Old-fashioned books and e-books, audio, and video teachings make it easy for seekers to stay connected to the masters while they go about the business of day-to-day living. These resources offer supreme wisdom in bite-sized and meal-sized portions to address common issues of human life, and help followers achieve integrated growth – spiritual, physical, psychological, emotional, and intellectual.
Most of us will agree that life is as we make it. But do we consider how we make our lives? Do we spend our days criticizing and finding fault in others? If so, how does this tendency affect us? What far-reaching and enduring effect does it have on the lives of those we criticize? In the modern world, the internet and social media have become a favorite outlet for the faultfinding tendency. This has contributed to the destruction of love and fellow-feeling among families, cultures, and countries. The faultfinding tendency is a double-edged sword: Often camouflaged as “just telling the truth” or “frankness,” it is a weapon that often injures both the wielder and the victim.
In this helpful and enlightening little booklet, dedicated to the Yogavatar of Love, Paramahamsa Yoganandaji, the great Kriya Yoga master Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji explains the negative effects of faultfinding and offers practical insight into overcoming this destructive tendency. He shows us why happiness will elude us until we eradicate it from our lives.
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahamsa Yogananda - Unaltered Version
This is the first time that an authentic Hindu yogi has written his life story for a Western audience. Describing in vivid detail his many years of spiritual training under a Christlike master - Sri Yukteswar of Serampore, Bengal - Yogananda has here revealed a fascinating and little-known phase of modern India. The subtle but definite laws by which yogis perform miracles and attain complete self-mastery are explained with a scientific clarity.
There are colorful chapters on the author's visits to Mahatma Gandhi, Sir Jagadis Chandra Bose, and Rabindranath Tagore. The section dealing with Yogananda's Western experiences includes a chapter on his great friend, Luther Burbank, and an account of the author's pilgrimage to Bavaria in 1935 to meet Therese Neumann, the amazing Catholic stigmatist.
After establishing a high school with yoga training at Ranchi, India, Yogananda came to America in 1920 as the Indian delegate to the International Congress of Religious Liberals. He has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad, and is the founder of a Yoga Institute at Encinitas, California.
Yogananda is a graduate of Calcutta University; he writes not only with unforgettable sincerity but with an incisive wit.
Throughout history, there has never been a more comprehensive and influential work on the philosophy and practice of yoga than the Yoga Sutra of Sage Patanjali. Indeed, Sage Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra has long been regarded as the primary authority on yoga disciplines and techniques for leading seekers to the direct experience of God. All branches of yoga find their origins in the great sutras of Sage Patanjali. Although some reference to yoga was made in earlier Upanishads, it is not until Sage Patanjali presented his reformatted compilation of aphorisms that we see yoga well organized into a system of practice.
The Yoga Sutra is divided into four padas (books): Samadhi Pada focuses on our ultimate goal, Sadhana Pada on the means or practice, Vibhuti Pada on the signs of progress and obstacles, and Kaivalya Pada on realization or liberation. This unparalleled work consists of 196 sutras (aphorisms). Sutras (meaning “threads” in Sanskrit) are terse statements containing the minimum language necessary to hold a chain of thoughts together. Traditionally, the sutras were passed verbally from teacher to student, with the teacher elaborating upon the deeper meaning of each sutra to the student. Now, in this brilliant and thought-provoking series of discourses, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda follows this tradition by delving into the deepest literary meaning of the original Sanskrit and its corresponding spiritual significance. His beautiful, simple, and effective method of teaching guides us through the entire text, offering profound guidance on leading a successful life of yoga. The Master provides one of the finest expositions on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra available today by elaborating extensively on the commentaries from Sage Vyasa Bhashya, the Yoga Vartika by Vijnana Bhikshu, and other great yogis while sharing his own direct experience with yoga.
All 195 discourses were delivered during the Fifth Residential Brahmachari Training Course at Hariharananda Gurukulum in Odisha, India, from 2009 to 2010. A comprehensive series of these discourses (45 to 60 minutes each) are now available for study. They are available in a three-box-DVD set or by viewing online at www.kriya.org.
