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The Holy Science

This extraordinary treatise explores parallel passages from the scriptures to reveal the essential unity of all religions


This extraordinary treatise explores parallel passages from the Bible and the Hindu scriptures to reveal the essential unity of all religions. Swami Sri Yukteswar, the revered guru of Paramahansa Yogananda, outlines the universal path that every human being must travel to enlightenment. He also explains the vast recurring cycles of civilization (yugas), affording a profound understanding of history and the ever-changing panorama of turbulent world events.

The Holy Science demonstrates, by explanation of parallel passages from the Hindu and Christian scriptures, the essen­tial unity of the great religious teachings of East and West. With incomparable wisdom and discernment, Sri Yukteswar explains the universal evolution of consciousness, energy, and matter — the entire spectrum of experience that we call “life.”

The author provides an authoritative foundation for a purely holistic view of man and the universe — and shows how that view supports the principles of natural living in body, mind, and soul. Rooted in the deepest truths of religion, it yet offers practical advice for fulfillment in everyday living, by delineating the physical, mental, moral, and spiritual principles that govern the expansion of human consciousness.

About the Author

Sri Sri Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri

Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (1855–1936), India’s Jnanavatar, “Incarnation of Wisdom”; guru of Paramahansa Yogananda, and paramguru of Self-Realization Fellowship Kriyaban members. Sri Yukteswarji was a disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya. At the behest of Lahiri Mahasaya’s guru, Mahavatar Babaji, he wrote The Holy Science, a treatise on the underlying unity of Christian and Hindu scriptures, and trained Paramahansa Yogananda for his spiritual world-mission: the dissemination of Kriya Yoga. Paramahansaji has lovingly described Sri Yukteswarji’s life in Autobiography of a Yogi.
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