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“Touching Truth: The Transforming Power of Devotional Affirmations” — A Guided Meditation With Brother Chidananda (Video)

February 06, 2024


Decades before the mainstream discovered the power of affirmation in healing the mind and the body, Paramahansa Yogananda was teaching rapt audiences around the United States how to directly access and apply the remarkable healing powers hidden within every human being.

It has been one hundred years since Paramahansaji first composed the transforming affirmations published in his book Scientific Healing Affirmations in 1924.

In this video SRF/YSS President Brother Chidananda shares a story on the origins of that work, as told by Tara Mata, an advanced Kriya Yoga disciple who served as Paramahansa Yogananda’s editor on Autobiography of a Yogi and other works by him until her passing in 1971. Brother Chidananda then describes the very powerful effect of incorporating Paramahansaji’s affirmations in different forms into our lives, before leading a guided meditation to experience the same.

Although the occasion of Brother Chidananda’s address was the dedication ceremony of the SRF Bay Area Temple, all of us can apply his inspiring insights on the use of devotional chants, affirmations, and prayers; and the period of guided meditation he leads can help us to experience immediately their uplifting benefit.

The full video of the dedication ceremony of the SRF Bay Area Temple, held on May 20, 2023, can be found on the SRF blog.

In this video Brother Chidananda refers to three works by Paramahansa Yogananda that provide spiritualized affirmations, prayers, and chants that you can use to awaken within yourself the same experience that Paramahansaji had when deeply communing with the Divine. All three of these books are available from Self-Realization Fellowship:

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Irma Boyle

Thank you, beloved brother may God bless you always Jai Guru Jai


Thank you so much. How I love this sacred message. I have listened your sacred message over and over again only to crave to hear it and experience again and again.

Mary Krause

Thank you so much for these videos that you and the monks record. I really relish the ones that are posted on the UTube Channel and would like to have more. It is much easier to access UTube SRF Channel on my TV that using my laptop or Phone. Please continue to add more that explain Jesus and the Second Coming of Christ vol 1 and 11 and the Yoga of Jesus. I like when the comparison is made between Jesus and Krishna. Thank you again.

Monica Mary Krause

Hi Mary ~

Can you share with me the videos youve watched on YouTube that you mention here. I am fascinated in the same way by these teachings.

Rajini Putten

Thank you for this inspiring Affirmation Swamiji..which comes in just the right time. Jai Guru .🙏🙏


Thank you swami ChidanandaJi for the energy of your love for God. My heart is opening more and more with every repetition of GuruJi's affirmation. " Falling in Love with God more and more every day." Thank you. Jai Guru

Lou Dubnow

Thank you Brother, such love! Thank you for guiding us and bringing Master's wisdom to us through your words and energy! I feel so blessed and grateful to have found this path!

Julie MacNamara

Jail Gurugi, I am so grateful and thankful
for Master. He has changed my whole life.
The Guru comforts me, guides me, loves me no matter my imperfections. I thank God, Gurugi, Lord Jesus and all the SRF gurus
and SRF nuns and monks for the Divine love
and teachings they offer. Thank you all. Jai Guru
and learning

Kamal R. Rupakheti

Thank You Swami Chidananda Ji. We used to have Chants initially and Healing affirmation at the end.
You have introduced Affirmation immediately after Meditation and remain still for long.
This new affirmation technique has helped me to stay bit long with concentration.
God and Guru Bless You Swami Ji.


What a beautiful affirmation, something melted in me as I repeated each word this morning. Divine timing...I was feeling lost...and now I am found again....falling in love with God all over again. Beautiful. May I go into this day with a heart full of love in service of my creator. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


Thank you
The simple affirmation touched my soul and heart.
How blessed I feel knowing I have a Guru who loves me so much.
Jai Guru Jai Guru Jai ❤💕

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