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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our life is like a book and each one of us is the author of our own life story. In this five-DVD set, titled 'Change Your Life' Paramahamsa Prajnanananda teaches the necessary and practical skills needed to make our lives a divine masterpiece.
Filmed at a retreat in Denmark, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda delivers five beautiful and enlightening discourses that captivate the hearts, and expand the minds of his audience. The master explains why we must first change our attitude towards the world, our friends, our family, and most importantly, ourselves, before we can change our lives. Using metaphors from the scriptures, personal recollections, and even Aesops Fables, he lovingly inspires and encourages us on our journey back to God.
Proceeds benefit the Hariharananda Balashram, a home and school for the poor children of Orissa, India.
Among India’s most notable spiritual personalities perhaps no one has captured the hearts and imaginations of seekers as fondly as the incomparable Devarshi Narada. Stories of his illustrious life and teachings can be found as far back as the ancient Vedas, as well as in many later spiritual texts. Those familiar with this great being know that his contribution to human evolution is incomprehensible. Even today the mere mention of his name creates waves of joy in the hearts of those seeking union with God through bhakti, the path of devotion and love. As we read the many accounts of the sage’s life, we find that he could be just as vulnerable as we are. At other times he was a mystical, magical time traveler who navigated through dimensions to deliver messages between earth and heaven. Many stories depict him as a cosmic trickster who “stirred the pot” in others’ lives to teach them important life lessons. Devarshi Narada is both celestial and human, a teacher as well as a student, serious as well as playful, a devoted friend and a lover of God and humankind. This beautiful combination of qualities appeals to every aspect of our being.
Devarshi Narada: A Sage and a Mystic, written by Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, is a rare gem lovingly offered at the immortal feet of Devarshi Narada. As you read the stories and teachings of Devarshi Narada, uniquely narrated through the sage’s own words, you will discern Paramahamsaji’s special relationship with this great sage who has been a valuable source of inspiration and guidance for him throughout his life. This cherished relationship, nurtured since childhood, lends to his deep insight into one of India’s greatest spiritual luminaries. Though these stories and teachings are ancient, they have lost neither savor nor potency. In fact, in today’s world when so many lack a purpose in life, when love for God and humankind is on the decline, they are more significant than ever.
To live each moment in ecstatic bliss and love seems an impossible dream. But for those who fully immerse themselves in the practice of bhakti, love and devotion for God, this dream can become a reality. When God is your only desire and the true beloved in your heart, the yoke of life becomes lighter, and the phantom shackles of the world will fall away. The beauty of bhakti is its simplicity. It can be practiced by anyone, anywhere, regardless of culture or faith. The only requirement is a willingness to open your heart to the boundless and unconditional love of God; then, you will manifest love during every thought, word, and action. Ultimately, you will attain union with the Divine. This declaration is affirmed by the celestial Sage Narada in the immortal Bhakti Sutra of Narada.
Paramahamsa Prajnanananda’s beautiful commentary on this timeless sutra, Eternal Love: The Bhakti Sutra of Narada Explained, provides us a priceless opportunity to become spiritual benefactors of the great master’s immense understanding of bhakti. This understanding can only be attained by one who has experienced union with the Divine through love. With insightful antidotes and practical wisdom, Paramahamsaji teaches us how to seamlessly integrate the spiritual principles of one of India’s most beloved and ancient sutras with life in the modern world.
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.
Sorrow is a dark, foreboding storm cloud that covers the sunshine of happiness. Just as nowhere on earth is sunny every day, no person’s life is free from the menacing clouds of sorrow.
In this uplifting and insightful booklet, Freedom from Sorrow, we learn that freedom from sorrow does not mean we will always be free from hardship and misfortune; it means that when unpleasant circumstances arrive, we can remain unshaken and free ourselves from sorrow’s icy grip. Through his deep understanding of the human condition, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda explains the actions that lead us to a state of sadness and depression. He teaches us the practical steps we can take to overcome negative thinking and reacting to difficult situations that confront us. In a world where many of us fall victim to the negativity and uncertainty that surrounds us, this small booklet holds the key to finding lasting happiness.
