logo For the best experience please turn your device to portrait view.

General Press Kit

Books by Paramahansa Yogananda

The Yoga of Jesus

Understanding the Hidden Teachings of the Gospels

Paramahansa Yogananda provides a revelatory exposition on the hidden Yoga of the Gospels, comprised of selections from the two-volume The Second Coming of Christ.  This concise book confirms that Jesus, like the ancient sages and masters of the East, not only knew the principles of Yoga but taught this universal science of God-realization to his disciples. Yogananda explores the role of Jesus as yogi and avatar (divine incarnation), and affirms that at the core of Jesus’ teachings is the message that all souls who through Yoga meditation and right living become united with Christ Consciousness (the omniscient Intelligence of God present in all creation) will enter the kingdom of God.

Quality paperback, approximately 160 pages. Release date: September 2007. Also available as an ebook.

The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita

An Introduction to India’s Universal Science of God-Realization

Paramahansa Yogananda’s compact introduction to the Bhagavad Gita, compiled from his critically acclaimed God Talks With Arjuna, delves into the deeper meaning of the Gita’s symbology while illuminating the subtleties of Bhagavan Krishna’s Yoga message: the way of right activity and meditation for divine communion. Yogananda shows how the warriors doing battle on the field of Kurukshetra relate to specific sense-driven tendencies of the ego and divine qualities of the soul, and how through sincere practice of Yoga, the aspiring devotee is able to ultimately achieve complete victory.

Quality paperback, approximately 192 pages. Release date: September 2007. Also available as an ebook.

Autobiography of a Yogi

Paramahansa Yogananda’s absorbing life story is also a profound introduction to the whole science and philosophy of Yoga. Yogananda recounts his experiences and training with modern-day saints and illumined masters of India and explains with scientific clarity the subtle but definite laws by which yogis perform miracles and attain self-mastery. Widely regarded today as a modern spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi has been translated into 50 languages and is used as a text and reference work in colleges and universities throughout the world. 

Hardbound, 520 pages, 80 photos. Quality paperback, 520 pages, 80 photos. Paperback, 608 pages, 57 photosLarge Print 758 pages, 57 photosAudiobook, 15 CDs, 18 hours. Also available as an ebook.

The Second Coming of Christ

The Resurrection of the Christ Within You: A revelatory commentary of the original teachings of Jesus

A profoundly enriching journey through the four Gospels into the deeper meaning of Jesus’ teachings. Verse by verse, Paramahansa Yogananda illumines the universal path to oneness with God taught by Jesus to his immediate disciples but obscured through centuries of misinterpretation: “how to become like Christ, how to resurrect the Eternal Christ within one’s self.” Dispelling centuries-old misconceptions and dogma, this monumental commentary transcends divisive sectarianism to reveal a unifying harmony underlying all religions. Topics discussed in depth include: · The cosmic principles of karma and reincarnation · The spiritual eye: true “star in the east” · The unknown years in Jesus’ life—sojourn in India · “Lifting up the serpent”: various means used by Jesus to heal by cosmic energy · Knowing the reality of the physical body as divine light · Understanding the “heaven” and “hell” experienced in the after-death state.

Two-volume slipcased edition.  Hardbound, 1,688 pages, 15 full-color prints, 17 sepia duotones.  Release date: September 2004. Two-Volume Slipcased Paperback 1,688 pages, no illustrations.

God Talks With Arjuna

The Bhagavad Gita:  A New Translation and Commentary

In this monumental two-volume work, Paramahansa Yogananda offers a groundbreaking new translation and commentary on India’s majestic scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. Exploring its psychological, spiritual, and metaphysical depths, he presents a sweeping chronicle of the soul’s journey to enlightenment, and a profound and encouraging guide for daily living. Contents include:  An in-depth look at the origin, evolution, and nature of the cosmos, including descriptions of the planes of existence beyond the physical universe • Why and how the practice of yoga meditation gradually refines the consciousness and enables one to experience the transcendent joy of the soul • Striking correlations between the Vedic view of reality and the discoveries of modern science • Parallels between the teachings of the Gita and those of the

Bible • Discussions of many topics of widespread interest today, among them:  consciousness, mind, ego, and soul; karma and reincarnation; the evolutionary cycles of history; the eternal laws of righteousness; yoga principles of health and healing.

