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Conversations with Yogananda Paperback – September 28, 2004
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Richard Salva--author of Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh [UNABRIDGED]
I ordered three books by Kriyananda at the same time: "The Essence of Self-Realization," "Conversations with Yogananda," and "The Path." I read "The Path" first because it has a story--Kriyananda's own spiritual journey. But it's the other two books, which are collections of direct quotations, that I keep returning to.
If you are unfamiliar with Yogananda, I would recommend "Essence" as the best introduction. If you want more, then continue with "Conversations." There is some repetition of material, however.
"Conversations" contains remarks not originally intended for the public. It's like being able to listen in on Yogananda's private conversations with his students.
For me, these books have been a great aid to meditation and clarity.
There's a running thread of balancing the devotional and intellectual aspects of yoga, balancing the work of seeking personal realization and uplifting society.
Kriyananda paints a picture of his guru as someone who could read a person's thoughts and karma like an open book. He was a mirror in which people could see themselves clearly. He had a playful side with people, but it was always about searching for God.
There are numerous mentions of some of the people mentioned in Autobiography of a Yogi, but not in a gossipy way. There are a lot of tasty, titilating tidbits about who was who in what life when, but that's not the main theme. The main theme is "Press on to apprehend, to realize, to avoid the standard-issue delusions. Don't just talk about realization, press on toward realization with every fiber of your existence."
Yogananda gives great comfort and strong consolations to those who are seeking God, or even just thinking about seeking God. The quote "Every sincere effort is registered in the divine consciousness" is a great blessing to me.
After reading this book, your mind and heart will taste some of the joy that Kriyananda feels when he recalls his beloved guru.
but still quite inspirational.
I liked the desert retreat setting that the writer spoke about in the book.
I could just picture Yogananda living out his dream there.
His boyhood dream was to live in seclusion in the Himalayas but destiny forced
him into a different path. The desert retreat became his Himalayas.
Many of what's in the book are already on tapes and cds but here you get it
from another angle. It reminded me of one of the four gospels on Jesus: the same
thing in a different light. Great stuff though, I recommend it for all Yogananda lovers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful read. I understand Yoganandaji more and appreciate him even more.Published 3 days ago by Beah54
I enjoyed the book very much. It provides insight into the thoughts and wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda in daily situationsPublished 1 month ago by Felix P. Camacho
A beautiful gift from Swami Kriyananda, one of my favorite book of him.Published 10 months ago by Eternal1
This is a great gift to read conversations between devotees and inquisitors and read the Guru's responses.Published 11 months ago by Mr. Ed
Nicely written but the spiritual foundation has distanced themselves swami kriyananda... Hence I am not sure if this literature can be believedPublished 14 months ago by Venkatesh Sharma
This is an absolutely wonderful book. It portrays the essence of Paramahansa Yogananda through short stories about his life as witnessed by a devoted disciple. Read morePublished 20 months ago by David Lawler
Do you want an inside view of what it's like to live and work with an avatar? This is terrific, and insightful as to what is required if you were to seriously enter on any... Read morePublished on July 18, 2014 by Bruce