Brother Devananda, a monk with the Self-Realization Fellowship founded in 1920 by Indian yogi and guru Paramahansa Yogananda, will give a public lecture titled Meditation: Awaken Your Inner Power. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. on September 25, at the King-Seabrook Chapel at Huston-Tillotson University. As part of a special weekend event on the teachings of Yogananda, the free talk will focus on the power of meditation to create more peace and happiness in our lives.
Life has its inevitable challenges, and sometimes people can feel powerless in the wake of the pain and fear that accompany them. Yogananda, author of the bestselling Autobiography of a Yogi and the subject of the award-winning documentary film AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda, brought the technique of yoga meditation to the U.S. almost a century ago to help us awaken our own inner power.
The Austin Meditation Group of Self-Realization Fellowship, the group organizing the event, observes how in today’s world, meditation has become a profound and vital tool accessible at any time to help face life’s challenges. According to Yogananda, the science of yoga offers a direct means of stilling the natural turbulence of thoughts and restlessness of the body that prevent humans from truly knowing the self, and provides methods to awaken the infinite power that resides within each individual. By practicing the step-by-step methods of yoga—taking nothing for granted on emotional grounds or through blind faith—the yogi comes to know his or her oneness with the infinite intelligence, power and joy which gives life to all.