Inspiration from Self-Realization Fellowship

For those who read almost everything on devices, in addition to the Autobiography of a Yogi, Self-Realization Fellowship has released several smaller books as eBooks. Also available from SRF are digital video rentals available to view on various devices.

Of all the books offered by Self-Realization Fellowship, we would like to highlight below a few that are perhaps the best introductions to the SRF teachings. These books are available in the Sacramento Center Book Room following the Sunday morning service or can be purchased on-line by clicking/tapping on the title or image of any book below.

In addition to these books, there is a home study course. The Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons are unique among Paramahansa Yogananda’s published writings in that they give his step-by-step instructions in the yoga techniques of meditation, concentration, and energization that he taught, including Kriya Yoga.

Autobiography of a Yogi

Named one of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century, Paramahansa Yogananda’s remarkable life story takes you on an unforgettable exploration of the world of saints and yogis, science and miracles, death and resurrection. With soul-satisfying wisdom and endearing wit, he illuminates the deepest secrets of life and the universe — opening our hearts and minds to the joy, beauty, and unlimited spiritual potentials that exist in the lives of every human being.

With engaging candor, eloquence, and wit, Paramahansa Yogananda tells the inspiring chronicle of his life: the experiences of his remarkable childhood, encounters with many saints and sages during his youthful search throughout India for an illumined teacher, ten years of training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in America. Also recorded here are his meetings with Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Luther Burbank, the Catholic stigmatist Therese Neumann, and other celebrated spiritual personalities of East and West. The author clearly explains the subtle but definite laws behind both the ordinary events of everyday life and the extraordinary events commonly termed miracles. His absorbing life story becomes the background for a penetrating and unforgettable look at the ultimate mysteries of human existence.

This complete edition — available exclusively from Self-Realization Fellowship, the organization founded by the author — is the only one that incorporates all of his wishes for the final text including extensive material he added after the original 1946 edition and a final chapter on the closing years of his life. SRF ebook editions of Autobiography of a Yogi are now available:

Where There Is Light

This wisdom-filled volume of selections from the writings and lectures of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi, provides a wealth of practical guidance and inspiration for all who are seeking greater spiritual harmony and balance. Filled with even more encouraging and powerful insights than before, this expanded edition of Where There Is Light brings the illumination of spiritual insight to bear on the many challenges of everyday living – awakening a renewed awareness of the infinite potentials hidden within each one of us.

Topics include:

  • Finding wisdom and strength to make life’s decisions
  • The antidote for stress, worry, and fear
  • Transforming our failures into success
  • Security in an uncertain world
  • Perfecting human relationships
  • The power of meditation, affirmation, and prayer
  • Understanding death
  • Cultivating a personal relationship with God
  • This engaging anthology contains wisdom nuggets from Sri Yogananda’s teachings that inspire and illuminate. Here are some samples:

    “Creative thinking is the best antidote for moods. Moods get their grip on your consciousness when you are in a negative or passive state of mind.”

    “The mind may tell you that you cannot free yourself from a particular habit; but habits are nothing but repetitions of your own thoughts, and these you have the capacity to change.”

    “Life is entertaining when we do not take it too seriously. A good laugh is an excellent remedy for human ills.”

    The Science of Religion

    An amplification by Paramahansa Yogananda of his maiden speech in America — the historic talk that introduced his teachings to the Western World. He points out the universality of the world’s religions and explains why the answers to the ultimate questions of life lie in the direct personal experience of a Higher Reality. Includes a detailed discussion of the scientific basis of yoga meditation.

    Sayings of Yogananda

    A collection of sayings, anecdotes, and words of wisdom — Paramahansa Yogananda’s candid and loving responses to those who came to him for counsel. This collection of informal vignettes provides intimate glimpses into the mind of one of the great spiritual figures of our time (author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi). In answering the questions of those who turned to him for guidance, Paramahansa Yogananda expressed himself with candor, spontaneity, and penetrating insight. He knew unerringly when to relieve a somber situation with a bright flash of wit, and was able to transform the deepest philosophical truths into simple and unforgettable precepts for every day living. Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda allows the reader to share in those personal encounters with this great soul, offering a wealth of spiritual inspiration and practical advice for self-improvement. Shining from every page are his compassionate understanding of humanity and his boundless love for God.

    The Yoga of Jesus

    In this remarkable book, Paramahansa Yogananda reveals the hidden yoga of the Gospels and confirms that Jesus, like the ancient sages and masters of the East, not only knew yoga but taught this universal science of God-realization to his closest disciples. Compiled from the author’s highly praised two-volume work, The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You, this insightful and compact book transcends the centuries of dogma and misunderstanding that have obscured the original teachings of Jesus, showing that he taught a unifying path by which seekers of all faiths can enter the kingdom of God.

    Topics Include:

  • The lost years of Jesus in India
  • The ancient science of meditation: how to become a Christ
  • The true meaning of baptism
  • How the principles and methods of yoga parallel the teachings of the greatest Christian saints and mystics
  • The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita

    With penetrating insight, Paramahansa Yogananda sheds a clarifying light on the deeper meaning of the Bhagavad Gita's symbology, and the true intent of India's timeless and universal scripture. He shows how the warriors doing battle on the field of Kurukshetra represent the negative tendencies of the human ego pitted against the divine qualities of the soul, and how the science of Yoga can help us achieve the joy of material and spiritual victory on the battlefield of daily life. An inspiring and concise introduction to the spiritual truths of India's most beloved scripture, these selections from Yogananda's critically acclaimed two-volume translation of and commentary on the Bhagavad Gita (God Talks With Arjuna) explain the step-by-step methods of yoga meditation and right action to achieve union with Spirit and ultimate liberation. Features Paramahansa Yogananda's original translation of the Bhagavad Gita for the first time in sequential form.

