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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?

Ananda Writers Group, The Deeper Teachings, 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.

Yoga Philosophy

Self-Realization: The One Truth in All Religions

(Excerpted from the Essence of Self-Realization—Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda, compiled by Swami Kriyananda, Crystal Clarity, Publishers) “Self-realization,” a phrase commonly used today, implies many things that are very attractive—expansive horizons for personal growth; freedom from institutional and dogmatic constraints; direct personal experience of Truth and of God. Paramhansa Yogananda, the well-known author of Autobiography of a Yogi, often spoke of Self-realization which … Read More