India Media credits Yogananda’s work in the West

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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!

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Fake Swami

Fake Swami. Read about [kriyananda] one of many who are attempting to Hijack the great work of Paramahansa Yogananda.
Google https://swamikriyanandatruth.wordpress.com/fake-swami-2/
Time takes care of many things – Although this man (SK) is deceased, there are dark aspects that some of His successors are still promulgating in his name.
The safest, surest and most complete path in its purest form set up by the Master is Self-Realization Fellowship/ Yogoda Sat Sangha(India). Follow SRF path and you will be ok!
Find out about the lessons course on Kriya Yoga from SRF site at yogananda-srf-org

Awake! The Life of Yogananda – the Movie

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……

Awake Poster The life of Yogananda 2The DVD of this epic film is available from Self-Realization Fellowship now.

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
https://www.facebook.com/SRFYSSYoganandaAnswers/notes

 and ,  http://swamikriyanandatruth.wordpress.com/srf-yogananda/obsession-with-srf/

London Ontario Meditation Circle site for Self-Realization Fellowship.

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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.
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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.cover_auto-yogi_1-4 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/aboutSR Mag Summer 2015Read 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.”

http://www.yogananda-srf.org/Self-Realization_Magazine/Current_Issue.aspx#.VcYZ4PlVhBd

Babaji, the great Yogi Avatar/Savior who sent Paramahansa Yogananda West to restore the true teachings of Jesus and Krishna[two Christs!]

Who is Babaji? What is an Avatar?

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Mahavatar Babaji

 Paramahansa Yogananda

The world5_Paramahansa%20Yogananda 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
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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 //////////////////

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Paramahansa Yogananda’s Legacy 1

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A NEW APPROACH FOR A UNIQUE SPIRITUAL DISPENSATION 

Regarding Paramahansa Yogananda’s Legacy,

A highly advanced modern global spiritual teaching for this scientific age.
There is simply no historical precedent regarding Kriya Yoga in the history of India’s Sanatana Dharma for this present world cycle.
This is a global spiritual dispensation for humanity.
A restoration of Jesus teachings. Plus major proofs of ‘true Christs” of other faiths.
His mission was clear, vast, unique, divinely inspired, and free of ego and personal ambitions. His life and teachings brought a remarkable clarity to spiritual life,  which opened up the hidden truths for millions in the mainstream population.
After  the Master arrived in America in 1920, it soon became clear to Him that the best way this mission would fly in the modern world, would be through a centralized organization with clear and balanced policies & practices, free of dogmatism and cultism.
This Kriya Yoga lineage ended with Yogananda’s proclamation that there would be no successor Gurus after His demise. March 7, 1952.
[
False recent claims persist on this by those with different purposes and agendas.]

This was rather in variance with the loosely organized operation of your Indian ashrams.  It was to be on a global scale with vastly different parameters.  With lessons and books available to the whole world. Although he prepared all this work, it was not until 2004 that the bulk of His revelations, including two new major world scriptures, were finally edited and published. His editors in chief all were able to accurately convey his writings.
The only delays in the final publication of these monumental works were the many years of preparation and research given to this project by those He appointed to do it, great souls who truly understood His mission and teachings. 
The final results were well worth waiting for!PY books 4

These two world revelatory scriptures – one on the Bhagavad Gita, and one on the New Testament are an inspiration to behold, and are both remarkable expressions of publication excellence as well.
He entrusted His well trained Spiritually advanced editors in chief to accurately prepare his writings for publishing. The were perfectly attuned to Him.

PY books 5Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers have done an excellent job in maintaining Yogananda’s true writings/teachings and the vision of His SRF/YSS legacy. Those whom Yogananda appointed to complete the monumental task of editing and publishing his works for future generations did a most outstanding job. Untold millions of lives are now being enriched ,saved, and enlightened by these books and the personal help devotees receive from YSS/Self- Realization Fellowship staff.
The teaching of the Master as published by Self-Realization are so far ahead of our time that even teachers who came 70 years after Yogananda really have nothing new to offer.  In fact even going centuries into the future will not make these teachings redundant.
This is the true restoration of the Gospels and the Gita teachings.