El dolor es una nube de tormenta oscura y premonitoria que cubre el sol de la felicidad. Así como en ningún lugar de la tierra hay sol todos los días, la vida de ninguna persona está libre de las amenazadoras nubes de tristeza.
En este folleto estimulante y perspicaz, Libertad del dolor, aprendemos que liberarse del dolor no significa que siempre estaremos libres de dificultades y desgracias; significa que cuando llegan circunstancias desagradables, podemos permanecer firmes y liberarnos de las garras gélidas del dolor. A través de su profunda comprensión de la condición humana, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda explica las acciones que nos llevan a un estado de tristeza y depresión. Él nos enseña los pasos prácticos que podemos tomar para superar el pensamiento negativo y reaccionar ante situaciones difíciles que enfrentamos. En un mundo donde muchos de nosotros somos víctimas de la negatividad y la incertidumbre que nos rodea, este pequeño folleto es la clave para encontrar una felicidad duradera.
Humility is perhaps the least understood, but the most important, of all virtues. No good quality can be deemed a virtue unless it is grounded in humility. When seekers of Truth lack humility, they stand still on the path of spiritual growth. If we are not humble, our good qualities are nothing more than fodder for the false ego — the ego that prevents us from knowing who we really are.
In this small but thought-provoking book, Humility: The Stepping Stone to Spirituality, Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji dispels misperceptions often associated with humility. We learn how and why humility creates invincible strength. We learn that it is not a weakness as many believe it to be. Through deep spiritual insight and his own experiences the master clearly outlines the steps that must be taken to cultivate humility. Anyone who practices what Paramahamsaji teaches will reap the supreme bounty that can only be harvested by one who is humble.
“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 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.
What are the obstacles that confront us? Where do they come from? How can we overcome them?
To be victorious on the spiritual path, we must overcome the obstacles that prevent us from realizing our true potential. Most of us perceive that obstacles stem from difficult circumstances or people, but a yogi perceives things differently. A yogi knows that the source of every obstacle is rooted in our own thoughts and feelings. To achieve spiritual growth and win the sacred battle of life, we must make every effort to identify our inner obstacles and vanquish them.
The Story of the Eight Obstacles is a spiritual handbook that speaks to the heart. This beautiful book by Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji helps us take an honest look at the eight inner obstacles, or nooses that bind us; it teaches us the practical skills we need to conquer them to be free. Although we all face different circumstances, Paramahamsaji’s penetrating insight reveals that the obstacles we confront are the same.
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.
The roots of Hinduism are venerable, ancient, and enduring. Even though it is the world’s oldest religion, it is still one of the largest. This is an irrefutable testament to the eternal Truth it represents. Nevertheless, throughout history the ritualistic practices and deity worship of the Hindu religion have been widely misunderstood by non-Hindus as well as its own worshippers. For the most part, the hidden meaning behind the practices has been forgotten; their true intent remains a mystery. Unfortunately, when the worship of any religion lacks insight and understanding, when it becomes mechanical rather than purposeful, its power to help seekers transcend the mundane is diminished. Religious practices are more effective when devotees acquire the ability to penetrate the surface.
The Significance of Hindu Worship, written by the eminent Kriya Yoga Master Paramahamsa Hariharananda, is a fascinating exploration of the inner meaning of some of Hinduism’s most significant rituals and practices. This easily understood, enlightening book eliminates many misconceptions regarding the different aspects of Hindu worship, revealing its true, hidden beauty. Through his profound wisdom, Paramahamsaji illuminates the remarkable essence of Hindu worship and sets every reader on a path to greater understanding and respect for one of the world’s most important religions.
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.***
Is ego your friend and well-wisher? Or is it your adversary and the source of your suffering? Is it mature, poised, and loving, or childish, selfish, and unruly? What is this ego you call “me”? How would you describe it, and is it who you really are?
