The Science of Religion: The Eternal Message of Paramahansa Yogananda’s First Talk in America

SRF monk Brother Jayananda delivers a class on the theme of Paramahansa Yogananda’s first talk in America, as part of the 2020 SRF Online World Convocation. Yogananda’s talk, “The Science of Religion,” was given 100 years ago, shortly after the Guru’s arrival in America, and though it was given at a specific time and place — its message is eternal.

This Convocation class will explore the ongoing legacy of this message — and how we can implement it in our daily lives, doing our part to usher in a new, more spiritual age. This class is part of the Day 2 (Monday) schedule for the 2020 Convocation.

The 2020 Self-Realization Fellowship World Convocation is a week of online classes, meditations, virtual pilgrimages to ashram centers where Yogananda lived, kirtans (devotional chanting), and more—offering all seekers of higher consciousness and balanced spiritual living a unique experience of peace and joy.

This year SRF is honoring the 100th anniversary of Yogananda’s arrival in the West and the beginning of his worldwide work. In celebration of this milestone, the 2020 Convocation—a truly worldwide event—is being offered to all for free.

Yogananda’s book The Science of Religion is a profoundly simple and concise exposition of the common goal of all true religions. As stated in that book: “It is a universal message, based not on dogmatic beliefs, but on direct insight into Reality, gained through the practice of ancient scientific techniques of meditation.”

To read the ebook of Yogananda’s “The Science of Religion”:

Paramahansa Yogananda viewed the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons as the very core of the teachings he was ordained to bring to the world as a special spiritual dispensation for the coming global civilization. To learn more and apply for the SRF Lessons:

To read the ebook of Yogananda’s spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” available in over 50 languages:

In this class, Brother Jayananda refers to the inspiration he drew from Sri Daya Mata, the third president of SRF/YSS. To read the ebook of Daya Mata’s “Only Love: Living the Spiritual Life in a Changing World”:

Brother Jayananda also reads a selection from this short work by SRF nun Tara Mata:


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