A World in Transition: Finding Spiritual Security in Times of Change

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Self-Realization Fellowship, 1999 - Religion - 255 pages
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WHERE ARE WE HEADED as a new millennium dawns? Will we continue to be tossed on the waves of change, or will we discover a deeper meaning? A World in Transition reminds us that behind the outward tumult life has a profound purpose -- that in the larger view we are on a universal journey that will ultimately reveal who we are and why we are here.

In these pages, the visionary wisdom of one of the most revered spiritual leaders of our time sheds a clarifying light on present and future global concerns. Paramahansa Yogananda's farseeing guidance for these times of change, first articulated by him more than fifty years ago, along with contemporary discussions of his vision by his foremost living disciple, Sri Daya Mata, and other longtime monks and nuns of his Self-Realization Order, reframes the problems we face in a spiritual context of reassuring hope and encouragement.

By identifying the universal principles and world cycles that influence the evolution of civilizations and individuals, A World in Transition helps us develop those life skills we will need to chart our course in the times ahead.

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Swami Yogananda, a young Hindu monk, delivered his first address, "The Science of Religion," to the International Congress of Religious Liberals meeting in Boston on October 6, 1920. He remained in America and began to attract thousands to his public lectures. In 1925, Yogananda established the headquarters of his organization, the Self-Realization Fellowship, on Mount Washington in Los Angeles. (One of his most distinguished disciples was the horticulturist Luther Burbank.) His Autobiography of a Yogi Autobiography of a Yogi was published in 1946 and has been translated into 18 languages. Yogananda and the Self-Realization Fellowship have been the means by which many Americans have been introduced to and have adopted Hindu modes of thought and religious practice. Yogananda taught that Hindu mysticism was compatible with and similar to Western and Christian mysticism. In 1935 his guru gave Yogananda the title Paramahansa, which means "supreme swan" and is a title indicating the highest spiritual attainment. His disciples regard the manner of Yogananda's death---he expired immediately after addressing a banquet in honor of the ambassador from India---as a demonstration of his supreme yogic bodily control. The Self-Realization Fellowship continues to be an important alternative religion in America, and it has a strong institutional presence in and around the Los Angeles area.

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