But in no way would this unique church be quite like many previous spiritual organizations on historical record. Unlike many NRM’s going back for millenniums,  the SRF/YSS managed to avoid being hijacked by any ambitious followers,[these attempts are still part of human nature and still will occasionally be rearing its head.] and also avoided splintering of the original organization. It became a New Religious Movement bringing many new methods and approaches, free of dogmatism, vain claims, false prophecies, and suffocating exclusiveness.
This spiritual path is based upon ancient time tested Yoga mystical teachings designed to help us achieve the immortal goal of Self-Realization (salvation) through grace and self-effort in this life[or in succeeding lifetimes]. A society that, even before it’s incorporation could point to its own illustrious lineage of divine Avatars, saints, and great devotees in both East and West. The Self-Realization Fellowship/YSS does not fit in the categories of “psychic,” “new age” movements, or “cults”,  a carelessly used word with its modern negative connotations.

Some, for their own reasons have been promoting their own brand of Kriya Yoga, claiming they have the real thing. [they are often adding hatha yoga postures as part of the Kriya yoga practice routine.] This would be difficult to prove as it is said that even Lahiri Mahasaya reduced originally received Krya Yoga practice to its basics. At any rate, the results of Yogananda’s teaching of this Kriya method has definitely produced results in loyal devotees that speak for themselves. It Works!

One part of Paramahansa Yogananda’s mission was to bring a balanced, relevant, and much needed clarified spiritual message to mankind, with new and original methods/approaches in modern contexts and expression. A message free of exclusivism, dogmatism, and arrogance. To be presented in what was to become the world’s most commonly spoken language, needing a minimum of scriptural or language translation, thereby helping this message maintain a more universal clarity. The framework He chose for this dispensation were the mystical scriptures of the New Testament and the Bhagavad Gita. Some may contest the authenticity or value of these ancient records. Both of these documents have served humanity’s spiritual needs for millennia, and still contain many valid treasures, as valid as any revelation since they were first introduced. Because time & man can ravage so many things, Paramahansa Yogananda’s revelation was to bring out the hitherto lost meanings,facts, and values of these ancient texts. Although this same attempt has been made by a number of others in the last few centuries, Yogananda’s commentaries and teachings on these matters can be seen as unique and enlightening, and very complete. The Masters elucidations prove the perennial value and agreement of these documents. There will always be a world of a difference between the work of academics/theologians and true God-knowing souls. It is also a credit to the Hindu tradition that considers the value & usefulness of what is written equally as important as any possible historical verifications. 
Fresh, inspiring directions and concepts await the new seeker reading all His works.
There have been numerous claims in previous centuries by would-be prophets [NRM leaders]. There were so many who claimed they were especially chosen to reveal the original teachings of other past prophets. Yogananda’s work & life appear outstanding in comparison to many of these. When one reads the SRF publications of His inspired writings and talks, the effect is no less that uplifting and life changing in every way. Especially if one follows up on His teachings with daily effort and loyalty. It will be many, many, centuries into the future before evolving mankind will be able to even suggest that this revelation seems out of date, or needs modernizing again. It is the very nature of a great spiritual dispensation that it is initially centuries ahead of its time when it appears. Divine inspiration of this quality is not easily superseded by trendy popular changes. Even then – this sacred path will still be fully valid for ones salvation.  The word of a true Avatar is world transforming!
Paramahansa Yogananda not only did most of his own spiritual writing, He was most wise in having the foresight to train editors who understood His teachings and were attuned with Him spiritually. Divine persons who were able to adjust to the evolution of that which they witnessed in the development of the expression of His ideas over time. Thus publishing future works which accurately expressed an excellent and accurate presentation of his total message/legacy for the world.
He came to clearly show us the essential and underlying truths upon which all true religion is based, concepts that will bring peace to this troubled world only when major reformations occur in said religions. The real inner worship which is based upon devotion and scientific Yoga Pranayama techniques (mental-energy-control), and is proving to be the primary blessing for this age.