While living in this world, we have many duties, but nothing is as important as mastering the ego. In Understanding Ego, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda helps us unlock the mystery of the ego. He reveals how we can overcome our weaknesses and unleash our unlimited divine potential. By understanding the nature of ego, we can gain the wisdom and confidence needed to remove the painful and unsightly thorns from the inner rose of our hearts. We are meant to be ever-blossoming flowers that bring beauty and joy to every living being in this world.
Mention the word “yoga” to someone and images of flexible bodies will most likely flash in their minds. But is that what yoga really is? In this marvelous book based on the teachings of Swami Swatmarama Yogindra, the fifteenth century author of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, a classical text on yoga, we learn that a yogi is someone who has mastered the art of living. We discover that “yoga” is a small word for an immense state of being. How can we attain this state? In his commentary on Swami Swatmarama Yogindra’s work, Kriya Yoga master Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji explains that we can do this through the sincere practice of detachment from weaknesses and attachment to good qualities.
This book is a treasure for those seeking a way to bring practical spirituality into daily life. By following the great sage’s straightforward instructions, success on the spiritual path is surely within our reach. This simple, concise, and practical manual on yoga provides guidance and inspiration, and Paramahamsaji presents it in a way that is insightful and relevant.
This world has evolved in the hands of the marvelous men and women who have realized the Truth, lived it, and expounded it. One such person is Shri Adi Shankara, who centuries ago roamed the length and breadth of his beloved motherland, India. With a group of sincere devotees he propagated the message of Advaita Vedanta, the belief that the atman (the soul) and God are one. Although Acharya Shankara’s life on Earth was brief, his spiritual impact is enduring and unfathomable. A Rosary of Questions and Answers: the Prashnottari of Acharya Shankara is a series of fundamental questions about the nature and reality of life, questions that were posed to the master by some of his most devout devotees.
Times have changed; the world has changed, but the basic problems that plague every individual have remained the same. Given the uncertain and chaotic nature of our modern world, we must reflect upon these questions and answers so that we can understand the true purpose of our existence.
To enhance a seeker’s understanding, the revered Kriya Yoga master, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, offers his enlightening and thought-provoking commentary in this spiritual masterpiece. His commentary penetrates the essence of Acharya Shankara’s teachings, revealing deep, subtle undertones that escape the ordinary human mind. His insight and compassionate approach towards the human condition strike the heart and soul of a reader, lifting the veil of limited understanding to expose a deeper reality.
People chase after many things searching for lasting happiness and contentment. Fame, wealth, power, possessions — all these are fleeting; hence, once attained, they leave us unsatisfied and unfulfilled. Where does lasting happiness lie?
Ages ago in ancient India a great king sat at the feet of Avadhuta, a naked sage, and asked that very question. He sensed that the incomparable sage had found the secret to attaining the happiness that he so desperately sought. “How did you achieve your knowledge? Who is your guru?” asked the eager king. When Avadhuta answered, the soul of the story began.
Paramahamsa Prajnanananda lovingly narrates the simple yet thought-provoking tale of Avadhuta and his twenty-four gurus. This tale helps us discover that the secret to true happiness is linked to our perception of the world. When viewed through the eyes of innocence and wonder, the entire world can become a magical classroom, abounding with teachers at every turn.
“Kriya Yoga is a scientific technique. It is the easiest, quickest, simplest technique for God-realization.” These were the heartfelt words of Paramahamsa Hariharanandaji, the renowned Kriya Yoga master who tested and proved the effectiveness of this transformational technique for himself. He devoted his life to tirelessly propagating the message of Kriya Yoga for the advancement of a disillusioned humanity.
Hidden in the annals of time for centuries, the ancient practice of Kriya Yoga re-emerged when the mysterious yogi, Babaji Maharaji, initiated Shri Lahiri Mahashaya, a householder, into this sacred path. The deathless master instructed his disciple to initiate others into this God-given technique to help them evolve during this modern age. The beauty of Kriya Yoga is that anyone can practice it regardless of race, age, gender, or religion. Passed down through an unbroken lineage of God-realized masters, the timeless practice of Kriya Yoga is the key to finding lasting peace and happiness while sailing the turbulent seas of this world.
