The soul is no
other than our innermost Self, the God within. The purpose of
spiritual disciplines is to remove the obstacles that keep us
from seeing this truth. These practices, called Yoga,
include kindness, truthfulness and meditation.
This video is a
perfect introduction to the practice of Yoga, yet offers a
wealth of insights for the long-time practitioner.
As soon as all impurities have
been removed by the practice of spiritual disciplines the limbs
of yoga our spiritual vision opens to the light-giving knowledge
of the Divine. From
"How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali."
The sole purpose of spiritual
disciplines is to remove the obstacles to divine sight that keep
us from seeing God. The practices include non-injury of others,
truthfulness, control of the prana, or vital energy, and control
of the mind.
Swami Prabhavananda felt that
religion is easy and simple. God is like a fruit in the hand,
easy to approach. It is we who make it difficult.
One long time member remarked
after viewing the video, “I was amazed how after all these
years the swami’s spiritual presence shined through. This
lecture is a perfect introduction for new people to the
spiritual practice of Yoga, yet has a wealth of material for
long-time practitioners. The talks make Vedanta seem new and
fresh all over again.”
in 1971 on black and white videotape, these two lectures by
Swami Prabhavananda have been restored as part of a
comprehensive plan to preserve our historic materials. This
archival footage was transferred to digital media to halt any
further deterioration of picture quality.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Prabhavananda was the founding head of the Vedanta Society of
Southern California until his passing in 1976. His books on
Indian philosophy and religion continue to inspire readers
worldwide. We recommend as a companion to this video the book How
to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali.