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 35: The Christlike Life of Lahiri Mahasaya
“Remember that you belong to no one and that no one belongs to you. Reflect that some day you will suddenly have to leave everything in this world – so make the acquaintance of God now,”
He only is wise who devotes himself to realizing, not reading only, the ancient revelation,” he said. “Solve all your problems through meditation. Exchange unprofitable speculations for actual God-communion.
“Seek truth in meditation, not in moldy books. Look in the sky to find the moon, not in the pond.” – Persian proverb
In science our relation with Nature i like that between an arrogant man and his servant; or in a philosophical sense, Nature is like a captive in the witness box. We cross-examine her, challenge her, and minutely weigh her evidence in human scales that cannot measure her hidden values.
From Chapter 36: Babaji’s Interest in the West
“Child’, the master said, though apparently I was nearly twice his own age, ‘for the faults of the many, judge not the whole. Everything on earth is of mixed character, like a mingling of sand and sugar. Be like the wise ant that seizes only the sugar, and leaves the sand untouched.