Paramahansa Yogananda was an Indian yogi and guru who introduced millions of Indians and westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga.
In 1946, he published his autobiography, titled Autobiography of a Yogi which is on the list of the “100 best spiritual books of the 20th Century“.
Paramahansa Yogananda was born on 5 January 1893, in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India, to a devout family.
According to his younger brother, Sananda, from his earliest years, young Mukunda’s awareness and experience of the spiritual was far beyond the ordinary.
In his youth he sought out many of India’s Hindu sages and saints, hoping to find an illuminated teacher to guide him in his spiritual quest.
In 1917 in India Paramahansa Yogananda “began his life’s work with the founding of a ‘how-to-live’ school for boys, where modern educational methods were combined with yoga training and instruction in spiritual ideals.”
In 1920 he founded the Self-Realization Fellowship and in 1925 established in Los Angeles, California, USA, the international headquarters for SRF.
Paramahansa Yogananda wrote the Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You and God Talks With Arjuna — The Bhagavad Gita to reveal what he claimed was a complete harmony and basic oneness of original Christianity as taught by Jesus Christ and original Yoga as taught by Bhagavan Krishna; and to present that these principles of truth are the common scientific foundation of all true religions.
Paramahansa Yogananda Quotes:
1. “Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”
2. “You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God’s creative principle works in you.”
3. “There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.”
4. “Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.”
5. “The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s happiness, the happiness of others.”
6. “Seeds of past karma cannot germinate if they are roasted in the fires of divine wisdom.”
7. “The poet is intimate with truth, while the scientist approaches awkwardly.”
8. “Dharma (cosmic law) aims at the happiness of all creatures.”
9. “After deep prayer and meditation the devotee is in touch with his divine consciousness; there is no greater power than that inward protection.”
10. “You possess the power of thought and the power of will. Utilize to the uttermost these divine gifts!”
11. “It is I who have watched over thee, life after life, in the tenderness of many mothers! See in My gaze the two black eyes, the lost beautiful eyes, thou seekest!”
12. “The balanced rhythm of the universe is rooted in reciprocity,”
13. “The law of miracles is operable by any man who has realized that the essence of creation is light.”
14. “Your SPINE is your Body BATTERY. Keep it CHARGED.”