There are works on and by Yogananda (1893-1952) by other publishers than SRF (Self-Realization Fellowship). Some of them could give a more direct and less SRF-adapted version of phrases, goals and happenings.
There are also books on and by various Yogananda followers. Kamala Silva, Norman Paulsen, Roy Eugene Davis and Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) are among Yogananda disciples who have written books.
There is also the Amrita Foundation, founded in Dallas, Texas, during the 1970s by former associates of SRF. They considered that the SRF editing distorted the texts too much and started publishing Yogananda material that was in the public domain. Amrita's The Second Coming indicates how the SRF-edited version of the work has swelled.
Publishing fights are found - fights for copyrights, and fights for versions to survive, for example. The attorney Jon Parsons takes us into such sides of what alternative communities live by and fight over: publishing books and attracting people on the mundane level. Parsons show how SRF behaved over twelve years in an extended court case against Ananda Sangha, founded by Kriyananda, former vice president of SRF, where he was asked to leave.
"Greatly spiritual" is not exactly for and against mundane skirmishes, but on another plane.
Daya Mata. "Only Love". Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1976.
The book contains talks by Daya Mata, (1914-2010), late and largely absent president of the Fellowship (above). When she became the leader of the "business", she obviously "did not like it there", but wanted to live away from nearly all the monks and nuns she was the head of, to live in a villa with a view of the mountains. She kept it up like that about thirty years while almost every SRF monastic thought that their leader was living among them at the SRF headquarters on 3880 San Rafael Avenue (CA 90065) in the Mount Washington neighbourhood - northeast of downtown Los Angeles and Chinatown. After the Los Angeles Times broke the news about where she lived, and how long she had lived like that, about one third of the SRF monastics left the SRF premises between 2000 and 2005. About fifty left and about a hundred was left.
Dasgupta, Sailendra. Paramhansa Swami Yogananda: Life-portrait and Reminiscences. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2006.
A biography on the founding guru of SRF. The biographer was another disciple of Yukteswar, and served as Yogananda's secretary when Yogananda visisted India in 1935-36 and thereby escaped a US court case. He lost the case anyway, because of the evidence.
Durga Mata (Dufour, Florina Alberta). A Paramhansa Yogananda Trilogy of Divine Love: My Life and Service to My Guru. Beverly Hills, CA: Joan Wight Publications, 1993.
Durga Mata was not of Mormon upbringing, unlike several others in the SRF management, like Daya Mata, Ananda Mata, and Mrinalini Mata, to name three such ones. Coming to Yogananda as a young woman, moving to his headquarters in Los Angeles in December 1929, Durga remained a disciple until she died in 1993.
Kriyananda, Swami. Conversations with Yogananda: Recorded, with Reflections, by his disciple Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters). Nevada City, CA: Crystal Clarity, 2004.
From the book:
⸻. Education for Life: Preparing Children to Meet the Challenges. Rev. ed. Nevada City: Living Wisdom, 2001.
Ananda's Living Wisdom Schools teach according to the Education for Life philosophy originated by Swami Kriyananda and Nitai Deranja. Students are taught about the value of developing one's higher potentials along with more common subjects to study.
⸻, comp. The Essence of Self-Realization The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda. Nevada City, CA: Crystal Clarity, 1990.
⸻. The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda. As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda. 2nd ed. Nevada City, CA: Crystal Clarity, 2007.
⸻. God Is for Everyone: Inspired by Paramahansa Yogananda. Nevada City: Crystal Clarity, 2003.
"Yogananda"'s Science of Religion [Scp] is in part elaborated on, in part abridged. [Dying before getting cold - Yogananda's way]
⸻. Hope for a Better World: The Small Communities Solution. 4th ed. Nevada City: Crystal Clarity, 2002.
In 1968, Kriyananda, a Yogananda disciple, started his first Ananda community outside Nevada City, California.
⸻. Living Wisely, Living Well: Timeless Wisdom to Enrich Every Day. Nevada City, CA: Crystal Clarity, 2010.
⸻. My Separation from SRF. Nevada City, CA: Ananda, 1992.
Swami Kriyananda tells of skirmishes in SRF, and some people who gave him lots of troubles there - other members of the SRF management, and an editor-in-chief, among others. He also tells Yogananda's guiding words were not all right heeded in SRF. The expelled vice-president apparently suffered there.
⸻. The Nayaswami Order: A Renunciate Order for the New Age. Nevada City, CA: Hansa Trust / Crystal Clarity, 2014.
"Let them marry and dress in blue." Kriyananda founded a monastic order that does not say no to ministers getting married, and let them wear blue robes instead of ochre ones. "Robes, Pierre, that is a clue." Kriyananda launched his form of swami order in late 2009.
⸻. Paramhansa Yogananda with Personal Reflections and Reminiscences: A Biography. Nevada City, CA: Crystal Clarity Publishers, 2011.
From the book:
⸻. The New Path: My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda. 3nd ed. Nevada City, CA: Crystal Clarity, 2010.
(Formerly The Path: Autobiography of a Western Yogi. Nevada City: Crystal Clarity, 1977)
⸻. The Promise of Immortality. Nevada City: Crystal Clarity, 2000.
Lessons on how to profit from life in the best ways may be best . . .
⸻. A Place called Ananda. Rev. 2nd ed. Nevada City: Hansa Trust: 2001.
