Paramahansa Yogananda is considered one of the preeminent spiritual figures of the 20th Century.
Author of the best-selling spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, this beloved world teacher came to America in 1920 from his native India, and was the first great master of yoga to live and teach in the West for an extended period – more than 30 years. He is now widely recognized as the Father of Yoga in the West. He founded Self-Realization Fellowship (1920) and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (1917), which continue to carry on his spiritual legacy worldwide under the leadership of Sri Mrinalini Mata, one of his closest disciples.
Paramahansa Yogananda has profoundly impacted the lives of millions with his comprehensive teachings on:
the science of Kriya Yoga meditation
the underlying unity of all true religions
the art of balanced health and well-being in body, mind, and soul
“The Hindu scriptures speak of the body as a machine fraught with six delusive deficiencies: ‘It exists; it is born; it grows; it changes; it decays; and it is completely annihilated.’ Yet most human beings expect permanent happiness from this impermanent body.”
Misunderstanding produces a meaningless hot exchange of words. The bitter words that we did not really mean only create more havoc, more misunderstanding. This is how people who love one another deeply in the beginning sometimes turn their love into violent hatred.
Self-reformation, self-control, positive behaviour, control of speech, sweet words, all these are soul powers that clothe us in robes of magnetism. In the expression of soul qualities lies the only way to live peacefully at home; the power is within us to make home a paradise of hades.
No matter what trials come, remember that the greatest test of one's spiritual aspiration lies in his control of himself in his own home environment -- especially if it is a discordant one. If a person's inner peace can exhibit stability and strength at home, and if he conquers others' quarrelsome dispositions by his constant, beautiful [Countinue reading...]
How foolish jealousy is! It kills the very thing it professes to love. Jealousy is self-love. If a man loves a woman truly, he will not be able to bring himself to destroy her happiness and love for him by taking her life and thus letting her go to the beyond filled with loathing for him that may last for incarnations.