Have you noticed that living in a state of anger has become the norm for modern day human beings? One might say the disease of anger has reached epidemic proportions, infecting every facet of society. One can almost sense the embers silently smoldering just below the mind’s surface, in oneself and others, ready to flare up at the slightest provocation — a rude driver, an unwelcome comment, a thwarted desire, a difference in belief or opinion, a challenging relationship, a lack of patience. And these are but a few examples of anger’s fuel. Anger is fire. As it spreads, it destroys families, friendships, societies, and everyone’s peace of mind. It turns our hearts into a barren wasteland consuming rational thought and feeling.
How can we deal with such a formidable foe?
In this timely and essential book, Freedom from Anger, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda enlightens us on the origin and effects of anger and provides us with practical steps to master it. No doubt, we must understand our foe to be victorious. Freedom from anger is a giant step toward freedom from suffering. This freedom can transform a barren wasteland into a lush, peaceful paradise.
Paramahamsa Hariharananda cautioned his students to proceed carefully because “the spiritual path is very slippery.” The journey to God is fraught with pitfalls, traps, endless sensual enticements, and creations of the mind. We can only marvel at the remarkable men and women who have courageously attained the realized state. How were they able to avoid the hazards that lead to spiritual downfall?
The masters who choose to share their experiences are spiritual inspirations; their teachings nourish students’ growth. A realized one, a guru, is a divine alchemist who guides the transformation of seekers from mortal human beings to the realization that they are immortal souls. Paramahamsa Hariharananda, the illustrious modern-day sage, was such a master.
In the Company of My Master, Volume One, is the first in a series of diaries that contain the priceless teachings of Paramahamsa Hariharananda. These teachings are taken from the personal notes of his foremost disciple and successor, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, who shares many of the teachings that helped him achieve the pinnacle of realization. We learn how to live spiritual lives, achieve Self-realization, and serve God’s creation. We learn about day-to-day practical spirituality. This book is a roadmap for traveling on the journey to the truth: we are God in human beings and human beings in God.
The Gurutantra is an ancient text that has for the most part remained unknown throughout the ages, even in India. Millennia ago its lofty verses were memorized and chanted; later they were recorded in written form. The Gurutantra is a rare handbook for those on the spiritual path. It offers deep insight and practical guidance with regard to loving and serving the guru in order to achieve spiritual success. No doubt, especially in modern times, the guru’s role is clouded by misunderstanding and confusion; many people fall prey to adoring the guru’s human form rather than following his or her teachings.
Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji, realizing the need for making this text available, carefully translated it from its original Sanskrit into English. Undoubtedly, his profound love and gratitude toward his own guru–preceptor, Paramahamsa Hariharanandaji, inspired this important work. The guru plays an indispensable role in the lives of students, but this text reminds us that we must first understand our role in this relationship if we want to be successful.
The secret of immortality lies within the simple and loving words of the Lord’s Prayer. The deepest truths are often cloaked with a veil of simple ideas and words. Who can fathom the depth of the humble words “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”?
More than two millennia ago a disciple asked Lord Jesus how to pray. He responded with the words that are now known as the Lord’s Prayer. One can imagine that Jesus knew this beautiful prayer would not be for only a select few, but would endure for centuries, to be repeated by countless worshippers and seekers, to become one of the most beloved prayers of all times.
Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji’s commentary on the Lord’s Prayer is thought provoking and unique. His deep love for Jesus ignites the flame of love in our hearts. His profound understanding of the Truth reveals the prayer’s underlying spiritual meaning. The reader will undoubtedly quickly discover that beyond the surface of the prayer’s words lies divine treasure. Paramahamsaji helps us see that prayer is much more than reciting beautiful or loving words. He tells us that as seekers on the path we must bring those words to life in our thoughts, words, and actions.
“What is started by me has to be completed by him.” These words were used by the omniscient guru Paramahamsa Hariharananda regarding his young disciple, long before he made him a monk, years before he was designated as his chosen spiritual successor.
