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.
Chapter 38: Luther Burbank – A Saint Amid the Roses
Chapter 41: The Idyl in South India
Chapter 42: Last Days With My Guru
In India there are holy men who go around exactly as described above. There wear no clothes, the eat only at certain times, they have no actual place to stay…totally detached. I chose this passage, not because I think or feel that everyone of us should be like this. When reading it, I just imagined how wonderfully liberating it would be to not be as attached to the external world as most of us are. We so often use the external stuff and even people as means of escape from looking within, we have completely forgotten that the path to joy and peace and that happiness which so often eludes us, is actually within.
Those of us who are just starting with this new path, this journey of becoming more aware will definitely feel the fear of detachment. I mean, we depend on our laptops, our internet, our jobs (so much that even if it’s draining us AND we know we could afford to move, we don’t…because of the fear of the unknown)…even I get scared at times. Being born into this three dimensional world and depending only on our 5 senses and just how we’ve evolved into this race of human inhabiting this Earth…to think of just trusting God / Universe / Life and not stressing out or anything sounds crazy…but that’s the thing isn’t it. It’s not to give up everything and become a wandering “holy person” (well, unless you are inclined to do so)…it’s just to relax and realize that the outer things like stuff and positions, wealth and all does not define us and if we were to lose everything today…you know, we’d be okay…because we still have us 🙂
Chapter 44: With Mahatma Gandhi at Wardha
- Paramhansa Yogananda (yoga-mysore.com)