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Awake: The Life of Yogananda is discussed "minute by minute" in this podcast. This docu-film depicts the life of Paramahansa Yogananda, in a way that is intended for the general populace. The hosts are Priyank, Mike and Chris - a group of friends with a shared passion and devotedness to their Guru. If you enjoyed the film this is this unofficial podcast for you! instagram.com/awake.minute.yogananda facebook.com/awake.minute Watch on: youtube.com/channel/UCOGg8P4qHTvHM2wqGdoZuqw Listen on: Sp ...
 
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Living in spiritual communities would certainly be supportive of our sadhana but do we really need to go down this extreme social lifestyle vs living the “householder Yogi” norm, does an adequate spiritual community even exist? The discovery of atomic bomb and the Atomic Age was predicted by Paramahansa Yogananda and the other great ones and we dis…
 
The Autobiography of a Yogi was a phenomenally influential work which is still the most popular route to devotees taking refuge in Kriya Yoga as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. Guruji also wrote many other books (God Talks with Arjuna, Second Coming of Christ and the lessons), numbering many thousands of pages, Tara Mata, Daya Mata and Mrinalini M…
 
We discuss the benefits of experiencing your body as stone, consciousness and light, as expounded by Paramahansa Yogananda in this minute. We also reflect on what Asana/posture would be most conducive for this experience. Brother Chidananda talks about the importance of Yogananda’s writings during this time (after returning from India in 1936) and …
 
Paramahansa Yogananda is surprised by his devotees with a hermitage in Encinitas, and Brother Chidananda, Leo Cocks, Sri Daya Mata and Sri Mrinalini Mata provide their insight how it was different being with Guruji after he returned from India, after Sri Yukteswar had mahasamadhi. Nita joins us to share her reflections of this minute. 0:00 Meet Nit…
 
Paramahansa Yogananda spoke often about the ramifications of war and the way of peace. We dig a little deeper and explore the wealth of Guruji’s writings to find relevant material to discuss, relevant for both this minute and the current, troubling, state of affairs around the world. A sombre episode, but with reason for hope. 0:00 Preamble; 1:10 S…
 
Paramahansa Yogananda shares some optimistic reflections on how to consider home as anywhere and everywhere. Our guest Lauren joins us to discuss what this means for us, using the apt example of the lovely Cosmic Chant “Divine Gypsy”. We recite and reflect on Guruji’s related poem “God’s Boatman”, inciting both indebtedness and gratitude by devotee…
 
The Mahasamadhi of Sri Yukteswar has an intriguing background, we share the stories and sequence of events as covered by Paramahansa Yogananda in the Autobiography of a Yogi, as well as the last moments they shared together. Was it right for the producers to include the scenes of Sri Yukteswar’s soul-free frame? The documentary only hints at Yogana…
 
Paramahansa Yogananda dedicates a whole chapter of his Autobiography to Anandamayi Ma. In this minute we only have a small glimpse of their divine tryst, but as a picture tells a thousand words, so we thought it only right to elucidate our experience of this beautiful moment in our Guru’s history. The narrator reflects that Paramahansa Yogananda ha…
 
This minute is filled with a beautiful collage of images and moving pictures of Paramahansa Yogananda and Sri Yukteswar. It gives us the opportunity to discuss the significance of taking Darshan of saints, temples and holy places. We also ask ourselves about the importance of physical proximity to a spiritual master. The narrator mentions the spiri…
 
In this minute Mahatma Gandhi welcomes Paramahansa Yogananda into his ashram. Our guest Philip joins us to discuss the spiritual background of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (before his Kriya initiation) and some epic philosophies he founded that are as applicable today as they were a century ago. Paramahansa Yogananda is then reunited with his own gur…
 
Sri Yukteswar recalls Paramahansa Yogananda back to India, with a lightening force! We discuss the beautiful and rare images used in this minute, as well as the background of the Great Depression that would have made Guruji’s sojourn back quite difficult. Yogananda established the London Centre of Self-Realization Fellowship while in England as wel…
 
