Author: Paramahamsa Prajnanananda

A Life of Compassion

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.


A Successful Lifestyle

As the entire creation is God's play, it follows that you and I are all part of the game. We should all therefore try to play the game of life with the intention of winning. If you want to be a yogi, be balanced, be a successful actor and constantly aware that life is a mere drama.


Transformation of the Heart - St. Francis

Throughout history few men have left an indelible mark on humanity as profound as Saint Francis, the humble monk from Assisi. After a reckless and worldly life as a youth, his time in the military became the catalyst of a deeply spiritual life. In this book, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda explores the great Saint's compassion, courage, and his commitment to his chosen master, Lord Jesus.


A Traveler on the Path of Truth

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.


At Thy Feet

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.


Changing Nature of Relationships

Relationships begin with knowledge, grow with understanding and ripen through love. A successful relationship brings about completeness in life and allows us to develop harmoniously physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.

While we live in a changing world we should multiply our relationships based on love and oneness, but retain awareness that nothing is permanent except the immortal self.


Daily Reflections -hard cover

The pages of this book are dripping with simple, yet profound wisdom. Whether you choose to read a page a day everyday for a year, or randomly open the book to a page, you are sure to find guidance and comfort in Paramahamsa Prajnanananda's eternal teaching of love.


Dancing with Death

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


Discourses on the Bhagavad Gita: Book Two

Collected from various speeches given by Paramahamsa Prajnanananda over the years, this two volume set will give readers a deeper understanging of the symbolism and philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita.


Divine Blossoms

Divine Blossoms is a much needed handbook on the lives and teachings of the lineage of Kriya Yoga Masters. It gives a concise background to interested seekers, answering many of their questions and inspiring them to know more.


Divine Instructions: Shikshastakam (2nd Ed.)

Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a brilliant Sanskrit scholar, logician, and teacher, who went on to become one of the greatest devotees of God. Intoxicated with divine love and filled with compassion, he traveled far and wide in order to spread the message of inner freedom and transformation through love for God. He spent much time absorbed in contemplation on various devotional verses, including eight which he composed himself. These eight verses are known as Shikshastakam, and in this work Shri Chaitanya summarizes the essence of his beautiful spiritual life of love and devotion. Containing profound teachings to guide us throughout our spiritual journey, these verses are like eight precious gems for all seekers and lovers of God.


Divine Motherhood

The word 'mother' is not just said with the lips, it is also said with the heart. The mother was our first link to a strange and unfamiliar world, and a constant source of tender care and compassion. No wonder that blessed word evokes such a sense of comfort and love in the heart of the listener. But where did the mother get her angelis qualities, and what is this mysterious concept known as motherhood? Is it simply a label bestowed on a woman who nurtures and raises children? Or is there more to this notion than meets the eye? Divine Motherhood is an enlightening and fascinating exploration into the multi-faceted, multi-dimensional concept of the divinity of motherhood.

Paramahamsa Prajnanananda approaches this subject with the unparalleled sensitivity and reverence of one who intimately knows the mother's most profound secrets. Although the divinity of motherhood has been virtually ignored in the West for centuries, the yogis of India have long understood Her significance. Under Paramahamsa Prajnanananda's loving direction, we quickly discover that to see the Mother in the outer world is not enough, we must also find the Mother within.


East meets West

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.


Expression of Love

Driven by an unrelenting desire for nectar, the butterfly flies from one flower to the next. When it discovers the one that holds the sweet treasure, it gently alights, becoming completely still, as it blissfully enjoys the nectar. Similarly, our restless mind is like the fluttering butterfly, going here and there in a constant pursuit to find the sweetness of happiness and peace - but it is only when we become absorbed in meditation and prayer and the mind is still and tranquil that we will enjoy the divine nectar. Transform your mind through meditation and prayer and your life will be transformed. It will become peaceful, full of love, and complete. This divine life is always at our hand - if we really want it.


Forgive My Forgetfulness

Long ago, a brilliant and enlightened young monk named Shri Adi Shankara breathed new life into India's long-standing monastic order and left humanity a treasure trove of his wisdom and teachings in the form of prayers, hymns, and commentary. In Shiva Aparadha Ksamapana Stotram, he reminds us how we have forgotten the One who is the source of our life and our divine nature.

In this commentary by Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, a great, God-realized Kriya Yoga Master, his deep love and reverence for Shri Adi Shankara lend themselves to this beautiful, sensitive, and thought-provoking commentary. Ever attuned to the Divine, his words emanate from the fathomless wisdom that abides within.


