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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Self-Realization Fellowship; New edition edition (December 31, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876120516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876120514
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

(From the Preface to Autobiography of a Yogi by W.Y. Evans-Wentz, M.A., D.Litt., D.Sc., Jesus College, Oxford: Author and translator of many classic works on yoga and the wisdom traditions of the East, including Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines, Tibet s Great Yogi Milarepa, and The Tibetan Book of the Dead.)

It has been my privilege to meet one of the sages whose life history is herein narrated Sri Yukteswar Giri....It was at Puri, in Orissa, on the Bay of Bengal, that I encountered Sri Yukteswar. He was then the head of a quiet ashrama near the seashore there, and was chiefly occupied in the spiritual training of a group of youthful disciples....Sri Yukteswar was of gentle mien and voice, of pleasing presence, and worthy of the veneration that his followers spontaneously accorded to him. Every person who knew him, whether of his own community or not, held him in the highest esteem. I vividly recall his tall, straight, ascetic figure, robed in the saffron-colored garb of one who has renounced worldly quests, as he stood at the entrance of the hermitage to give me welcome. His hair was long and somewhat curly, and his face bearded. His body was muscularly firm, but slender and well-formed, and his step energetic....I am glad, indeed, to be able to record this testimony to the high character and holiness of Sri Yukteswar. Content to remain afar from the multitude, he gave himself unreservedly and in tranquility to that ideal life which Paramahansa Yogananda, his disciple, has now described for the ages.


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(From the Preface to Autobiography of a Yogi by W.Y. Evans-Wentz, M.A., D.Litt., D.Sc., Jesus College, Oxford: Author and translator of many classic works on yoga and the wisdom traditions of the East, including Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines, Tibet s Great Yogi Milarepa, and The Tibetan Book of the Dead.)

It has been my privilege to meet one of the sages whose life history is herein narrated Sri Yukteswar Giri....It was at Puri, in Orissa, on the Bay of Bengal, that I encountered Sri Yukteswar. He was then the head of a quiet ashrama near the seashore there, and was chiefly occupied in the spiritual training of a group of youthful disciples....Sri Yukteswar was of gentle mien and voice, of pleasing presence, and worthy of the veneration that his followers spontaneously accorded to him. Every person who knew him, whether of his own community or not, held him in the highest esteem. I vividly recall his tall, straight, ascetic figure, robed in the saffron-colored garb of one who has renounced worldly quests, as he stood at the entrance of the hermitage to give me welcome. His hair was long and somewhat curly, and his face bearded. His body was muscularly firm, but slender and well-formed, and his step energetic....I am glad, indeed, to be able to record this testimony to the high character and holiness of Sri Yukteswar. Content to remain afar from the multitude, he gave himself unreservedly and in tranquility to that ideal life which Paramahansa Yogananda, his disciple, has now described for the ages.

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This book is a very esoteric read, but simultaneously easy.
Dream
I will have to read it a few times to really get an idea of the teachings and be able to make visual impressions.
Ian Pearson
For any seeker of the truth, this book will certainly bring you to the core.
Norman Greenwald

