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The Divine Romance - Collected Talks and Essays. Volume 2 (Self-Realization Fellowship) New edition Edition

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"He was inspired...one of the greats. He showed the way for people into a purer, unadulterated type of faith, a universal faith." -- Dan Thrapp, Religion Editor (1951 - 1975) "Los Angeles Times"

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Born in India on January 5, 1893, Paramahansa Yogananda devoted his life to helping people of all races and creeds to realize and express more fully in their lives the true beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit. After graduating from Calcutta University in 1915, Yogananda took formal vows as a monk of India's venerable monastic Swami Order. Two years later, he began his life's work with the founding of a how-to-live school since grown to twenty-one educational institutions throughout India where traditional academic subjects were offered together with yoga training and instruction in spiritual ideals. In 1920, he was invited to serve as India's delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston. His address to the Congress and subsequent lectures on the East Coast were enthusiastically received, and in 1924 he embarked on a cross-continental speaking tour. Over the next three decades, Paramahansa Yogananda contributed in far-reaching ways to a greater awareness and appreciation in the West of the spiritual wisdom of the East. In Los Angeles, he established an international headquarters for Self-Realization Fellowship, the nonsectarian religious society he had founded in 1920. Through his writings, extensive lecture tours, and the creation of Self-Realization Fellowship temples and meditation centers, he introduced hundreds of thousands of truth-seekers to the ancient science and philosophy of Yoga and its universally applicable methods of meditation. Today, the spiritual and humanitarian work begun by Paramahansa Yogananda continues under the direction of Sri Mrinalini Mata, one of his closest disciples and president of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India since 2011. In addition to publishing his writings, lectures and informal talks (including a comprehensive series of Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons for home study), the society also oversees temples, retreats, and centers around the world.
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Product Details

  • Series: Collected Talks and Essays (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 507 pages
  • Publisher: Self-Realization Fellowship; New edition edition (November 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876122411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876122419
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
If it contained only his opening essay from 1943, "How to Cultivate Divine Love", this volume would more than warrant the cover price: it is persuasive, revelatory, show-stopping. Everyone talks about love. Everyone is moved by an unconscious yearning for this intangible indispensible. After lifetimes of pursuing and then achieving the Source of Love, in this seventeen-page essay Yogananda offers a timeless explanation of this elusive be-all and end-all of our existence. For those that confuse Love with sex or who cannot imagine that any love can surpass their feelings for their child or their beloved, these words are probably wasted. But for those who have been graced by even a whiff of the Creator's love or have intuitively felt that behind the temporary world of human ecstasies must lie a Divine Source and Experience, these words will ring as truth: this author has tasted The Whole Loaf, not just enjoyed wafting aromas. No matter how often it is distorted and dimmed in its human expressions, the irresistable pull of Divine Love keep working on us, because, as Yogananda explains...
"If you could feel even a particle of divine love, so great would be your joy -- so overpowering -- you could not contain it." It is from connection with that Divine that the faces of long-silent, meditating yogis of India beam with unrepentant Joy, that the whirling Sufi dervish tirelessly dances without apparent partner. With unblinking insight and full compassion, Yogananda reflects on the varied places and degrees of human success in finding lasting love, because "...by investigating human love, we can learn something of divine love, for in human love we have glimpses of that love of God's."
As devotional as he is, Yogananda goes far beyond gushing.
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Format: Paperback
I think this book is absolutely sensational. It is filled with pearls of great wisdom that are practical and quite relevant to our everyday living. A person with whom I shared this book whlist travelling on the train,remarked that you can open the book at any point and find something of great value and I have found that to be true.It is interesting that I had this book more than three years now but just thumbed through it.Now it seems so pertinent that I eagerly look forward to reading it everyday and practicing its insights. It is an answered prayer to my recent bout of despair and fustration . I now feel more empowered and postive about myself and life in general.This review may not do it justice but if it prompts one person to read it and makes a difference in their life as it has mine I would be delighted.
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This book changed the way I look at life, and my way of thinking.
It is a must for people on the Spiritual path.
Thank you for this book Yogananda!
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Paramahansa Yogananda's recorded talks in "THE DIVINE ROMANCE", presented to me the most comprehensive, balanced and inspirational view of spirituality and love I have seen in a long time. He must have been a great Bakti Yogi to have such deep vibrations of Divine Love pouring out of every page!
Yogananda's awareness of such a wide range of wisdom in these important life areas of MEDITATION-PSYCHOLOGY-LOVE-PEOPLE-GOD-etc, and the balanced approach to the spiritual life shows an outstanding teaching ability as well. This is wonderful to see in writings on such subtle and profound matters. He takes the "mystery" out of the mystical. In this book one finds complete and sensible answers to sastisfy the mind and heart. It makes one greatful that such great souls still come to help us through our lives of difficult learning and growing. This book was difficult to put down, but I found that reading it slowly and encouraged me to seek and feel the presence of God more and more deeply. Try it and you will know. As wonderful as reading can be, it took my consciousness to finer realms...

Also Recommended: Man's Eternal Quest...Journey to Self-Realization and Autobiography of a Yogi.

CONTENTS:

How To Culitvate Divine Love

A Newlook at the origin and nature of Cosmic Creation

Practicing Religion Scientifically.

Finding the Joy in Life.

The End of the World.

The Why and How of Religion.

The Spectrum of Spiritual Consciousness.

The Mind:Repository of Infinite Power.

Why Evil is Part of Gods Creation.

The Mysery okf Mahatma Gandhi.

The Unknown Potential of Memory.

How to Work Without Fatigue.
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This is the second of Yogananda's trilogy. The first is "Man's Eternal Quest". This is the second. "Journey to Self-Realization" is third and last. Hold onto your pants on this one. Reading "Man's Eternal Quest" is not absolutely necessary to read before this book. "Man's Eternal Quest" is primarily pragmatic in our daily approach in life. This book deals primarily (although their are many helpful chapters for daily living) with DEATH and WHAT HAPPENS BEFORE AND AFTER DEATH. Yogananda was a lot like an explorer. And he knew about seeing a review of our present life after death and the tunnel that we go through and the brillant light and being able to float above our corpse and seeing relatives FIFTY YEARS BEFORE THE NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES WERE BEING RECORDED. Why not buy this book by the spiritual Magellan, Columbus, and DeSoda of our times? Good luck explorer.
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