“Yama and Niyama: ‘How-to-Live’ Skills for Inner Strength and Freedom” by Swami Chidananda Giri

November 5, 2022

In this uplifting talk Swami Chidananda Giri dives deeply into the subject of yama and niyama, the spiritual rules comprising the first two steps in the Eightfold Path of Yoga of Patanjali (enumerated in the Yoga Sutras.) These same universal laws, Paramahansa Yogananda explained, are found in the scriptures of all great religions of the world; and when we decide to make use of them daily they become a powerful force on our journey to soul freedom.


As Swami Chidanandaji says in this inspirational talk, these rules are not our masters but our servants, and he or she is their master who obeys them — creating thereby a solid and enduring foundation on which to build the practice of meditation, and ultimately attain liberation. This talk was given at the 2011 SRF World Convocation. Swami Chidanandaji became president and spiritual head of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India/Self-Realization Fellowship in 2017.

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