This commemorative travel journal spans four decades of Kriya Yoga in the West with stories and photos from Paramahamsa Hariharananda's beautiful life as a supreme yogi and God-realized saint. It begins with his auspicious 1974 decision to depart India and spread the original, rare practice of simple meditative techniques. Private accounts from his most devoted disciples are colorful and touching, along with newspaper accounts of Gurudev's mission to bring Self-realization to the masses. His radiant, all-accomplishing, divine personality bursts through in these pages like a sunrise. Love and compassion, the belief that work is worship, is the beautiful living legacy of our Beloved Guruji Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, spiritual head of Kriya Yoga International organizations, and many charities around the world. Please enjoy this Fortieth Anniversary Souvenir edition covering these special pioneering days of the one who blessed so many lives along his path. This book is offered at the holy lotus feet of all the masters in our sacred lineage of gurus.$20.00 Share
Over the past few decades, the word “karma” quietly made its way into the mainstream vernacular of modern Western culture. Once considered an Eastern concept, the karmic law is now generally accepted by both religious and non-religious masses as a universal and systematic law that automatically delivers the consequences of good or bad actions. Although the concept of karma is no longer foreign in the West, its intricate workings remain elusive.
Are there different kinds of karma? How do our actions create karma? How is karma carried to the next life? Can we be free from the bondage of karma? The fascinating subject of karma opens the door to an infinite number of unanswered questions. But take heart! In this rare and essential handbook, The Law of Karma, the Kriya Yoga master, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, skillfully explains the often misunderstood inner workings of this dynamic law. He gives us the tools we need to break free from the karmic prison.
Within ourselves, we all cry out for the freedom that comes from realizing the truth of our divine nature. Countless paths lead to this truth, but whichever path is chosen, the necessary qualities to tread it remain the same. Path of Knowledge: Talks on Acharya Shankara’s Tattva Bodha provides a clear and concise outline of what is required to achieve freedom and immortality. It illuminates the eternal message of achieving moksha — liberation in this life. Archarya Shankara’s original commentaries encapsulated the very essence of Vedantic thought and infused new life into a philosophy that had become misunderstood and stale. Vedanta is Truth, and Truth is beyond religion, culture, space, and time. Acharya Shankara’s teachings are for everyone, for any path, for any time.
Paramahamsa Prajnanananda’s commentary is profound and thought provoking as well as highly practical. We become keenly aware of Paramahamsaji’s love for Acharya Shankara as he gently takes us by the hand and guides us along the path of the venerable master’s thought, clearing obstacles along the way. This skillful step-by-step journey leads us to the coveted goal, realization of the Self, our true identity. Any seeker with a sincere desire to know the truth, who wants to take a courageous step towards freedom, will find the wisdom contained in this book invaluable.
Selected Essays of Paramahamsa Hariharananda represents the heart and soul of this great Kriya Yoga master’s message, a message steeped in unconditional love and the oneness of all, a message that he lived every moment of his life. The teachings in this book emanate from his profound spiritual experience and unfathomable wisdom. Many were blessed to be in the presence of this modern-day sage while the deepest spiritual truths spontaneously flowed from him. His teachings took root in the hearts of countless seekers whose lives were transformed. During his lifetime, the beloved and revered master brought thousands of souls to the path of Kriya Yoga. Even today, years after his death, thousands are still drawn to the path by the eternal presence of his immense spiritual power.
This beautiful book is an opportunity for us to experience the breadth and depth of the divine teachings of Paramahamsa Hariharananda, a God-realized master. His sole purpose was to awaken others to Truth. From this collection of soul-stirring essays, we can learn from one who reached the pinnacle of realization, but remained among us to show us the way. While on this Earth, the master often told his disciples, “I am only here for you.” That great assurance and love lives on in his teachings.
No bond is more enduring, no love more everlasting, than the bond between the guru and the disciple. Under the guru’s omniscient guidance, a disciple travels swiftly and safely on the path of inner illumination. The “Guru Paduka Stotram” is a poignant and heartfelt hymn by Swami Bharati Krishna Tirtha, the former Shankaracharya of Puri and the sannyasa guru of the renowned Kriya Yoga master Paramahamsa Hariharananda. Within the pages of this book, Paramahamsa Hariharanandaji’s worthy disciple and successor, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, discusses this hymn of adoration dedicated to the guru. The words of this hymn are captivating and inspiring, as it beautifully describes the role of the guru–preceptor in the lives of spiritual seekers. Indeed, the role of the guru in the life of a disciple is unparalleled. The master becomes both mother and father to a disciple, caretaker of his or her soul, so it is said that one without a guru is an orphan. To a disciple, nothing is more sacred than the master, and nothing is more precious than to humbly sit at the master’s feet; indeed, even the sandals that grace the guru’s feet are deemed holy. This commentary eloquently describes how the devotional practice of guru paduka, worshipping the sandals of the guru, is a beautiful way to strengthen one’s love and cultivate humility, two keystones for spiritual growth.$12.00 Share
Throughout the ages, countless millions have read and followed the teachings of the Torah. It is considered to be the word of God. The Torah influenced and inspired the three major Abrahamic religions that developed in the Middle East — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Most notable among its teachings are the Ten Commandments, revealed to Moses by God eons ago, yet still considered the moral code for many today. One can only imagine the impact the Torah has had on the world. In the glimmering annals of sacred world scriptures, the Torah stands as significant. One can safely surmise that its long-lasting influence has been powerful.
