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The Great Light of God

Paramahansa Yogananda speaks of the indescribable joy experienced by one who perceives that Unseen Reality





This talk by Paramahansa Yogananda was recorded at Self-Realization Fellowship’s international headquarters on December 23, 1951, at the last all-day Christmas meditation held during his lifetime. A spiritual highlight of the year for followers of the Self-Realization teachings, the tradition of devoting a whole day to meditation and communion with God had been started by Paramahansaji in 1931, a tradition that is honored to this day in SRF temples and centers worldwide. He often said that if even on one day a person were to become deeply absorbed in the thought and the love of God, his or her whole life would be changed forever.

During these long Christmas meditations, Paramahansaji would enter the ecstatic state of samadhi, and all present would share in the inspiration that flowed through his words. The year this recording was made, he remained secluded in his private quarters. As he spoke at intervals throughout the day, his words were conveyed through a speaker system to the disciples meditating in the chapel. His voice reflects at times his interiorized consciousness, and at other times the power and intensity with which he urged the devotees to seek God ever more deeply.

“A thousand million suns do not describe the light of my Father.”

In this talk Paramahansa Yogananda speaks of that immense light of God, and of the indescribable joy experienced by one who perceives that Unseen Reality. He explains why the spiritual science of Kriya Yoga gives the greatest proof of God’s existence and how, through its practice, you realize that you are not a man or woman, but part of the eternal consciousness, the infinite blessedness of Spirit.

The Great Light of God is the third in a special collector’s series of recorded talks by Paramahansa Yogananda. Self-Realization Fellowship is happy to present these rare recordings — a priceless part of the great Master’s spiritual legacy to the world.

Playing time: 50:18 minutes

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About the Speaker

Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda (1893–1952) is widely regarded as one of the preeminent spiritual figures of our time. Born in Gorakhpur, India, he was sent by his guru to the United States in 1920 as India’s delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals. He instructed hundreds of thousands of men and women in the yoga science of meditation and balanced spiritual living. The life and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda are described in his widely acclaimed Autobiography of a Yogi, which has become a classic in its field since its publication in 1946. He founded Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS) in 1917 and Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) in 1920 to disseminate his teachings worldwide and to preserve their purity and integrity for generations to come. In 2017, Government of India paid a tribute by releasing a commemorative stamp in honour of the centennial of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India.
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