Leo Cocks shares his beautiful life experiences with Paramahansa Yogananda. He talks about self-transformation and unconditional love in such a heartfelt way that it warrants an entire hour discussion on these important topics. Our friend Deeksha joins us during her lunch break to share her unique reflections. 0:00 Meet Deeksha; 7:56 Summary of Min…
 
The unique oratory skills of Brother Anandamoy, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, beautifully expressed the main theme of this minute: rechannelling. Through George Harrison we discuss how this was achieved through sound and through Sister Parvati through outward sight and inner vision. We dissect these topics with sniper like precision! …
 
Paramahansa Yogananda tells us about electrical pathways in the brain, but we ask the difficult question – why do we take the paths that we take in life? What grooves do our lives follow? How does Kriya help determine the path? The latter question is answered by Dr Andrew Newberg, confirming Yogananda was talking of neuroplasticity some 50 years be…
 
We talk about Paramahansa Yogananda rebuilding his organization. The approach is quality over quantity, enabling the transformation of the Mt. Washington community into a full-fledged monastery. We discuss the relevance, to us, of the monastic vows of loyalty, celibacy, obedience and simplicity. Furthermore, actor and singer Herb Jeffries makes an …
 
“A picture tells a thousand words” does not apply for us in this minute, as there is far too much inspirational personage hastily included in this minute to do it justice. We explore the glorious lives and contributions of some of those souls shown in this minute including Ananda Mata, Sri Gyanamata and Durga Mata, and are lives are certainly riche…
 
Sri Daya Mata’s sweet line “He began to draw disciples... One of them was me” is perhaps the most understated elements of the entire script. Daya Mata deserves a more detailed look, and this podcast is the perfect excuse to offer this to the world! Paramahansa Yogananda looks to rebuild the Self Realisation Fellowship, after facing severe trials an…
 
This episode really is an ode to detail. Priyank and Pablo rejoin us to discuss soil for food, and soil for grace, both no doubt sanctified by God and Gurus in nuanced ways. We also discuss incense, signs and fasting. Paramahansa Yogananda ponders over the age-old question: "is it really worth it"? As usual we break this down into some detail with …
 
This minute discusses Paramahansa Yogananda's grief after discovering the news about Swami Dhirananda leaving the swami order. We* also discuss his visit to Mexico and meeting with the then President Dr. E. Portes Gil. The minute also shows Brother Vishwananda's pilgrimage to Babaji's cave (Dwarahat), which is unpacked and reflected upon with our f…
 
This episode focusses on the legal battle between Basu Kumar Bagchi and Swami Yogananda, and the subsequent sorrow felt by Guruji at having lost a long-time disciple (Swami Dhirananda). Some say their relationship spans nine centuries! Paramahansa Yogananda would have had to deal with so much remote litigation during his time in India in 1935, it i…
 
Swami Dhirananda decides to part ways with Swami Yogananda and Self-Realization Fellowship. What could the reasons have been? Why would people follow him and not stay with an avatar such as Paramahansa Yogananda? Where do all the fantastic little videos of Guruji come from, why do we not have all the footage available free online? All superb topics…
 
The ramifications of the Swami Dhirananda ‘scandal’ had to be handled with poise, patience and pragmatism by Paramahansa Yogananda. There were legal, public relations and general management challenges for Guruji to navigate. They enabled a resilient SRF to develop into the strong organisation it is today. Anya joins us to discuss how Guruji fought …
 
This episode contains messages that are relevant in today's world as they were in 1931, woman’s rights and freedom to marry who you wish. There is a beautiful, if elaborate, wedding ceremony conducted by Paramahansa Yogananda himself. Priyank discusses how this differed from the SRF vows he took during his own ceremony (conducted by an SRF monk). W…
 
Markus joins us from Frankfurt to discuss the famous incident involving a bruised Swami Dhirananda and battling Swami Yogananda. We review the incident itself, the aftermath, misinformation in the printed press and why this became a mountain from a molehill. 0:00 Meet Marcus; 4:37 Summary of minute; 5:23 The incident and context; 24:20 Hypothesis o…
 
