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Paramahansa Yogananda

Long before Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and other spiritual teachers that we have invited into our living room on television , there was Paramahansa Yogananda.

Paramahansa Yogananda

Awake

A few months ago Renee and I watched the movie Awake. It is a documentary about the life of Paramahansa Yogananda. I had known of him through Tom Long, who some of you might know from his center in Greene, NY. He is a big fan of Paramahansa Yogananda and generally when Tom likes a spiritual teacher that much they are someone special. I thought that it would be good to look into Yogananda’s writings and after watching Awake, I put him in the forefront of my mind when I considered what book to read next.

Heart Centered Living will feature the movie Awake later this month on the 29th at 6PM at the First Congregational Church. 30 Main Street Binghamton,New York.

Ahead of his time

Yogananda was surprisingly ahead of his time. I’ve read a decent amount of spiritual writings over the years, but I was quite surprised how his writings are not only ahead of their time but are timeless. They can apply to then, now and certainly the future. Since watching Awake, I have been reading “Man’s Eternal Quest” by him. All of the quotes in this post are from that book and I have noted the page numbers. The book was created from a number of his lectures from the 1920’s on through the 1940’s. He conveys his teaching in a style that is understandable and readily grasped. He relates his teachings to life directly.

“Yoga is for everybody, for the people of the West as well as those of the East. One would not say that the telephone is not for the East just because it was invented in the West. Similarly, the methods of Yoga, although developed in the East, are not exclusively for the East but are useful to all mankind.” (p17)

He was also intuitive to such a degree that he predicted his own death. “I will not die in bed, but with my boots on, speaking of God and India.” After he gave a speech in 1952 and ended with a reading from his poem “My India”, he lifted his eyes upward and entered mahasamadhi, an advanced yogi’s earth exit. He had died as he had lived,exhorting man to know God. (from the Introduction of Man’s Eternal Quest)

Yogananda crossed the boundaries between Hindu beliefs and Christian beliefs in a fluid manner. His belief system included the belief in a Christ consciousness. He spoke of self realization and how it can only be learned through experience.

“Self-realization is not something one can learn from books, it comes only through personal experience. Realization of truth, experience of God – not dogma merely-is what every religion should bring to it’s followers. What Jesus Christ realized, we too must experience. He didn’t teach that his followers should worship him as a personality, but rather experience what he experience in his oneness with God. That can be attained only by meditation and bu following God’s laws. To worship Jesus because he is Jesus is not enough. Embrace the universal ideals he taught, and strive to be like him.”(p 27)

Yogananda’s Spiritual Legacy

Yogananda started his teachings in America in 1920, eventually winding up in California where in 1925 he founded the international headquarters for Self-Realization Fellowship. Temples exist all over the world today, over 500. The closest one to Binghamton, New York is in Syracuse, New York.

He  founded the Self-Realization Fellowship to disseminate his teachings and to preserve their purity and integrity for future generations. In that way, no matter what material you encounter out there about Yogananda, you can be certain that material that bears the seal of the Self-Realization Foundation is pure. The seal means that it has been vetted by people that have been been trained by his closest hand picked disciples. The seal appears on the top of the Self Realization Fellowship Site and also shows up as the little favicon that shows up in the tab when you open the site.

Kriya Yoga

Yogananda was a practitioner of Kriya Yoga as a path to meditation. When many people think of yoga the first thing that comes to mind is the poses of physically directed Hatha Yoga, but there are actually quite a few different types of yoga. Kriya yoga seems to be more of a mediative self reflective type of yoga, a method of connecting with inner peace and source. It reminds me a bit of Buddhist meditations that I have participated in, in the past.

Resources

Self Realization Fellowship

I read on the Self Realization Fellowship Site that there are Self-Realization Lessons that are available as a 3.5 year mail order course where material is sent out every two weeks. Yogananda made sure that it would stay affordable in that the cost of the lessons are just to cover the cost of printing and mailings.

A blog that focuses on quotes from Paramahansa Yogananda

http://guru-paramahansa-yogananda.blogspot.com/


Heart Centered Living will feature the movie Awake

Monday, Feb 29th 6-8

(Heart Centered Movie Night)  Awake

The life of Paramanhansa Yogananda. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today. Love Offering $$

Watch the trailer for Awake

 

 

 

 

Follow your Heart with these Heart Centered Living Offerings

Heart Centered Living Calendar of Events for February

All classes are held at 30 Main Street at the First Congregational
Church in Binghamton unless otherwise noted.