Judging others ruins relationships, distorts reality, causes unhappiness, destroys peace of mind, creates division, and prevents us from going further on the spiritual path. Unfortunately for most of us, judging others comes so naturally that we barely notice when judgments seep into our thoughts and words. It is a tendency that many on the spiritual journey long to overcome. Not judging others is a daily battle, and because we don’t understand it or know how to stop it, it is a battle we most often lose.
A judgmental attitude is a formidable foe, but in this insightful booklet, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda teaches us how to be victorious in our battle. We learn that only through inner awareness, compassion for others, sympathy, and understanding can we rise above this tendency. Then we can take a giant stride forward in experiencing divine love and unity.
What does it mean to do sadhana? How and where must it be done? Who is it for? What are the essential qualities that every sadhaka must have?
Many aspire to follow a spiritual path, but there are a select few who have the real desire to go much deeper in their practice. In this book, spiritual luminary Shri Rabinarayan Das Babaji reaches out to those who aspire to turn their total attention to the Divine as well as those who have already embarked on their journey but who perhaps are in need of a little direction.
In this book, the author takes a step-by-step approach to explaining the sadhana path, and does so with the fiery and perfectionist passion that he was so lovingly known for. In doing so, he underlines the nature and the importance of the guru–disciple relationship and why determination, strength, loyalty, and total surrender are essential on the part of the sadhaka.
Shri Rabinarayan Das Babaji (1930–2011) was one of the foremost disciples of Shri Shri Thakur Abhirama Paramahamsa Deva and the founder of Shri Abhiram Trust, Odisha.
What is death? Few in this world can answer with authority. Starting in childhood we consider death a terror, a fearful and foreboding sword that can sever us from all we love. Is it possible that our assumptions are wrong? Perhaps death is our friend, not our enemy. Instead of hiding or running from death, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda explains how we can gracefully dance with death. With incomparable insight, the God-realized master helps us see that both birth and death are joyful celebrations, and that death is not an end, just a footstep on the ultimate journey. Undoubtedly, Dancing with Death will empower us to take that step fearlessly.
“In this dance of life and death we all should learn how to dance to bring joy to both living and dying.”
– Paramahamsa Prajnanananda
No bond is more enduring, no love more everlasting, than the bond between the guru and the disciple. Under the guru’s omniscient guidance, a disciple travels swiftly and safely on the path of inner illumination. The “Guru Paduka Stotram” is a poignant and heartfelt hymn by Swami Bharati Krishna Tirtha, the former Shankaracharya of Puri and the sannyasa guru of the renowned Kriya Yoga master Paramahamsa Hariharananda. Within the pages of this book, Paramahamsa Hariharanandaji’s worthy disciple and successor, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, discusses this hymn of adoration dedicated to the guru. The words of this hymn are captivating and inspiring, as it beautifully describes the role of the guru–preceptor in the lives of spiritual seekers. Indeed, the role of the guru in the life of a disciple is unparalleled. The master becomes both mother and father to a disciple, caretaker of his or her soul, so it is said that one without a guru is an orphan. To a disciple, nothing is more sacred than the master, and nothing is more precious than to humbly sit at the master’s feet; indeed, even the sandals that grace the guru’s feet are deemed holy. This commentary eloquently describes how the devotional practice of guru paduka, worshipping the sandals of the guru, is a beautiful way to strengthen one’s love and cultivate humility, two keystones for spiritual growth.$12.00 Share
Within the hallowed confines of Puri, one of India’s most holy cities, stands the Jagannath Temple. This magnificent monument is dedicated to the Supreme Lord of the Universe, Shri Shri Jagannath Mahaprabhu. It is fitting that the temple is surrounded by myriad legends and mysteries, for it houses the greatest mystery of all — the formless form of the Divine, Lord Jagannath. Like a great and powerful magnet, the temple has attracted countless devotees and pilgrims throughout the centuries. In the words of Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, “For eons saints, sages, and devotees have come to Puri from different parts of the world searching for liberation, searching for a more evolved form of life. They come for a glimpse of Lord Jagannath.”