    Topics include:

    • Using self-analysis and introspection for continuous personal growth.
    • Yoga methods for creating a life of peace and inner harmony.
    • Understanding the psychological forces that help - and those that hinder - spiritual progress.
    • Creating an ideal balance of material and spiritual goals.
    • How to experience the deeper states of meditation and divine illumination.

    Talks and Essays

    Paramahansa Yogananda’s Collected Talks and Essays present in-depth discussions of the vast range of inspiring and universal truths that have captivated millions in his Autobiography of a Yogi. Readers will find these talks alive with the unique blend of all-embracing wisdom, practical encouragement, and love for humanity that have made the author one of our era’s most revered and trusted guides to the spiritual life.

    Man's Eternal Quest

    Man’s Eternal Quest is a book about God: about God’s place in man’s life; in his hopes, will, aspirations, accomplishments. Life, man, achievement—all are but manifestations of the one omnipresent Creator, as inseparably dependent on Him as the wave is dependent on the ocean. Paramahansa Yogananda explains why and how man was created by God, and how he is immutably a part of God, and what this means to each one personally. Realization of the oneness of man and his Creator is the whole essence of Yoga. An understanding of man’s inescapable need for God, in every aspect of living, removes the otherworldliness from religion and makes knowing God the basis of a scientific and practical approach to life.

    Topics include:

    • Healing by God’s Unlimited Power
    • The Universality of Yoga
    • God as Light and Joy
    • Evenmindedness in a World of Change
    • Reincarnation: The Soul’s Journey to Perfection
    • Making Religion Scientific
    • Will Jesus Reincarnate?
    • Three Paths to Cosmic Consciousness
    • The Dream Nature of the World

    The Divine Romance

    The Divine Romance includes nearly fifty talks and essays by Paramahansa Yogananda. The second book in a trilogy, which includes, Man’s Eternal Quest and Journey to Self-realization — each of which are packed with information covering a vast range of spiritual topics — The Divine Romance speaks to the deepest needs of the human soul. The great master reveals how we can meet the daily challenges to our physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual well-being — by awakening our divine nature, the neglected reality at the core of our being. Yogananda said, “The greatest romance you can have is the romance with God….He is the Lover and our souls are the beloved, and when the soul meets the greatest Lover of the universe, then the eternal romance begins. The love that you have been seeking for incarnations through all human loves is at last yours.”

    Contents Include: 

    • How to Cultivate Divine Love 
    • Practicing Religion Scientifically 
    • The Mind: Repository of Infinite Power 
    • How to Free Yourself From Bad Habits 
    • The Cosmic Lover • How to Work Without Fatigue 
    • Where Are Our Departed Loved Ones? 
    • Controlling Your Destiny 
    • Why Evil Is a Part of God’s Creation

    Journey to Self-Realization

    The third book in a trilogy, which includes, Man’s Eternal Quest and The Divine Romance — each of which are packed with information covering a vast range of spiritual topics — Journey to Self-Realization speaks to the deepest needs of the human soul. In Journey to Self-Realization, Paramahansa Yogananda shows us how we can experience the Divine Presence within us and in all life - not just as a passing inspiration but as a constant inner realization. Through this expanded awareness, we receive the gifts of the soul: peace, divine love, ever new joy, intuitive guidance for every question and crossroads we encounter in the amazing adventure of human life.

    Contents include:

    • Why God Created the World 
    • Acquiring Attunement with the Source of Success 
    • Remolding Your Life 
    • How to Quicken Your Spiritual Progress 
    • The Wisdom Way to Overcome Karma
    • Renewing and Transforming Your Body, Mind, and Spirit
    • How to Express Everlasting Youthfulness
    • Receiving God's Answers to Your Prayers
    • The True Signs of Progress in Meditation.

    Sri Daya Mata

    Only Love

    This volume of informal talks and spiritual counsel by Sri Daya Mata, one of Paramahansa Yogananda’s foremost disciples, is a treasured guide to living a life of “Only Love.” Daya Mata shares details of the daily path of meditation and inner transformation by which Paramahansa Yogananda led her into the divine consciousness wherein the soul experiences the infinite love of God. With compassion and practical wisdom, she clearly outlines how each of us can find that incomparable fulfillment for ourselves.

    Topics include:

    • Understanding yourself and others
    • The role of meditation
    • Spiritual aspects of raising children
    • Foundations of world unity
    • Health and healing
    • Making prayer effective
    • Success in family life and business
    • The right attitude toward world conditions
    • Creating a personal relationship with God

    Finding the Joy Within You

    In this collection of talks, informal counsel, and personal reminiscences, Sri Daya Mata shares the guidance and inspiration she received as a close disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, one of the preeminent spiritual figures of our time and author of the widely acclaimed Autobiography of a Yogi.

    During her more than twenty years of day-to-day association with the great teacher, he lovingly guided her along the path of spiritual discipline to that ultimate goal sought by truth-seekers throughout the ages: direct personal experience of God. This anthology conveys the in-depth guidance she absorbed during those transforming years — the practices and principles that lead to realization of the infinite love and joy that are hidden within every human being, just waiting to be discovered.

    Amid the pressures of the modern world, it is sometimes difficult to think of such a goal as attainable, or even approachable. Finding the Joy Within You offers compelling testimony to the contrary, showing how anyone — regardless of outer circumstances — can learn to live in the continual joy and security of a God-centered life.

    Topics include:

    • Learning to love unconditionally
    • The basis of emotional maturity and true self-esteem
    • How to free yourself from tension
    • Strengthening the power of the mind
    • The spiritual guidance of children
    • Experiencing the presence of God through meditation