Freedom from Fear

Just think how it would be to wake up every morning feeling confident and secure, knowing that you have all the skills and talent to deal with whatever lies ahead. Wouldn't it be wonderful to fully live your life free from doubt, free from inhibition, free from imagined disasters, unafraid to joyfully open your mind and heart to others?

'Is it possible?' you may ask. The answer is yes! Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, a great Kriya Yoga Master of our time, tells us all these things and more are possible for one who is free from fear. In Freedom From Fear, Paramahamsaji skillfully examines the various aspects of fear and the disastrous effect it has on our life and the world around us. We learn that fear is the fundamental drive behind many of our daily thoughts and actions. But do not despair - take heart! Fear can be conquered, and in this book the Master tells us how.


Friendship: The Story of Two Loving Mothers

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.


Gautama Buddha - Hardbound

The outstanding life and teachings of Gauthama Buddha represent a beacon for humankind. His followers were not only guided by the example of his life, but his teachings served to inspire sincere seekers on the path of truth and non-violence, and continue to do so in the present. In this small volume, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda sheds light on the life of a privileged prince who renounced everything in search of spiritual perfection.


Gautama Buddha - Softbound

The outstanding life and teachings of Gauthama Buddha represent a beacon for humankind. His followers were not only guided by the example of his life, but his teachings served to inspire sincere seekers on the path of truth and non-violence, and continue to do so in the present. In this small volume, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda sheds light on the life of a privileged prince who renounced everything in search of spiritual perfection.


Jnana Sankalini Tantra - Hardbound

With the passage of time, the real meaning of Tantra was misunderstood. From a highly evolved spiritual science Tantra was demeaned as a tool for magical or occult power or an enhancer of sensual enjoyment.

Tantra is none of these. It is an ancient discipline that provides a vast learning, a deep understanding of life, and a methodology to attain Self-realization.

In Tantric meditation, inner bliss can be obtained by arousing energy latent in humankind, and uniting it with Shiva. Tantra uplifts consciousness in order to embrace the cosmic spirit.


Jnana Sankalini Tantra - Softbound

With the passage of time, the real meaning of Tantra was misunderstood. From a highly evolved spiritual science Tantra was demeaned as a tool for magical or occult power or an enhancer of sensual enjoyment.

Tantra is none of these. It is an ancient discipline that provides a vast learning, a deep understanding of life, and a methodology to attain Self-realization.

In Tantric meditation, inner bliss can be obtained by arousing energy latent in humankind, and uniting it with Shiva. Tantra uplifts consciousness in order to embrace the cosmic spirit.


Know Your Mind

Despite the amazing advancements made in science and technology, we have made little progress towards unraveling the mystery of the human mind. What is the mind? How does it influence our lives? Can we really control our mind and thereby change how we perceive the world? Although modern-day experts may find it difficult to answer these questions, those who are masters of the ancient science of yoga hold a key that unlocks the mind's mystery.

In this book, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda takes us on a fascinating journey into our own mind. Possessing a keen insight into the human psyche, Paramahamsaji has the remarkable ability to take this complex knowledge and explain it in a manner that is easily understood by all.


Kriya Diary - 2nd edition

Many spiritual masters have advised seekers to regularly write in a diary, keeping note of their daily activities and practice. It is a simple way of assessing how we are proceeding on the spiritual path. It is through self-analysis that we can get a clear picture of what we are really doing in our daily lives, what the problems are, and how we can make practical and positive changes so that we can transform our lives and experience more love, peace, happiness, and success. This life is a gift of God, and we should utilize this life intelligently for self-improvement and inner transformation.


Kriya Yoga: Path of Soul Culture

Our lives are blessed with divinity and love. To make life more meaningful and, at the same time, more beautiful, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to bring mystical knowledge and practices into human life. There are many spiritual paths and teachers. All spiritual paths, lead to the same goal. Kriya Yoga is a path for self-unfoldment through the practice of silent meditation and sincere prayer. In this book, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda gives an introduction to the ancient, scientific practice of Kriya Yoga and teaches how we can change and enrich our lives.


Lahiri Mahasaya: Fountainhead of KY-2nd ed.