In this remarkable collection of fifty essays, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda offers the reader unique insight into the supreme reality of life: He offers the reader a glimpse of Lord Jagannath. Based on the teachings of his beloved Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharananda, the master invites us to view one of India’s greatest mysteries through the clear, unobstructed lens of an omniscient and enlightened yogi.
Within ourselves, we all cry out for the freedom that comes from realizing the truth of our divine nature. Countless paths lead to this truth, but whichever path is chosen, the necessary qualities to tread it remain the same. Path of Knowledge: Talks on Acharya Shankara’s Tattva Bodha provides a clear and concise outline of what is required to achieve freedom and immortality. It illuminates the eternal message of achieving moksha — liberation in this life. Archarya Shankara’s original commentaries encapsulated the very essence of Vedantic thought and infused new life into a philosophy that had become misunderstood and stale. Vedanta is Truth, and Truth is beyond religion, culture, space, and time. Acharya Shankara’s teachings are for everyone, for any path, for any time.
Paramahamsa Prajnanananda’s commentary is profound and thought provoking as well as highly practical. We become keenly aware of Paramahamsaji’s love for Acharya Shankara as he gently takes us by the hand and guides us along the path of the venerable master’s thought, clearing obstacles along the way. This skillful step-by-step journey leads us to the coveted goal, realization of the Self, our true identity. Any seeker with a sincere desire to know the truth, who wants to take a courageous step towards freedom, will find the wisdom contained in this book invaluable.
Selected Essays of Paramahamsa Hariharananda represents the heart and soul of this great Kriya Yoga master’s message, a message steeped in unconditional love and the oneness of all, a message that he lived every moment of his life. The teachings in this book emanate from his profound spiritual experience and unfathomable wisdom. Many were blessed to be in the presence of this modern-day sage while the deepest spiritual truths spontaneously flowed from him. His teachings took root in the hearts of countless seekers whose lives were transformed. During his lifetime, the beloved and revered master brought thousands of souls to the path of Kriya Yoga. Even today, years after his death, thousands are still drawn to the path by the eternal presence of his immense spiritual power.
This beautiful book is an opportunity for us to experience the breadth and depth of the divine teachings of Paramahamsa Hariharananda, a God-realized master. His sole purpose was to awaken others to Truth. From this collection of soul-stirring essays, we can learn from one who reached the pinnacle of realization, but remained among us to show us the way. While on this Earth, the master often told his disciples, “I am only here for you.” That great assurance and love lives on in his teachings.
Throughout the ages, countless millions have read and followed the teachings of the Torah. It is considered to be the word of God. The Torah influenced and inspired the three major Abrahamic religions that developed in the Middle East — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Most notable among its teachings are the Ten Commandments, revealed to Moses by God eons ago, yet still considered the moral code for many today. One can only imagine the impact the Torah has had on the world. In the glimmering annals of sacred world scriptures, the Torah stands as significant. One can safely surmise that its long-lasting influence has been powerful.
As with all sacred texts, the Torah is often understood at only one level by the masses, when its words are taken literally. When describing the Torah, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda has said, “The Torah is a treasure trove of wisdom, but one must know how to extract its riches.” The Torah is a deep, vast ocean of Truth, meant to be dived into, not just admired from the shore. In The Mystical Torah:
A Yogi’s Perspective, we are given a glimpse of the hidden treasures found in the Torah’s depths. With remarkable insight and clarity, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda’s commentary breathes life into this ancient text, revealing its deep inner meaning, understood by only a few. The master takes us beyond the man-made boundaries of this most hallowed text so we can discover that its stories and teachings are beautiful representations of our own sacred journeys back to divinity.
