldn’t know an Avatar if you tripped over one. Charisma, popularity, Self-claims, or even a large crowd of followers does not define the Avatar.
Yoganandaji himself put it most succinctly and wisely in His new scriptural dispensation for this age,
“The Second Coming of Christ; Resurrecting the Christ within you.” and in “The Yoga of Jesus.” SRF Publishers LA USA,
when He said; “ In titling this book “The Second Coming of Christ” I am not referring to a literal returning by Jesus to earth. He came two thousand years ago and, after imparting a universal path to God’s kingdom was crucified and resurrected: His reappearance to the masses now is not necessary for the fulfillment of His teachings. What is necessary of for the cosmic wisdom and divine perception of Jesus to speak again through each one’s own experience and understanding of the Infinite Christ Consciousness that was incarnate in Jesus. That will be his true second coming.” Page 10, (C) The Yoga of Jesus, SRF Publishers LA USA.
Herein lie one of the facts about Avatars. They never return for second coming public teaching debuts, to save or acknowledge those who imagine they know some god’s only correct interpretation of the truth of these matters. This is a fact of history – they never return in this way! Every divine incarnation in this world is unrepeated with a unique appearance and name. They deal with current issues in a particular culture, which never requires repeating the same message details, but only the principles.
Likewise, let us consider the Mahavatar Babaji situation. Through a lineage of Avatars as we can read about in the holy book “Autobiography of a Yogi”, this divine global dispensation was sent via Paramahansa Yogananda [as Humanity’s interface] with a clearly established succession and history to support it, not to mention the outstanding work and life of Paramahansa Yogananda in its own right. This clear record and resulting successes of Yogananda’s mission is incontestable and incomparable. He did Mahavatar Babaji proud as the saying goes, not requiring the resending of other persons of much lesser attainment to redo the mission so eminently fulfilled by Yogananda. It is also important to keep in mind that this dispensation is so advanced that it will not need redoing for many, many, millennia. When there is need for humanity to have a serious update. Other truly great souls will be here to do that in the distant future.
So, if someone comes along and claims that Babaji has told them to spread the teachings of Kriya Yoga etc, you can be sure that the only true situation here is that history is repeating itself. And if you should have a chance to study Yogananda’s clarification on this matter you will find that great Avatars do not have to make a second, third, or fourth launching of their works.
They are free of ego and not so incompetent as to choose the wrong person who would fail at such a large and important mission to the worlds’ peoples. In fact Babaji’s chief disciple, Lahiri Mahasaya advised all of his down line disciples not to start any organizations. Looking back now, having witnessed quality and fullness of Babaji’s great work through YSS/SRF over the last hundred years, it is evident that Paramahansa Yogananda was the right person at the right time in history to carry out this massive divine dispensation. This is why we can see that Lahiri Mahasaya did not want a dozen other devotees to interfere with the divine plan as we have seen it unfold via Yogananda through YSS/SRF.
Who said, “the best person to place in a powerful position of responsibility is the one who does not seek personal fame and power.” ? Alas, such a divine soul was Yogananda and His saintly successors of this great path.
It is good for the green seeker and devotee to remain a bit cautious until he/she learns begins to understand what/who a real Avatar is, and what it really means to have a “living spiritual master “[Guru]. More on – who is a living Master! later //////////////////
More links to study;
of Self-Realization Fellowship/YSS
Paramahansa Yogananda Rediscovered , Kriya Yoga Masters
WELCOME to London Ontario SRF Meditation Circle
Phone 519-438-4744 Call for details 519-472-3066
of the SELF-REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP
The Master Says, “Meditation is the science of God‑realization and the bringer of true light and happiness into our lives. It is the most practical science in the world. Most people would want to meditate if they understood its value and experienced its beneficial effects. The ultimate object of meditation is to attain conscious awareness of God – That one Reality that underlies this dream world, and the soul’s eternal oneness with Him. 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 meditater the blessings of true LIGHT, PEACE, LOVE, JOY, POWER, AND WISDOM.
NOTE; FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT GAINED THE ABOVE RESULTS.
You may have lacked proper understanding, methodology, practice, motives, and Patience!
Read His wisdom again in SRF books and Lessons,
keep trying and peace, love, and Joy will happen!
Healing and Light and Self-Realization will happen!
“Meditation utilizes concentration in its highest form. Concentration consists in freeing the attention from distractions and in focusing it on any thought in which one may be interested. Meditation is that special form of concentration in which the attention has been liberated from restlessness and is focused on God. Meditation, therefore, is concentration used to know God….”
“The first proof of God’s presence is an ineffable peace.
This evolves into joy humanly inconceivable.
Once you have touched the Source of truth and life, all nature will respond to you.
“Finding God within, you will find Him without, in all people and all conditions.”
— Paramahansa Yogananda, Metaphysical Meditations, (c) SRF
Our London SRF Meditation Circle has weekly meditation services
based upon service readings format established by Paramahansa Yogananda.
Come and experience the Awareness expanding LIGHT , LOVE, & PEACE of proper group meditation.
We have been meeting here for many years and invite you
to call us at; 519-438-4744 , or 519-472-3066
for times, directions, and other meeting details.
We are planning to have a mid-week Study group studying and meditating
on the inspiring writings of 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 Yoga is most pure/complete. The master said:”That same kriya Yoga that my Guru taught me, I have given you.” The fact remains that Yogananda has left us a thoroughly proven system that will take one all the way to cosmic consciousness. You can test it in the laboratory of your own life.