While leading an ordinary life amidst every sort of adversity possible to the worldly man, Lahiri Mahasaya was able to reach the apogee of Self-realization, keeping it as his ultimate goal, solely through his spiritual practice and his love for his master. Through the practice of the divine and immortal Kriya Yoga, he not only sanctified his life, but was able under the guidance of his master Mahavatar Babaji to spread the teaching and practice of Kriya Yoga throughout India, and through his disciples, throughout the world.

Through Lahiri Mahasaya’s company and blessings, many worldly people were able to transform the aimless voyage of their lives into one of perfect communion with God. The history and influence of his sixty-seven years on this earth continue to inspire and rekindle divine impulses within spiritual seekers, even today.


Life and Values

Man has succeeded in making the world a great place to live, but in the midst of wealth and prosperity, he lives a life of worry and anxiety. Excessive indulgence in sense enjoyment leads to sorrow. Intelligent self-restraint and discipline help us attain a state of permanent joy.

Life and Values presents an easy, clear-cut path for living a productive and happy life. Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, in his inimitable and compassionate style, explains how through meditation and moderation, by analyzing our weaknesses and strengths, cultivating values and living consciously, we can smooth the struggle of everyday life.


Lord Jagannath: Through the Eyes of a Yogi

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.


Mahavatar Babaji: The Eternal Light of God

The life of a realized master is mysterious. The life and teaching of the great master Mahavatar Babaji is even more mysterious and hidden. Although nothing is known about his life, his mission and teachings are well-known throughout the world.
Originally written in Oriya by Paramahamsa Prajnanananda Giri, this book is a loving tribute to the Deathless Guru.

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My Brother, Brahmanandaji

From their first pilgrimage to the Himalayan Mountains, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda and Swami Brahmananda formed a bond of friendship that would serve them both as a source of strength and support in their pilgrimage through life. Their complementary natures and uniformity of mind brought them together in their love and devotion to Gurudev Baba Hariharananda and their service in bringing Kriya Yoga to the world.

For over twenty years, their friendship was the personification of Kriya principals: spiritual growth, love without attachment or expectation, and selfless service to God, masters, and humanity. The story of their friendship is an inspiration to all and conveys invaluable lessons for both practical life and progression on the spiritual path.


My Time With the Master (1st Edn) - Hardbound

'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.

In this touching book, filled with the private memories of his life with his Master, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda shares with us the world of his early youth and training. We get a glimpse of the journey of a seeker, who under the loving guidance of his beloved Guruji, was able to reach his true potential.

This is the story of two exceptional beings, who gave their utmost to each other, so that in turn they could lead and guide many others along the path of realization.


My Time With the Master (1st Edn) - Softbound

'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.

In this touching book, filled with the private memories of his life with his Master, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda shares with us the world of his early youth and training. We get a glimpse of the journey of a seeker, who under the loving guidance of his beloved Guruji, was able to reach his true potential.

This is the story of two exceptional beings, who gave their utmost to each other, so that in turn they could lead and guide many others along the path of realization.


Nava Durga, The Multiple Forms of Mother

Through beautiful stories and scriptural references, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda describes the deeper meaning of the Divine Mother as well as explains the significance of the Argala stotram, which is sung in her praise.


Only Her Grace

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.


Paramahamsa Hariharananda: A Life and Legacy in pictures

In his 95 years, Paramahamsa Hariharananda's radiant love and ability to guide seeker's spiritual progress compassionately, in very individual ways, deeply touched the lives of all who encountered this divine master, known affectionately as 'Baba' (father). Using Krya Yoga meditation techniques as the basis of his teachings, he nurtured the spiritual development of each sudent. Often, Baba encouraged, 'Watch every breath.' 'Kriya Yoga is a short-cut technique for soul culture.' 'In just 5 minutes time, you can achieve it.'

Printed to commemorate the centenary of our loving Baba, this pictorial biography offers a rare glimpse into the life of this spiritual master.


Path of Love

A step by step approach on how to transform our life and reach the supreme stage of union with God.


Pebbles from the Pond: Timeless Wisdom Tales

Who does not have fond memories of hearing wondrous tales and fables from the earliest days of youth? Since ancient times storytelling has played a predominant role in our educational, moral, and spiritual development. Storytelling takes concepts and applies them to human situations so that complex spiritual truth becomes easier to understand, assimilate, and remember. The pages of this book contain rare stories that comprise a treasure trove of wisdom, insight, and guidance. Unique in their appeal to people of all faiths and backgrounds, they are merely a sampling of the endless fountain of stories flowing from the divine storyteller, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda. These stories will continue to teach you long after you have finished reading them.