This commemorative travel journal spans four decades of Kriya Yoga in the West with stories and photos from Paramahamsa Hariharananda's beautiful life as a supreme yogi and God-realized saint. It begins with his auspicious 1974 decision to depart India and spread the original, rare practice of simple meditative techniques. Private accounts from his most devoted disciples are colorful and touching, along with newspaper accounts of Gurudev's mission to bring Self-realization to the masses. His radiant, all-accomplishing, divine personality bursts through in these pages like a sunrise. Love and compassion, the belief that work is worship, is the beautiful living legacy of our Beloved Guruji Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, spiritual head of Kriya Yoga International organizations, and many charities around the world. Please enjoy this Fortieth Anniversary Souvenir edition covering these special pioneering days of the one who blessed so many lives along his path. This book is offered at the holy lotus feet of all the masters in our sacred lineage of gurus.$20.00 Share
Paramahamsa Prajnanananda calls the Mahabharata the greatest spiritual book ever written. No other scripture captures the essence of Truth as completely and powerfully as this unparalleled masterwork. Within this work of infinite knowledge is found a rare and priceless jewel, the Bhagavad Gita. The Bhagavad Gita narrates a battle between cousins, the Pandavas and the Kauravas, which is the battle between good and evil, a battle that rages in the minds and hearts of all human beings.
Join the incomparable master Paramahamsa Prajnanananda as he leads us on a sacred journey to the temple door, the Bhagavad Gita, the soul of the Mahabharata. Through the master’s insightful commentary, we can acquire an intimate and in-depth understanding of the characters in this timeless epic and what they mean for our lives. This knowledge can inspire us to be victorious in our holy battles to reclaim the divine kingdom within. Like the Mahabharata, this commentary is one of a kind; it is an amazing, microscopic examination of our tendencies and desires and of the fallacy of the mind.
Over the past few decades, the word “karma” quietly made its way into the mainstream vernacular of modern Western culture. Once considered an Eastern concept, the karmic law is now generally accepted by both religious and non-religious masses as a universal and systematic law that automatically delivers the consequences of good or bad actions. Although the concept of karma is no longer foreign in the West, its intricate workings remain elusive.
Are there different kinds of karma? How do our actions create karma? How is karma carried to the next life? Can we be free from the bondage of karma? The fascinating subject of karma opens the door to an infinite number of unanswered questions. But take heart! In this rare and essential handbook, The Law of Karma, the Kriya Yoga master, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, skillfully explains the often misunderstood inner workings of this dynamic law. He gives us the tools we need to break free from the karmic prison.
Centuries ago the legendary and gifted spiritual master Shri Adi Shankara left the world a priceless treasure: ten brief, powerful verses known as the Dasha Shloki. Shri Shankara, a spiritual genius, spontaneously spoke these gems of Truth as an eight-year-old child in response to a simple question put forth by his guru: “Who are you?” His inspiring answers can ignite the flame of knowledge within the minds of all sincere seekers, all those seeking to know who they really are. Shri Adi Shankara’s concise and incomparable teachings prove to the world that one need not say much to say it all.
As a result of his timeless devotional attunement to Shri Shankara, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, a God-filled, realized master, is able to convey the heart and soul of Shri Shankara’s teachings with enlightening commentary. He helps us probe deeply into our souls to find the answer to life’s greatest mystery.
Spiritual practice is an inward journey. A fathomless mine of spiritual wealth lies within the hearts of human beings. Those who worship Truth value what is within and what is without. The endeavor to reconcile the Spirit within and the matter without is a seeker’s perennial effort. Ingrained impressions are the greatest impediment to spiritual progress. Mankind is drawn into a dilemma believing that prana (life force) is the only ingredient of eternal creation. Matter and prana are two products of atma (consciousness absolute). The perception of non-Self is the only human sin. It hides Truth from us. Life after life, through the ages, we live in the world of the dead, deprived of eternal joy and beautiful Truth.
Ritambhara (The Philosophy of Living in Truth) by Acharya Bijoy Krishna is the harvest of the deepest spiritual practice. This book is a must for seekers of Truth. Using the logic of science, Acharya has delved deep and ripped open the mystery that shrouds Truth. Ritambhara is the fundamental science of spirituality. Truth is realized not by dogma or bigotry, but by logic and a scientific approach. “The Oneness of existence” is the conclusion in the Upanishads. By the science of centripetal and centrifugal evolution, the Oneness enjoys His divine play.
