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Swami Paramahansa Yogananda's Super Advanced Course (Number 1 divided In twelve lessons) Paperback – 25 Sep 2007

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: XIAOMINA (25 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843560275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843560272
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c0da3d8) out of 5 stars 24 reviews
89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb99c78) out of 5 stars A Look at Yogananda's Early Lessons 15 Nov. 2007
By Therese Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
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All you SRF students can relax. Although from scanning this book, the Energizing Exercises, Hong Sau and Om were apparently sent out with these very first lessons, those techniques are not in this book.

Long ago I completed the SRF lessons up through the highest Kriyas, so I ordered this book to see what all the fuss was about. At least at one time these lessons were authorized by Yogoda Satsanga Society which preceded the Self-Realization Fellowship name. These lessons are probably the old lessons sent out to devotees by Amrita.

Each lesson is preceded by this statement: "This sacred lesson is meant only for the devoted Yogoda student who would untiringly and unceasingly, seek God until he finds Him." So indeed these lessons were meant to carry a very special spiritual vibration.

This edition is not the first time the lessons have been made public. Kessinger Publishing printed these lessons in August 2003. The book is sold through Amazon. The lessons are apparently a scan or photocopy since the font is of an older type, lacking the perfection of newer computerized fonts.

And SRFers--Don't you think that Yogananda could have prevented the publication of these lessons if he'd wanted to? Let's have some reality testing. Perhaps the publication of these older lessons is meant for an introduction to the superior SRF lessons of today.

The lessons are fun to read, but less polished than the lessons SRF now sends to students. The very first lesson in the Super Advanced Book is a lesson that doesn't appear in the regular lessons until the advanced Kriyas are sent out. The first lesson is on the spinal passageway and St. John's revelation. I have no idea why this lesson has been moved far ahead to the advanced Kriya lessons by SRF.

Like many decisions of SRF, we don't know if they are Yogananda's thoughts or the well meaning decisions of those who are in charge of the organization. When Yogananda first wrote these lessons, he didn't waste any time getting to the point. Of course now knowledge of the Kundalini and related topics are in the popular domain. Nevertheless there are many false ideas of what is meant by Kundalini. Yogananda clears up these misunderstandings.

The current SRF lessons are better organized and have better editing. If anyone wants to learn Yogananda's Kriya technique I'd advise subscribing to the regular lessons. A shorter path to Kriya is offered by Ananda in Nevada City, CA. The vibration is somewhat different there. Each student has to choose the path which feels more comfortable to him or her.
50 of 62 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c4bfedc) out of 5 stars A Dated Part of a Year Long Course 8 Oct. 2007
By louienapoli - Published on Amazon.com
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Years ago I read Autobiography of a Yogi, a classic in the field, and was disappointed to find that the central teaching, a technique called Kriya Yoga, was never explained. It was a veiled method that Yogananda touted as having extraordinary benefits. But it had to be learned in person from someone authorized or spiritually empowered to teach it. So I subscribed to the Yogananda courses, since Kriya was offered only after a full year of reading the preparatory courses, the first twelve of which are now bound and for sale here.

If you want to learn Kriya, which is a wonderful meditation technique, either find a teacher or check out [...] Ennio Nimis has finally disclosed the method in several downloadable ebooks. And they're FREE! The Yogananda community is likely outraged, but Ennio feels that knowledge, if it's valuable and beneficial, should be openly available. That said, keep in mind there are various versions of the technique, with Ennio's being an excellent and thorough presentation. For another take on it, look at Mantak Chia's books on the Microcosmic Orbit meditation, which is really Taoism's version of Kriya Yoga. Yogananda's twelve lessons were probably earth-shaking when they were first distributed here sixty or seventy years ago. Now they're kind of in the spiritual mainstream.

Advice: read Autobiography of a Yogi, then check out Ennio's site or find a teacher affiliated with Swami Hariharananda's organization and learn kriya.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1115dc) out of 5 stars Wonderful book! 1 Oct. 2009
By Narada - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is amazing, just wonderful! Thank you to the Publisher and to Amazon.
Thank you to Paramahansa Yogananda - forget about all this meaningless SRF discussions. Everyone who feels sincerely attracted to Yogananda's teachings should have the right to read this.
23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cab07e0) out of 5 stars The Swami said whomsoever spreads his teachings does good. A true gem and I am thankful it is here for everyone. 6 Oct. 2007
By Book_lover - Published on Amazon.com
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Firstly I am thankful I have had the opportunity to read this book! Thank you publisher
This book is in the Public Domain because I have checked. Finally this is a gem of a book and I am very glad I read it.
The book has been available by the disciples of the Swami and whomsoever spreads his message does good Swami himself said that of his teachings.
It is a wonderful book and spreads the Swami's message and if he was alive today he would have approved of his book being available at Amazon.
I do not think that those people who have left negative comments here have read this book or ordered it. The Swami taught never to prejudge.
It is for everyone to spread his message not institutions that others have created in his name.
Is it not a BIG SHAME to talk about copyright of Swami works and without investigating its public domain status.
To be a critic when simple research will show its in Public domain.
What is also shameful to claim copyright on behalf of an organisation that there to promote Swami's work. The Swami if he heard this talk of the copyright of his message will be AMAZED!!!
Let's have a discussion on the contents of the book and Swami's message instead of this talk of copyright.
I have read this book and it truly a gem like all of Swami's other books. And will forever have the lead place in my bookshelf.
None those organisations which were set up after Swami died have any rights over this book.
All Swamis followers have a right to this book, and also to spered his teachings and replicate his words. this is what swami told us to do.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c31175c) out of 5 stars Yogoda Sat-Sanga Society of former name for SRF 2 May 2014
By j'aimelire - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book: clearly written , clearer then the SRF lessons, more simple and CLEAR explanations. Yoganada was young at the time he sat down to write and to share his knowledge with his new devotees; he likely did not want his teachings to be for "a few".
I am baffled by SRF members who say not to read this book because of not being endorse by the SRF organization.... foolish I would say, since Yogoda satSange Society is the very name of the organization Yoganada and his friends, back in India, created!!!!! wow.
I do sense freshness, fire, in Yogananda's early writings. I am so pleased to have bumped into this book. written before sister Tara's time as editor.....
so I recommend this book for anybody interested in unfolding Kundalini energy and learn meditation and devotion for the Divine Energy... no need to be a SRF devotee to profit from the teachings of swami Yogananda... being stuck in arguing with titles like Paramahansa or Swami is just what it is: a title in front of a name...small stuff....and the don't read it if not from SRF is small thinking...ooops... an opinion here!!!!
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