I moved to Encinitas on November 29, 2010, but it is my great misfortune that I was not able to meet fellow Encinitas resident and Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) devotee Larry Reavis before he passed away on December 31, 2011 at the age of seventy-five. (SRF was founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi.)
However, I was still able to get to know Larry through this impressive video biography he left behind. With amazing visual effects and frequent scriptural, literary and religious references, it details his lifelong spiritual journey, from encountering Paramahansa Yogananda in 1947 through his fundamentalism and atheism phases to his ultimate quest for self-realization.
Click here to read Larry’s extensive writings about his life and spiritual journey.
Like Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, Larry’s magnum opus will entertain and edify, yet remain incomplete. He was planning to write and record more episodes when death came calling.
With the permission of Larry’s wife, Joie, who I was privileged to meet and interact with in Encinitas, I am happy to present Larry’s twenty-one-part video series here. It is sure to engage, entertain and enlighten you!
Per the wishes of Self-Realization Fellowship, Larry does not reveal any specifics of the meditation techniques he discusses. For more information on those techniques, visit the SRF website.
LARRY’S BIO: Larry Reavis, Ph.D., studied engineering before getting a doctorate (Ohio State, 1967) in Social Psychology. As a professor, he began doing home inspections when he and the Director of Southern Methodist University’s Institute of Urban Studies signed a contract with the Dallas Department of Housing and Urban Rehabilitation to survey 10,000 homes. As a master electrician, plumber, class-A building contractor, renovator, home inspector, public speaker, author and video producer, he founded his own company, Homexam, Inc. in 1986.
LARRY’S 1947 ENCOUNTER WITH PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA
(2 VIDEOS IN THIS SECTION)
LARRY REAVIS (1 OF 21)
LARRY REAVIS (2 OF 21)
THE VISIT: PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA TEACHES LARRY KRIYA YOGA
(2 VIDEOS IN THIS SECTION)
LARRY REAVIS (3 OF 21)
LARRY REAVIS (4 OF 21)
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA AND KRIYA YOGA
The eight videos in this section cover:
• An exploration of Saint Teresa of Avila’s “The Interior Castle”
• The historical accuracy of biblical text
• The definition of ‘The Dark Night of the Soul”
• An in-depth look at the Aum sound
• The secret to going within
• The relationship between breath and spirit
• the necessity of following your intuitive guidance
LARRY REAVIS (5 OF 21)
LARRY REAVIS (6 OF 21)
LARRY REAVIS (7 OF 21)
LARRY REAVIS (8 OF 21)
LARRY REAVIS (9 OF 21)
LARRY REAVIS (10 OF 21)
LARRY REAVIS (11 OF 21)
LARRY REAVIS (12 OF 21)
PHYSICS, MAYA AND KRIYA YOGA
The three videos in this section explore Larry’s encounters with and thoughts about the collective unconscious, the myth of separation, intuition vs. reason, and why renowned physicists of the twentieth century embraced Eastern spiritual principles. He also recounts a transcendent experience on a Korean hillside and his bout with appendicitis, both of which occurred during his stint in the military and which spurred him to deeply introspect and question the foundation of his beliefs.
LARRY REAVIS (13 OF 21)
LARRY REAVIS (14 OF 21)
LARRY REAVIS (15 OF 21)
THE YUGAS OF SRI YUKTESWAR AND PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA
The three videos in this section explore the mechanics and effects of civilization’s never-ending “rise and fall” cycle (a.k.a. Swami Sri Yukteswar’s cycle of the yugas) and the impact it has on humanity’s ability to live consciously and achieve contact with God.
LARRY REAVIS (16 OF 21)
LARRY REAVIS (17 OF 21)
LARRY REAVIS (18 OF 21)
DID KRIYA YOGA CURE MY NIGHTMARES?
The three videos in this section explore how Larry’s practice of Kriya Yoga at the age of eleven helped him cope with and heal from a painful and stressful childhood.
LARRY REAVIS (19 OF 21)
LARRY REAVIS (20 OF 21)
LARRY REAVIS (21 OF 21)
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