Prapanna Gita

The Prapanna Gita, also known as the Pandava Gita, is a beautiful compilation of quotes from many great personalities, from the puranic age, that glorify the Lord in an inimitable manner. This text is in the form of prayers. Although small in size, since it has only eighty-three verses, each verse of the Prapanna Gita has a depth of devotion and total surrender which inspires a spiritual seeker to become immersed in the ocean of love for the Lord.


Rama Katha

Beautiful stories of one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, Lord Rama, are interspersed with Paramahamsa Prajnananandas metaphorical interpretations, enabling the reader to understand and apply the deeper spiritual meaning of the simple mythological story of Lord Rama.


River of Compassion

This book contains the precious recollections of Paramahamsa Hariharananda’s loving disciple and successor, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, who had the opportunity to hear and witness first-hand many of the incidents recorded here. Prajnananandaji gives a vivid picture of the life and the unique personality of a realized master of yoga. What emerges is a portrait of Paramahamsa Hariharananda as a truly great, yet extremely humble soul, with a deep compassion for humanity. This fascinating biography contains a wealth of details not only about the life and teachings of this enlightened master, but also about India’s spiritual heritage and the sacred truths extolled by our ancient wisdom.


Sanyal Mahashaya: A Life of Humility

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.


Seek God Alone

Shri Adi Shankara's time on Earth was brief, but his contribution to the world was immeasurable. A poet, philosopher, and reformer of India's age-old monastic order, he composed many of India's most renowned spiritual treasures. Among his most acclaimed Vedantic works, the Bhaja Govindam stands alone in its ability to rouse the reader from the illusory state of ordinary human consciousness. For this reason, it has also been called moha mudgara,'the hammer that crushes human delusion.” That its origin was nothing less than pure, divine compassion is undeniable. In the Bhaja Govindam, Shri Adi Shankara cuts through to the heart of the human dilemma. Reminding us that God is the only unchanging principle of permanent bliss and happiness, he implores us, “Love God, love God, love God, O fool!”


Swami Shriyukteshwar: Incarnation of Wisdom (2nd Ed.)

Swami Shriyukteshwar Giri is still one of the most respected and accomplished masters known today. It can easily be stated that few men have ever been blessed to play such a pivotal role in the spiritual evolution of humanity as he. His life's message was to awaken human beings to the Truth that the primary goal in life is spirituality rather than chasing after fleeting pleasures. As a master and guru, he was renowned for his strict discipline and rigorous training, which molded the lives of many prominent disciples, most notably Paramahamsa Yogananda. His spiritual mission continued with yet another of his devoted disciples, Paramahamsa Hariharananda. Swami Shriyukteshwar Giri was the epitome of poise and dignity, and his exemplary life and inspiring teachings continue to serve as a polestar for seekers on the spiritual path.


Attitude of Gratitude

The Attitude of Gratitude contains infinite wisdom and the key to unlocking the secret of true happiness. In a simple, eloquent, and soul-stirring manner, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda helps the reader see that gratitude is not just a gift we give to others; rather, we are the real benefactors whenever we express this feeling of thankfulness. Although a simple, heartfelt gesture of thankfulness may seem small and insignificant, the gift we receive by appreciating and being grateful to others, and indeed life itself, opens the door to lasting peace and contentment in life. You will want to read and reread this beautiful and inspiring booklet time and time again, especially during such times when you lack direction or need encouragement in your spiritual practice.


Body's Dance, The Soul's Play

We see the puppets dance, but often forget that the string puller orchestrates the movements. It is the body’s dance we see, but the soul is at play within. Casual observers often ignore this truth and consider the body as the ultimate manifestation of reality. Such gross misunderstanding is the cause of all suffering. A spiritual seeker through the step-by-step teaching and gradual unveiling from a divine guide, realizes that an individual is not the body, but the soul free from all boundaries and one with the eternal Creator, God. This is the path towards real freedom from all suffering.


Flower Garland

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.


Last Decade: A Loving Recollection

A masterpiece from Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, current spiritual head of the unbroken lineage of Kriya Yoga masters. The Last Decade is a touching and poignant recollection of a worthy disciples experiences and learning, spanning a decade at the feet of one of the greatest Kriya Yoga masters, Paramahamsa Hariharananda.

The beauty of the master manifests in the disciple. A sincere disciple, with surrender and love, becomes one with the master. The experience of that oneness is beyond all attachment.