Two-volume slipcased edition. Hardbound, 1,224 pages, 20 color illustrationsSlipcased, two-volume edition.  Quality paperback, 1,224 pages, no illustrations. Also available as an ebook.

Release date: September 1995.

Winner, 1995 Benjamin Franklin Award, Best Book in the Field of Religion

Wine of the Mystic

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam — A Spiritual Interpretation

An important early work by Paramahansa Yogananda, this illuminating interpretation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam brings to light the deeper truth and beauty of a well-loved but long-misunderstood masterpiece. With an in-depth commentary on every quatrain, Yogananda reveals the profound kinship between the Rubaiyat’s hidden metaphysical philosophy and India’s ancient science of Yoga. He presents as well a fascinating odyssey into the subtle realms of mystical experience and explores such subjects as:  the mystery of destiny and free will, the intricacies of karma, the perfecting of human love, and the role of meditation in attaining lasting inner joy. Features the Persian text of the poem, Edward FitzGerald’s English translation, and Paramahansa Yogananda’s complete commentaries.

Hardbound, 50 color illustrations, 248 pages. Quality paperback, 50 color illustrations, 248 pages.

Man’s Eternal Quest

In Volume I of the collected talks and essays of Paramahansa Yogananda, he takes the reader on a profound metaphysical journey that explores little-known and seldom-explained aspects of meditation, life after death, the nature of creation, health and healing, and the unlimited powers of the human mind. Among the lectures included are:  “Making Religion Scientific,” “Curing Mental Alcoholics,” “Developing Dynamic Will,” and “The Universality of Yoga.” The book explains what God-awareness is, how it can be developed, and why it is the basis of a scientific and practical approach to life.

Hardbound, 514 pages, 10 photos.  Quality paperback, 472 pages, 10 photosAlso available as an ebook.

The Divine Romance

In Volume II of Paramahansa Yogananda’s collected talks and essays, he shows how we can meet the daily challenges to physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual well-being — by awakening our divine nature, the essential reality at the core of our being. Revealing the deep metaphysical roots of our closest personal relationships — between husband and wife, parent and child, friend and friend — The Divine Romance explains how the invisible, universal thread of love that unites these relationships is drawing us back to the source from which all love comes.  The practical, how-to-live talks in this volume also offer guidance from a spiritual perspective on a broad spectrum of subjects — among them, habits, memory, karma and reincarnation, yoga and meditation, and how to bring greater harmony to oneself, one’s home, one’s community, and the world.

Hardbound, 512 pages, 11 photos.  Quality paperback, 472 pages, 11 photosAlso available as an ebook.

Journey to Self-realization

Discovering the Gifts of the Soul

In this anthology — Volume III of the collected talks and essays of Paramahansa Yogananda — he offers enlightening counsel to all who are seeking to better understand themselves and their true purpose in life.  To the myriad complexities of human experience he brings a broad and universal perspective, opening before us a far-seeing vision of who we are and where we are going. He shows us how to view even the pitfalls and obstacles we all encounter not as hindrances to our progress, but as a purposeful part of the adventure of life. Topics include:  how to express lasting youthfulness; acquiring attunement with the source of success; balancing business and spiritual life; overcoming nervousness; the art of getting along with others; and realizing God in daily life.

Hardbound, 464 pages, 14 photos, glossary. Also available as an ebook.