Swami Satyananda Giri walked gently on the Earth while he was here; yet his footprints remain deeply etched in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. As a young man, he was carefully molded by the powerful hands of his incomparable Master, Swami Shriyukteshwarji, who understood that he, along with his childhood friend Paramahamsa Yogananda (author of Autobiography of a Yogi), would play an integral role in the spiritual evolution of humankind.
Described by many as an “integration of Buddha and Shri Adi Shankara,” Swami Satyanandaji’s calm, detached manner and deep inner beauty attracted the company of such renowned beings as Mahatma Gandhi and Ramana Maharshi. No doubt as you read Paramahamsa Prajnanananda’s touching tribute to this great yogi, you too will soon discover that he has left his footprints in your heart.
No doubt Shri Lahiri Mahasaya, the omniscient Kriya Yoga master, perceived the divine destiny of his youthful student, young Bhupendranath Sanyal (Shri Sanyal Mahashaya), the youngest disciple to ever receive initiation from him. For deep within the heart of this youth a fire was ablaze, a fire that would illuminate his life and become an interminable torch on the sacred path of godhood.
Shri Sanyal Mahashaya was one of those rare beings who lived as he believed. The story of this esteemed master of the great Kriya Yoga lineage is a story of hope, encouragement, and inspiration for all. It is a story that says to us that one day we too will overcome the odds and reach the divine destination.
In India, flower garlands are usually offered to God and the spiritual masters as a symbolic offering from the heart with love and devotion. Upon the seventy-fifth anniversary of Master Paramahamsa Hariharananda's renunciation of worldly life and his arrival in Puri, the author offers this collection of his beloved master's teachings to inspire others. Each reminiscence or story is a beautiful and precious flower of lover and wisdom given to disciples twice; first by the master in the instances described, and now by Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji for our ongoing spiritual development. 'The Flower Garland: Teachings of a Great Master' includes reminiscences of Paramahamsa Hariharananda's childhood, episodes of ashram life, and many tales of his travels and lectures given around the world. Filled with encouragement, humor, love, and practical wisdom, this book will inspire and teach countless spiritual seekers in years to come.$12.00 Share
On June 11, 1938, a hot, steamy day in India, an extraordinary young Bengali man boarded a train to the holy city of Puri, Odisha, with a deep longing to fulfill his highest spiritual aspirations. Accompany this Kriya Yoga disciple on his journey of transformation from Rabindranath Bhattacharya, a brilliant and devoted seeker of Truth, to the highly realized, incomparable master, Paramahamsa Hariharananda.
'At Thy Feet: Paramahamsa Hariharananda in Puri' is a book unlike any other book written about the twentieth century Kriya master. With each turning page, you will discover Hariharananda's magnanimous heart and indomitable spirit through the loving words of Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, his closest and most beloved disciple.
Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji lovingly narrates the sweet and awe-inspiring story of friendship and love between two truly remarkable and heroic women; one was his mother, and the other his aunt. It is a story that is told with implicit honesty, admiration, beauty, and love. It is a story that teaches us that true friendship is a most precious gift from God. In a world filled with selfishness and superficial relationships, Benguli and Shukuti, later known as Swami Gurupremanandaji and Swami Amritanandaji, found a rare treasure, a treasure that will remain with them forever.$12.00 Share
Practical Guidance in Spiritual Life is a compilation of teachings by a great master of our time, Paramahamsa Hariharananda, who dedicated his life completely to helping seekers on their journey. His beautiful teachings and guidance are practical, simple, and self-motivating. They are universal and useful for all on the path. We hope this book will be useful for one and all on the path of spirituality.$12.00 Share
Speaking of compassion, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda tells us, 'Compassion is an inherent human value that needs to flourish and become fruitful in the hearts of human beings in order for them to have a better life, a peaceful coexistence, and experience the manifestation of love. Compassion is a symbol of human evolution in spirit and consciousness.'
