“Be so drunk with the love of God that you won’t know anything else, night and day, night and day.” These words, spoken days before his death in 1952, convey the fundamental teaching of Paramahansa Yogananda, that each of us can look within to find light, consciousness, joy – God. Widely revered as one of the preeminent spiritual figures of the twentieth century, this beloved teacher awakened a new vision of spirituality and consciousness for thousands, bringing the spiritual wisdom of the East to the western world. Bro. Chidananda is an ordained minister who has played a key role in making Yogananda’s message available to seekers of our generation. His own light and spiritual awakening enliven this interview as he shares stories of his teacher’s travels and work and, most important, his message. Chidananda’s words bridge the doctrine of eastern and western faiths as he explains how the message of Jesus compares to the ancient yogic teachings.
Bro. Chidananda has been a monk in the Self-Realization Fellowship’s monastic community for more than twenty-five years, and serves on the SRF International Publications Council. He has assisted in the editing and publication of numerous books by Paramahansa Yogananda, including The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of Christ Within You (Self-Realization Fellowship 2004) and Autobiography of a Yogi (Self-Realization Fellowship 1979).
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- Why Paramahansa Yogananda inspired and awakened so many people
- How the teachings of Jesus compare with the teachings of Krishna
- How Christian teachings and sacraments parallel yogic teachings
- How yoga interprets the concept of the devil
- How you can be part of the second coming of Christ consciousness
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 1/19/2005 Program Number: 3076