That we live in a "New Age" seems an incontestable fact. Just 100 years ago the world had no paved highways, no speeding cars, airplanes, cell phones, washing machines, computers or satellite dishes, to name only a few things that today we take for granted. But the greatest change that has occurred has been our perception of reality, which began with the discovery that matter is actually composed only of vibrations of energy, and that energy is the reality behind everything around us. Today we perceive everything in terms of energy—we have become an energy-conscious as well as an energy-dependent society.
In this collection of fascinating essays on a variety of topics, Swami Kriyananda, a renowned and prolific writer, presents an approach to modern life that may seem radically new. The book's title essay, Religion in the New Age, shares the ancient teaching, common to many cultures, that time is cyclical, and that we are now in an upward cycle, coming into an age of energy-awareness from a darker age of matter. The author shows society, political and social events, and religion and religious institutions from the viewpoint of different cycles of time.
The essays in this book touch on a wealth of subjects that range from:
This is a book for people searching to understand life more deeply. Swami Kriyananda's views are thought-provoking and inspire the reader toward greater awareness, self-honesty, and hope.
What Others Are Saying
"[Swami Kriyananda] continues to teach others that petty differences in religious practices and violence in the name of such practices is not a spiritual journey of the heart but one of egoic self-interest. His teachings tell us that just the opposite is true, and that radiant Self-realization fills the heart and actually helps the individual to a more peaceful and spiritually fulfilling life . . . ."
"I avidly read Swamiji's books and consider him one of today's true spiritual luminaries. This new work helps light our way in this post-denominational, inclusive new era."
"Seldom have I read a book like this, a book whose every single word I can agree with; a book in which every word, every page radiates attention, understanding, and wisdom. Truly Kriyananda is a great apostle of divine love which, as he declares, is the true essence of religion."
"This is such a wondrous contribution to all of humanity! Just at the right time, too, as we move into a period of great change and confront all of the personal and global challenges that go with that. This extraordinary work by beloved Swami Kriyananda is a very special gift for the soul, offering us remarkable spiritual insight and deep wisdom."
"In Religion in the New Age, Swami Kriyananda opens our minds and spirits to new possibilities. Basing his work on the teachings of the great master of yoga, Paramhansa Yogananda, and Yogananda’s wise teacher, Swami Sri Yukteswar, Kriyananda brilliantly explores the essential trends of the unfolding age of energy and explains how they will affect us, and future generations. If you want to know how our wiser descendants will worship—and more importantly, how you can attune yourself now to their more-enlightened approach to spirituality—then this book is for you."
"Swami Kriyananda has intimately and fully explained how we are, and have, entered a 'New Age.' Not an age of guessing, pondering, or wondering, but rather an age of energy exchange, energy transference, and most importantly, an age of energy expansion."
"By bringing the remarkable predictions of the famous sage, Sri Yukteswar, and the practical wisdom of his most potent disciple, Paramhansa Yogananda, to the pages of this book, [Swami Kriyananda] has once again opened the door for the modern reader to discover the truth of his nature through the ancient wisdom of the yogis . . . a wisdom that is now available to all who seek it."
"Swami Kriyananda, a modern sage, has once again written an illuminating yet practical spiritual masterpiece. This fascinating book takes a look at the New Age and how we can best embrace both its challenges and possibilities for spiritual awakening. A timely and much needed outlook."
"I love Swami Kriyananda’s new book Religion in the New Age. It is a brilliant star, offering the perfect illumination to navigate one's life by."
"Swami Kriyananda's book of essays brings new light to the text of the Hindu sage, Sri Yukteswar's The Holy Science. It provides current analysis that supports the thesis of Sri Yukteswar regarding the ancient yuga system of historical interpretation. He also offers insightful and personal anecdotal essays on a wide-spectrum of spiritual and societal subjects, bringing his considerable intelligence and intuition to bear. His personal accounts with Paramhansa Yogananda bring us closer to this yoga master, whose work and teachings are still relevant through the life work of this dedicated disciple and swami. A worthy read that will shed light on issues from organizational management to loving relations, self-esteem to the remembrance of God as the source of all inspiration and insight."
"Most people feel we have entered a new time when it comes to religion and spirituality and have read some explanations for what’s going on. This book takes it all a step further and explains the various ages of civilization and what is currently happening on the planet: the age of Dwapara [Yuga]. Not surprisingly, this is an age of “energy-awareness,” . . . Having this more thoroughly explained will be welcomed, I am sure. The author of this book, Nayaswami Kriyananda, is a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, a well-known and beloved teacher who came to the United States in the 1920s. Interwoven in this book are many teachings of Yogananda as well as stories about the founding and teachings of the Ananda community. There’s great guidance about managing groups and companies, . . laughter, love, self-confidence. The essays are inspirational, motivational, and help steer one in the right direction to be engaged with the current age of spirituality in which we are living."