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Captivates the reader....Abounds with a deep spiritual vitality. --Southern Crossings, May/June 1992

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Man’s Eternal Quest is a book about God: about God’s place in man’s life; in his hopes, will, aspirations, accomplishments. Life, man, achievement—all are but manifestations of the one omnipresent Creator, as inseparably dependent on Him as the wave is dependent on the ocean. Paramahansa Yogananda explains why and how man was created by God, and how he is immutably a part of God, and what this means to each one personally. Realization of the oneness of man and his Creator is the whole essence of Yoga. An understanding of man’s inescapable need for God, in every aspect of living, removes the otherworldliness from religion and makes knowing God the basis of a scientific and practical approach to life.
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  • Series: Collected Talks and Essays (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Self-Realization Fellowship (September 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876122322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876122327
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think this is the best of the books written by Yogananda (that I have read). The essays taken from his talks inform the reader about spirituality in simple and profound ways, but the real focus is upon experiencing this on one's own rather than memorizing the words of others or relying on them for proof. This book, as well as the others that I have read by the same writer, demonstrates the importance of finding God despite the distractions in everyday life, so I disagree with one reviewer's assertion that this occurs in caves, nature, etc. While it would be nice to get away from it all, the very practical nature of Yogananda's lessons shows what everyday people can do to improve their lives, one small step at a time.
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The most eloquent down to earth writing on holiness available to the masses on God's green earth. A must for those who seek love, for this books warm monologue will bring you closer to realizing your own joy that is within. Take time out and read this book! It is good food for your soul!
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In "MAN'S ETERNAL QUEST" The author shows a special talent and wisdom in his explanation of life's deepest questions in a straight and clear manner. Such precise use of the English language by a foreigner on spiritual material is remarkable.
These talks gave me understrandings that changed my outlook and my life. One can feel that His source of every word is truly from the Living experience of God's reality. And the energy of divine light and love shines through it.This book deepened my Quietest moments.
Among the many areas dealt with in this book, the author has some serious ideas about world peace and brotherhood,"We have everything necessary in the world today to bring about the millennium........A federation of all religions and all nations is necessary. But such a union will come only when every individual engages in that meditation which leads to direct contact with God". So Yogananda places great importance on the practice of MEDITATION in these talks, as well as how to live life more abundantly inevery way.
His knowledge stands out in practical matters as diet also- here talks in the 20's and 30's he gives us ahead of time the accurate knowledge of proper diet that science has only recently (in the 90's) been verifying from years of research. What was the source of his precise wisdom in all these matters??? Is this what comes from "contact with God"? The author proves the value of his own teaching in this and many other ways. I loved the originality and directness of the authors open and intelligent dealings in such a wide range of subjects...
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How Seekers first found God....................... The Universality of Yoga...................... The Infinite Nature of God.....................
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This collection of fifty public talks and reflective essays spans an amazing universe of human issues from the perspective of a yoga master who was trained in his youth by one of the most revered sages of India and who went on to Europe and the Americas to train tens of thousands of westerners in the practicalities and spiritualities of RAJA YOGA. Raja Yoga means literally, 'royal' or complete yoga - not just the calisthenics of the average superficial class taught in a modern gym. Raja Yoga subsumes the same essence of ethical, cosmological, and practical teaching that runs like a silver thread through the original fabrics of Judeo-Christian, Buddhist, Islamic, and Hindu teachings (though ignored by dogmatic sectarians and muscle-bound materialists alike).
Take as a first gift, chapter one: How Seekers First Found God. For perhaps the first time in the English we have a clear explanation and follow-up to Christ's puzzling pair of directions: Seek first The Kingdom / The Kingdom of God is within you. Yogananda gives us an unsurpassed overview of thousands of years of yoga experimental scientists studied HOW to "seek the kingdom within:" Here we learn WHY we are instructed to "be still and know that I am God" (PS 46:10) -- because stillness is necessary for us to go deeper (and higher) than sense perception to hear the omnipresent whispering of Spirit to our souls. Because the press of "civilization" urges us to be active and outer-directed, we are strangers to the very qualities that would help us experiences our soul-natures and our souls' yearning to express its divinity.
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I am not looking for any other book. This book was the end of my search. I love it. It's my Guru. Go and read seriously for yourself. You will become a different person. Even though we petty readers should not even try to Judge such a great book, I would give this book 10 Star. I am going through Other books "Divine Romance" & "Journey To Self Realization". But I think reading this one is all that one needs to improve his or her life. Go and Enjoy your reading. Good Luck.
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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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