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Songs of The Soul

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About The Book Selected as one of "The Hundred Best Spiritual books of the Century," this acclaimed autobiography presents a fascinating portrait of one of the great spiritual figures of our time. With engaging candour, eloquence, and wit, Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda narrates the inspiring chronicle of his life — the experiences of his remarkable childhood, encounters with many saints and sages during his youthful search throughout India for an illumined teacher, ten yea...
About The Book

Selected as one of "The Hundred Best Spiritual books of the Century," this acclaimed autobiography presents a fascinating portrait of one of the great spiritual figures of our time. With engaging candour, eloquence, and wit, Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda narrates the inspiring chronicle of his life — the experiences of his remarkable childhood, encounters with many saints and sages during his youthful search throughout India for an illumined teacher, ten years of training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in America. Also recorded here are his meetings with Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Luther Burbank, the Catholic stigmatist Therese Neumann, and other celebrated spiritual personalities of East and West.

Autobiography of a Yogi is at once a beautifully written account of an exceptional life and a profound introduction to the ancient science of Yoga and its time-honoured tradition of meditation. The author clearly explains the subtle but definite laws behind both the ordinary evens .of everyday life and the extraordinary events commonly 2- termed miracles. His absorbing life story thus becomes The background for a penetrating and unforgettable look at the ultimate mysteries of human existence.

Considered a modern spiritual classic, the book has been translated into more than twenty languages and is widely used as a text and reference work in colleges and universities. A perennial best-seller since it was first published over sixty years ago, Autobiography of a Yogi has found its way into the hearts of millions of readers around the world.

About the Author

SRI SRI PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA ( 1893-1952) is widely regarded as one of the preeminent spiritual figures of our time. Born in northern India, he went to the United States in 1920, where he taught India's ancient science of meditation and the art of balanced spiritual living for more than thirty years. Through his acclaimed life story, Autobiography of a Yogi, and his numerous other books, Paramahansa Yogananda has introduced millions of readers to the perennial wisdom of the East. Today his spiritual and humanitarian work is carried on by Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realization Fellowship, which he founded to disseminate his teachings throughout India and worldwide.

Preface

It is difficult for one to appraise or pass critical judgment upon the literary work of a friend. His personality, alive in every line, quite fills the mind and overshadows details of technique. Indeed I shall not attempt to discuss the poetic craftsmanship displayed in Songs of the Soul, but shall speak only of the deep impression made by the message of obvious sincerity.

This collection of verses is clearly the revelation of one who has searched his own soul and found therein something akin to those forces of eternity which bring forth life and love, death and sorrow, the material universe and spiritual verities. These are poems of introspection. To be sure, incidents of physical life and action are from time to time narrated and material beauties of nature are described, but always for the purpose of bringing out their influence upon the soul and its development, or of indicating the play of forces that bring all the details of the universe into being, order their progress from birth to destruction and marshal them in an endless evolution beyond human grasp and knowable only by the Almighty Unknown.

The poet dedicates his work to God, the Almighty, the all-pervading spirit of good and love. Those who know Swami Yogananda know that to him the Spirit of good that rules the universe and that works through all nature and the soul of men, is a very real thing. It is immanent, all-pervasive, ever-present. With It and in It he lives; with 1 t he communes, as part of Ir. The poems set forth experiences of the soul in touch with the Great Reality, God Everywhere. A sense of the constant, enveloping presence of the Almighty Spirit is the first and most notable impression of the poems.

Next comes the oft-repeated message of the growth or evolution of the individual spirit and its increasing oneness with the eternally good as it grows. There is also the assurance of immortality or the never-ending forward march of the soul. Through the poems is a feeling of yearning to know God more fully, to see Him more clearly and to comprehend Him, followed by the wistful conviction that He cannot be discovered by the objective methods of science, but can only be partly detected within one's own soul, and that God is not fully knowable; He is known by the peace and quiet in a soul in harmony with Him; He is to be but partly apprehended, never fully comprehended. The poems are the expression of one who, through long meditation and inner concentration, has explored his own soul and now re-counts his spiritual experiences.

Some poems are more theological. They deal with the problem of eternity, cosmic organization and mighty forces that control the destiny of all living things. Here are introduced also accounts of the contact of the individual soul with cosmic forces. The feeling is distinctly oriental and mystical and the verses presuppose an acceptance of the principles of reincarnation.

Other poems, notably "Om," "In Stillness Dark," "Nature's Nature," "My Kinsmen," and "At the Fountain of Song," have a distinct difference from ordinary verse.

They are psychological poems, describing truth as glimpsed psycho-physiologically. A domain that poetry has little touched upon is here opened.

Then there is a collection of the short incidental poems of travel, portraying nature as the manifestation of a divine art.

The underlying nobility of spirit that pervades the whole work should appeal to all who are capable of response to things beyond those which are merely material and physical. Surely all good men of all races and creeds can join in admiration for and acceptance of a message of love and spiritual growth.

Contents

Publisher's Note xiii
Preface xix
Paramahansa Yogananda: A Yogi in Life and Death .... 187
Aims and Ideals of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India .. 188
Alphabetical List of Poems by Title  
After This 23
At "Sul Monte" 125
At the Fountain of Song 112
At the Roots of Etenrnity 154
Blood of the Rose 39
Breathe in Me 73
City Drum 55
Consecration 3
Cup of Eterrnity, The 110
Divine Love's Sorrow 101
Dying Youth's Divine Reply,The 178
Eternity 138
Evasion 157
Ever New, The 52
Flight! 150
Flower Offering 51
For Thee and Thine 35
Freedom 22
Friendship 84
Garden of the New Year, The 4
God! God! God! 172
God's Boatman 174
Grand Canyon of the Colorado, The 143
Great Lightland, The 107
Hart of Heaven, The 139
Harvest, The 144
Human Mind, The 29
I Am He 89
I Am Here 159
I Am Lonely No More 163
In Me 99
In Stillness Dark 17
In the Land of Dreams 151
Invisible Mother 66
I Was Made for Thee 48
Leave Thy Vow of Silence 145
Life's Dream 134
Listen to My Soul Song 132
Little Eternity, The 78
Luther Burbank 80
Make Us Thyself 41
Methought I Heard a Voice 158
Milk-White Sail, A 77
Mirror New, A 156
Mohawk Trail 130
My Cosmic Mother's Face 69
My India 168
My Kinsmen 87
My Mother's Eyes 102
My Native Land 167
My Prisoner 162
My Soul Is Marching On 5
Mystery 146
Nature's Nature 121
Noble New, The 19
Oceanic Presence 148
Om 118
On Corning to the New-Old Land — America 62
One Friend 67
One That's Everywhere 13
Paupack's Peak 31
Pikes Peak 114
Protecting Thorns 38
Royal Way, The 120
Samadhi 95
Scenes Within 56
Screen of Life, The 10
Shadows 12
Silence 18
SomeTreasure of My Own 164
Spell, The 155
Splinters of Thy Love, The 74
Tattered Dress, The 79
Tattered Garment 49
They Are Thine 165
Thou and I Are One 46
Thou In Me 106
Thy Call 34
Thy Cruel Silence 137
Thy Divine Gypsy 44
Thy Homecoming 108
Thy Secret Throne 136
Tis All Unknown 37
Toiler's Lay, The 128
Too Near 100
To the Aurora Borealis 91
Two Black Eyes 68
Undying Beauty 40
Vanishing Bubbles 9
Variety 59
Wake, Wake, My Sleeping Hunger, Wake! 20
What Is Love? 75
What Use ? 50
When I Am Only a Dream 176
When I Cast All Dreams Away 166
When I Take the Vow of Silence 184
When Will He Come? 6
Where I Am 15
Whispers 131
Yogoda Dream Hermitage—A Dream Dropped  
From Heaven 63

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Item Code: NAO729 Author: Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2010 Publisher: Yogoda Satsanga Society of India ISBN: 9788189955342 Language: English Size: 8.0 inch X 5.0 inch Pages: 209 (21 B/W Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 265 gms
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