Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons

The Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons are unique among Paramahansa Yogananda's published works, in that they give his in-depth instruction in the practice of the highest yoga science of God-realization. That ancient science is embodied in the specific principles and meditation techniques of Kriya Yoga.

Paramahansa Yogananda in New York in 1926


My only purpose is to awaken God within you. As far as you want to go along the spiritual path, I can show you; and if you practice the techniques in the Lessons you will never feel stagnation in your progress.
Paramahansa Yogananda

During Paramahansa Yogananda's lecture tours, he often remained in one city for several weeks to conduct classes for those interested in a more in-depth study. The personal instruction he gave was later compiled, at his direction, into a special series of Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons.

Paramahansa Yogananda offers in the SRF Lessons inspiring and practical guidance for attaining balanced physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. The simple, yet highly effective techniques he taught enable one to recharge the body with life energy, to awaken the mind's unlimited power, and to experience a deepening awareness of the Divine.

In these weekly Lessons, immortal truths will be found. It is very sacred to me, but I am telling you this, that if you follow these techniques and if you meditate unfailingly every day, and once a week have a longer meditation for several hours, you shall find God. That will be your highest achievement.
Paramahansa Yogananda

After a preliminary period of study and practice, students of the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons may request initiation in the advanced Kriya Yoga.

Lost to humanity for centuries during the dark ages, Kriya Yoga was revived in modern times by a line of enlightened masters — Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Sri Yukteswar, and Paramahansa Yogananda.

"Self-realization is the knowing—in body, mind, and soul— that we are one with the omnipresence of God; that we do not have to pray that it come to us, that we are not merely near it at all times, but that God's omnipresence is our omnipresence; that we are just as much a part of Him now as we ever will be. All we have to do is improve our knowing."
Paramahansa Yogananda


Meditation Techniques taught by
Paramahansa Yogananda

The Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons present the methods of concentration, energization, and meditation taught by Paramahansa Yogananda that are an integral part of the Kriya Yoga science — including the technique of communion with Aum, the Holy Ghost.

The techniques described below are presented in the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons.

Energization Exercises

A series of exercises developed by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1916 to prepare the body for meditation. Regular practice promotes mental and physical relaxation and develops dynamic will power. The technique enables one to consciously draw energy into the body, purifying and strengthening it, and making it easier to direct the energy inward in meditation.

The Hong-Sau Technique

A simple but highly effective technique that helps to develop one's latent powers of concentration. Through practice of this technique one learns to withdraw thought and energy from outer distractions so that they may be focused on any goal to be achieved or problem to be solved. Or one may direct that concentrated attention toward a deepening perception of the Divine Consciousness within.

The Om Technique (the Aum Technique)

A powerful technique of meditation that expands one's awareness beyond the limitations of body and mind, and leads to direct personal experience of that Divine Consciousness which underlies and upholds all life.

The promise of Jesus to send the Holy Ghost after he was gone few in the Christian world have understood. Holy Ghost is the sacred, invisible vibratory power of God that actively sustains the universe: the Word, or Aum, Cosmic Vibration, the Great Comforter, the Savior from all sorrows. "Within the Holy Ghost Cosmic Vibration is the all-pervading Christ, the Son or Consciousness of God immanent in creation. The method of contacting this Cosmic Vibration, the Holy Ghost, is for the first time being spread worldwide by means of definite meditation techniques of the Kriya Yoga science...

Those who have spiritual ears to hear, let them hear that the promise of Jesus Christ to send the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, is being fulfilled...

The adept in the practice of the science of Kriya Yoga who consciously experiences the presence of the Holy Ghost Comforter and merges in the Son, or immanent Christ Consciousness, attains thereby realization of God the Father and entry into the infinite kingdom of God.
Paramahansa Yogananda

Kriya Yoga

An advanced technique of meditation taught by Self-Realization Fellowship to eligible students of Paramahansa Yogananda's teachings.

For uncounted millenniums, India has been the spiritual light-land of the earth. It is in India that the divine soul-science of yoga — union with God through direct personal communion with Him — has been preserved. That is why Jesus went to India as a youth, and why he returned to India and conferred with Babaji for the spiritual evolution of the world. Time will testify to this truth, that they have given to the world through the Kriya Yoga teachings of Self-Realization Fellowship (Yogoda Satsanga Society of India) the techniques of meditation by which each soul can reunite with God through inner realization of the universal Christ-Krishna Consciousness.
Paramahansa Yogananda


The Gurus of Self-Realization Fellowship

Lahiri Mahasaya Mahavatar Babaji Jesus Christ Bhagavan Krishna Pramahansa Yogananda Swami Sri Yukteswar




Kriya Yoga

The Aum Technique (the Om Technique)

The Hong-Sau Technique

Energization Exercises

Life of Paramahansa Yogananda


Undreamed-of Possibilities

For further information about Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons, you are welcome to download Undreamed-of Possibilities booklet — An introduction to Self-Realization Fellowship.

Inquiries regarding the Lessons available in other languages are also welcome. (Contact Self-Realization Fellowship)


Application to Study Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons

The SRF Lessons are offered on a subscription basis for a nominal fee to help cover printing and mailing costs.

There are 162 lessons and it takes approximately three and a half years to complete the course.

You can apply for SRF Lessons here.


Subjects Covered in SRF Lessons (selection)

What's the Best Religion?
How to Meditate
Explanation and Practice of Recharging Exercises (including routine)
Plain Living and God-Thinking
Control of Your Emotions is the Key to Health & Happiness
SRF Hong-Sau Technique of Concentration
Cultivate Inner Soul Joy—The True Happiness
SRF 'OM' Technique of Meditation (outline and routine practice)
Finding Your True Vocation in Life
The Law of Divine Healing
You and Your Employer
Develop Creative Ability
Choosing a Vocation
Art of Developing Memory
Guru and Disciple
How to Select Your Life Companion
Laws for Ideal Married Life
How to Develop Child and Parental Love
The Evolution of Healing Methods
Physical and Mental Methods for Rejuvenation
How to Select Your Business Associates
How to Develop Creative Intuition
How to Develop Your Talents
Daily Diet
Science and Religion
Quickening Human Evolution
How to Develop Super-Concentration
Overcoming Fear of Death
Signs of Different States of Consciousness
How to Find the Truth in the Scriptures
The Way to Immortality
Life After Death
How to Attain Christ Consciousness
The Law of Reincarnation
The Law of Karma
How to Create at Will what You Need
Metaphysical Ways of Overcoming Death
Developing the Sixth Sense - Intuition
How to Enter the Metaphysical Cosmos

Patanjali's Eight Steps of Yoga
Kriya Yoga—the Higher Initiation
Historical Basis and Purpose of Kriya Yoga
How Kriya Quickens Soul Evolution
Control of Cosmic Energy (Pranayama) by Kriya
Physical & Spiritual Benefits of Kriya Practice
Awakening of Kundalini for Self-Mastery
Methods of Practice to Elevate Kundalini Power
The Real Way to Ascension