Summer Reading for Soul Progress: Crystal Clarity Publishers 2012

Every year, when summer approaches and the weather heats up, we often ask our friends or ourselves: “What’s on the summer reading list?” Obviously, the answers vary greatly, but the implication with summer reading is that it will be relaxing, entertaining … and, we’d like to hope, inspiring and motivating.

I love the summer reading cycle, because everything feels more relaxed, making it easier to absorb the authors’ stories, perspectives and insights in a deep, purposeful way. It is with the quest for depth, realization and higher purpose in mind that I find Crystal Clarity Publishers’ unofficial summer reading list for 2012 to be not only an exceptional collection of spiritual material, but also a selection of very well-written books that drive straight to our deepest souls and highest intellects.

For starters, be sure to read the book that just won the 2012 International Book Award for New Spirituality, Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography by Swami Kriyananda. This exceptional biography features dozens of previously unpublished stories about Yogananda, fills in a lot of blanks from Yogananda’s final five years after the publication of Autobiography of a Yogi, and delineates how his vision and mission was carried out over the past 60 years by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Every page is steeped in wisdom. You can read this quickly or slowly, for the experience or the deeper study of Yogananda’s words; I would recommend reading it both ways.

If you want to literally find yourself reworking mankind’s history and everything you have ever been taught in traditional history, geology, anthropology or mythology, read The Yugas by Joseph Selbie and David Steinmetz. This book is chock full of evidence-based examples that co-author Steinmetz spent more than 20 years gathering. His findings clearly indicate that, rather than our civilization being the most advanced in human history — as Darwin’s linear, evolutionary timeline indicates, we are really in a cyclical framework of time co-author Selbie calls “The New Renaissance,” moving into a more energetic and spiritual time. This book reads with the smoothness of a classic summer read, but will literally rock your world with its revelations. It’s fantastic.

Be sure to spend some time in the Yogananda Wisdom Series, the collection of six books featuring Paramhansa Yogananda’s writings and sayings. These simple books, all just over 100 pages, prompt many opportunities for introspection and reflection, which of course are the adult version of summer daydreaming (although daydreaming is very positive and creative, too!). The titles speak for themselves as to their applicability in life: Spiritual Relationships, How to Be a Success, Karma and Reincarnation, How to Be Happy All the Time, How to Have Calmness, Courage and Confidence, and the newest, How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality.

There’s a reading list that will not only add enjoyment to your summer, but likely transform aspects of your life as well. Best of all, you don’t have to search very far to find these titles! Order here, or from your favorite bookseller or online source. Let us know what you think of the books after you read them!

If you get through this checklist, and are looking for further material to complete your summer of deep inspiration, we invite you to re-read a pair of Crystal Clarity Publishers classics: The New Path and The Essence of Self-Realization. If you want to take these books back to their essence, then we invite you to order up or re-read the book that started it all, Autobiography of a Yogi.

See you at the beach … or lake … or beneath a tree, immersing in the presence of God while engaged in some great summer reading.

Yogananda’s Teachings for Today: An 11-Book Extravaganza

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.