The Science of Religion

In this book — based on the first lecture he delivered in the U.S. at the International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston — Paramahansa Yogananda explains why the answers to the ultimate questions that have been pondered through the ages do not lie in scholarly research or blind belief, but in the direct personal experience of a Higher Reality that underlies and sustains all life. He examines the relative effectiveness of various approaches to this goal — from traditional intellectual and religious disciplines to spiritual principles and techniques that lead beyond the conscious and subconscious minds to a superconscious awareness. Includes a detailed discussion of the scientific basis of Kriya Yoga meditation.

Quality paperback, 100 pages, 7 photos. Also available as an ebook.

Inner Peace

How to Be Calmly Active and Actively Calm

Wise and inspiring selections from Yogananda’s writings on inner peace, with practical applications to help us stay calm, happy, and even-minded, in spite of world conditions. Encouraging and highly effective, this book empowers the reader to transform anxiety and stress into happiness and peace. Inner Peace offers a potent antidote to our fast-paced world.

Hardbound, 130 pages. Also available as an ebook.

In the Sanctuary of the Soul

A Guide to Effective Prayer

This inspirational guide to effective prayer offers wisdom and insight that we can use to bring a new richness to our prayer life and build our own personal relationship with God. Paramahansa Yogananda draws from his own direct experience of God and expresses himself in a way that is meaningful to readers of both Eastern and Western religious traditions. In these selections from his talks and writings, he teaches us to pray the way that sages, yogis, and mystics have prayed over the centuries; the way that Christ urged his disciples to pray. Yogananda invites us to be open and spontaneous, to develop deep receptivity to God’s love through meditation and inner silence. He encourages us to pray with patience and faith, to test the power of our prayers, and to believe our prayers can and will be answered.

Hardbound gift edition, 120 pages.

Where There Is Light

Insight and Inspiration for Meeting Life’s Challenges

A practical handbook to which readers can quickly turn for a reassuring sense of direction in times of uncertainty or crisis, or for positive guidance and encouragement in meeting the challenges of everyday living. These selections from Paramahansa Yogananda’s lectures, writings, and informal talks are arranged by topic and indexed for easy reference. Topics include:  strength in times of adversity; creating harmony in marriage and friendship; antidotes for stress, worry, and fear; security in an uncertain world; achieving one’s goals; and understanding death.

Quality paperback, 256 pages, 1 photo. Also available as an ebook.

Scientific Healing Affirmations

This book presents simple, dynamic methods for harnessing the power of mind — not only for healing, but to overcome obstacles and create success in all one’s endeavors.  Scientific Healing Affirmations explains how the hidden power of words and thoughts can be used to control the forces governing our physical and psychological makeup, and gives detailed instructions from drawing on the limitless powers that flow from the deepest levels of our being. Chapters cover:  why affirmations work; success in overcoming destructive habits; methods of self-healing; the nature of creation (matter, energy, and consciousness); cause and cure of physical, mental, and spiritual inharmonies; and affirmations for creating deeper peace, understanding, and inner joy.

Hardbound gift edition, 144 pages, 3 photos.  Quality paperback, 100 pages, 3 photosAlso available as an ebook.

Whispers from Eternity

A collection of prayers and poems, Whispers from Eternity provides inspiration for developing an intimate relationship with God.  The book is illustrated with beautiful nature photographs and masterpieces of art. Includes several photos of Paramahansa Yogananda.

Hardbound, 312 pages, 4 photosFirst version Hardbound, 294 pages, 1 photo. Also available as an ebook.

Songs of the Soul

This volume of mystical poetry is an outpouring of Paramahansa Yogananda’s direct perceptions of God — in nature, in humanity, in everyday experiences, and in the spiritually awakened state of samadhi (divine ecstasy).

Hardbound, 200 pages, 21 photos.

Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda

This collection of sayings and wise counsel conveys Paramahansa Yogananda’s candid and loving responses to those who came to him for guidance. Recorded by a number of his closest disciples, the anecdotes in this book give the reader an opportunity to share in their personal encounters with the great world teacher.