As with all sacred texts, the Torah is often understood at only one level by the masses, when its words are taken literally. When describing the Torah, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda has said, “The Torah is a treasure trove of wisdom, but one must know how to extract its riches.” The Torah is a deep, vast ocean of Truth, meant to be dived into, not just admired from the shore. In The Mystical Torah:
A Yogi’s Perspective, we are given a glimpse of the hidden treasures found in the Torah’s depths. With remarkable insight and clarity, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda’s commentary breathes life into this ancient text, revealing its deep inner meaning, understood by only a few. The master takes us beyond the man-made boundaries of this most hallowed text so we can discover that its stories and teachings are beautiful representations of our own sacred journeys back to divinity.
What is death? Few in this world can answer with authority. Starting in childhood we consider death a terror, a fearful and foreboding sword that can sever us from all we love. Is it possible that our assumptions are wrong? Perhaps death is our friend, not our enemy. Instead of hiding or running from death, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda explains how we can gracefully dance with death. With incomparable insight, the God-realized master helps us see that both birth and death are joyful celebrations, and that death is not an end, just a footstep on the ultimate journey. Undoubtedly, Dancing with Death will empower us to take that step fearlessly.
“In this dance of life and death we all should learn how to dance to bring joy to both living and dying.”
– Paramahamsa Prajnanananda
Within the hallowed confines of Puri, one of India’s most holy cities, stands the Jagannath Temple. This magnificent monument is dedicated to the Supreme Lord of the Universe, Shri Shri Jagannath Mahaprabhu. It is fitting that the temple is surrounded by myriad legends and mysteries, for it houses the greatest mystery of all — the formless form of the Divine, Lord Jagannath. Like a great and powerful magnet, the temple has attracted countless devotees and pilgrims throughout the centuries. In the words of Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, “For eons saints, sages, and devotees have come to Puri from different parts of the world searching for liberation, searching for a more evolved form of life. They come for a glimpse of Lord Jagannath.”
In this remarkable collection of fifty essays, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda offers the reader unique insight into the supreme reality of life: He offers the reader a glimpse of Lord Jagannath. Based on the teachings of his beloved Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharananda, the master invites us to view one of India’s greatest mysteries through the clear, unobstructed lens of an omniscient and enlightened yogi.
Paramahamsa Prajnanananda calls the Mahabharata the greatest spiritual book ever written. No other scripture captures the essence of Truth as completely and powerfully as this unparalleled masterwork. Within this work of infinite knowledge is found a rare and priceless jewel, the Bhagavad Gita. The Bhagavad Gita narrates a battle between cousins, the Pandavas and the Kauravas, which is the battle between good and evil, a battle that rages in the minds and hearts of all human beings.
Join the incomparable master Paramahamsa Prajnanananda as he leads us on a sacred journey to the temple door, the Bhagavad Gita, the soul of the Mahabharata. Through the master’s insightful commentary, we can acquire an intimate and in-depth understanding of the characters in this timeless epic and what they mean for our lives. This knowledge can inspire us to be victorious in our holy battles to reclaim the divine kingdom within. Like the Mahabharata, this commentary is one of a kind; it is an amazing, microscopic examination of our tendencies and desires and of the fallacy of the mind.
Centuries ago the legendary and gifted spiritual master Shri Adi Shankara left the world a priceless treasure: ten brief, powerful verses known as the Dasha Shloki. Shri Shankara, a spiritual genius, spontaneously spoke these gems of Truth as an eight-year-old child in response to a simple question put forth by his guru: “Who are you?” His inspiring answers can ignite the flame of knowledge within the minds of all sincere seekers, all those seeking to know who they really are. Shri Adi Shankara’s concise and incomparable teachings prove to the world that one need not say much to say it all.
As a result of his timeless devotional attunement to Shri Shankara, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, a God-filled, realized master, is able to convey the heart and soul of Shri Shankara’s teachings with enlightening commentary. He helps us probe deeply into our souls to find the answer to life’s greatest mystery.
