4a.m. Today is 7thof Mar. It is the mahasamadhi day of Sri Paramhansa Yogananda. I reverentially dedicate this post in his remembrance at his Lotus Feet.

As 7th March was approaching, I was remembering Sri Paramhansa Yogananda’s life or Guruji, as he was lovingly addressed, and was wondering how did he manage to accomplish so much in such a little time. That too in such a chaotic and unpredictable world? He was born for and worked towards the world wide mission of reviving the long lost, ancient science of Kriya Yoga of God-union. He united the Eastern philosophy with the western culture and ideology by showing similarities and propagated the conviction of oneness of both religions. He stressed the unity and brotherhood of mankind which is the only way to open the door of permanent peace in the world.

It was no mean a task for him as an Indian in the 30’s to land up all alone on the soil of America, a foreign country with no resources in hand. He knew nobody in America and had no trace or any idea as to how he could approach anyone and begin his spiritual work where no-one understood his language or when in those days  one was not even exposed to the western world and its converse culture? Yet, by the time he took mahasamadhi in 1952, he was a well known spiritual figure and one of the  pioneers of spiritual sciences on the world stage. He had initiated 1 lakh devotees into Kriya Yoga Deeksha in U.S. alone apart from so many others in India including Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan and others. He established the SRF and YSS  centres in Washington and California as well as in Ranchi and Dakshineshwar, India. He toured and visited many cities and towns in USA, Mexico, U.K, and also India lecturing on spiritual subjects and topics giving answers to questions, healing their bodies, souls and minds.

He conceived and designed many essential and informative spiritual lessons and life skills in the form of home lessons (Yogoda Satsanga Lessons in Self-realization. They are still in circulation and can be obtained from the YSS centres for aspiring devotees and practitioners of Yoga and Self-realization. He undertook the formidable task of translating and interpreting the Geeta and the Bible from the standpoint of Kriya Yoga. And so much more spiritual contribution was made by him that it is not possible for us to assess his gigantic reserve and enrichment to the existing pool. Now this is not an easy task if you really ask me. Recalling and recounting all this, I thought to myself…

In what way and manner do the great ones lead their lives?

How do they add so much value to a normal human life?

How do they accomplish so much in an average span of human life?

Are their minds very extra ordinary and special? If so, then how?

Can I too, enhance and escalate my present life by choosing and picking and then acting upon some special kind of actions or karmas which will attach added value, purpose and depth to my life also? I am wondering, really wondering??

I also thought of Lord Krishna. How could He compose and create the perennially new, ocean of wisdom ‘Bhagwad Geeta’ then?

I was extremely fascinated  by great figures like Krishna, Arjuna and some other Mahabharat characters. More so when I used to watch the serial Mahabharat on TV. When I watched this engrossing epic, I really became ponderous and was very curious to know-

How could Krishna remain so unperturbed and composed in spite of the ongoing mass killing and ghastly scenes at the battlefield of Kurukshetra? How could he inspire the despondent Arjuna to resume the fight of dharma or righteousness? How was it possible at all for Arjuna to realize God and have a glimpse of the Divine nature of Krishna in such a disrupting and blood shedding times?

How did Krishna still retain peace, which he transferred to Arjuna and resolved his mental turmoil erupting in his mind?

Why did stalwarts and good souls like Bhishma pitamaha, Karna, Dronacharya not leave Duryodhana? He was depending mainly on these three great fighters who were also great people and were noble at heart.

Why could they not forsake the sinful men, the Kauravas? Had they done so, there would have been no war at all.

How can anyone have peace of mind when he is all the time surrounded by egoism, antagonism, unrest, disagreement, discord, jealousy and rivalry?

In short, I mean I need to know,  is it possible for us to maintain peace and still surge ahead with our aspirations and intentions with existing conflict and antagonistic elements around us?

To be continued…….

(Read ‘Autobiography of a Yogi and ‘Whispers from Eternity’ among his best known work & Paramahansa Yogananda-In memoriam. Personal Accounts of the Master’s Final Days)


9 replies
  1. Biju Mathews
    Biju Mathews says:

    Great Post. I joined up from the “churningthewordmill” blog…

    I liked when you ask here, “How can anyone have peace of mind when he is all the time surrounded by antagonism, disagreement, discord, jealousy and rivalry?” You forgot to mention egoism too…

    I’ll go through all the other posts soon…

    Keep Blogging! You have the gift…!!!

    • spiritinlife
      spiritinlife says:

      I have added the word ‘egoism’ too as this is the primary cause of all our suffering. Thanks for reading my blog.

  2. manju
    manju says:

    Arrived here from Mandira’s blog.

    How to retain peace when there is so much turmoil around- a thought provoking question.

    I look forward to your next post and also to reading earlier ones.

  3. Crafty Shines
    Crafty Shines says:

    First time on your blog, i’m here from Mandira’s blog…

    what a topic n what intense thoughts! am i glad i’m here, i could just sit with u and discuss this at length!!!

    i have read Autobiography of a Yogi half-way, and am overwhelmed! the metaphysical potential that humans possess is unbelievable. I also read “The Celestine Prophecy” which brings out the essence of attaining the state of complete peace with the universe as well as within us, but for that one has to detach from all human emotions. i was of the belief that bad emotions are to be avoided, but the book states that even an emotion like happiness makes us addicted to the material world. once detached, the soul understands just one emotion – love, for the creator of the universe.

    Thru Autobiography of a Yogi, i realised that while the mind shud be the ruler of the body, we are functioning the other way. i guess to achieve peace in spite of all that surronds us, we’ll need to develop a sound and calm mind that can have complete control over the body and emotions….looks like a far off possibility in my case!!! 😀

  4. spiritinlife
    spiritinlife says:

    @ Manju. Thanks for reading my blog.Looking forward to exchanging views with you on related topics.
    @crafty shines. AOY is a spiritual classic and is destined to affect and change lives of millions. It is a great reference book for aspirants. Read the in between lines of great wisdom in it. It is meant to make a difference so complete it at your pace.
    Some souls, thru the process of evolution are in a state of perfection and display extra ordinary prowess and are an example for us to believe that we too can and must unfold our hidden potentials.
    After self -realization and awakening, love for God and humanity still remains. Love is the essence of life. God loves those who love His children. It is the most superior human emotion, retain it. Give love to all. Creation was born out of love.
    Mind has to be trained and then channelized in the right direction as it is nothing but energy. It should be calmed and stilled and attuned with God to have permanent peace.
    I have learnt a lot from you and am looking forward for great exchanges in future. Be steady and firm in your resolution and efforts to find and reach God. May God bless us both.

  5. Last Episode Mahabharat
    Last Episode Mahabharat says:

    When I initially commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each
    time a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same comment.
    Is there a way you are able to remove me from that service?
    Thank you!

    • spiritinlife
      spiritinlife says:

      @last episode Mahabharat
      Well, I do not know how I can help you in solving your current problem of which you have mentioned, but I can do one thing, I can leave it to many readers to help you in this matter if they can, hence I approved your comment. Hope someone gives you a solution as there are many people using WordPress.

  6. spiritinlife
    spiritinlife says:

    Dear Mandira, hope you are writing and making notes in your diary these days. Spare a few moments at night and jot down important lines in your diary. The mind will register permanently all that is good for you and which you must remember always. Love to you. Ma


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