The Essence of Self-Realization: The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda

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Paramhansa Yogananda was one of the most significant spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. His Autobiography of a Yogi, published in 1946 and printed in more than 20 languages, has touched the hearts of millions and remains the bestselling spiritual autobiography of all time. Great teachers work through their students, and Yogananda was no exception. Kriyananda writes in the introduction to the present volume. "After I'd been with him a year and a half, he began urging me to write down the things he was ...

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Overview

Paramhansa Yogananda was one of the most significant spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. His Autobiography of a Yogi, published in 1946 and printed in more than 20 languages, has touched the hearts of millions and remains the bestselling spiritual autobiography of all time. Great teachers work through their students, and Yogananda was no exception. Kriyananda writes in the introduction to the present volume. "After I'd been with him a year and a half, he began urging me to write down the things he was saying during informal conversations." The Essence of Self-Realization, nearly 300 sayings rich with spiritual wisdom, is the fruit of that labor of love. A glance at the table of contents will convince the reader of the vast scope of this book. It offers as complete an explanation of life's true purpose, and of the way to achieve that purpose, as may be found anywhere.

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"Live in this world as a guest. This world is not your true home. The deed to the house you live in may be written in your name, but whose was it before you acquired it? And whose will it be after you die? It is only a wayside inn, a brief halt on the long journey to your home in God."

"Self-realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and should that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God's omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve your knowing."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565892392
  • Publisher: Crystal Clarity Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 762,169
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Editorial Note xi

1 The Folly of Materialism 1

2 The True Purpose of Life 9

3 The Dream Nature of the Universe 17

4 The Soul and God 27

5 One God, One Religion 35

6 The Law of Life 49

7 Sin Is Ignorance 59

8 The Law of Karma 75

9 The Lesson of Reincarnation 85

10 Working Out Karma 97

11 Grace vs. Self-Effort 113

12 The Need for Yoga 125

13 The Highway to the Infinite 135

14 The Need for a Guru 143

15 The Disciple's Part 153

16 Ways in Which God Can Be Worshiped 165

17 How to Pray Effectively 181

18 On Meditation 189

19 General Counsel 203

20 Self-Realization 219

Index 229

About the Author 237

About the Editor 238

Further Explorations 241

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