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How the West Was (Spiritually) Won by Paramhansa Yogananda

Coming to America America 1920— The Roaring ’20s. The Jazz Age. A time of expansion, rapid social change, new technology, and numerous areas of growth. Words such as yoga, meditation, pranayama, gurus, or kundalini were virtually unknown.  Think for a moment about the music of the ’20s, flapper culture and fashion, American women gaining the right to vote, the end … Read More

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The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Class 31

Join Asha for this humorous and thrilling discussion on the Essence of the Bhagavad Gita. Verses 3-10, 3-11, and 3-12 are discussed. What is the true yagya? What does tapasya mean and how can we develop it?

Yoga Philosophy

Is Jesus Christ a Guru?

Jesus Christ is one of the gurus on the Ananda path of Self-Realization. Paramhansa Yogananda stated that in the divine plan, Jesus Christ was responsible for the evolution of the West, and Babaji, for that of the East. It was intended that the West specialize in developing objectivity through logic and reason and that the East specializes in inner, intuitive … Read More

Yoga Philosophy

Are We “Meat That Thinks” or Potential Saints

The Age of Rational Materialism We are living in an age that can be described as rational materialism, where the prevailing thought is that consciousness arose from matter. According to this viewpoint, human beings are the end result of a random process, whereby solid atoms arranged themselves into organisms that gradually became more complicated and eventually developed consciousness. In other … Read More

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Is God Personal or Impersonal?

Nayaswami Devarshi answers the age old question on how best to approach God – in form or formlessness? Is He involved in our everyday lives, or is He aloof and removed? Not knowing the “best” way to worship Him, many devotees find themselves conflicted in their relationship to the Divine.