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The Life of Yogananda

Coming April 24, 2018

Philip’s authoritative biography of Paramahansa Yogananda – the first ever – will be published on April 24. You can improve the book’s chances of reaching a large number of readers by pre-ordering now from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Those who pre-order can download a free gift: “Life Lessons from The Life of Yogananda, a Behind the Scenes Audio Commentary.” The 20-minute audio will help you derive more personal benefit from the book itself. Learn about the book and the free gift.


American Veda Tours

The 3-week trip (September 15 – October 5) will take us to holy places, historic sites, major cities and bucolic landscapes, with spiritual practices, discourses, visits with gurus and swamis and other treats at every step. Register soon; we’ve already filled a number of slots. For inquiries and questions, send us an email.

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Spirit Matters Podcast

Listen and subscribe to Spirit Matters, the free podcast hosted by Philip Goldberg and Dennis Raimondi. With over 100 great interviews focused on the cutting edge of spirituality and religion, it features interviews with spiritual teachers, scholars, scientists and authors. New interviews posted regularly. Tune in and learn from: Michael Bernard Beckwith, Barbara De Angelis, Jai Uttal, Deepak Chopra, and many others.

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Featured Books

American Veda is the award-winning history of how India’s spiritual heritage was transmitted to the West and transformed the spiritual landscape. Roadsigns on the Spiritual Path is an indispensable book for anyone on a spiritual path, whether within a mainstream tradition or a journey of one’s own.

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Bhagavad Gita e-course

Hinduism does not have one single holy book, but rather many. The Bhagavad Gita is paramount among them, containing the core precepts of Vedanta, Yoga and other schools of thought in the pluralistic Hindu tradition. Explore some of the most illuminating verses of the Gita on-demand. Learn More

Living La Vida Yoga e-course

This practical course draws from core texts such as the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, as well as the work of leading gurus and yoga masters and the lived experience of practitioners. We will correct common misunderstandings and see how yogic precepts and methods can help everyone, regardless of path or tradition, live a deep, authentic spirituality in the modern world. The emphasis is on transformation, not dogma; on individuality, not one-size-fits-all solutions. Learn More

Dharma: Don’t Leave Home Without It

Phil Goldberg joins Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brien on the Yoga Hour on Unity Online Radio. Listen Now

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Public Appearances

I backed away from public speaking most of 2017 to focus on my new book, THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA. I’m now arranging events from April on in connection with the book’s release. Some have already been scheduled; others are in the works. I welcome invitations and suggestions. Here are the broad strokes. Details can be found here, on my calendar page. Please share the information with folks in each area.

  • April 11, Encinitas. All-day workshop on the Bhagavad Gita at Soul of Yoga. And that evening, I’ll be launching the book with a Tribute to Paramahansa Yogananda at the same site.
  • May 6 – 13, several events in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
  • May 29 – 31, three events in the Boston area.
  • June 3-6, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Western Massachusetts. I’ll be co-leading a workshop with Dana Sawyer called “Mantra Meditation and Everyday Samadhi.” By popular demand, last summer’s workshop was enlarged by one day. For information and registration.
  • June 8, Open Center in New York City.
  • June 23, Chicago.
  • July 14 – 22, Seattle and Portland.
      Stay tuned for details and new announcements. If you have suggestions about other locations, let me know. I’ll also be at the Esalen Institute on a weekend to be determined.

American Veda Documentary Project

Phil is working with award-winning filmmaker Lisa Leeman, co-producer and co-director of Awake, to create a documentary series based on American Veda. They have received three grants and hope to raise the additional funds needed to film key interviews. You can make a tax-deductible donation here.

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In the aftermath of last month’s seismic election, I’ve absorbed a barrage of emails, Facebook posts, phone calls, and in-person conversations. From conservative friends, I’ve heard both gloating and assurances that a Trump presidency won’t be the nightmare I fear. From progressives, I’ve heard shock, disbelief, alarm, despair, rage, and resolute pledges of resistance. From my spiritually-oriented friends, I’ve received wise words about maintaining inner peace, caring for body and soul in the midst of turmoil, and striving toward unity and empathy for all.

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About Philip Goldberg

Philip’s spiritual quest has, in its most significant features, mirrored the journeys of thousands of seekers in the West. As a young man, he disdained religion as he then understood it, only to be just as disillusioned by secular versions of wisdom and fulfillment. By the late 1960’s, his dogged search for higher truth led to the mystical teachings of the East and, through them, to the esoteric branches of all traditions.

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Phil was honored to give an interview to the Shift Network‘s Yoga Day Summit: From Ancient Roots to Modern Transformation.

This interview is part of the Yoga Day Summit, a free online event featuring yogis from around the world who offer wisdom and practices for the radiant transformation of all.

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