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189 of 191 people found the following review helpful By richardpinneau.com on December 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Swami Sri Yukteswar (1855-1936), whose westernly-known disciple was Paramahansa Yogananda, was a quiet, demanding Bengali teacher of Kriya Yoga, the advanced form of raja (meditative) yoga that Yogananda has made so popular in the west. Sri Yukteswarji, however, did not have the effusive, entertaining style of his popular disciple, nor did he write in as easily accessible manner. This slender volume is nevertheless to be highly recommended to the serious student of yoga philosophy or raja practice, and especially to students of Kriya Yoga, for whom Sri Yukteswar's penetrating insights will fit together important puzzle-pieces of the yoga spiritual path. (Beginners to yoga philosophy and practice would be well advised first to read Yogananda's "Autobiography of a Yogi" -- perhaps a few times and taking in even the technical footnotes -- before tackling "The Holy Science." )
The swami defines his volume's purpose to be: showing the essential unity of *all* religions. It is, but the emphasis definitely centers on parallels between John's gospel and Revelation and the yoga principles of India's Sankhya philosophy "Sanatan Dharma." Some of the most arresting parallels presented concern the way both teachings present concepts of "The Word", "Holy Baptism", and "Messiah/Satguru". Sri Yukteswarji does not expend extra words attempting to make unity persuasive to those who have a dogmatic conviction that their religion (Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, or whatever) has the "true" hold on "truth," so those who are so persuaded can safely skip this work. If, however, you have always had a nagging intuitive sense that there ought to be One Truth behind all versions of religious truth, time spent to assimilate the swami's realizations will be well repaid.
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Walter Cruttenden on January 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
At first reading this short book may seem too deep to cognize. But after study and reflection the Truths encased in this obscure treatise begin to roll around in your mind like a sacred vibration awakening the consciouness long after the words have been read.

For example, one point in the introduction regarding the yuga cycle has led me to a complete new understanding of history: it is a cycle not a linear progression, see [...] and another comment on the length and cause of precession (opposed to the lunisolar precession theory) has opened my eyes to the correct celestial mechanics of our local system, see [...] I just can't say enough about this book and the profound wisdom of its author.

Commissioned by Babaji at one of the most sacred spots on the planet, The Holy Science is a book ahead of its time. It is not for all, however, if you already meditate and you are seeking a deeper understanding of world ages, knowledge of cosmic order and the keys to a mystic life, get this book. The kinetic wisdom of its pages will kindle the love of Christ within you - into a bonfire of joy!

WC
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL HAIGH on November 19, 2002
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Swami Sri Yukteswar's only book stands alone in that it was commissioned by the great Babaji for a specific purpose.(see Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda). It is difficult to grasp in many places but his wisdom and clarity are unmatched. His message rings out across the ages. It needs to be read in the context of Yoganada's Autobiography because it then becomes evident what a great being he was in that incarnation.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Eric S Lloyd on January 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The Jnana Avatar (Incarnation of Knolege) Swami Yukteshwar has a very insightfull way of looking into the Vedas as well as the Bible. I had learned of him from Paramahansa Yogananda's book "Autobiography of a Yogi".
Sri Yukteshwar in my opinion has been severly under-praised. He is a brilliant soul, who never sought out any type of publicity. This book explains the Yugas (eras) in a very different way than commonly understood, and I have to agree with this author.
This book isn't very long, but it is packed with allot of usefull information. The author died somewhere between 1920-1940, and its hard to beleive it was so long ago, his vibrations come alive while reading the book.
Sincerely,
Eric Lloyd
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book has so much spiritual information that it can not be absorbed in one, two or many readings. When I was contacted by my spirit guides many years ago enlightening information was passed on to me, but I did not understand one very definate "word" which could have several meanings until I was guided to this book which explained exactly the meaning and to my knowledge does not exist in any other book I have read or researched. This is one of the reasons I hold this book in such high esteem. I would recommend that people wanting to understand information in it to first try ready "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda, who was taught by Sri Yuktswar.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Richard Salva VINE VOICE on June 1, 2006
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The Holy Science is a deep and powerful book that, in a quiet and almost casual way, presents some revolutionary teachings--such as Sri Yukteswar's precedence-shattering treatment of the yuga cycle (ages of man).

This book is not long, but it takes a while to finish. Each sentence is a condensed mental mouthful that needs chewing and digestion. It's all extremely nourishing, but you want to take your time. When you read the words of Swami Sri Yukteswar you really get the feeling that here is someone who knows the answers to the most difficult questions, the thorniest problems. And that, behind his crystal clear mind lies the heart of a friend.

Sri Yukteswar was the guru of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi. If, after reading this book, you want to know more about the author, Yogananda has written in the early pages of his book one of the most beautiful and glowing tributes to a spiritual mentor in the history of literature.

Richard Salva--author of Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh [UNABRIDGED]
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