Mahabharata: The Entrance to the Temple of the Gita

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.


Path of Perfection

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.


Ten Commandments of Yoga

In The Ten Commandments of Yoga, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda explains in detail the origin and meanings of the major steps in the path to enlightenment, from the path of self-discipline, Yama and Niyama, to the path of surrender to the Divine, Ishwara Pranidhana. Through clear explanations of abstract concepts and illustrative anecdotes, this discussion makes pursuit of a God-consciousness and moral life seem possible and appealing. Cultivating the virtues of non-violence, truthfulness, and self-awareness, we may know inner contentment and what it means to be a yogi.


Torah, Bible, and Kriya Yoga - Hardbound

Metaphorical Explanation of the Torah and the New Testament in the Light of Kriya Yoga.

'The essence of all religious practices, all scriptures and the teachings of all the Prophets, Saints and Sages and Realized Masters is to get calmness and love through proper understanding and meditation. The religions bring understanding, unity and universal love. This work is a sincere effort to bring the common spiritual understanding, experience and unity of all faiths ...

It is a synthesis of the spiritual books of many religions realized through deep meditation. Swami Prajnanananda, my loving disciple, has tried his utmost to bring this work to the hands of spiritual aspirants. Surely the readers of his book will get extreme spiritual impetus for meditation and God-realization.' ---From the foreword by Paramahamsa Hariharananda.


Torah, Bible, and Kriya Yoga - Softbound

Metaphorical Explanation of the Torah and the New Testament in the Light of Kriya Yoga.

'The essence of all religious practices, all scriptures and the teachings of all the Prophets, Saints and Sages and Realized Masters is to get calmness and love through proper understanding and meditation. The religions bring understanding, unity and universal love. This work is a sincere effort to bring the common spiritual understanding, experience and unity of all faiths ...

It is a synthesis of the spiritual books of many religions realized through deep meditation. Swami Prajnanananda, my loving disciple, has tried his utmost to bring this work to the hands of spiritual aspirants. Surely the readers of his book will get extreme spiritual impetus for meditation and God-realization.' ---From the foreword by Paramahamsa Hariharananda.


Universe Within (English)

Did you know that the Himalayas, the world’s tallest mountains, are also present within your own body? Did you know that the stars and all the galaxies are reflected in your inner sky? Did you ever realize that there are hundreds of rivers coursing through our nervous system and that the most powerful river of all lies untapped?

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Yoga Sutra of Patanjali

The classic Sanskrit text of Sage Patanjali's Yoga Sutra is deceptively concise: in fact, it is dense with profound insights into the spiritual path of Kriya Yoga as both the means and end of Self-realization, or merging with the Divine. As such, it has drawn much commentary over the years from sages and scholars alike.

This new treatment of the Yoga Sutra includes key translations of the Sanskrit as well as an original foreword and treasured commentary by acclaimed Yogiraj Shri Lahiri Mahasaya. Paramahamsa Prajnanananda builds upon this substantial foundation with insightful metaphorical explanations that will render the sutras more intelligible to contemporary seekers. Following the example of Shri Lahiri Mahasaya, these new explanations are delivered in accessible and clear language to aid the modern reader's understanding.


Who Are You? Talks on Dasha Shloki of Acharya Shankara

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.


Yoga: The Pathway to the Divine (3rd ed)

Yoga, Pathway to the Divine clarifies the real meaning of the often-misused term yoga, dispelling the frequent misconception about this eternal and sacred science. The author brilliantly captures our attention revealing the powerful truth of breath control as the tool to mind control and emphasizes that the inner meaning of yoga is a state of balance and equanimity, giving us hints on how to attain a yogic state where one may, eventually, experience the union of the individual self with that Supreme Self.


Beatitudes - mp3 (9hours)

Imagine sitting among the crowd as Lord Jesus delivered one of the most beautiful and beloved discourses of the Holy Bible — immortal words that have withstood the test of time for over two thousand years.

The Beatitudes, also known as the Sermon on the Mount, have long been recognized as some of Jesus’ most inspiring teachings. In the Gospel of Matthew (5), Jesus instructed his disciples on the art of right thinking and virtuous living, painting a picture of the road to spiritual success, a road accessible to us all. We now have the rare opportunity to hear inspiring commentary on this sermon from another spiritual giant: Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji provides rich and deep insight into this remarkable sermon, suggesting practical ways we can apply its timeless wisdom to our daily lives. Understanding this revered wisdom can make us and the world around us more beautiful. Many of Prajnananandaji’s favorite stories and parables are woven into these teachings, which eloquently guide us along the amazing personal journey toward enlightenment and self-perfection.