Many years ago a young spiritual aspirant known as Triloki Dash began an apprenticeship with Paramahamsa Hariharananda, the eminent Kriya Yoga master. These two exceptional beings gave their utmost to each other; ultimately, they would both guide others along the path of realization. This book is filled with Paramahamsa Prajnanananda’s private memories of his life under the guidance of his beloved Gurudev. He shares with us the world of his early youth and training. We glimpse his journey as a seeker. We hear the stories about his life-changing transformation. We enjoy a rare, candid view into the life of a disciple who achieved spiritual realization by obediently following his teacher’s footsteps, and who was able to reach his true potential.
The best way to master a skill is to learn from one who has already mastered it. Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji was the exceptional apprentice who became a master and his master’s successor.
The new expanded edition of this much-loved book offers stories and insights not previously included. It will motivate and inspire pilgrims on the spiritual path.
The Valiant Yoginis series of books contain biographies of those brave Yoginis who attained the pinnacle of Self-Realization overcoming all inner and outer obstacles through sheer diligence, indomitable will, perseverance, courage and unwavering focus on the ultimate goal of human life. They faced many struggles, challenges, dilemmas, and made tough choices to tread the spiritual path by placing unwavering trust and faith in their chosen spiritual practice. They not only act as role models and beacons of hope for women on spiritual path, but their life stories also provide much longed-for companionship, inspiration, guidance, encouragement and support needed by female spiritual practitioners on their journey to Self-Realization.
***All the royalties from the sale of The Valiant Yoginis series of books will be used towards establishing a seclusion and solitary spiritual practice space for women, where they can undertake rigorous spiritual practice in a safe and conducive environment to attain Self-Realization.***
Even this shall pass away... Let these words find a home in your heart and mind. They possess the power to unburden you and lift the veil that covers the Truth. Everything in this world is changing, our circumstances, our bodies. Nevertheless, one thing is changeless and eternal; the secret to discovering it can be found on the pages of this marvelous little book.
As you read this book, you will pause to contemplate the wisdom it contains. Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji's intimate and thought-provoking words, infused with the love and beauty of his soul, will speak to you, inspire you. The words will touch your soul and remain with you long after reading the book.
Since birth the world has been telling us who we are — male, female, rich, poor, happy, sad, introvert, extrovert, intelligent, foolish — countless labels are attached to us. Have you ever wondered who we would be without all those labels: if we had no likes or dislikes, no desires or attachments, no selfishness or suffering, no thoughts or memories?
The incomparable master Acharya Shankara provides the answer in his immortal hymn the “Nirvana Shatkam.” Those familiar with the “Nirvana Shatkam” know that it is much more than a hymn. It is a powerful spiritual technique that can lead to enlightenment and liberation. By employing an ancient, systematic approach known as neti neti (not this, not this), Acharya Shankara teaches us how to peel away the layers of false identification that cover the truth of who we are.
Self-Inquiry: The Nirvana Shatkam of Acharya Shankara is an illuminating commentary on the “Nirvana Shatkam.” Paramahamsa Prajnanananda is an experienced guide on the probing journey to self-discovery. His insightful commentary on Acharya Shankara’s timeless masterpiece takes us beyond our cloudy, mundane perceptions, allowing us to see ourselves through the eyes of the Soul.
Our parents teach us about the world, but a spiritual master teaches us what lies beyond it. A master teaches us how to conquer the world by conquering ourselves. When a student is receptive and follows the master’s guidance, advancement on the spiritual path is assured. When the teachings take root in the heart and mind, they flourish and grow when faithfully practiced with discipline and love. No doubt, this was the case for Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji, the foremost disciple of the God-realized yogi Paramahamsa Hariharanandaji. Through his unflinching spirit, dedication, selfless love, and devotion, Prajnananandaji was perfectly attuned to his master and ultimately achieved the pinnacle of Self-realization.