Once one becomes a student of SRF Lessons course, nothing else is really needed. This course includes ongoing phone counseling to all SRF/YSS students of the Lessons Course…
There will be nothing accomplished by sitting at the feet of every new teacher on the block.
Unless you know absolutely that the new one is greater than Yogananda. You don’t!
Everything one will ever need is in these SRF Lessons exactly as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda.
Self-Realization Fellowship & Yogananda are one. It will take you to cosmic consciousness with the Masters help all along the way. I experience the Guru’s help every day! And that does not even include all those other unique and inspiring revelations published by Self-Realization Fellowship -His only org.
You can get a good idea who we are by reading Yogananda’s “Autobiography of a Yogi”(orange cover).
This SRF Publishers complete edition is also available in ebook format. [do not buy 1946 editions]
Another major revelation shared by Paramahansa Yogananda are 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 from Amazon & itunes ..) Avoid the 1946 edition.
Everything that is missing from the Gospels can be found in the holy Bhagavad Gita of India, and Yogananda’s SRF writings.
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The Master also authorized only SRF/YSS Mother Center in LA USA to approve of 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. Persons who contradict this and other wishes of Yogananda have their own ways.
SRF GROUP MEDITATION will enrich your spiritual life and was a most
important recommendation by Yogananda for all serious devotees.
Bring more peace and harmony into your personal life.
Enjoy the participation in our Self-Realization Fellowship community.
Group meditation will accelerate your self-transformative process.
You can learn more about advanced Kriya Yoga meditation course by
contacting SRF Mother Centre or visiting www.yogananda-srf.org
This web site will tell you much about Yogananda’s only organization
and offers free basic meditation instructions to all visitors…………
WHAT IS SELF-REALIZATION ?
Paramahansa Yogananda tells us that; “Self-Realization is the knowing-in body, mind and soul- that we are one with the omnipresence of God; that we do not have to pray that it come to us, that we are not merely near it at all times, but that God’s omnipresence is our omnipresence ; that we are just as much a part of Him now as we ever will be. ……
All we have to do is improve our knowing.”
SELF-REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP IS THE MOST RELIABLE, ACCURATE & COMPLETE SOURCE
FOR TEACHINGS AND PUBLICATIONS ABOUT PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA and KRIYA YOGA.
SELF-REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP IS NOT exactly 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.
Self-Realization Fellowship 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 is the only Kriya Yoga group recommended & founded by Paramahansa Yogananda.
SELF-REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP 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”KY 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 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.
True UNITY IN DIVERSITY only happens when one does not practice claims of exclusivism and abrogation of previous true scriptures. Group Meditation accelerates ones spiritual transformation and creates a healthy world community of freedom, light, and joy.
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 teachings.
This is a balanced non-sectarian spiritual path that will enhance your awareness
of the Divine regardless of your present affiliation.
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All SRF Quotes used under fair use understandings.
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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 all from
Crystal Clarity publishers [aka ananda], and are editions Paramahansa Yogananda
began changing as soon as it was published..do you know better than the Guru?
The orange covered edition which is now on kindle for $1.99 ARF Edition only  is the
only complete up to date edition which clearly represents the final instructions
for this book by Yogananda himself. It is the only edition as Yogananda wanted it to be .
And if you don’t like cheap 5mp cameras! -[ you should really try the rebel series like T5i or 7d.]
This is like the difference with the earlier out of date 1946 editions and the newer orange Autobiography of a Yogi .
SRF Editions give you the full story, fullest quality, and the best for your money.
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…..
The whole thing has resulted in a spiritual masterpiece
that is changing the way people see spirituality in today’s world……
Wisdom in the Olive!
Paramahansa Yogananda said;
“Once a man gave some olives to another who had never seen olives, and said,
“These have a lot of oil in them. “This person cut open the fruit but could see no oil .
Then his friend showed him how to squeeze the olives in order to extract the oil from the pulp.
So it is with God. Everything in the universe is saturated with His presence – the twinkling of the stars,
the rose, the song of the bird, our minds. His being[reality] permeates everything, everywhere.
But one has to metaphorically “squeeze” God out of His material concealment.”
by Paramahansa Yogananda, page 54, from “the Yoga of Jesus,” SRF Publishers, LA USA.
Comment by PYilsove;;;;;;
This is just how tricky the mind is to us. We naturally imagine that to see what is in something you can just open it up.
Yet with microscopic substances or invisible energies this does not work so easily. We must now use other approaches, tools, and techniques.
This is where the one sided intellectual and the one sided emotional persons often fail. Patience and persistence are also needed at times.
These alone are not only unbalanced in approaches but they lack the proper tools and/or methodology and skills and openness of mind to reach accurate conclusions. That is because the ego keeps repeating that we already know what we don’t know.
In this case one had to squeeze and compress instead of dissecting and opening up to reveal the contents.
Here’s where the science of Yoga Meditation comes in –
it perfects and intensifies our powers of concentration while steadying the mind
to see a clearer image of anything we wish to understand. It gives us a balalnced view of our subject.
It also removes all that trauma we call sin. It takes us on an inward journey to reality and away from
the dream world of material relativity. We become sane and whole, and one with Reality/God consciousness/
Otherwise houses just get built on sand – a foundation that will eventually crumble.
Oh! Everything looks great Now!
Just wait till you learn more, especially about yourself……