Cosmic delusion would have been a difficult hurdle to overcome for Gandhi (in the Indian Independence) and equally so for Martin Luthar King Jr. (in the American Civil Rights movement). Although the latter had great admiration and took inspiration from the former, they both relied on Ahimsa, non-violence to achieve their glorious aims. We discuss a…
 
We are joined by our friend, Daanish, who introduces himself with a heartfelt and divinely inspired poem. This episode discusses Paramahansa Yogananda’s meeting the President of USA, the civil rights and racial segregation issues he faced in Washington DC, and how he went on to establish the Afro-American Yogoda Centre. 0:00 Meet Daanish, ready wit…
 
Jay joins us from California to discuss Anita Goel’s monopolisation of this whole minute. Thankfully she has some quite thought-provoking dialogue. We relish the discussion on the Vedas, unity in nature, consciousness and Paramahansa Yogananda’s life long goal of marrying the East and the West. The majority of the scenes are filmed in the Harvard F…
 
This minute starts with the narrator (Paramahansa Yogananda) asking you “to create a church within yourself”. We dig a little deeper into what this would mean, taking inspiration from Guruji’s famous book: Journey to Self-Realization. Dr. Andrew Newberg talks more about brain scans, and the impact of the meditation. Dr. Newberg suggests there is a …
 
What is the purpose of the display of miracles and how are some souls able to perform abilities of the supernatural variety? Paramhansa Yogananda talks about this in detail in the Autobiography of a Yogi, chapter 30: The Law of Miracles. This minute also has Bikram talking about the topic, with old footage of him doing a stunt. We talk about Robert…
 
Brother Chidananda talks about willpower and energy, but how are the two connected? Brother Jayananda tells a story about Paramahansa Yogananda using both of those dimensions together to catapult six men across a stage! Did you know energization exercises were first titled: “Yogoda or Tissue Will System of Physical Perfection”? Mas Vidal tells us o…
 
We are delighted to be joined by Vivek Atray, one of India's most renowned Motivational Speakers, a Best Selling Author, a Columnist, a Visiting Professor and a devoted disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda. In this minute we focus on the formulation and importance of the Self-Realization Fellowship / Yogoda Satsanga Society of India study at home less…
 
Swami Yogananda travelled extensively in USA during the mid 1920s, speaking to large audiences in cities: breaking new ground; exposing minds and souls to yogic philosophy. In this minute we have contributions on this topic from Brother Chidananda, Varun Soni, Philip Goldberg and hear the voice of our guru Paramahansa Yogananda. One question he ask…
 
Basu Kumar Bagchi (Swami Dhirananda) and Mukunda Lal Ghosh (Paramahansa Yogananda) grew up together, serving together to establish spiritual sangas, libraries, and schools in their youth. They worked very closely during the formative years for Ranchi School (Brahmacharya Vidyalaya). The early success of Boston and Los Angeles would have been diffic…
 
Amelita Galli-Curci was devoted to Paramahansa Yogananda and praises the impact his teachings had on her life and career. The teachings are our Guru in recent times and the new Self-Realization Fellowship lessons no doubt have a similar impact on devotees around the world. We discuss the famous opera, Aida, that forms part of this minute. Amelita a…
 
In this minute, we look at the nature of reality, dreams and mysticism, both through our own experience and as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. When you wake up a from a dream you think, ah it was just a dream. Guruji tells in reality this whole life is a dream, we are not material beings having a spiritual dream, we are spiritual beings having a m…
 
In this episode Paramahansa Yogananda talks about the science behind the energization exercises, Neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg talks about the science of enlightenment and Bro. Chidananda creates context by describing the effects of Kriya Yoga. We go into detail of neuroscientific findings on meditation and ask the question, what is energy? ---…
 
Reva joins us from London to discuss Yoga and Meditation in the context of this minute where Brahmachari Martin (of Self-Realization Fellowship), Varun Soni and Mas Vidal weigh in on their definitions. Why are people moving away from religion? What is meditation? Why is Hatha Yoga not taught in SRF (in as much depth as Kriya Yoga)? We offer some gu…
 