This second volume of In the Company of My Master contains Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji’s notes and recollections as a young disciple of his beloved Gurudev. In this enlightening and intimate book Prajnananandaji shares some of his most treasured memories, revealing the master’s words and actions that laid the foundation and provided the necessary thrust for him to achieve the ultimate goal of life. It is an indispensable source of inspiration for every seeker. As we read this book, we will realize that when we follow the master’s teachings with implicit faith and love, everything is possible.
Try to imagine a world without flowers. What would it be like? Less vibrant, less inspiring, less joyful, less peaceful? Flowers create so much beauty. In their stillness they captivate us and draw us inward. While rhythmically dancing with the breeze, they enchant us and enliven our hearts.
How would you describe a flower? Poets have compared them to clusters of stars or the secret abode of forest fairies. Some insightful beings have compared them to the soul.
Flowers have a special message for seekers on the spiritual path. What is that message? Flowers show us that the spiritual path need not be complicated. There is no need to follow complex doctrines or subject oneself to difficult or harsh penance. One simply needs to emulate a flower’s purity, beauty, and selflessness.
In I Will Collect Flowers for Thee Paramahamsa Prajnanananda presents original and thought-provoking insight about how our lives are like gardens, and our minds are like gardeners. As this marvelous book nourishes you, it will also challenge you to consider the role you play in the wanton destruction of the natural world. You cannot read this book without feeling a greater love and respect for Mother Earth. Paramahamsaji’s complete oneness with nature will speak to you on many levels. May every new revelation take seed in your heart and mind, blossom into a magnificent flower, and bring beauty and inspiration to all God’s creation.
The spiritual journey is more than the time we spend in daily meditation; we must make an effort to transform ourselves every day. As children of the Divine, our lives on earth were not meant to be static; they should be dynamic and purposeful. But what should we practice? What qualities should we cultivate?
In this marvelous guidebook, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda beautifully discusses the spiritual practices Lord Krishna outlines in the Bhagavad Gita. Paramahamsaji explains them in a way that can help us calmly face the challenges of modern life with clarity.
Filled with encouraging insights and practical wisdom, this book analyzes topics such as the absence of pride and stubbornness, living with nonviolence and compassion, developing purity and deep devotion, practicing equanimity, love for seclusion, nonattachment, living in constant Self-knowledge, and many more.
If we wish to become who we really are, we must practice these twenty tips and develop spiritual qualities daily. We must become useful instruments in the hands of God. We must learn to perceive God in all and all in God.
Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji's booklet, Practicing Patience, provides a timely and proven remedy for a world suffering from the stress of unimaginable difficulties and problems. It is thought-provoking and healing. By practicing the art of patience, we can overcome difficulties, and we can create an environment that encourages others to do the same. Why practice patience? Simply put, the world we live in is rued by the principle of time; time moves at its own pace, not ours. From birth until death we need to master patience in order to overcome life's obstacles, grow spiritually, and surrender to God's perfect timing.$2.00 Share
Our inability to contain the coronavirus pandemic has left many of us searching for answers and struggling to stay afloat. Turbulent waves of uncertainty and fear surround us. Many of us feel victimized and angry. We are concerned about our health, the health of loved ones, and the economic unraveling. This microscopic foe, COVID-19, has shaken the world to its core. Hopefully, it has also awakened some of us from our slumber.
For far too long, humankind has been traveling down a path of wanton destruction and greed, with an appalling disregard for other living beings. Could this virus be the result of our reckless behavior? In this candid and profound little booklet Paramahamsa Prajnanananda discusses many of the perplexing problems humanity is now facing and how we can use the current crisis to heal ourselves and the planet. During this critical chapter of the world's evolution, we must learn from our mistakes, vow to change our lives, and lift up those around us.
Great beings have great goals. Spiritual greatness is achieved by those who have the noblest and highest goal of all. But the goal is not enough. One must also possess the determination, discipline, and love to pursue it wholeheartedly.
