Paramahansa Yogananda's YSS Lessons for Home Study

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The Yogoda Satsanga Lessons are unique among Paramahansa Yogananda’s published writings in that they give his step-by-step instructions in the yoga techniques of meditation, concentration, and energization that he taught, including Kriya Yoga.

The goal of these simple yet highly effective yoga techniques is to teach you to deal directly with energy and consciousness enabling you to recharge your body with energy, to awaken the mind’s unlimited power, and to experience a deepening awareness of the Divine in your life.  

The Lessons were compiled under Paramahansa Yogananda’s direction from his writings and the many classes and lectures he gave. In addition to his comprehensive instructions in meditation, the Lessons offer practical guidance for every aspect of spiritual living — how to live joyfully and successfully amidst the unceasing challenges and opportunities in this world of change.

Comprehensive Enhancement and Expansion of YSS Lessons Planned for 2018

We are very pleased to announce that later this year we will be releasing a comprehensive enhancement and expansion of the current Lessons, which were originally created in the 1930s. The revised Lessons were begun by Paramahansaji in the final years of his life, and he personally trained our erstwhile YSS/SRF Sanghamata, and President, Brahmaleen Sri Sri Mrinalini Mata, to complete them according to his instructions—a lifelong task that she finished shortly before her passing in 2017.

The new edition of the Lessons will contain a wealth of previously unpublished material from Paramahansaji’s writings and classes—including clearer and more detailed instruction on the YSS meditation techniques, including Kriya Yoga, and many other subjects. For more information, please visit our web page about the upcoming new edition of the YSS Lessons.

We recommend that current students of the YSS Lessons continue their existing subscription to the current Lessons until they receive at least 32 Lessons—if they intend to apply for Kriya Yoga, so that they can become eligible at the earliest opportunity. They will be able to transition to the new edition of the Lessons when they become available. Those who have completed study of all steps of the current Lessons will also be able to enroll for the new edition. Details about how to transition to or enroll for the new edition of the YSS Lessons will become available in the forthcoming months.

Topics Include

  • In-depth Instruction in the Science of Yoga Meditation Taught by Paramahansa Yogananda
  • How to Weave God Into Your Daily Life
  • Yoga Principles of Healing and Rejuvenation
  • Strengthening Will Power to Achieve Success in All Aspects of Life
  • Finding Your True Vocation in Life
  • Developing Creativity and Memory
  • How to Select Your Life Companion
  • Creating Harmony in Marriage and Family Life
  • The Workings of the Human Mind
  • The Art of Getting Along With Others
  • Methods of Relaxation and Rejuvenation
  • Understanding Karma and Reincarnation
  • Living Without Stress and Fear
  • Yoga Principles of Diet
  • Quickening Human Evolution
  • Building World Unity
  • Life After Death

Meditation Techniques Offered to Followers of All Religions

Since Yoga is based on practise and experience rather than on adherence to a particular set of beliefs, followers of all religions can benefit from the spiritual teachings in the Lessons and the three basic techniques. When practised regularly, these methods lead unfailingly to deeper levels of spiritual awareness and perception.  

Kriya Yoga

After a preliminary period of study and practise of the basic techniques, students are eligible to apply for initiation in Kriya Yoga. At this time they formally establish the sacred guru-disciple relationship with Paramahansa Yogananda and his lineage of gurus.

The technique of Kriya Yoga is given in person at special initiation ceremonies, as well as sent to each initiate in a special series of printed Lessons that cover every aspect of the Kriya science.

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Personal Guidance and Other Services to Students

Lessons students can also receive personal guidance in their practise at any time, free of charge, from experienced meditation counsellors of the Yogoda Satsanga monastic order, by contacting one of the ashram centres.

In addition, students can attend classes on the techniques of meditation conducted periodically by YSS monastics.  (These  classes are open only to Lessons students.)

Students also receive special letters of inspiration and encouragement from YSS/SRF Sanghamata and President throughout the year, as well as newsletters and other publications from Yogoda Satsanga Society.

Cost and Timing

The 182 Lessons are divided into seven steps of 26 Lessons each, and four Lessons are mailed every month. It takes about 3½ years to receive all of them. All of the basic meditation techniques that are preparatory to Kriya Yoga are mailed during the first 8 months.

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It was Paramahansa Yogananda’s wish that the Yogoda Satsanga Lessons be easily available to all who sincerely desire to know God. To this end, the Lessons have always been offered for only a nominal fee to help cover printing and postage costs. Full details and subscription/mailing plans are outlined on the Lessons application form,
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Please allow 4–6 weeks for your first Lessons to reach you.

“After practicing your Lessons for six months, I have found all you have taught me to be true. You have proven the existence of God to me, something I once thought impossible.”

— C. C.