A Life of Compassion contains infinite wisdom that can help bring more compassion into your life, making life more beautiful and meaningful. Lord Jesus said that God is love. Compassion is love in action. May this book inspire you to share the treasures of your heart - a warm smile, soothing words, and a helping hand to those in need. Not only will you become an instrument for healing this wounded planet, you will become an inspiration for others to do the same.
The journey of civilization, the passage of time, and the spread of commercialization have resulted in social lifestyle changes in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The West witnessed a great upsurge of materialism and downswing n human values such as love and compassion. To bring a balance in both the materialism of the West as well as the eternal human values of love, kindness,and compassion of the East, the enlightened spiritual masters of India brought their beautiful teachings to enrich human civilization and to seamlessly blend the spiritual with the material.$5.00 Share
Life is the ultimate teacher. Who am I? Where am I going? This invaluable text reassures us that we are not alone, that walking the Path of Perfection is the journey home. This compilation of talks given at the Kriya Yoga Centre in Tattendorf, Austria was intended to help us along the spiritual path, reminding us that human life is a special gift from God. We can make life beautiful by living with love, service, and spiritual discipline. Written in a conversational style that approximates the feeling of listening directly to Paramahamsa Prajnanananda. The Path of Perfection is filled with captivating stories and vivid parables. Topics include living purposefully, developing positive behavior patterns, cultivating spirituality with joyful work, discovering what we truly need, communicating with skill, interacting lovingly with others, maintaining inner strength and determination, discriminating clearly in word and deed, and integrating head, heart, and hands.$14.00 Share
Durga Saptashati, also known as the Chandi or Devi Mahatmya, is an ancient scripture with 700 verses that extol the power of the Divine Mother in battle. Paramahamsa Prajnanananda beautifully explains how the raging battles actually demonstrate the love of the Mother. In this three volume commentary, he describes the nurturing power of the Mother, marveling over how She simultaneously wakens the sleeping child, disciplines the restless one, and uplifts the one seeking liberation.$40.00 Share
Who Am I?
From time immemorial, yogis have approached this essential question scientifically through intuition and experiment. The conclusion they reached was that the Creator and creation are one, and human beings can find their origin in this great cosmic play through love, service, and spiritual practice. Compassionate yogis then sought to impart this knowledge of Self for the liberation of all.
Paramamahamsa Hariharananda, affectionately known as Baba (father), is such a yogi, teacher, and true master in every sense of the word.
While on this earth, instruction with eloquence, kindness, and understanding for the unique challenges facing humanity today, ceaselessly poured forth from his lips and hands.
Throughout Paramahamsa Hariharananda's long life, a great body of work was delivered in formal lectures, talks to disciples, letters, articles, and books to help all true seekers to 'cross the worldly ocean.' These instructions cover all facets of life as he always emphasized 'all-round development' as the objective of spiritual practice. With compassion and objectivity, he helps us to return to our true nature and leads us to the supreme goal of being in God consciousness while living in the world.
By compiling these Complete Works, it is our sincere hope that Paramahamsa Hariharananda will continue to enlighten, inspire, and encourage those who search for God to discover that,
'I and He are One, and always have been One.'
The master's inspiring ten volume set of teachings will be released during the auspicious year of his centenary.
Among the countless books that have been written about Lord Jagannath there is sometimes one that stands apart from the rest. Shri Purushottama Rahasya: The Mysticism of Lord Jagannath is such a book. What makes this book unique is that the esteemed author, Baba Chaitanya Charan Das, provides the reader with a clear, comprehensive description of the concepts of Lord Jagannath, as described in the scriptures, and also simplifies some mysterious and difficult to comprehend aspects of the Lord and His residing place, Purushottama Kshestra, which will in turn enhance and strengthen reader’s devotion for the Lord.
Seekers following the path of Lord Jagannath will surely regard this book as an indispensable handbook, a priceless source of inspiration and guidance on the journey towards Truth and Love. However, do not be mistaken; Shri Purushottama Rahasya: The Mysticism of Lord Jagannath is not only for devotees of Lord Jagannath. Spiritual aspirants from all faiths and beliefs will benefit from the deep insights gained by reading this treasured book.