The Beatitudes: Divine Guidance was recorded in Miami, Florida at a retreat in 2009, presented here as nine 45-60 minute discourses in mp3 format.


Daily Prayers - CD

Prayer: a simple act of spirituality, a form of communication with God, an expression of love for God. Prayer has a healing effect on body, mind, and the Soul. This small collection contains a variety of prayers from the Vedas until modern times. We hope that this garland of prayers compiled from different scriptures and saintly figures will enhance your relationship with God and help you to intensify your spiritual practice. A companion prayer booklet is also available.


Divine Glories - Teachings of Bhagavatam

Divine love is the ultimate attainment of every spiritual seeker. But how is it possible to obtain this lofty goal that seems to be beyond the reach of our everyday existence?―an existence filled with the problems and pitfalls of human life. Paramahamsa Prajnanananda reveals that we can not only reach the heights of divine love, but we can use our everyday problems and challenges as stepping stones to help us achieve it.

Recorded at a retreat in Florida, the master takes us on a spiritual pilgrimage into the heart of the Shrimad Bhagavatam, an epic literary masterpiece of Vedic wisdom, and uncovers the deep metaphorical teachings hidden within its rich mystical tales. We find that these sacred teachings are just as relevant today as they were 5,000 years ago when written by the great Sage Vyasa.

Through the beauty and wisdom of Paramahamsa Prajnanananda’s metaphorical interpretations, we are able to leave the confines and limitations of our ordinary understanding to adopt a more panoramic view of life and its true purpose. Due to the vastness of this scripture, only some of the essential topics were selected in this twenty-one-day series.
21-CD set

ISBN 978-3-99000-005-2


Nirvana Shatakam - Who am I? (5 CD-set)

A commentary on Adi Shankara's Nirvana Shatakam. This inspiring commentary on an ancient text illuminates the seeker, who discovers that beyond the finite body and mind shines the infinite soul, pure and ever free. 5-CD set.
ISBN 978-3-99000-000-7


Sacred Chants - PP - (3 CD-set)

A tribute to Paramahamsa Hariharananda offered with love and devotion by his beloved disciple, Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji - 3 CD set.
CD One: Bhajans with Metaphorical Interpretation, recorded in Vienna, Austria, July 1998
CD Two: Devotional Songs, recorded in Cleveland, OH, August 1998
CD Three: Sumananjali-A Tribute to Paramahamsa Hariharananda, recorded in Cleveland, OH, May 1999.


The Lord's Prayer - CD

The gospel according to Luke, Chapter 11, verses two, three, and four, are among the most beloved in all of the Bible. Commonly referred to as the Lord's Prayer, our understanding is deepened by the insight and love or Guruji Paramahamsa Prajnanananda's commentary.

This MP3 Audio Disk contains 4 - 1 hour discourses


Vedanta in Daily Life

The Yoga Vasishtha is an ancient scripture in which Sage Vasishtha taught the principles of Vedanta to his student, Shri Rama, when he was in a state of despondency. The teachings are presented in the form of intriguing stories aimed at helping us to understand the concepts of consciousness, creation, dispassion, longing for liberation, existence, dissolution, and ultimately attaining liberation.
Recorded at a retreat in Florida Paramahamsa Prajnanananda helps us explore how to bring these beautiful and practical spiritual teachings into our daily lives.


You are Everything to Me

In the ashrams of Paramahamsa Hariharananda, the devotional prayer 'Tvameva Mata' is recited every night at vesper. Join Paramahamsa Prajnanananda as he offers a loving glimpse into this simple verse of adoration to the Guru.

This MP3 Audio Disk contains 5 - 1 hour discourses


Change Your Life - DVD

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.
5-DVD Set


P.H. 95th Birthday Celebration - DVD

Paramahamsa Hariharananda's 95th Birthday celebration, 27 May 2002. His mahasamadhi followed soon after in December 2002.


Ancient Science of Breath & Meditation -DVD

A profound understanding of our true nature and how Kriya Yoga can once more awaken us to our divinity.