What is meant by true or the original Christianity? We discuss Paramahansa Yogananda's extensive coverage of Jesus Christ's life, high inclusion in the Self-Realization Fellowship’s lineage of gurus and the controversies and interpretations of the Bible’s New Testament and Gospels. In 2021 we interviewed subject matter expert Professor Clooney of H…
 
“We’ll have a big place on a mountain”, is what Swami Yogananda told one of his students in Boston, three months before moving to Los Angeles and miraculously establishing the Self Realization Fellowship headquarters on Mt. Washington. We conduct a deep dive on the background stories, the spiritual and the financial aspects of life in the early sta…
 
Yuri Branco joins us from São Paolo, Brazil. In the past we have interviewed guests that have done tremendous work through guruji, outside of Self-Realization Fellowship. Yuri and Yogananda Brazil provides a tremendous example of how SRF publications can inspire people in the various branches of society: children, schools, libraries and even prison…
 
This minute focusses on the inspirational life of James Lynn, who became Rajarsi Janakananda, the much-loved first president of Self-Realization Fellowship. We delve into the book published about him: A Western Yogi, which contains excerpts of his life and letters to our guru, Paramahansa Yogananda. In his youth he was an excellent student, as an a…
 
We are joined by our friend Josh, from the Young Adult Sangha, to cover in detail Swami Yogananda’s momentous move to LA. His journey from the East to the West coast was intriguing; as will be seen from the fantastic stories from we discovered about the events along the way. In this minute we also have appearances from Varun Soni, Felicia Tomasco, …
 
How did Swami Yogananda spend his first years in America and Boston. He had to live in humble circumstances but quickly adapted to the American lifestyle. To attract devotees, it was necessary to use a curious and innovative vocabulary that was decades ahead of its time, talking about concepts such as concentration power, everlasting youth, life en…
 
Special interview with Neil Patel, founder of Chi Kri and fellow disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda. We discuss how Neil has used yoga for his own self-transformation as well as to raise the general consciousness in the troubled society we live in, with Yogananda's divine guidance. Neil has harnessed his creative spiritual flair to tackle knife-crim…
 
This minute focusses on the monastic life led by our guru as he becomes Swami Yogananda. What does “Yoga is freedom” mean to you? Rodrigo joins us from Brazil to help us tackle this intriguing question that the minute asks us to ponder on. We talk in detail about Paramahansa Yogananda’s experience in cosmic consciousness (samadhi). The multiple ima…
 
Life in Sri Yukteswar's hermitage for Mukunda (Paramahansa Yogananda) was hard work! In this episode we discuss what it would have been like to live the brahmacharya life of an aspiring yogi, striving to know God. Even though Sri Yukteswar had a disciplinarian style of teaching, there were plenty of fascinating stories over the ten-year period Muku…
 
This minute focusses on the significance of Mukunda's meeting with Swami Sri Yukteswar and what why it is so important to have a God realized Master when we're looking for God. Our guest Mohit gives us an interesting perspective, as a YSS devotee in India, that moved to the west. There are interesting revelations about Banyan trees, thorns and the …
 
This minute depicts the monumental moment from the life of Paramahansa Yogananda: the meeting with his Guru Sri Yukteswar. We take the time to really set the scene to ensure maximum impact: discuss his difficult time in the ashram with Swami Dayananda, the receipt and disappearance of mysterious astral Amulet. The artistic cinematography of that mo…
 
In this special episode we welcome subject matter experts: Walter Cruttenden and Donna Nairi. Walter and Donna are fellow devotees, who share passion for the scientific and metaphysical exploration of the Yugas. We discuss the spiritual implications of Sri Yukteswar’s famed hypothesis on the correct length of the Yugas, compare this with other trad…
 
After the tragic death his mother — Gyan Prabha Ghosh, Mukunda (Paramahansa Yogananda) finds himself occupied with the search for his Guru. Joined in this episode by our friend, Mark, we discuss each individual's unique journey to find their guru, sharing stories of our own experiences, as well as what it means to recognise people from past lives. …
 
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