Autobiography of a Yogi (8)

Paramahansa Yogananda as depicted on the cover...
Paramahansa Yogananda as depicted on the cover of Autobiography of a Yogi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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) ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m planning to go through the parts to share in order of their appearance in the book.

As the closing post for this series, I wanted to share with you a story. This story describes the Astral planes which is beyond the physical plane we know of. In the book, Paramahansa Yogananda’s guru, Sri Yuketeswara has passed on. While sitting in a hotel room in the US, feeling very desolate about his passing, Sri Yuketeswara pays him a visit! During the conversation between the student and his beloved guru, the story of what is beyond is unfolded.

I’m sharing this because it’s beautiful. The description is as if from a fairy tale or science fiction, and you may take it as that.

I do hope you enjoy the little excerpt. There was more, but thought I’d just record a part of it.

And…that’s it for my little series of quotes, passages and some thoughts from Autobiography of a Yogi.

Hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you ๐Ÿ™‚

 

17 thoughts on “Autobiography of a Yogi (8)

  1. Was that you reading that? Nice to hear you!
    It’s interesting that a lot of that is very similar to the Christian idea of the afterlife. And I also can’t help noticing how similar some of that is to the recent scientific idea of multiple universes (the multiverse), something which was always considered crazy.

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    1. Yup, that was me reading it ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!!

      It is interesting in a sense but Yogananda and his Guru were well versed in Christianity as well. I feel that what we perceive as the Astral planes will me cloaked by the mental images our mind creates…what it truly is may be quite indescribable in plain words…

      I read some where that in a way science is catching up with ancient teachings…LOL.

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      1. You do have to wonder how much ancient knowledge has been lost to time, from all the various cultures around the world. And how much ancient knowledge we choose to ignore.

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        1. Oh…I think a lot Peter….
          I also think it’s not so much that we ignore but that it’s been hidden…in symbols and also in plain sight…sometimes it can be so simple we do ignore it because we think it’s got to be complicated…then there are those which are complicated…too complicated for our minds…

          It’s strange but as I was typing my reply to you I sometimes feel that all this “progress” has narrowed our minds so much instead of widening it. Science is here for a reason, and yes it is essential and yes it gives us evidence of things, but what is science’s strength is also it’s curse because it doesn’t allow us to see the invisible, the unknowable…you know?

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          1. I would say science does have its limits, at least in its current form. There is most likely other ways of understanding things that we are unaware of. Science is good at dissecting things, but sometimes you have to look at the complete picture in order to understand how something functions.

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    1. Thanks Linda!! LOL I’d love to be the spokesperson! *wonders if there will be perks to that* ๐Ÿ˜›

      The excerpt is from the Autobiography of a Yogi…one of the last few chapters.

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  2. Your video touched my heart and soul. With tears of joy I heard a message from within and behind my ear coming from the inside out, if that makes any sense that said to me, “You matter to me.” What does this mean I wonder? Any thoughts let me know on who was telling me “You matter to me?” It made me feel happy to hear these Words

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    1. Hi Elaine ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your comment and I’m glad that the words from the book touched your soul!
      Oh, I don’t have a definite idea but I feel it was God / Source / Lifeโ€ฆwhatever you wish to call itโ€ฆthat Divinity within you and all us that must have whispered to you ๐Ÿ™‚

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