Commentaries on Paramahansa Yogananda’s Songs of the Soul

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Commentaries on Paramahansa Yogananda’s Songs of the Soul

This collection of personal commentaries is a companion to the book of spiritual poems, Songs of the Soul, written by Paramahansa Yogananda, the “Father of Yoga in the West.”  While these commentaries offer elucidation of each poem, they cannot offer the beauty and majesty experienced by reading the poems themselves.  

I have included only an excerpt from each poem preceding each commentary.  I, therefore, humbly suggest that you acquire a copy of the great guru’s poems to experience them for yourself, along with my commentaries.  

Paramahansa Yogananda’s Songs of the Soul is available at the Self-Realization Fellowship bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online outlets, as well as in bookstores everywhere.

These commentaries are my personal responses to the poems in Paramahansa Yogananda’s Songs of the Soul.  If they assist any reader in understanding the poetic language on a deeper level, then that is a bonus, for my only purpose is to offer my own personal, humble reading.

Brief Publishing History of Songs of the Soul 

The first version of Paramahansa Yogananda’s Songs of the Soul appeared in 1923. He continued to revise the poems during the 1920s and 1930s, and the definitive revision that was authorized by the great guru was published in 1983, featuring many restored lines that had been excised from the first publication of the text. 

 The 1923 version of the collection of poems appears online at Internet ArchiveFor my commentaries, I rely on the printed text of the 1983 version; the current printing year for that version is 2014.  The 1983 printing offers the final approved versions of these poems.

Special Purpose of the Poems in Songs of the Soul

The poems in Songs of the Soul come to the world not as mere literary pieces that elucidate and share common human experiences as most ordinary successful poems do, but these mystical poems also serve as inspirational guidance to enhance the study of the yoga techniques disseminated by the great guru, Paramahansa Yogananda.  

He came to the West, specifically to Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States of America, to share his deep knowledge of yoga through techniques that lead the mind to conscious awareness of God, a phenomenon that he called “self-realization.” 

The great guru published a series of lessons that contain the essence of his teaching as well as practical techniques of Kriya Yoga. His organization, Self-Realization Fellowship, has continued to publish collections of his talks in both print and audio format that he gave nationwide during the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.  

In addition to Songs of the Soul, the great guru/poet offers mystical poetic expressions in two other publications, Whispers from Eternity and Metaphysical Meditations, both of which serve in the same capacity that Songs of the Soul does, to assist the spiritual aspirant on the journey along the spiritual path.

For more information about the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda:

Official website: Self-Realization Fellowship
Kriya Yoga Path of Meditation 
The Lessons

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The Commentaries

This section features links to the pages for the commentaries, one for each of the 101 poems in Songs of the Soul.  Each commentary is preceded by a brief introduction and excerpt from the poem.  This list will be updated periodically, as I add a commentary for each of the 101 poems:

1.     Consecration
2.    The Garden of the New Year
3.    My Soul Is Marching On
4.    When Will He Come?
5.    Vanishing Bubbles
6.    The Screen of Life
7.    Shadows
8.    One That’s Everywhere
9.    Where I Am 
10.   In Stillness Dark 
11.   Silence
12.  The Noble New
13.  Wake, Wake, My Sleeping Hunger, Wake!
14.  Freedom
15.  After This
16.  Fountain of Smiles
17.  The Human Mind
18. Paupack’s Peak
19. Thy Call
20. For Thee and Thine
21. ’Tis All Unknown
21. ’Tis All Unknown
22. Protecting Thorns
23. Blood of the Rose

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A published collection of these commentaries is available at 
Commentaries on Paramahansa Yogananda’s Songs of the Soul.

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