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Man's Eternal Quest (Collected Talks & Essays 1)

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In this first volume of the collected talks and essays of Paramahansa Yogananda, readers will journey through some little-known and seldom-explained aspects of meditation, life after death, healing, and the power of the mind.
Paperback, 484 pages
Published October 1st 1982 by Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers (first published 1975)
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Donna Quesada
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This is part of an anthology of collected talks by the beloved Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda, which includes, The Divine Romance, Man's Eternal Quest and Journey to Self-Realization. They are beyond review. They are what I keep in my own nightstand and what I open during times of trouble. They are what I travel with and what I share with others when authentic spiritual guidance is sought.

These timeless teachings are practical, but wholly genuine. Dear Paramahansa Yogananda is forthright, but lovi
Danny Druid
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I read Paramahansa Yogananda's "Autobiography of a Yogi", it changed my life. It is easily at the very top of my top ten favourite books. So I was eager to read something else by this author.

Paramahansa's "Man's Eternal Quest" is the first in three volumes worth of collected talks and lectures delivered by Paramahansa to his students. We are all very fortunate to have these words transcribed!

In Man's Eternal Quest Paramahansa talks about the most profound and important things in life - lif
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book have a power to change your perception towards science and divine. Yogananda writing in this books comes with thrust that has power to steal your cognisense and soul. He divided his explanation like peeling an onion one layer at a time and trust me your feel higher spec with every layer he uncover, can make your cry tells those things that you have experienced by self since your childhood big never have talked about.

Have a technical and rational science background make me fairl
Aug 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
Before reading this book, I would read "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda. It will help you with many of the concepts. In addition to introducing many themes and concepts the autobiography is much easier to read like fiction.

"Man's Eternal Quest" is a collection of essays. Much is repetition however this really functions to stress the importance of certain concepts and ideas.

I have found this book to be more intriguing and informative as well as philosophically constructed. By ph
Christopher Pufall
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I've visited the Lake Shrine Temple in Pacific Palisades for a service, retreat, or just to walk the grounds, I've had such immense peace. The same can be said for reading this collection of Yogananda's writings, which provide a wide sampling of gentle yet profound wisdom. I recommend this book as a solid primer to his teachings, and as a manual for finding and walking the noble pathways of life. ...more
Shar Kanan
Sep 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
as a devotee since 1984, this is a book i turn to with great frequency -- especially Self Analysis: Key to the Mastery of Life. after twentysomething years, i still need to remind myself...
Barbara Kelly
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I consider this book the "University of Life". I am so happy tohave found such a simple yst profound man...
Craig Kissho
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
is this guy for real? humans can live for thousands of years, like his master? diseases are caused by wrong thoughts? just change hindu terms to their nearest christian equivalent, so : aum=amen, meditation=prayer, brahman=god the father, kutastha=christ centre. made me roll my eyes. might be interesting to people in the 1930's hearing it for the first time, but siunds too much like spiritual mumbo jumbo to me. couldnt continue reading. ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is a life changing book.Here Paramahansa Yogananda very forcefully advicates the necessity and possibility of contacting and realizing god through meditation.I strongly recommend this to any person who wants to make his life purposeful and worthwhile. I want to draw attention to this quote of this:
" Everything else can wait, but your search for God cannot wait".

His other two great books are:
- Autobiography of a Yogi and
- The Divine Romance
Deepak Imandi
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extraordinary book that highlights simple yet highly effective aspects like Meditation, Devotion & the language is quite fluid. Must read and I'm even thinking to record my highlights as voice notes to remember them often.

Edward Baldo
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just Marvellous as all His Books...I have read them all...really.......

Jay Gurus........):D
Mikrofonđija Špinatlija
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book with wisdom that got no boundries, and timeless wisdom for everyone who is in search for happines
Rafael Suleiman
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very good account of yogic principles on life.
Priya Parimi
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Paramahansa Yoganada has answered the questions I always had. A great book.
Andres Gomez
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hmm, open your spiritual eye...
Parker Rush
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for any seeker... this is existence, consciousness, and bliss 101. If, like me, you devoured Autobiography of a Yogi then here is your logical next step. What a treasure.
D.J. Desmond
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm not super religious, but there are a solid amount of good life lessons for anyone, so I'd recommend this to all. Basically, find happiness and help others find it. ...more
Jun 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great read! Full of love and wisdom.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Quite simply, Sri Paramahansa Yogananda speaks about how our quest for everything else but the Divine doesnt quench the thirst we have inside us and how once we have found the Divine, our eternal quest is fulfilled.

I love Guruji's work and words, his mission and I enjoyed reading this book. It took me longer than the typical spiritual books I read because it is intense and requires you not to miss a single word.

I am glad to know Guruji's words, wisdom and vision through this trilogy.
Amit Srivastava
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the best book I ever read on 'self realization' and 'self actualization'. This book has answer to many spiritual inquiries. Explanation of thought process, the right direction of the eternal quest are the main themes of this collection of essays.
Paramahansa Yogananda ji has explained much of our problems in simplest ways. Highly recommended for those who have a taste for spiritual quest.
Chayan Roychoudhury
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-it
This collection of essays is one of those books to keep with yourself, when you feel dejected or fed up with life, or makes you angry to God. Yogananda touches many topics in this book, from diet, to habits, to Jesus , to Christianity , to Gita , to Divine Love , and practising religion scientifically.
Sujata Sahni
Education authorities deem it impossible to teach spiritual values in schools. Many college graduates leave with a top heavy book inflated head and are unable to walk straight on the path of life because their legs of will and self-control have been totally paralysed through disuse. The book covers various subjects on being able to achieve a healthy and balanced living.
Vid Jr.
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me years ago and it was the first time I ever heard of Guru Yogananda. I read this book at a difficult time in my life and it helped me change my life. I have since read his other works..
Sharon E.
Feb 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a series of talks and writings--I love it b/c i can just read one at a time. Kind of adds to the Autobiography of a Yogi, which i wished had never ended!!
Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of depth and if you can get through all the painstaking rituals it has a lot to teach. A book that must be read and re-read
Mar 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is incredible, as to be expected from Paramahansa Yogananda.
awesome, many valuable lessons...a good book for highlighting things
Aug 01, 2009 is currently reading it
Have read it over and over and I never get enough...... this is the REAL bible.
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very well written and even though I didn't read the autobiography of a Yogi, I found his work insightful. ...more
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the great spiritual geniuses of the twentieth century. Comforting, enlightening, butt-kicking when I need it. Puts things in perspective for me when the way is unclear.
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Paramahansa Yogananda (Bengali: পরমহংস যোগানন্দ Pôromohôngsho Joganondo, Sanskrit: परमहंस योगानं‍द Paramahaṃsa Yogānaṃda), born Mukunda Lal Ghosh (Bengali: মুকুন্দ লাল ঘোষ Mukundo Lal Ghosh), was an Indian yogi and guru who introduced many westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his book, Autobiography of a Yogi .

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