This talk by Paramahansa Yogananda was recorded at the Self-Realization Fellowship International Headquarters during an informal gathering on the occasion of his birthday — January 5, 1949. At this point in his life, the Guru’s outward mission to the world had been largely completed, and he had begun to withdraw more and more from public life. Freed from many organizational activities, he was able to remain for long periods completely immersed in the highest states of samadhi, or union with God. His talk preserved in this recording expresses the inspiration of that exalted state. Like a brilliant, multifaceted jewel, his consciousness reflects at different times throughout the talk the sweet love of God, His pure wisdom, the dynamic force of His infinite power.
Paramahansaji’s words on this occasion were characterized by a touching informality. Ever appreciative of the smallest acts of kindness, he begins by thanking the disciples for their loving remembrances of his birthday, reminding them of the divine Source of all friendship and all love. With illustrations from the Indian scriptures, humorous and instructive incidents from his own life, and the deep insights flowing from his direct perception of Truth, he goes on to show with vivid clarity that there is one great theme in this stupendous drama of creation, and a single purpose behind all that happens to us: to coax us to look beyond the illusions of this transitory life and discover the glory and the love of God.
Running Time: 33:07 minutes
For MP3 Downloads:
After you have completed the checkout process, you will be given a link to download the audio files in mp3 format to your device. You will also receive this link in an email. The files in this download are zipped files.
Note for iPad/iPhone users: Any audio purchased on our site needs to be downloaded first to a computer, and then synced to your iPad or iPhone. This is due to Apple’s proprietary programming and is true for all audio files that do not come from iTunes or an Apple site.
Our staff is unable to assist you with technical support or to walk you through the download process. As much as we would like to assist you, we have found that there are too many types of computer systems and browsers, MP3 software and players, as well as the individual settings and ways you have configured your computer and browser to be able to track down what the problem might be or to walk you through the download process, which can be different for every type of browser and computer system. Please consult your computer technician for assistance.
Copyright © 2006 Self-Realization Fellowship. ℗ 1985 Self-Realization Fellowship. All rights reserved.
Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) is pleased to grant you permission to download the audio file on this webpage, solely for your personal, non-commercial use as an individual customer. Kindly note, however, that SRF’s rights in the contents of this audio recording are protected by national and international copyright laws, and that without prior written permission from Self-Realization Fellowship, Los Angeles, California, any use (other than as stated above) of this material in any form or by any means now known or hereafter devised – including but not limited to copying, reproducing, distributing, transmitting, emailing, posting, uploading, licensing, reselling, republishing, and broadcasting – is strictly prohibited. Your cooperation is deeply appreciated.