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 best-selling 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.
From The Book
"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 soul 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 you omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve your knowing."
About the Author
Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, was widely considered one of the world's foremost experts on spiritual practice, meditation, and yoga. He wrote more than 140 books—including interpretations of the Bible and Bhagavad Gita—which have been translated into more than 30 languages. In 1968 he founded Ananda Village, which over the past 46 years has become one of the most successful intentional spiritual communities in existence. Today, Ananda includes retreats and teaching centers on three continents, ten cooperative spiritual communities, and over 140 meditation groups worldwide.
What Others Are Saying
"A wonderful book! To find a previously unknown message from Yogananda now is an extraordinary spiritual gift. Open up at random for an encouraging word from one of [the twentieth] century's most beloved spiritual teachers."
–Body, Mind, Spirit magazine
"Paramhansa Yogananda's spiritual wisdom and love of humanity is brought brilliantly to life by his student, Kriyananda. Nearly 300 of Yogananda's inspiring sayings, which offer insights into Life's true purpose and the means for achieving that purpose. Great for early morning or evening meditations."
–Arizona Networking News
–Inner Peace Prosperity Newsletter
"After many years, this fine collection has been compiled and made available to bless and inspire devotees and first-time readers of the master's words. This book can be enjoyed when read from cover to cover, as the reader will want to do, and have at hand for occasions of guidance and inspiration."
"Happily for us, Swami Kriyananda wrote down in his journals practically everything beautiful and wise that his guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, said to him in private conversation. The Essence of Self-Realization, a compilation of many of these private teachings, gives us an idea of what it was like to speak with an enlightened master on a variety of spiritual topics. Yogananda didn't go in-depth into these things with every disciple. He tried to encourage many to develop a silent, inner attunement. But he foresaw that Kriyananda would share what he learned with many thousands of people, so he blessed him with these pearls of wisdom. This is a book that should be read and digested slowly. Take your time, read a little bit, and meditate on it. There is a great deal here to absorb."
–Richard Salva, author of The Reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln and Walking with William of Normandy: A Paramhansa Yogananda Pilgrimage Guide
"Beautifully clear, profound . . . ."
–Willis Harman, President, Institute of Noetic Sciences, author of Global Mind Change