At an age when most young men are chasing dreams of financial success and relationships, Triloki Dash (later known as Paramahamsa Prajnanananda) focused on only one thing: attaining the summit of spiritual realization. His intense longing eventually led him to the ashram of Paramahamsa Hariharananda, one of the greatest realized masters in modern history. Among spiritual giants Paramahamsa Hariharananda was extraordinary. His teachings were simple, his depth unfathomable. His words and actions had a weighty purpose; they were all hints to help his students unravel the mystery of life. His life was a living scripture. Ultimately, his most remarkable quality was the unconditional love that flowed like a mighty river from his heart. It charged the atmosphere and transformed the lives of countless spiritual seekers.
This marvelous book is the third volume in a series written from Paramahamsa Prajnanananda’s notes during his discipleship at the feet of his beloved Paramahamsa Hariharananda. It is an invaluable tool for every seeker of Truth. The deeply personal narrative provides an intimate glimpse into the mind and heart of an exceptional student as well as into the teachings that helped him attain spiritual realization. We are also allowed to witness the eternal bond of love between a realized master and his devoted student.
As with many of the world’s most significant scriptures, the Bhagavad Gita’s rich metaphorical gems have been misconstrued by the masses. The Bhagavad Gita stands alone in describing the human predicament — our erroneous identification with our bodies and minds that prevents us from recognizing our divine heritage. It teaches us the way out of this mortal dilemma, and it details the paths that lead to freedom and immortality. However, when reading the Gita, one can easily overlook the profound spiritual truths that are subtly cloaked in the retelling of the Mahabharata battle.
Swami Shriyukteshwarji loved the Bhagavad Gita and held its lofty teachings in the highest esteem. He also understood that to mine its underlying message, it must be read with two sets of eyes: the physical eyes and the eyes of the soul. Disheartened by the many commentaries on the Gita that barely skimmed its surface, Shriyukteshwarji felt compelled to write a book that would help seekers access its infinite depth. The original version of his book, the Gitar Tattva, was written in Bengali. Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji cherished it for years and was inspired to translate it into English so seekers around the world could benefit from its teachings. The Essence of the Gita will gently lift your mind from the mundane world to soar in the heights of the inner divine realms.
Where do you store your treasure, in heaven or on earth? Is your well-being and happiness based on God and Truth, or on money and possessions? The desire for wealth takes root at an early age; in no time an intense longing becomes our foremost aspiration. Our families, our friends, and our divine duty to those in need take a back seat to our insatiable greed. Greed has a corrosive quality that erodes our inner beauty, corrupts our moral fiber, and destroys our relationships.
It may seem that greed is a modern disease. While greediness is undeniably more prevalent and destructive today, this invasive weed has been with us for ages. The ancient Bhikshu Gita scripture from India tells a timeless story about a mean-spirited miser’s unquenchable thirst for money that ultimately leaves him destitute and alone. Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. Through his agony and deep reflection an inner light emerges that reveals his past mistakes and transforms him. The Bhikshu Gita masterfully teaches the simple lesson we are here to learn: The only treasure worth seeking is the eternal treasure.
The Bhikshu Gita: The Song of the Wandering Monk, is a dialogue between Lord Krishna and his beloved friend Uddhava. Paramahamsa Prajnanananda shares a delightful yet insightful commentary. His penetrating translation and teachings illuminate the wisdom of the Lord’s last message for humanity about living with detachment, forsaking emotional reactions, and completely loving God.
Silence isn’t just golden; it is divine. Silence is inherently sacred. It is multidimensional, vast, and eternal. Unfortunately, in our social media-driven lives most of us know little about it. In the outer world, silence can lead us to better communication skills and stronger relationships. In the inner world, it can lead us to communion with God. There is no greater teacher than silence. In the holy classroom of silence, all of life’s secrets are revealed.
In this amazing, one-of-a-kind book Paramahamsa Prajnanananda teaches us the importance and impact of practicing silence. Few of us realize the value of silence, how it can lead to self-mastery, and how it can accelerate spiritual growth. Practicing silence is not escapism; it connects us to life at its deepest level. When we enter the temple of silence, we are not escaping from life; instead, we are learning how to live to the fullest.