Swami Prabhavananda’s Raja Yoga: “How to Know God” – Br. Shankara

Sunday, July 21, 2013

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How to Know God - Swami Prabhavananda

The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali teach the practice of yoga and meditation — aspirants learn, step-by-step, how to control the mind and achieve inner peace and freedom. Though these methods have been taught for over 2,000 years, Swami Prabhavananda said they are “as alive and effective today as they have ever been.” The swami’s translation and commentary on Patanjali’s aphorisms (sutras) is titled “How to Know God.” He said, “I poured everything I am and everything I know into this book.”

Swami Prabhavananada served as Head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California from 1929 until his death on July 4, 1976. A disciple of Swami Brahmananda (“Raja Maharaj,” who was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna), Prabhavananda also served and learned from many of the Master’s other direct disciples.

Br. Shankara discusses this book and its very practical lessons on yogic techniques of spiritual realization.