Kriya Yoga - An Introduction to this Scientific Process DVD

This most inspiring and thought-provoking lecture, filmed at a 2004 Kriya Yoga retreat in Denmark, begins by Paramahamsa Prajnanananda discussing the need for inner growth - growth in heart, spirit, love and joy. For this growth, real knowledge of the Self is needed. He speaks about how to attain Self-knowledge, Truth, and complete awareness through the practice of Kriya Yoga. He provides an understanding of Kriya Yoga, why to practice it, and the beauty and benefits of this spiritual path.

Proceeds benefit the Hariharananda Balashram, a home and school for the poor children of Orissa, India.


Law of Karma

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.


Path of Knowledge

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.


Humble Submission: Reflections on the Guru Paduka Stotram

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.


Mystical Torah: A Yogi's Perspective

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.


Detach Attach - A Practical Guide For A Successful Yogic Life

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.


Rosary of Questions and Answers: Prashnottari of Acharya Shankara

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.


My Gurus - Teachings of Avadhuta

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.


Yoga Sutra of Sage Patanjali - Presented by Paramahamsa Prajnanananda (3 volume set with 195 DVDs)

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


Freedom from the Judgmental Attitude - Book 2, The Art of Living and Giving Series

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.


Devarshi Narada - A Sage and A Mystic

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.


Eternal Love - The Bhakti Sutra of Narada Explained

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.


Humility - The Stepping Stone to Spirituality

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.


Story of the Eight Obstacles

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.


Libertad de la Actitud de Juicio (Español) - Libro 2, Serie El Arte de Vivir y Dar

Juzgar a los demás arruina las relaciones, distorsiona la realidad, causa infelicidad, destruye la paz mental, crea división y nos impide avanzar más en el camino espiritual. Desafortunadamente para la mayoría de nosotros, juzgar a los demás es algo tan natural que apenas nos damos cuenta cuando los juicios se filtran en nuestros pensamientos y palabras. Es una tendencia que muchos en el camino espiritual anhelan superar. No juzgar a los demás es una batalla diaria, y debido a que no lo entendemos o no sabemos cómo detenerlo, es una batalla que la mayoría de las veces perdemos.

Una actitud crítica es un enemigo formidable, pero en este interesante folleto, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda nos enseña cómo salir victoriosos de nuestra batalla. Aprendemos que solo a través de la conciencia interior, la compasión por los demás, la simpatía y la comprensión podemos superar esta tendencia. Entonces podremos dar un paso de gigante para experimentar el amor y la unidad divinos.


Akshara Tattva 2nd Edn

Each Sanskrit letter represents a mantra, a word with a multiplicity of meanings, useful not only for studying the scriptures but also for contemplation in deep meditation.

In Aksara Tattva, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda teaches how in practical spiritual life, one should weigh every word as well as every thought very carefully to gain inner peace, love, and wisdom, ultimately leading to the experience of Aksara, the Eternal.


Liberandonos Del Sufrimiento - Libro 3, Serie El Arte de Vivir y Dar

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.


Understanding Ego

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.


Freedom from Anger

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.


In the Company of My Master - Vol 1

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.


Shri Gurutantra

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 Lord's Prayer

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.


My Time with the Master -2nd Edn

“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.


Freedom from Sorrow (English) - Book 3, The Art of Living and Giving Series

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.


Know Your Mind (Spanish)

A pesar de los asombrosos avances realizados en la ciencia y la tecnología, hemos avanzado poco hacia el descubrimiento del misterio de la mente humana. ¿Qué es la mente? ¿Cómo influye en nuestras vidas? ¿Podemos realmente controlar nuestra mente y así cambiar la forma en que percibimos el mundo? Si bien a los expertos de hoy en día les puede resultar difícil responder a estas preguntas, aquellos que son maestros de la antigua ciencia del yoga tienen una llave que abre el misterio de la mente.

En este libro, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda nos lleva a un viaje fascinante en nuestra propia mente. Al poseer una aguda percepción de la psique humana, Paramahamsaji tiene la capacidad extraordinaria de tomar este conocimiento complejo y explicarlo de una manera que todos puedan entender fácilmente.


Even This Shall Pass Away - Book 4, The Art of Living and Giving Series

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.


Self-Inquiry - The Nirvana Shatkam of Acharya Shankara

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.


In the Company of My Master - Vol 2

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.


I Will Collect Flowers for Thee

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.


Teachings for Transformation from the Bhagavad Gita

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.


Practicing Patience - Book 6, The Art of Living and Giving Series

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.


What the Coronavirus Teaches Us - Book 5, The Art of Living and Giving Series

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.