For more than a decade, Paramahansa Yogananda traveled the length and breadth of the United States, speaking to capacity audiences in some of the largest auditoriums in the country - from New York's Carnegie Hall to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Auditorium. Whether addressing a crowd of thousands or a small gathering of disciples, he spoke from inspiration, without notes or written text.
This anthology brings together many of his talks, offering illuminating counsel on a wide range of topics - and a revealing look into our lives and our world.
The Book's Chapters Include:
- How Seekers First Found God
- The Universality of Yoga
- Answered Prayers
- Healing by God's Unlimited Power
- How to Read Character
- Even-Mindedness in a World of Change
- Reincarnation: The Soul's Journey to Perfection
- How to Be More Likable
- Self-Analysis: Key to the Mastery of Life
- Three Paths to Cosmic Consciousness
- Is God a Father or a Mother?
- The Art of Living
- How to Be Happy at Will
About the Author:
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 - 1952), hailed as The Father of Yoga in the West, is widely revered as one of the preeminent spiritual figures of our time. Born in northern India on January 5, 1893, he took formal vows as a monk of India's venerable monastic Swami Order soon after graduating from Calcutta University in 1915. Two years later, he began his life's work with the founding of a "how-to-live" schoolósince grown to twenty-one educational institutions throughout Indiaówhere traditional academic subjects were offered together with yoga training and instruction in spiritual ideals.
In 1920, he was invited to the United States to speak at an interfaith congress of religious leaders, where he gave an historic address on "The Science of Religion." That same year he founded Self-Realization Fellowship, an international society dedicated to introducing throughout the world his teachings on the age-old science and philosophy of Yoga and its time-honored tradition of meditation; and to helping people of all races and creeds to realize and express more fully in their lives the beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit.
During the more than thirty years that Paramahansa Yogananda lived and taught in the West, he contributed in far-reaching ways to a deepening awareness and appreciation of the ancient wisdom of the East. Today his spiritual and humanitarian work is being carried on under the direction of Sri Daya Mata, one of his earliest and closest disciples and president of Self-Realization Fellowship / Yogoda Satsanga Society of India since 1955. From its international headquarters in Los Angeles, the society publishes his writings, lectures, and informal talks (including a comprehensive series of lessons for home study) and guides the work of its monastic communities, temples and retreats, meditation centers, and a Worldwide Prayer Circle.