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The Science of Religion Hardcover – December, 1982
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The Science of Religion by Paramahansa Yogananda arrives by analysis at inner happiness or bliss as the goal that binds all men. Thus, from the standpoint of the etymological meaning of the word religion as that which binds (from religio-onis in Latin), the author says that the pursuit of bliss is universal religion, as it motivates all human actions.
Having arrived at universal religion, the author then goes on to present the practical means of attaining the goal, i.e.,the science. He outlines the four broad classes of methods that have been evolved to attain bliss, or God: the methods of reasoning, devotion, meditation, and life-force control. He points out the limitations of the first three methods, and recommends the method of life-force control (which acts directly upon the vital organs of the body, slowing them down) to sever the identification of human consciousness with the body that underlies all human suffering.
The author was a great Yogi who lived and taught in the West for over 30 years. The example of his life and work have not only turned many people god-ward, but has also shown them the way to SELF-REALIZATION through Kriya Yoga and his prolific inspired teachings. His wisdom, insight and remarkable innovations in the field of human development and religion are legendary.The main theme of this book is "bliss", our deepest need and how to find it.
Parmahansa Yogananda established the Self-Realization Fellowship as the sole authorized representative and spiritual path for his great work.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI........SANCTUARY OF THE SOUL........THE DIVINE ROMANCE...............MAN'S ETERNAL QUEST..................JOURNEY TO SELF-REALIZATION.....................WHISPERS FROM ETERNITY..................WHERE THERE IS LIGHT ....etc....all by the same author.
which did satisfy to some extents, and doubts remained. Paramahansa
Yogananda is direct, and his words hit the chord with body, mind and
soul. It is difficult for the westener to grasp faith without science
and the easterner takes for granted all abstractions without science.
This book and others by Yogananda provide the true link between the
cosmos and us. What are we, who are we, what is our purpose in this
world (beyond eat, drink, sleep), what is life and what is religion.
His words echo those of Swami Vivekananda who gave a set of stunning
argumentative lectures based on religion from science and their symbiotic
existence. After all both words were invented by man seeking the
vibration beyond religion, science and creation.
The very word "religion" has roots in "unity:" the Latin 'religare', which dictionaries often define unpleasantly as to restrain or to tie back; Yogananda cites the more yogic definition: to bind. To someone accustomed to the term "yoga" with its common roots in "to yoke together" or "to unite," the positive implications become apparent for religion as a force of LIBERATION rather than of restraint. If you are among the thousands who shun the contemporary uses of "religious" and say, with many of my friends, "I am not so much a religious person as a spiritual person," you will appreciate Yogananda's use of this more universal and positive meaning of "religious.Read more ›
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The book is excellent. I would highly recommend reading it if you are a member of any East Indian temple.Published 4 months ago by Irene M. Colby
as always Paramahansa Yogananda's book never fails to inspire one on the path of yoga!Published 6 months ago by Robin
If you are serious about reaching your highest potential as a child of God as expected by your Creator, this book is the first step in opening your eyes.Published 14 months ago by srfell17
This is a copy of Sri Yogananda's first lecture when he arrived in America, in 1920. You may feel that he brought with him the wisdom of the ages... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Monica N. Nash
One of the many books published by SRF and full of inspirational thoughts.Published 22 months ago by Mahadeva
Having read much of Yogananda's writings, I am still finding new insights in his message for Westerners. Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by Sylvia
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) was an Indian yogi and guru who introduced many westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga, after he came to America. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Steven H Propp