What is Raja Yoga?

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Which branch of Yoga did Yogananda teach? • What is Raja Yoga? • If you love yourself, how can you love God? • Offer the good and bad you do to God • How to break the barrier of egoic self-identity • God as the doer • What does it mean to “be practical in your idealism”? (Conversations with Yogananda: … Read More

Simplify Your Life

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What is superstition? • Fascinating astrological and related instructions Master gave to his disciples • “It is easy to be spiritual if you follow a few rules” • SImplify your life • Don’t mix too much with others • “Seclusion is the price of greatness” • Yogananda teachings) a new expression of religion • Why materially poor Indians are generally … Read More

This Life: Dream or Reality?

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What does it take to have a relationship with someone also deeply serious on the spiritual path? • Master often compared life to a movie • What is the benefit of good karma, during this lifetime? • How much is this life a dream? How much should we relate to it as a reality? • Master’s concern for suffering in … Read More

Why Overcome the Ego?

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When did Yogananda achieve final liberation? • Is ego-consciousness the same as self-consciousness? • The story of Byasa, Krishna, and cheese • How should one act in the world? • Yogananda’s praise for Sister Gyanamata’s consciousness • Shouldn’t we develop our own will, and not submit always to our teacher’s will? • Casting out ego-consciousness • The inner relationship with … Read More

How to Develop Humility

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The importance of deep relaxation in meditation • Visualizations for relaxing the body • Sitting completely still • Visions of America while Yogananda was at Ranchi school in India • How to develop humility • “I killed Yogananda long ago. No one dwells in the temple now but God.” (Conversations with Yogananda: 326-329)

The Need for Common Sense on the Spiritual Path

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Intelligence and common sense are needed on the spiritual path • “To those who think me near, I will be near.” • Master’s timing in coming to America • The desire for miracles • Overcoming doubts on the path • Why is humility helpful? (Conversations with Yogananda: 321-324)

Master’s Predictions

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Yogananda’s thoughts about the 20th century wars • The Cold War as a world war • Coming trials for humanity • Master’s predictions about a coming depression more serious than the Great Depression of the 30s • A “terrible cataclysm” • How to prepare • Yogananda’s vision of “world brotherhood colonies” • Yogananda’s vision of James Coller as soon to … Read More

How to Forgive Yourself and Others

Disappointment, pain, unwelcome change – everyone has suffered and the heart bears the battle scars. But once wounded, what will you do? Become softer, kinder, more open, or hardened and walled-in? Will past defeats define your future as well? Learn about forgiveness, letting go, learning the lesson and moving on.

Who Were the Masters in Former Lives?

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Who was Lahiri Mahasaya in a former life? • Who was Babaji in a former life? • Yogananda as Arjuna in a former life • Bhagavad Gita commentaries: “A new scripture is born” • “Millions will find God through this book” • Why this commentary was unique (Conversations with Yogananda: 316-317)

Is Evolution Real?

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Is evolution real? • How does God see the world? • What is past and what is future? • Yogananda’s foreknowledge of his future work in America • What did Master mean when he urged us to “resist” delusion? (Conversations with Yogananda: 312-314)

What Was Master’s Mission?

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What was Master’s mission? • The householder and renunciate paths • Underlying oneness of all religions • Self-realization as the goal of all spiritual practice • Spiritual training and character development of children • Spiritual principles as practical in all aspects of life • Babaji’s commission to Lahiri Mahasaya (Conversations with Yogananda: 308)