Guru-Disciple Relationship, Yoga Philosophy

The Many Incarnations of Paramhansa Yogananda

An avatar and his Divine mission through the ages “Sir, are you an avatar?” a young Swami Kriyananda once asked Paramhansa Yogananda. With quiet simplicity, Yogananda replied, “A work of this importance would have to have been started by such a one.” (The New Path, Swami Kriyananda) What is an avatar? What “work of importance” was Yogananda referring to? Is there … Read More

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Autobiography of a Yogi

A Worldwide Spiritual Classic The Autobiography of a Yogi is famous and beloved all over the globe, acclaimed alike by saints and sinners, scientists, and philosophers. It is cherished by secluded yogis, busy householders, business persons, street vendors, men and women in the East and West, readers young and old. In short, Paramhansa Yogananda’s biography is read by people of … Read More

Guru-Disciple Relationship, Meditation, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Practice

How Meditation Changed My Life

To meditate a short time with depth is better than to meditate for long hours with the mind running wild.” – Paramhansa Yogananda I heard about meditation for the first time from my aunt. She might have suggested it because it seemed necessary. During those times, I certainly needed guidance but at the same time, I didn’t know I needed … Read More

Guru-Disciple Relationship, Spiritual Growth

Joy, Good Humor, and Kriya Yoga

Swami Kriyananda often said that each technique on the path of Kriya Yoga helps us to commune with an aspect of the Divine. The Energization Exercises help us attune to the Power aspect of God. Hong-Sau brings an experience of God as Peace. The Aum technique introduces us to God as Cosmic Vibration and Kriya Yoga helps us commune with … Read More

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The True Meaning of Discipleship

The Law of Love Paramhansa Yogananda said that the purpose of life is to find God. We may similarly say that the purpose of life is to: Find your true Self End the long exile of the soul Find the way back home Return to the heavenly joy once known but lost All of these aspirations involve a special law … Read More

Guru-Disciple Relationship, Spiritual Growth

The Tree of Life

Paramhansa Yogananda referred to his teachings as trees of Self-realization. When they are watered with daily meditation, they grow strong and sturdy. Through this daily practice they can withstand the challenges of this world and yield fruits of wisdom and divine realization. To grow the tree of life and Self-realization, one needs to meditate daily and live a moral and … Read More

Guru-Disciple Relationship, Spiritual Growth

…But Why Do I Need a Guru?

I am a sincere person who wants to mature, learn, and evolve. Why should I need a guru for that? I have my own legs to walk with, my own head to think with, my own heart to guide me, my own will to get me to my goals in life. Why should I let someone else decide for me? … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Ananda Writers Group, Guru-Disciple Relationship, Spiritual Growth

Swamiji Guides My Relationships

Before I moved to Ananda, I worked for a fledgling sports magazine, Runner’s World, with its offices in Mountain View on the San Francisco Peninsula. I discovered Ananda and Swamiji in 1974 through his book Cooperative Communities – How to Start Them and Why, found while browsing in a bookstore in nearby Palo Alto. Ananda seemed the answer to a … Read More

Guru-Disciple Relationship

The Imitation of Yogananda

When I first began to study Swami Kriyananda’s lectures and writings, I was struck by his supreme emphasis on a disciple’s attunement to the guru if the disciple is to attain the state of Self-realization. In his wonderful book Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography, (around which this article revolves), Swamiji writes about the importance of attunement as follows: One difference I … Read More

Guru-Disciple Relationship, Spiritual Growth

Similarities Between Attaining Self-Realization and the End of COVID Lockdown

I have always wanted to know the exact date that I would become Self-realized just as we would all love to know the exact date the coronavirus lockdown is going to go away. This made me come up with a delightful analogy: If we think of Self-realization as the ending of the BIG lockdown — the soul being locked up … Read More