• The Essence of Self-Realization

  • The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda
  • By: Swami Kriyananda
  • Narrated by: Swami Kriyananda
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (257 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Yogananda was one of the most significant spiritual teachers of the 20th century. Since his classic Autobiography of a Yogi was first published in 1946, its popularity has increased steadily throughout the world. Great teachers work through their students, and Yogananda was no exception. As Swami Kriyananda wrote for in the introduction to this audiobook, "After I'd been with him a year and a half, he began urging me to write down the things he was saying during informal conversations."

The Essence of Self-Realization, nearly 300 sayings rich with spiritual wisdom, is the fruit of that labor of love. The scope of this book is vast - it offers as complete an explanation of life's true purpose, and the way to achieve that purpose, as may be found anywhere. A few of the chapters include "The True Purpose of Life"; "On Meditation"; "How to Pray Effectively"; "The Law of Karma"; "The Lesson of Reincarnation"; and "Ways in Which God Can Be Worshiped". Filled with lessons and stories that Yogananda shared only with his closest disciples, this volume offers one of the most insightful and engaging glimpses into the life and lessons of a great sage. Much of the material presented here is not available anywhere else.

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A worthy effort

A lot of interesting material. I did find the narrator's heavy breathing distracting for a while, but perhaps that was mainly because I was listening to it on a bedside boombox a foot from my ear. Since this is second-hand information based on recollections and notes, it made me want to read more from the hand of Yogananda himself for comparison...

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Enlightened words from an Enlightened Being!

Yogananda inspires again - like a distilled and condensed version of his teachings from his classic

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What a blessing!...

...to have come across this book and listen to the timeless knowledge. Highly recommend it to anyone on a self realization journey. May we all recognize our true selves and find peace within and without.|| Aum Tat Sat ||

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Tears of joy

The book made me cry, and then gave me peace afterwards. I am calm now

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Excellent.. where has it been all my life

You have to get used to his voice and singing but the wisdom is so clear. I am so grateful to find a teacher so straight and practical. I have leaned soooo much

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Great sharings from a devotee..

...of the Path revealed by Paramahansaji...
A great addition to your upward inward studies!

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Great book by a realized master.

I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to listen to such devotion. Swamiji is truly blessed by Guru Yogananda to share the essence of God.

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Poor narration

I love the teachings. I couldn't stand the heavy breathing from the narrator though. Kindle version will do.

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I fell that Master is with me!

I feel more connected to Master Sri Paramahansa Yogananda than ever before. I am so grateful to have this opportunity to learn from his words and experiences, thanks to Swami Kriyananda!

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condescending narrator

perfect save the theatrical condescending tone of the narrator in reading passages regarding the ignorant behaviors of people in some of these stories.

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  • 10-03-16

Blissful

Astoundingly beautiful. Swami Kriyananda relates his Maste'rs words with perfection infused with inseparable love.

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  • 64GB
  • 05-16-20

brilliant, ignore the heavy breathing

ignore the heavy breathing as the content is truly amazing, you will enjoy of your truly seeking the answers to the most important question in life, who am I?

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  • 05-12-18

Awful narration

I couldn’t finish this - I didn’t get past the first chapter. The narration is breathy and awful. I hope someone else picks it up to read as I’m sure some pearls of wisdom are contained within!

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