"Self-realization is the knowing – in body, mind, and soul – that we are one with the omnipresence of God; that we do not have to pray that it comes to us, that we are not merely near it at all times, but that God's omnipresence is our omnipresence; that we are just as much part of Him now as we ever will be. All we have to do is improve our knowing."
The Kriya Yoga Path
Central to Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings are scientific techniques of concentration and meditation that lead to a direct experience of the divinity within ourselves.
These yoga methods quiet the mind and make it possible to withdraw one’s energy and attention from the usual turbulence of thoughts, emotions and sensory perceptions. In the clarity of that inner stillness, one comes to experience a deepening awareness of God’s presence as inner peace and divine bliss. When practiced daily with devotion, the basic beginning techniques lead to deepening levels of awareness and perception.
Paramahansa Yogananda often referred to the Kriya Yoga path, with its scientific techniques of meditation, as “the highway to the Infinite.” Instead of wandering on byways of intellectual curiosity or wasting time on any other spiritual side roads, we should seek the way that will lead us directly to experience of the divinity within ourselves. The path of Kriya Yoga was found by Paramahansaji to be the most effective method of attaining the highest goal of religion, and indeed life itself: union with Bliss.
Step-by-step instructions in the techniques that Paramahansa Yogananda taught are given through the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) Lessons for Home Study.