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 27: Founding a Yoga School in Ranchi
The ignorant man sees only the unsurmountable wall of death, hiding, seemingly forever, his cherished friends. But the man of unattachment, he who loves others as expressions of the Lord, understands that at death the dear ones have only returned for a breathing space of joy in Him
You know, however much I understand this there are times when confronting statement of truth such as this, I can’t help but imagine what or how I would feel if someone really near and dear to me were to pass on, and I feel the sadness which envelopes me, that feeling of wanting to have had protected them from death, of missing them, of feeling lost and of regret…regret that maybe they would have enjoyed a better life. Our human emotions are and will be there, however I much we realize or understand such truths. The thing of it is to know that it IS okay to feel the sadness, that it will pass and to always remember the truth, because it WILL act as a balm of comfort 🙂
One of Lahiri Mahasaya‘s favourite remarks, with which he would encourage his students to persevere in meditation. It is literally: “Making, making, some day made” One may freely translate the thought as: “Striving, striving, one day behold! the Divine Goal.”
I’ve come across this in some blog posts, a way of positive affirmation and motivation. It really can be used for anything that we are striving for.
From Chapter 29: Rabindranath Tagore and I compare Schools
True education is not pumped and crammed in from outward sources, but aids in bringing to the surface the infinite hoard of wisdom within.”
Taken from the footnote:
“The soul having been often born, or, as the Hindus say, “traveling the path of existence through thousands of births’…there is nothing of which she has not gained the knowledge; no wonder that she is able to recollect…what formerly she knew…For inquiry and leaning is reminiscence all.” – Emerson, “Representative Men.”
From Chapter 34: Materializing a Palace in the Himalayas
The karmic law requires that every human wish find ultimate fulfillment. Non-spiritual desires are this the chain that binds man to the reincarnational wheel.
I personally loved this statement. It all at once gave an added dimension to my understanding of the Universal law of Karma.
It is easy to believe when one sees; no soul searchings are then necessary. Supersensual truth is deservedly discovered by those who overcome their natural materialistic skepticism.
This is where some questions cropped up…and not very nice ones, I might add. What is faith? Well, to me it is to believe even with no proof. It comes from this sense of knowing, deep within us. Do I have that? Do I believe without needing to have proof? ….You know, however uncomfortable it makes me feel, at this point in time I think I may be questioning myself on trust and faith. If I don’t trust doesn’t it then translate to not having faith? And what is it I don’t trust – only myself or even God? The infuriating part of this is that I *have* encountered many times what can be called Divine intervention. I know it. But there is still this part of me which constantly needs this reassurance, asking for proof. Not scientific proof…but proof on MY terms.
As I type this, I know I’m just going to let it be. I’m going to allow for these questions to come, I’m going to allow myself to feel uncomfortable, I’m going to just wrinkle my forehead at times…and I’m going to continue this journey…one step at a time…because isn’t there some wisdom out there which states that it is in the questioning that we find our inner guidance?