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Yama and Niyama: ‘How-to-Live’ Skills for Inner Strength and Freedom

Brother Chidananda

In this uplifting talk 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.) These same universal laws, Paramahansa Yogananda explained, are found in the scriptures of all great religions of the world; and when we decide make use of them daily they become a powerful force on our journey to soul freedom.

As Brother Chidananda says in this inspirational service, these 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 the practice of meditation, 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.