During the past 12 months, Crystal Clarity Publishers has embarked on a tremendous publishing mission to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the mahasamadhi, or conscious passing, of beloved Indian yoga master Paramhansa Yogananda: To present the most complete, 360-degree collection of works available pertaining to Yogananda, his work and the larger vision of his mission for these times. Building on a few already popular books published by Crystal Clarity, the idea was to expanding the offerings into a collection that provided all-encompassing value for readers and aspirants to a more purposeful and spiritual life.
Now, the greater work has come together in an outstanding collection of 11 books – many of them new in 2012 – that provide everything from deep spiritual truths to vital information for leading a spiritual life in an increasingly busy world. Written by Autobiography of a Yogi author Paramhansa Yogananda and his direct disciple of more than 60 years, Swami Kriyananda, these books merge India’s rich spiritual heritage with modern times through a combination of practical and profound discussions.
The 11 titles in the series include:
• Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramhansa Yogananda. The reprint of the original 1947 classic, the top-selling spiritual autobiography of all-time.
• Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography, by Swami Kriyananda.
• The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, by Paramhansa Yogananda, as explained to Swami Kriyananda.
• The Essence of Self-Realization, conversations with Yogananda recalled by Swami Kriyananda.
• The New Path, the acclaimed memoir by Swami Kriyananda, in which he shares his 60-plus year walk to fulfill the larger vision and mission of his guru, Yogananda.
• The Wisdom of Yogananda Series, a six-book collection featuring writings, sayings and lessons presented directly by Yogananda. Individual titles include: How to Be Happy All the Time, Karma and Reincarnation,Spiritual Relationships, How to Be a Success, How to Have Courage, Calmness and Confidence and How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality.
“Swami Kriyananda has spent the past 50 years writing the wisdom of Yogananda from the time and discussions he had with the yoga master,” Crystal Clarity Publisher Skip Barrett says. “These 11 books cover an incredible amount of ground, and also show Yogananda’s tremendous impact on the lives of millions, and of modern society, in a way that he could not show in Autobiography of a Yogi — because, in many ways, his work was just beginning when he wrote that book.”
These works bear witness to the flourishing of Paramhansa Yogananda’s mission to uplift humanity through a blending of eastern and western virtue. Kriyananda’s effort to make his Guru’s work accessible and more widely known have produced a definitive body of literature clearly expressing Yogananda’s insight, personal presence and wishes for humanity.
Paramhansa Yogananda’s most famous work, Autobiography of a Yogi, helped launched a spiritual revolution in the west. Crystal Clarity offers the original, unedited text, still resonant with the master yogi’s personal vibration—right down to his signature. Perhaps no other book has uplifted and expanded the consciousness of so many; it remains the best selling spiritual autobiography of all time.
One of Yogananda’s lifelong undertakings, The Essence of The Bhagavad Gita, is a modern day revelation of India’s best-loved scripture. Translated with fresh perspective and a down-to-earth practicality, this spiritual classic expresses universal themes, such as how to triumph over all pain and suffering and how to attain union with the divine. This rare book possesses the power to change people’s lives and transform future generations.
An immense compliment to Yogananda’s autobiography is Swami Kriyananda’s newest book, Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography with Personal Reflections and Reminiscences. Kriyananda takes a candid look at the arch of Yogananda’s profound and eventful life. The yoga master’s true spiritual stature and greatness radiates through inspirational stories and entertaining narratives.
In what has been called the “sequel” to the Autobiography, Kriyananda’s own autobiography, The New Path, further exemplifies the vibrancy of his guru’s presence. This extraordinary narrative also tells the inspirational story of an American’s spiritual quest to discover the inner path that leads to soul-freedom and lasting happiness.
The Essence of Self-Realization, meanwhile, is a rich presentation of direct lessons and sayings from Yogananda to Kriyananda explaining life’s true purpose, and the way to achieve that purpose. This comprehensive work brings to life Yogananda’s rich spiritual wisdom and covers a vast scope of life’s obstacles and opportunities. It remains as rich, resonant and relevant as the day it was released in 1990.
Many of the books in the series, most especially Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography, will be featured June 5-7 at the Book Expo America convention in New York, the nation’s largest and most prestigious booksellers exhibition. In addition, Swami Kriyananda will make a public appearance at the Ford Theater in Los Angeles June 24 to discuss the book, as well as his nearly 64 years of direct service to Yogananda’s mission and vision.