Spiritual practice is an inward journey. A fathomless mine of spiritual wealth lies within the hearts of human beings. Those who worship Truth value what is within and what is without. The endeavor to reconcile the Spirit within and the matter without is a seeker’s perennial effort. Ingrained impressions are the greatest impediment to spiritual progress. Mankind is drawn into a dilemma believing that prana (life force) is the only ingredient of eternal creation. Matter and prana are two products of atma (consciousness absolute). The perception of non-Self is the only human sin. It hides Truth from us. Life after life, through the ages, we live in the world of the dead, deprived of eternal joy and beautiful Truth.
Ritambhara (The Philosophy of Living in Truth) by Acharya Bijoy Krishna is the harvest of the deepest spiritual practice. This book is a must for seekers of Truth. Using the logic of science, Acharya has delved deep and ripped open the mystery that shrouds Truth. Ritambhara is the fundamental science of spirituality. Truth is realized not by dogma or bigotry, but by logic and a scientific approach. “The Oneness of existence” is the conclusion in the Upanishads. By the science of centripetal and centrifugal evolution, the Oneness enjoys His divine play.
Speaking of compassion, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda tells us, 'Compassion is an inherent human value that needs to flourish and become fruitful in the hearts of human beings in order for them to have a better life, a peaceful coexistence, and experience the manifestation of love. Compassion is a symbol of human evolution in spirit and consciousness.'
A Life of Compassion contains infinite wisdom that can help bring more compassion into your life, making life more beautiful and meaningful. Lord Jesus said that God is love. Compassion is love in action. May this book inspire you to share the treasures of your heart - a warm smile, soothing words, and a helping hand to those in need. Not only will you become an instrument for healing this wounded planet, you will become an inspiration for others to do the same.
Swami Satyananda Giri walked gently on the Earth while he was here; yet his footprints remain deeply etched in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. As a young man, he was carefully molded by the powerful hands of his incomparable Master, Swami Shriyukteshwarji, who understood that he, along with his childhood friend Paramahamsa Yogananda (author of Autobiography of a Yogi), would play an integral role in the spiritual evolution of humankind.
Described by many as an “integration of Buddha and Shri Adi Shankara,” Swami Satyanandaji’s calm, detached manner and deep inner beauty attracted the company of such renowned beings as Mahatma Gandhi and Ramana Maharshi. No doubt as you read Paramahamsa Prajnanananda’s touching tribute to this great yogi, you too will soon discover that he has left his footprints in your heart.
No doubt Shri Lahiri Mahasaya, the omniscient Kriya Yoga master, perceived the divine destiny of his youthful student, young Bhupendranath Sanyal (Shri Sanyal Mahashaya), the youngest disciple to ever receive initiation from him. For deep within the heart of this youth a fire was ablaze, a fire that would illuminate his life and become an interminable torch on the sacred path of godhood.
Shri Sanyal Mahashaya was one of those rare beings who lived as he believed. The story of this esteemed master of the great Kriya Yoga lineage is a story of hope, encouragement, and inspiration for all. It is a story that says to us that one day we too will overcome the odds and reach the divine destination.
In India, flower garlands are usually offered to God and the spiritual masters as a symbolic offering from the heart with love and devotion. Upon the seventy-fifth anniversary of Master Paramahamsa Hariharananda's renunciation of worldly life and his arrival in Puri, the author offers this collection of his beloved master's teachings to inspire others. Each reminiscence or story is a beautiful and precious flower of lover and wisdom given to disciples twice; first by the master in the instances described, and now by Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji for our ongoing spiritual development. 'The Flower Garland: Teachings of a Great Master' includes reminiscences of Paramahamsa Hariharananda's childhood, episodes of ashram life, and many tales of his travels and lectures given around the world. Filled with encouragement, humor, love, and practical wisdom, this book will inspire and teach countless spiritual seekers in years to come.$12.00 Share
On June 11, 1938, a hot, steamy day in India, an extraordinary young Bengali man boarded a train to the holy city of Puri, Odisha, with a deep longing to fulfill his highest spiritual aspirations. Accompany this Kriya Yoga disciple on his journey of transformation from Rabindranath Bhattacharya, a brilliant and devoted seeker of Truth, to the highly realized, incomparable master, Paramahamsa Hariharananda.
'At Thy Feet: Paramahamsa Hariharananda in Puri' is a book unlike any other book written about the twentieth century Kriya master. With each turning page, you will discover Hariharananda's magnanimous heart and indomitable spirit through the loving words of Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, his closest and most beloved disciple.
Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji lovingly narrates the sweet and awe-inspiring story of friendship and love between two truly remarkable and heroic women; one was his mother, and the other his aunt. It is a story that is told with implicit honesty, admiration, beauty, and love. It is a story that teaches us that true friendship is a most precious gift from God. In a world filled with selfishness and superficial relationships, Benguli and Shukuti, later known as Swami Gurupremanandaji and Swami Amritanandaji, found a rare treasure, a treasure that will remain with them forever.$12.00 Share
Practical Guidance in Spiritual Life is a compilation of teachings by a great master of our time, Paramahamsa Hariharananda, who dedicated his life completely to helping seekers on their journey. His beautiful teachings and guidance are practical, simple, and self-motivating. They are universal and useful for all on the path. We hope this book will be useful for one and all on the path of spirituality.$12.00 Share
The journey of civilization, the passage of time, and the spread of commercialization have resulted in social lifestyle changes in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The West witnessed a great upsurge of materialism and downswing n human values such as love and compassion. To bring a balance in both the materialism of the West as well as the eternal human values of love, kindness,and compassion of the East, the enlightened spiritual masters of India brought their beautiful teachings to enrich human civilization and to seamlessly blend the spiritual with the material.$5.00 Share
Life is the ultimate teacher. Who am I? Where am I going? This invaluable text reassures us that we are not alone, that walking the Path of Perfection is the journey home. This compilation of talks given at the Kriya Yoga Centre in Tattendorf, Austria was intended to help us along the spiritual path, reminding us that human life is a special gift from God. We can make life beautiful by living with love, service, and spiritual discipline. Written in a conversational style that approximates the feeling of listening directly to Paramahamsa Prajnanananda. The Path of Perfection is filled with captivating stories and vivid parables. Topics include living purposefully, developing positive behavior patterns, cultivating spirituality with joyful work, discovering what we truly need, communicating with skill, interacting lovingly with others, maintaining inner strength and determination, discriminating clearly in word and deed, and integrating head, heart, and hands.$14.00 Share
Durga Saptashati, also known as the Chandi or Devi Mahatmya, is an ancient scripture with 700 verses that extol the power of the Divine Mother in battle. Paramahamsa Prajnanananda beautifully explains how the raging battles actually demonstrate the love of the Mother. In this three volume commentary, he describes the nurturing power of the Mother, marveling over how She simultaneously wakens the sleeping child, disciplines the restless one, and uplifts the one seeking liberation.$40.00 Share
A Collection of Instructions on Kriya Yoga is an explanation of the philosophy and practice of Kriya Yoga. It expresses the contemplative insights of a Kriya Yoga master of our time, who dedicated his life to practicing this meditation method for more than seven decades. This age-old science of meditation has been tested by sincere seekers around the globe. In the author's unique style, both metaphorical interpretations and practical instruction is elaborated.$12.00 Share
Who Am I?
From time immemorial, yogis have approached this essential question scientifically through intuition and experiment. The conclusion they reached was that the Creator and creation are one, and human beings can find their origin in this great cosmic play through love, service, and spiritual practice. Compassionate yogis then sought to impart this knowledge of Self for the liberation of all.
Paramamahamsa Hariharananda, affectionately known as Baba (father), is such a yogi, teacher, and true master in every sense of the word.
While on this earth, instruction with eloquence, kindness, and understanding for the unique challenges facing humanity today, ceaselessly poured forth from his lips and hands.
Throughout Paramahamsa Hariharananda's long life, a great body of work was delivered in formal lectures, talks to disciples, letters, articles, and books to help all true seekers to 'cross the worldly ocean.' These instructions cover all facets of life as he always emphasized 'all-round development' as the objective of spiritual practice. With compassion and objectivity, he helps us to return to our true nature and leads us to the supreme goal of being in God consciousness while living in the world.
By compiling these Complete Works, it is our sincere hope that Paramahamsa Hariharananda will continue to enlighten, inspire, and encourage those who search for God to discover that,
'I and He are One, and always have been One.'
The master's inspiring ten volume set of teachings will be released during the auspicious year of his centenary.
Among the countless books that have been written about Lord Jagannath there is sometimes one that stands apart from the rest. Shri Purushottama Rahasya: The Mysticism of Lord Jagannath is such a book. What makes this book unique is that the esteemed author, Baba Chaitanya Charan Das, provides the reader with a clear, comprehensive description of the concepts of Lord Jagannath, as described in the scriptures, and also simplifies some mysterious and difficult to comprehend aspects of the Lord and His residing place, Purushottama Kshestra, which will in turn enhance and strengthen reader’s devotion for the Lord.
Seekers following the path of Lord Jagannath will surely regard this book as an indispensable handbook, a priceless source of inspiration and guidance on the journey towards Truth and Love. However, do not be mistaken; Shri Purushottama Rahasya: The Mysticism of Lord Jagannath is not only for devotees of Lord Jagannath. Spiritual aspirants from all faiths and beliefs will benefit from the deep insights gained by reading this treasured book.