For the month of October, I would like to share with you some quotes and passages from the book Autobiography of a Yogi which shares the life of Paramahansa Yogananda ( January 5, 1893 – March 7, 1952). It was written by Paramahansa Yogananda and details his life long search of the Divine from childhood. As I type this, I’m only about slightly more than half done but felt it would be nice to share some of the passages which caught my attention (and that of my highlighter) 😉
I’m planning to go through the parts to share in order of their appearance in the book.
From Chapter 13: The Sleepless Saint
“Masters are under no cosmic compulsion to live on mountains only.” My companion glanced at me quizzically. “The Himalayas in India and Tiber have no monopoly on saints. What one does not trouble to find within will not be discovered by transporting the body hither and yon….”Are you able to have a little room where you can close the door and be alone?” “Yes.” “That is your cave. That is your sacred mountain. That is where you will find the kingdom of God.”
From Chapter 14:An Experience in Cosmic Consciousness
“I want to know sir – when shall I find God?”
“You have found Him.”
“Oh no sir, I don’t think so!”
My guru was smiling. “I am sure you aren’t expecting a venerable Personage, adorning a throne in some antiseptic corner of the cosmos!…”
“How quickly we weary of earthly pleasures! Desire for material things is endless; man is never satisfied completely, and pursues one goal after another. The “something else” he seeks in the Lord, who alone can grant lasting joy.”
From Chapter 15: The Cauliflower Robbery
“Divine contemplation must not be made an excuse for material carelessness.
All thoughts vibrate eternally in the cosmos….Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted; a truth cannot be created, but only perceived. Any erroneous thought of man is a result of an imperfection, large or small, in his discernment…
From Chapter 24: I Become a Monk of the Swami Order
“If you don’t invite God to be your summer Guest, He won’t come in the winter of your life.”
Fulfilling one’s earthly responsibilities need not separate man from God, provided he maintains mental uninvolvement with egotistical desires and plays his part in life as a willing instrument of the Divine.There are a number of great men, living today in American or European or other non-Hindu bodies, who, though they may never have heard the words yogi and swami, are yet true exemplars of those terms. Through their disinterested service to mankind, or singlehearted love of God, or through their great powers of concentration, they are in a sense, yogis; they have set themselves the goal of yoga – self-control