Are you ready to take serious steps to discover the hidden resources of divine joy, love, and power within you? Paramhansa Yogananda, one of the best-loved spiritual teachers of modern times, offers step-by-step guidance to help you awaken your true potential. You will discover that hidden within you is untold power, and you will learn how to take steps daily to live life with greater joy and meaning.

Yogananda rouses you to awaken your true nature, beginning by looking at the habits that hold you back and how best to change them. He gives practical steps to prepare you for the inner journey of awakening. The book includes not only the meditation technique that he calls “one of India’s greatest gifts to the world,” but many other techniques for achieving inner stillness and realization. Yogananda also shows you how, once you begin to discover the power of your soul nature, to use higher consciousness to live more productively and successfully.

This priceless handbook is drawn from courses and articles he wrote in the 1920s and 1930s, and most of the material is not published elsewhere. The book is organized in a potent, easy-to-absorb format.

Paramhansa Yogananda

Paramhansa Yogananda (often spelled 'Paramahansa' Yogananda) was born on January 5, 1893 in Gorakhpur, India. He was the first yoga master of India to permanently live and teach in the West. Yogananda arrived in America in 1920, and traveled throughout the United States on what he called his 'spiritual campaigns'. His enthusiastic audiences filled the largest halls in America. Hundreds of thousands came to see the yogi from India. At some packed venues thousands were turned away nightly. A national sensation, Yogananda's lectures and books were extensively written about by the major media of the era, including Time Magazine, Newsweek, and Life. He was even invited to the White House by President Calvin Coolidge. Yogananda continued to lecture and write up to his passing in 1952.

Yogananda's initial impact was truly impressive. But his lasting impact has been even greater. Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi, first published in 1946, helped launch a spiritual revolution throughout the world. His message was nonsectarian and universal. Yogananda's Guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar, sent him to the West with the admonition, "The West is high in material attainments, but lacking in spiritual understanding. It is God's will that you play a role in teaching mankind the value of balancing the material with an inner, spiritual life."

Yogananda brought clarity to hundreds of thousands of people regarding the ancient teachings of India - previously shrouded in the cultural assumptions and terminology of an era long past. These teachings include the path of Kriya Yoga, which Yogananda called the 'jet-airplane' route to God, consisting of ancient yoga techniques to hasten the spiritual evolution of the student.

"The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soul's power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God," said Paramhansa Yogananda in the book "The Essence of Self-Realization". He further wrote that "Self- Realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God's omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve your knowing."

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"This latest installment in the Wisdom of Yogananda series is the perfect prescription for giving your spiritual life or meditation practice a boost of inspiration. Yogananda’s trademark blend of practicality and idealism offers an achievable step forward, wherever you are in your journey. For those who don’t already have a meditation practice, it includes a chapter of suggestions, including a full description of the Hong Sau technique, which Yogananda calls “one of India’s greatest gifts to the world.” Another nice feature is that, in addition to a regular index, there’s a section at the back listing all references to specific techniques, so you can jump straight to information about affirmations, intuition, overcoming particular bad qualities, etc. It works well as a reference book, as a “thought-for-the-day” book, or to simply read through and discover what speaks to you at the moment."
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