Brother Chidananda dives deeply into the subject of yama and niyama, the spiritual rules comprising the first two steps in the Eightfold Path of Yoga of Patanjali (enumerated in the Yoga Sutras). Brother Chidananda shares wisdom from Paramahansa Yogananda and his guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar, on how these simple but powerful rules form the true basis for successful practice of meditation.
These same universal laws in the yamas and niyamas, Paramahansa Yogananda explained, are found in the scriptures of all great religions of the world; and when we decide to make use of them daily they become a powerful force on our journey to soul freedom.
As Brother Chidananda says, these spiritual rules are not our masters but our servants, and he or she is their master who obeys them — creating thereby a solid and enduring foundation on which to build our spiritual lives, and ultimately attain liberation.
This talk was given at the 2011 SRF World Convocation; Brother Chidananda became president and spiritual head of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India in 2017.
Brother Chidananda mentions at one point an article by Sri Daya Mata, third president of SRF/YSS, which appeared in an issue of Self-Realization magazine. By subscribing to this magazine, founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1925, you also have access to an extensive online library of articles from Yogananda and his direct disciples, such as Sri Daya Mata and others, as well as unlimited listening to all the talks released as audio with the magazine: https://bookstore.yogananda-srf.org/product/self-realization-magazine-subscription
Brother Chidananda also speaks of the importance of daily study of enlightened wisdom as can be found in the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons.
The SRF Lessons, Paramahansa Yogananda’s home-study course, provides his comprehensive instruction in the science of Kriya Yoga meditation and the art of balanced living, so that you can spiritualize every aspect of your life and discover your blissful soul-nature. To learn more: https://srflessons.org
The work by Swami Sri Yukteswar that Brother Chidananda cites is The Holy Science, published by Self-Realization Fellowship in print and ebook formats: https://bookstore.yogananda-srf.org/product/the-holy-science-ebook
Another work by Yogananda that Brother Chidananda mentions is Where There Is Light, published by Self-Realization Fellowship in print and ebook formats: https://bookstore.yogananda-srf.org/product/where-there-is-light-ebook
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