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……
“Always associate with those who are loyal to God and the Great Gurus and you will find your life becoming the highest type of life. Be true to the truth of Self-Realization teachings and you shall find your life filled with the glory of Spirit, with the effulgence of the Almighty.”
“Those who join us on this path of Self-realization are not connected to some printing press, but to a line of God-realized masters. God Himself, through them, overshadows this work. All who follow it sincerely, with devotion, will be brought to Him.” Paramahansa Yogananda
—Paramahansa Yogananda, Founder of Self-Realization Fellowshipwas clearly referring to His only organization (SRF/YSS)
when He says; “on this path of Self-Realization,” and “God Himself, through them, overshadows overshadows this work,”
Copy of a Handwritten note by Paramahansa Yogananda to a devotee;
In a handwritten note titled Kriya Yoga (click the WRITTEN link to see photos of handwriting), Paramahansaji expressed these thoughts to be conveyed to new initiates about the close association between KRIYA, SRF AND THE LINE OF GURUS:
“This is not the end of your relationship with SRF or Kriya Yoga—but the beginning.
Keep contact with headquarters &you will be linked with the Masters, by which salvation is reached quickly…Some take Kriya Yoga and become fully satisfied and forget all about the link of the masters—
they will never reach God.”
“Kriya Yoga is the fastest airplane route to God, but it has to be piloted by the gurus—SRF teachings regularly received.”
This is an excerpt from an interview with Sri Daya Mata by Saurabb Bhattacharya for “Life Positive,” a magazine in India, that was in the SRF Magazine, Fall 1999:
Q; Some people claiming their ancestry to Sri Yukteswar and Lahiri Mahasaya are teaching Kriya Yoga in the West. Please comment.
Daya Mata replies; “Receiving Kriya Yoga is more than obtaining a set of instructions; it means forming a sacred bond between one’s soul and the guru sent by God to lead one back to Him– for it is when practiced within the auspices of that holy relationship that Kriya can fully impart its blessings.
And a person’s choice of guru is a completely individual matter between that devotee and God; it is not for anyone else to comment on. What we tell people is that if they wish to enter the guru-disciple relationship with Paramahansa Yogananda, then the YSS/SRF teaching is the way to do so. He promised that he and his paramgurus would guide and guard the spiritual progress of all who receive Kriya initiation through the society he himself established for this purpose, if they keep in tune through faithful practice of the teachings.” END>>>>
Notes by PYislove; This edition of Paramahansa Yogananda’s classic AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI with the orange cover is published by Self-Realization Publishers. Yogananda’s publishers.It represents many updated changes that were done by Yogananda himself and his editors in chief according to His directions. It is the only complete and most accurate edition clearly representing the Master’s final visions for His great spiritual legacy. Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers are the sole heir and copyright owners authorized by Yogananda to publish and own his works. He established a publications council to approve of all completed works before publication.
The master also left written and verbal instructions stating that He wanted all this work centered from SRF Mother Center.
Yogananda also wrote to another devotee;” this is not the end of your relationship with Self-realization Fellowship, but only the beginning…….stay in touch with mother center…..”
Nowhere did He suggest that the devotee would need to seek elsewhere for more lessons and methods, for other teachers and guides etc. In master’s Lessons Course, writings, and examples we have it all!
Even His personal attention and blessings are always with us – He is a “Living Guru.”
WELCOME to London Ontario SRF Meditation Circle Phone 519-438-4744 Call for details Note; See sidebar for links to other posts in SRF London Meditation Circle >>>>>>>>>>>
for the SELF-REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP
“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.
NOTE; FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT GAINED THE ABOVE RESULTS, you may have lacked proper understanding, methodology, practice, devotion, discipline, motives, patience, and Receptivity! Don’t compare you life with any one else’s, we all start off from different levels with various skills, desires, challenges, and intentions.
As light brings illumination to darkness, so the Guru brings success to seeming failures. A “Living Guru” works without a live physical body!
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.
“Kriya Yoga Science is more than a set of instructions,” said Daya Mata.
Instructions are available from many sources – but what will you really get? Many have been duped….
Through your relationship with SRF/YSS comes the great blessings and help, and the true legacy of Yogananda and the great ones. I will assure you from my lifetime of experience with SRF/YSS Lessons course that if you work at this and understand what you are doing, you will never need anything else. It is a complete Spiritual Path.
Our LondonSelf-Realization FellowshipMeditation Circle has weekly meditation services based upon service readings format established by Paramahansa Yogananda.
Come and experience the expanding Awareness, LIGHT , LOVE, & PEACE, of proper group meditation.
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;
519-438-4744 for times, directions, and other meeting details.
We are planning to have a mid-week Study group studying and meditating the inspiring writings of Paramahansa Yogananda at a future date.
Yogananda tells all devotees to always work with His own Self-Realization Fellowship/YSS
“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.
Meeting together on a regular basis is one of the greatest aids in helping
a new devotees personal growth and happiness. By meeting you support this
community and Masters world wide work that is enhancing human consciousness.
Enjoy the participation in our London Self-Realization Fellowship community. 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-srf.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” .
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.
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! WEBMASTERS NOTE; This is not an official SRF/YSS web site; all original material here is under copy write 2012.-2020. All SRF Quotes used under fair use law with understandings with appreciation. And are used as a contribution to further the work of Paramahansa Yogananda’s great mission…
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 theway people see spirituality in the world……