The Wisdom Teachings of Yoga Master Paramahansa Yogananda
Yoga is the ancient science of redirecting one’s energies – physical, mental and emotional – toward spiritual awakening.
However, as yoga has become so popular and widespread in recent times, it presents humanity with a double-edged sword. Many more can access it (both online and offline), but its core message has become rather diluted!
Those who are in danger of making yoga purely a physical practice will deny themselves the deepest benefits it brings: deep happiness and lasting peace.
There must be an awakening of the spirit within, so that this inner light can inform and direct the consciousness in day to day life.
Grandmaster Paramahansa Yogananda first came to the USA from his homeland (India) in 1920, bringing Westerners the teachings and techniques of yoga, the ancient science of awakening. His message and timeless wisdom teachings are still as relevant as ever before, perhaps more so!
At this great time of awakening, many are being pulled hither and thither by the immense changes happening at practically every level of human consciousness.
Yogananda was the very first master of yoga to make his home in the West, and his book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi‘ quickly became a worldwide bestseller, fueling an awakening fascination with Eastern teachings.
Through his personal teachings, both in person and via the written word, he sought to quench a deep spiritual hunger present in the minds and hearts of those who were stuck in an overly materialistic paradigm.
He applied his inner knowing of spiritual principles to all areas of life – yoga wasn’t seen as something separate. It was his life and he showed others how to approach life from a powerful centre of inner peace and happiness. We all need this today to help us stay present and grounded whilst we navigate what seems to be turbulent times ahead.
During the 32 years he lived in America, Yogananda became a prolific writer, lecturer and composer.
In his books, such as ‘Living Fearlessly‘, ‘How To Be Happy All The Time‘, and ‘The Yoga of Jesus‘, the Master’s spirit imbues the written word, so if one can keep an open mind and heart, the energy of his words will penetrate more deeply and help create an awakening of the spirit.
Here are some powerful quotes by the late, great master for you to reflect on. Make a note, pin them to your wall, share them with your friends.
If understood with correct awareness, they will raise your inner vibration and bring about profound changes in your life.
‘To seek happiness outside ourselves is like trying to lasso a cloud. Happiness is not a thing: It is a state of mind. It must be lived. Neither worldly power nor moneymaking schemes can ever capture happiness.’
‘Mental restlessness results from an outward focus of awareness. Restlessness itself guarantees that happiness will remain elusive.’
‘True happiness is never to be found outside the Self.’
‘Pure love, sacred joy, poetic imagination, kindness, wisdom, peace, and happiness are felt inside first in the mind or the heart, and are then transmitted through the nervous system to the physical body.’
‘Mind-power shows man the way to inner happiness, which gives him immunity to outer inconveniences.’
‘Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake.’