The Yoga Teachings of Jesus

The Bible Commentaries of Paramhansa Yogananda
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Discover the deep yogic truths hidden in the teachings of Jesus

This online, interactive course is designed to give you an inspiring and in-depth understanding of Paramhansa Yogananda’s stirring interpretation of Jesus’s teachings, through nine structured lessons — each addressing a particular facet of Jesus’ yogic teachings through written materials, audio and video recordings, and live video broadcasts.

Excerpt from the course:

Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.’—Proverbs 8:34

Paramhansa Yogananda’s commentary:

Posts of my doors:  the spiritual centers of the spine (chakras) through which the energy must be directed upward for enlightenment.

Heareth me: signifies listening to Aum, and also to the sounds that emanate from each of the chakras.

A humming, beelike, droning sound emanates, when stimulated, from the lowest (muladharachakra.

A flute sound emanates when the second (swadhisthanchakra is stimulated.

The sound of plucked harp strings indicates that the third (manipur) chakra has been stimulated.

A deep gong bell sound is a sign that the inner heart (anahatchakra has been stimulated.

A rushing sound, like the wind through tall pine trees, indicates that the energy is centered in the bishuddha chakra, opposite the throat.

And a symphony of all the sounds (the mighty Aum) comes when the energy is deeply centered in the agya chakra, at the medulla oblongata, or at the positive pole of that chakra in the spiritual eye.

Watching daily at my gates: signifies meditating on the chakras. In meditation, try chanting Aum mentally at each chakra (three times each is a good number), and endeavor to see the light emanating from each of them. Chanting Aum at the chakras stimulates the upward flow of energy – through them, toward the brain.

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Spiritual Q&A

Listening to the Inner Sounds

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How to Keep Positive Influences for Our Children

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What Does My Dream Mean, About an Old Man Giving Me Spiritual Power?

Dear Ani, Dreams come as symbols. At times it’s just subconscious confusion, at times it comes with a message. Yours seem of the second category. The old man giving spiritual power might symbolize your innate wise consciousness which always has ... Read More

Do I Need My Spouse’s Permission to Take Initiation?

Dear Friend, So sorry to hear of your family difficulties in pursuing the spiritual path. Only you can determine if you should receive initiation against your husband’s insistence that you do not do so. In self-offering, after meditation, ask God ... Read More

Seeing a Scary Image in Meditation

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Looking for Spiritual Community

Dear Thomas, You have made an important discovery that spiritual progress is helped greatly by being surrounded by like-minded people. Here at Ananda we live in a spiritual community dedicated to the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Yogananda recommended that spiritually ... Read More

What Is the Use of Performing Mundane Tasks on the Path Toward Enlightenment?

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Eye Twitching During Meditation

Dear Heather, I think you might be lifting your gaze too high and causing muscle tension in the muscles around the eyes. Try this eye position technique: Hold your thumb upturned, extend your arm directly out in front of you ... Read More

Is It Possible to Become Enlightened on One’s Own?

Dear Friend, Thank you for your heartfelt question. This is a dilemma that many face in these confusing times! When? How soon? Who? Where? What text or scripture to follow? These confusing questions are tests of faith. So it is ... Read More

Posture for Meditation

Dear Kashyap, These points you mention — the hand position on thighs, shoulders drawn back, chest lifted high —  are all part of proper meditation position but are not the meditation technique itself. What is best is to adjust your meditation position before ... Read More

How Can I Develop My Astral Sense Perceptions?

Dear Friend, The rishis of yoga have revealed that the physical human body is one of three “bodies.” Like bottles of water encased one inside the next, we (and indeed everything in creation) comes first as an idea (causal body); ... Read More

How to Deal With Pain and Suffering

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Solution for Family Harmony

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In Meditation I Felt a Gravitational Pull. Is This Normal?

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Experience of Energy and Light in the Room

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How to Stop Kundalini Rising

Dear Friend, At this distance and with no more information than what you have written, let me reframe the question into terms more commonly experienced. A person is afflicted with, say, an undiagnosed ailment for which no obvious treatment has ... Read More

My Father Has a Terminal Illness. What Can I Do to Uplift His Energy?

Dear Devika, Let us first begin with acknowledging that each of us, at some point in life, at many points in life (for some), must cope with illness and pain (whether physical or emotional). While it is difficult to have ... Read More

What Is the Most Effective Meditation Technique?

Dear Jeffito, The most effective meditation technique is that which brings you to a state of inner stillness; to deep peace; overwhelming love; and bursting joy (just to name a few aspects of “Infinite consciousness!”) Seriously, however, (and the above ... Read More

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