Monday February 1 6:30-8:30

(Group Healing Work and Celebration) Energy Night honoring Candalmas and St. Brighid

Brighid is the patron saint and Goddess of healing, poetry, crafting,
home and hearth and the keeper of the eternal flame.We will be calling in her and the aspects of her which are in us to help with a current issue in life. Please bring something for the altar and a candle to program for yourself. Love Offerings $$

Tuesday February 2 6-8

(Mystical Sciences Workshop)-Intro to Pendulums w/Peter Shell

A fun hands on approach to pendulum use. Attendees will practice with a variety of intriguing exercises. Pendulums are provided if you
don’t have one of your own. $20 Each

Monday, February 8 6-8

(Informative Discussion and Intentional Work)-Celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Monkey

Join us for an informative discussion on the Year of the Fire Monkey
and how you can harness its power to create new and exciting
adventures. Especially helpful for those who are feeling like they
want to take on more creative projects in their life, or feel stuck in
their creative abilities. Love Offering

Tuesday February 9 6-8

(Mystical Sciences Workshop) Pendulums and Health w/ Peter Shell

We again are going to be using various exercises to find answers to
our most perplexing health questions. $20 Each

Wednesday Feb 10 2-3:30

 (On-going spiritual Development Program) Soul Sanctuary w/ Renee
Guidelli

I wanted to create a place where you could go to explore some of your deepest longing questions. It needed to be a place where you could feel safe and valued.

Where you could express your truth your feelings and your ideas. Where you could have fun and tap into your own divine guidance in a bold and fierce new way. It needed to be a Soul Sanctuary

Soul Sanctuary Facebook Event

$12 Each

Monday, Feb 15th 6-8

(Workshop) Self-Love Program w/ April Williams

Come join us for a sneak preview of a new self love series
experience. Digging deeper to your core, releasing fears, healing old
wounds, changing your mindset, learning the power of your perception, along with some sure fire ways to start building a solid foundation for your life to be fully lived from and your dreams to be supported by.

Tuesday Feb 16 6-8

(Mystical Sciences Workshop) Advanced Pendulum Techniques w/ Peter Shell

Don’t expect this to be a course on divination. We are going to
explore and practice affecting change with our pendulums. This evening is going to be a whole lot of fun! $20 Each

Saturday Feb 20 1-3

(Mystical Sciences Presentation) The God Code w/ Peter Shell

This presentation is a mind stretcher that offers a refreshing and
interesting view into accepted religious teachings that have long been a part of the American culture. Attend and gain new insights into our complex world. This fascinating information is based on the work of author Gregg Braden. $20 Each

Monday, Feb 22 6-8

(Spiritual Seekers Discussion) w/ Debbie Matsushima

Join us for an informative Spiritual Seekers Discussion on a topic
that is relevant, current and important. Love Offerings $$.

Wednesday, Feb 24th 2-3:30

(On-going spiritual Development Program) Soul Sanctuary w/ Renee
Guidelli

I wanted to create a place where you could go to explore some of your deepest longing questions. It needed to be a place where you could feel safe and valued.

Where you could express your truth your feelings and your ideas. Where you could have fun and tap into your own divine guidance in a bold and fierce new way. It needed to be a Soul Sanctuary

$12 Each

Soul Sanctuary Facebook Event

 Monday, Feb 29th 6-8

(Heart Centered Movie Night)  Awake

The life of Paramanhansa Yogananda. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today. Love Offering $$

Watch the trailer for Awake


 

Registration and Questions

The Pendulum workshops are $20 each or all 3 for $50.

If you have some pendulum experience; then you can attend Feb 9 or Feb 16 without attending Feb 2nd and be able to follow along nicely. As long as you are not a beginner, Peter has purposely did not make the information dependent on the previous workshop.

Please RSVP by email – shellpa1@yahoo.com or by calling 607-725-3788. All 3 Pendulum workshops are approaching
maximum enrollment.

The Soul Sanctuary on-going program is $12 each meeting where each time we meet you will receive a study guide to continue the soul
empowerment work.

Please RSVP by email- reneeguidelli@frontiernet.net or by calling 607-226-2354.

Or you can simply click attend on the Facebook Event Page

Soul Sanctuary Facebook Event


 

Cancellations

Now that we are well into winter. We would like to remind you that
program cancellations may occur due to hazardous weather conditions. If there are school cancellations in effect for the Binghamton district or surrounding districts, states of emergency, falling snow or freezing rain/ice that is or has the potential to accumulate within the time period of the Heart Centered Living event, the event will be canceled. When in doubt about an event cancellation please check Heart Centered Living on Facebook or call Renee at 607-226-2354.