Paperback, 461 pages, ISBN: 978-81-89430-50-4, Ananda Sangha Publications.
For those who enjoyed Paramhansa Yogananda's autobiography and hunger for more, this collection offers unparalleled intimate glimpses of life with the Master never before shared. Swami Kriyananda's daily TV programme "A Way to Awakening", is based on readings from this book.
More than half a century ago, in a hilltop ashram in Los Angeles, California, an American disciple sat at the feet of his Master, faithfully recording his words, as his teacher had asked him to do. Paramhansa Yogananda knew this disciple would carry his message to people everywhere.
Kriyananda was often present when Yoganandaji spoke privately with other close disciples, received visitors and answered their questions, and dictated and discussed his writings. Yogananda put Kriyananda in charge of the other monks, and gave him advice for their spiritual development. At such times Kriyanandaji recorded his words, preserving a treasure trove of wisdom in nearly five hundred stories, sayings, and insights from the 20th century's most famous master of Kriya Yoga. Included are 25 photos-nearly all previously unreleased.
These conversations include not only Yogananda's words as he first spoke them, but also the added insight of an intimate disciple who has spent more than 50 years reflecting on and practicing the teachings of Yogananda. Through these conversations, Yogananda comes alive. Time and space dissolve. We sit at the feet of the Master, listen to his words, receive his wisdom, delight in his humor, and are transformed by his love.
What Others Are Saying:
As a bright light shining in the midst of darkness, so was Yogananda's presence in this world. Such a great soul comes on earth only rarely, when there is a real need among men.
-His Holiness, the Shankaracharya of Kanchipuram
A rare gem of inestimable value, the like of whom the world is yet to witness, Paramhansa Yogananda has been an ideal representative of the ancient sages and seers, the glory of India.
-Swami Sivananda, founder of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, India
Yogananda reaches out to every person and therein lies his natural and powerful attraction. He speaks to the deep well of wisdom within and beckons us to our highest calling.
-Michael Toms, Co-Founder of New Dimensions Radio; author of A Time for Choices and True Work
There is a clarity in Yogananda's words that transcends our superficial differences, a purity that reflects the timeless heart of that true spirituality that underlies and unites all of us.
-Ken Carey, author of The Third Millennium
Not many theologians can speak of Conscious bliss from a place of personal experience. Paramhansa Yogananda, a renowned twentieth-century spiritual teacher . . . can. His personal authority lends dramatic credibility to concepts and methods for spiritual aspirants from any tradition, from uncertain agnostics to fervent believers.