Yogananda brought us a more balanced view of life and the spiritual that is a sure and very direct route to salvation, than the doubtful meandering labyrinths of theology hemmed in by the strictures of dogmatism. He showed us how to respect all true spiritual paths as many hued lights on the path of the spirit, while giving our loyalty and full attention to whichever one we would choose to work with. Directing the seeker from scattered eclectic approaches to a more concentrated enduring relationship with this living Masters path. One God-realized Guru can take us farther than 100 well intended philosophers, or a thousand blindly programmed clerics. And even much farther than our own subjective imaginings of where we think we are in the universal scheme. With the power of our own wills plus the wisdom and grace of the great ones we now have all the tools needed to reach our highest potential, as it is written,”Ye are God’s.”SRF_BOOKS-ROW1
Paramahansa Yogananda reintroduced the concept of personal growth based upon each ones own learning and experiential needs, rather than only as sets of fixed rules. He came from a tradition that was pretty well free of dogmatism. While explaining the better ways of and reasons for following the basic universal laws of harmonious living. He encouraged devotees to exercise their good judgment leading to a better moral life. His unique legacy covers a vast range of how to live principles and self-improvement methods for personal spiritual growth and salvation [as some call it]. The master tells us that we are all left to make those final choices as we learn and grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Reflecting the free will of the devotee.
His emphasizing and demonstrating of many new ways of making religion more scientific and less mysterious, more practical and less superstitious, more pluralistic, finds wide appeal with today’s better informed world consciousness.
Paramahansa Yogananda clarified many, many long-misunderstood, misrepresented, and hidden scriptural meanings, which for centuries had baffled the leaders and followers of many various religious movements. This was done from the mystical level using the intuitive spiritual awareness, rather than and intellectual/academic methods. Fully resulting in explanations that make much more sense accompanied by better results for the individual and society. His own life clearly testifies to His connection to the great source of truth – the universal Reality which many call God. These revealed concepts are at the same time consciousness enhancing, enlightening, balanced, harmonizing and progressive.
He did not come to necessarily start a new religion, but to instead show as clearly as possible the universal truths underlying all true religions, concepts which have an underlying unity of meaning and purpose. With harmonious/pluralistic basics that can bring us all together while not denying/devaluing the validity of the uniqueness and value of our own traditions. And those who are keen enough to grasp the real import of His great and timely message will be forerunners of a growing ecumenical global Interfaith cooperative movement leading to a true world brotherhood, and a greater chance for lasting world peace. Not by everyone following the same religion, but by awakening to the highest teachings within each and every true faith/path.

To show how the teachings of many great faiths are universal Paramahansa Yogananda wrote very enlightening commentaries on major scriptures from their inner meanings at the mystical level – the level of the “True Religion in every faith”. These writings are described further on elsewhere on these pages. In these and other works He created a fresh array of innovative and motivating approaches to inspire humanities sense of well-being, peace, and religious cooperation, rather than claims that would create division & conversion. Teaching that Everyone’s first duty is convert oneself(not others) to the wisdom that one professes to believe in, before attempting to convert others to it. This takes a great deal of time and effort and would make our spiritual efforts far more rewarding. Keeping in mind that we must change ourselves very deeply before professing to know how to change others.
In all of his prolific writings you will not find a slur or hint of prejudice against anyone else’s person, faith, prophet, nationality, or spiritual path. This respectful attitude and universal love flows naturally not only from His pluralistic Hindu roots, but also from His unprejudiced Yogic training and base, and from His sense of oneness with all other beings. Although, like all true mystics, Paramahansa Yogananda was also a great teacher who claimed no limiting sectarian identity for Himself. He showed us the true balance between maintaining our individuality while at the same time developing our sense of community, two vital and essential elements for a better world and our own personal development. This was mainly accomplished by basing His Self-Realization Fellowship on a different footing with a high level of quality spiritual leadership. An impeccable devoted forward-looking and versatile leadership which has carried on till this day with great insight for the benefit of all who would truly work with the Masters path.

Paramahansa Yogananda’s  main message was one of Loyalty, Grace, Divine love, Kriya Yoga,  Self-effort, & scientific Yoga meditation as a way to know God and experience intuitive guidance for a better life. There was not a single important life area He left unexplained, as an aid in making our search for truth more successful, practical, and life fulfilling and SELF-TRANSFORMATIVE for each devotee. From the very moment a true GURU introduces himself to you, through temporary obedience He brings you to the greatest freedom humans an ever know in this world or beyond.
These are only a few of the reasons that Paramahansa Yogananda stands out as an unparalleled modern spiritual prophet in this age.
The Quality and History of His life tells us the rest! We are privileged to be living in an age where so recent a history with living witnesses is available.

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