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Autobiography of a Yogi
The Life of Paramahansa Yogananda
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In the hundred years since the birth of Paramahansa Yogananda, he has become to be recognized as one of the preeminent spiritual figures of the twentieth century.  In colorful, warmly human chapters, the author describes his experiences and training with modern-day saints and illumined masters of India, and explains with scientific clarity the subtle but definite laws by which yogis perform miracles and attain self-mastery.

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.



Page 22

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.

Page 47

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.

Page 50

God is simple.  Everything else is complex.  Do not seek absolute values in the relative world of nature.

Page 57

Hypnotism is trespass into the territory of another's consciousness . . . a negative psychological effect ensues that in time deranges the brain cells.

Page 75

Grateful friends are only the Lord in disguise, looking after His own.

Page 76

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.

Page 133

The human mind is a spark of the almighty consciousness of God.

Page 149

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.

Page 153

Wisdom is not assimilated with the eyes, but with the atoms.

Page 177

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.

Page 189

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.
 

Page 195

The great masters of India mold their lives by the same godly ideals that animated Jesus; these men are his proclaimed kin . . .

Page 235

. . . a spiritual superman is able to minimize the physical and mental troubles of his disciples by assuming a part of their karmic burdens . . .

Page 236

. . . cause and effect . . . may be scientifically manipulated by men of divine wisdom.

Page 280

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.

Page 299
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.

Page 335

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 . . .

Page 358

When one feels his unity with mankind, all minds become transmitting stations through which he can work at will.

Page 370

To humble the ego or false self is to discover one's eternal identity.

Page 479

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.

Page 482

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.

Page 486

The power of unfulfilled desire is the root of all man's slavery.

Page 554

. . . until there is a better assimilation in all nations of the distinctive Eastern and Western virtues, world affairs cannot improve.

Page 557

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.

Page 561

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.

Page 562

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.

Page 570

. . . 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 Funeral Director


The uniqueness of Master Paramahansa Yogananda shines forth in his devotion to the wedding of eastern religious traditions with that of the West.  His life and works offer the devotee a road parallel to Christianity toward the absolute Realization of the monistic nature of spirituality.  His philosophy of religious affinities is based on an understanding of the Christ Consciousness and how all religions are connected to reveal the true roles of the saints.  No soul is to be excluded from the Father's love, and no Christian need worry about losing his salvation should he choose to include the Yogi's kriya yoga in his quest for Spiritual Truth.

Copyright © 2000 dtgosnell


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