Hardbound, 135 pages, 8 photos.  Quality paperback, 135 pages, 8 photos.

Metaphysical Meditations

A pocket-size book of inspirational thoughts, affirmations, and prayers, Metaphysical Meditations offers guidance and inspiration for applying one of the most powerful laws of

life — we become what we concentrate on. The book contains more than 300 meditations that can be used to free oneself from negative patterns of thinking; to develop greater health and vitality, creativity, self-confidence, and calmness; and to live more fully in a conscious awareness of the presence of God. Sections feature selections on:  expansion of consciousness, finding God’s peace within, prosperity and abundance, self-improvement, and world unity.

Hardbound gift edition, 160 pages.  Pocket-size paperback with durable cover, 131 pagesAlso available as an ebook.

The Law of Success

In this booklet, Yogananda explains how to become a truly successful person, and clarifies the universal laws that lead to harmony and fulfillment in life. By putting these dynamic principles into practice, one can discover the secret of attaining one’s goals, both spiritual and material. An inspiring and practical book that offers advice on:  creating happiness and prosperity — inner and outer success; overcoming fear of failure; awakening intuition to solve problems; and recognizing and overcoming the obstacles to progress.

Pocket-size Paperback, 36 pages. Also available as an ebook.

How You Can Talk With God

In this pocket-size booklet, Yogananda defines God as both the transcendent, universal Spirit and the intimately personal Father, Mother, Friend, and Lover of all. He dispels the myth that God is beyond our reach.

Pocket-size paperback, 40 pagesAlso available as an ebook.

Cosmic Chants

Cosmic Chants features the words and music to many of Paramahansa Yogananda’s original chants, as well as a number of traditional Indian spiritual songs.  Includes an explanation by Yogananda of how to practice the art of devotional chanting.

Flexible cover, spiral bound, 110 pages.

To Be Victorious in Life

In this powerful book, Paramahansa Yogananda provides positive affirmations for achieving success, outlines definite methods of creating lasting happiness, and tells how to overcome negativity and inertia by harnessing the dynamic power of our own will.

Pocket-size paperback, 104 pages. Also available as an ebook.

Why God Permits Evil and How to Rise Above It

In these pages Paramahansa Yogananda provides strength and solace for times of adversity by explaining the mysteries of God’s “lila,” or divine drama.  Readers will come to understand the reason for the dualistic nature of creation—God’s interplay of good and evil—and receive guidance on how to rise above their most challenging circumstances.

Pocket-size paperback, 72 pages.

Living Fearlessly

Bringing Out Your Inner Soul Strength

Paramahansa Yogananda teaches us how to break the shackles of fear and reveals how we can overcome our own psychological stumbling blocks.  Filled with life-transforming counsel, this book features informal talks and personal anecdotes complemented by parable and prayer. Living Fearlessly is a testament to what we can become if we have faith in the divinity of our true nature as the soul.

Pocket-size paperback, 96 pages. Also available as an ebook.

Inner Reflections

2019 Engagement Calendar

The 2019 edition of Self-Realization Fellowship’s award-winning Inner Reflections engagement calendar offers striking imagery from the world’s top nature photographers, accompanied by inspirational quotations of Paramahansa Yogananda. This uplifting calendar provides beauty and encouragement for each of the 52 weeks of the year.

Spiralbound, 128 pages, 53 color photos, 7″ x 9″.Release date: Summer 2018.

Spiritual Diary

An Inspirational Thought for Each Day of the Year

Comprised of inspirational excerpts chiefly from Paramahansa Yogananda and others, this diary is a collection of daily spiritual guidance. Essential for the spiritual seeker in search of a tool for spiritual growth and goal setting, Spiritual Diary covers more than 30 topics including peace, healing, prayer, balance, compassion and Divine love.

Pocket-size paperback, guidance for 365 days in a year.

Share this on