In 1968, some years after being ousted from SRF, Kriyananda founded the Ananda Village in Nevada City, California, and has motivated many to a seemingly taller way of living. Ananda is considered one of the most successful "New Age" alternative communities in the world.
⸻. Rescuing Yogananda. Nevada City: Crystal Clarity Publishers, 2010.
It was needed to rescuing Yogananda's work from the hands of SRF's management, Kriyananda meant. Rescuing the guru from misinterpretation by Self-Realization Fellowship, and rescuing devotees who have become disenchanted with Yogananda as presented by SRF.
⸻, ed. The Road Ahead: World Prophecies by the Great Master, Paramahansa Yogananda. Nevada City, CA: Ananda Publications, 1973.
All of Yogananda's doom-and-gloom world prophesies have failed so far. Luckily. [See why]
⸻. Yogananda for the World. 3rd rev. ed. Nevada City, CA: Hansa Trust / Crystal Clarity, 2012.
Kriyananda tried seriously - and much in vain so far - to correct serious errors as to how SRF managed to present Yogananda's life, mission, and legacy for "so many changes have been made to his writings, teachings, and his stated mission, aims, and ideals that his legacy is threatened." Is that for good or bad? Or both?
⸻. Demystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras (Aphorisms). New Delhi: Ananda Sangha Publications, 2012.
Novak, Devi. Faith Is My Armor: The Life of Swami Kriyananda. Nevada City: Crystal Clarity, 2005.
Kriyananda travelled and lived and lectured in many places and in five languages, and wrote about 90 books. There are translations in 27 languages.
Parsons, Jon R. A Fight for Religious Freedom: A Lawyer's Personal Account of Copyrights, Karma and Dharmic Litigation. Nevada City, CA: Crystal Clarity Publishers, 2012.
Recommended, entertaining and well written about how Ananda succeeded in freeing Yogananda material from SRF. Many of SRF's existing copyrights are invalid, including the publishing rights to Yogananda's autobiography. Research by Ananda's legal team uncovered that SRF - eager for monopoly - had altered Yogananda's works drastically.
Praver, Asha. Swami Kriyananda as We Have Known Him. Nevada City, CA: Crystal Clarity, 2006.
The biography contains many anecdotal stories about Kriyananda. Besides being a good storyteller, Kriyananda was a founding member of Ananda Village. Praver first met Kriyananda in 1969. In her book she brings together nearly forty years of experiences. Some of the stories are humorous, some are profound or inspiring, some show how Swami Kriyananda behaved.
Rosser, Brenda Lewis, comp. Treasures against Time - Paramahansa Yogananda with Doctor and Mrs. Lewis. Borrego Springs, CA: Borrego Publications, 1991.
Late on Christmas Eve and into the night in 1920 Yogananda let a dentist who visited him without telling his wife, see bright light. The dentist's wife, Mildred, stayed up until late at night, waiting for him at home with a rolling pin in her hands. Self-Realization could not have been started earlier. [More]
Self-Realization Magazine 1960. The Life Story of Dr. M. W. Lewis. Los Angeles: SRF, 1960.
The Boston dentist Minott W. Lewis became the first American that Yogananda initiated in kriya yoga. He and his wife Mildred left Boston for California to reside in Encinitas in 1945, where he supervised activities of a papaya grove. In 1952 he was elected first vice president of the fellowship, and in that office he was one of the SRF managers who took it on them to "build down" Yogananda goals by removing some of them from the revised SRF Aims and Ideals from 1954.
Self-Realization Fellowship. Rajasi Janakananda (James J. Lynn): A Great Western Yogi. Los Angeles: Self-Realization Fellowship, 1959.
The booklet tells of a disciple of Yogananda who first became known for walking barefoot in his office, for becoming a self-made millionaire, and who took over the leadership of SRF for a few years after Yogananda died in 1952, and died of pneumonia a few years later. After his death in the 1950s, Daya Mata and friends took over and ousted many. (Dasgupta 2006)
Yogananda, Paramhansa. The Second Coming of Christ: From the Original unchanged writings of Paramhansa Yogananda's interpretations of the sayings of Jesus Christ. 3 Vols. Dallas, TX: Amrita Foundation, 1979 (Vol 1), 1984 (Vol 2) and 1986 (Vol 3).
This version is about a quarter of the size of the edited version by SRF. It does not contain embellishments, later additions and refurnishings by SRF editors.
A little extra
Forsthoefel, Thomas A., and Cynthia Ann Humes, eds. Gurus in America. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2005. ⍽▢⍽ Some Hindu gurus are known in America after attracting followings there. The book covers significant parts of the teachings of nine gurus, the history of each movement, and the particular ways of life (Hinduism) involved. Contributors tell of transplantations when gurus offer teachings in an alien setting than their native one, and go on and change some parts also. What will come out of it in the long run? Transplanting is followed by hybridisation, and that is a wake-up point made by Lola Williamson (below).
Singer, Margaret Thaler. Cults in Our Midst. Rev ed. San Franscisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003.
Williamson, Lola. Transcendent in America: Hindu-Inspired Meditation Movements as New Religion. London: New York University Press, 2010. ⍽▢⍽ Here is a good book! The searchlight is on how various Indian movements get changed in meeting with folks in America, with resulting hybridisation of religious teachings. The SRF movement is one of the adapted movements covered. One can add Kriyananda's Ananda Sangha to a list where hybridisation efforts are made.
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