In Yoga, we often hear about self-realization, but what is it? It does a great job of demystifying what meditation really is and how it can benefit you to achieving self-realization. The development of self-realization is much similar because one or two senses will only expose the essence of the true self. Not the concept that you are consciousness, but the very experience, the absolute feeling Kundalini in this moment that you are consciousness.

In the Diamond Approach the teaching is oriented towards the natural and spontaneous revelation of the truth of the Soul as one investigates one's experience, motivated by the pure love for truth and joy in it. The first naturally occurring stage is that of the discovery of Essence, which is the true nature of the Soul.

Among the thirty-six selections chosen for this special book, we hear Srila Prabhupada's moving poem upon his arrival in America, his exchange with a noted cardiologist on soul research," his revelations to London Broadcasting Company on reincarnation, his telling remarks to the London Times on real and false gurus, his dialogue with a German Benedictine monk on Krishna and Christ, his insights on superconsciousness and the law of karma, his conversation with a leading Russian scholar on spiritual communism, and his intimate talk with his disciples on the sham of modern science.

When our self-realization is certain, life will continue to flow with discoveries, not because we are searching for them, but because that is how life expresses its joy and fullness—by spontaneously manifesting new revelations. In the Encinitas Hermitage, Paramahansa Yogananda spent many years in divine communion, bringing forth from his direct experience of God writings that have inspired countless souls to a deeper search for Him.

The daily Retreat programs provide, in the words of Paramahansa Yogananda, a dynamo of silence where you may go for the exclusive purpose of being recharged by the Infinite." Those desiring spiritual renewal, who wish to spend time in silence in order to deepen their awareness of God, are welcome to contact the Retreat Office.

When we experience Self-Realization, we have seen through the insubstantiality and impermanence of the ego (this can be experienced through meditation), the dreamlike nature of thought, and the illusion of attachment to all phenomena, and into the vast, spacious, and eternal presence that exists everywhere.

One of the goals of the Self-Realization Fellowship teachings is to reveal the complete harmony and basic oneness of original Christianity as taught by Jesus Christ and original Yoga as taught by Bhagavan Krishna; and to show that these principles of truth are the common scientific foundation of all true religions.