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|The Life of Paramahansa Yogananda|
Autobiography of a Yogi is at once an
absorbing account of a singular search for Truth and a profound introduction
to the whole science and philosophy of yoga, revealing the underlying unity
of the great religions of East and West.
Each time a man utters a word he puts into operation one of the three qualities of Aum. This is the lawful reason behind the injunction of all scriptures that man should speak the truth.
The master touched Ramu's forehead at the point between the eyebrows . . . the seat of the "single" or spiritual eye. At death the consciousness of man is usually drawn to this holy spot, accounting for the upraised eyes found in the dead.
God is simple. Everything else is complex. Do not seek absolute values in the relative world of nature.
Hypnotism is trespass into the territory of another's consciousness . . . a negative psychological effect ensues that in time deranges the brain cells.
Grateful friends are only the Lord in disguise, looking after His own.
The body of St. Teresa, which lies in a church
at Alba in Spain, has for four centuries manifested incur-
ruptibility, accompanied by a perfume of flowers.
The human mind is a spark of the almighty consciousness of God.
The forceful, activating impulse of wrong desire is the greatest enemy to the happiness of a man. Roam in the world as a lion of self-control; don't let the frogs of sense weakness kick you around.
Wisdom is not assimilated with the eyes, but with the atoms.
The human mind, freed from the disturbances or "static" of restlessness, is empowered to perform all the functions of complicated radio mechanisms --sending as well as receiving thoughts and tuning out undesirable ones.
There are certain mechanical features in the
law of karma that can be skillfully adjusted by the fingers of wisdom .
. . by prayer, by will-power, by yoga meditation, by consultation with
saints, by use of astrological bangles --the adverse effects of past
wrongs can be minimized or nullified.
The great masters of India mold their lives by the same godly ideals that animated Jesus; these men are his proclaimed kin . . .
. . . a spiritual superman is able to minimize the physical and mental troubles of his disciples by assuming a part of their karmic burdens . . .
. . . cause and effect . . . may be scientifically manipulated by men of divine wisdom.
Through proper food, sunlight, and harmonious thoughts, men who are led only by Nature and her divine plan will achieve Self-Realization in a million years.
In telepathy the fine vibrations of thoughts in one man's mind are transmitted through the subtle vibrations of astral ether and then through the grosser earthly ether, creating electrical waves that, in turn, transform themselves into thought waves in the mind of the other person.
The Son of God is the Christ or Divine Consciousness in man. No mortal can glorify God. The only honor that a man can pay his Creator is to seek him . . .
When one feels his unity with mankind, all minds become transmitting stations through which he can work at will.
To humble the ego or false self is to discover one's eternal identity.
Among the fallen dark angels expelled from other worlds, friction and war take place with lifetronic bombs or mental mantric vibratory rays. These beings dwell in the gloom-drenched regions of the lower astral cosmos, working out their evil karma.
On earth pure-minded children are sometimes able to see the graceful astral bodies of fairies. Through drugs or intoxicative drink, whose use is forbidden by all scriptures, a man may so derange his consciousness that he perceives the hideous forms in astral hells.
The power of unfulfilled desire is the root of all man's slavery.
. . . until there is a better assimilation in all nations of the distinctive Eastern and Western virtues, world affairs cannot improve.
Man's forgetfulness of his divine resources (the result of his misuse of free will) is the root cause of all other forms of suffering.
A human being falsely identifies himself with his physical form because the life currents from the soul are breath-conveyed into the flesh with such intense power that man mistakes the effect for a cause, and idolatrously imagines the body to have life of its own.
It is indeed unlikely that God has exhausted His ingenuity in organizing this world, or that, in the next world, He will offer nothing more challenging to our interest that the strumming of harps.
. . . The physical appearance of Yogananda on March 27th, just before the bronze cover of the casket was put into position, was the same as it had been on March 7th 1952. He looked on the night of his death as fresh and as unravaged by decay as he had looked on the night of his death.
--From a notarized letter of the Los Angeles
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