Autobiography of a Yogi

By  Paramahansa Yogananda

ISBN 0-87612-079-6


5 star must reading.   [The following is what I highlighted during my read of this excellent book -- I recommend it on my Top-ten List of Peace resources.  My purpose in providing them is to interest you, the reader, and hope that you will obtain and read the complete work.  To properly understand the highlights, you need to read the book to put them in the proper context.]






·         It will aid in establishing the brotherhood of man:  a unity based on humanity’s direct perception of the One Father.

·         “Paramahansa,” from parama, “highest or supreme” and hansa “swan” –signifying one who has attained highest realization of his true divine Self, and of the unity of that Self, and  of the unity of that Self with Spirit.

·         ..Spiritual yoga, the science of Self-realization that is the real meaning of yoga.”

·         India ’s Sanatana Dharma, the eternal laws of truth, has been stored in the golden chalice of Autobiography of a Yogi.”

·         …materialistic philosophy of Marx and Lenin..

·         “God is Love; His plan for creation can be rooted only in love. 

·         Does not that simple thought, rather than erudite reasoning, offer solace to the human heart? 

·         Every saint who has penetrated to the core of Reality has testified that a divine universal plan exists and that it is beautiful and full of joy.”

·         Many of the religious and philosophical concepts and methods he introduced decades ago are now finding expression in education, psychology, business, medicine, and others spheres of endeavor…

·          …– contributing in far reaching ways to a more integrated, humane and spiritual vision of human life.


The Eternal Law of Righteousness


·         ….250 years before Christ, Asoka had the courage to express his horror and remorse at the results of  a successful campaign, and deliberately to renounce war as a means of policy.”

·         In the course of  a long reign he achieved what seems to us to be a mere aspiration of the visionary: enjoying  the greatest possible material power, he organized peace.

·         -universal order, and order embracing mankind.”

·         “Dharma (cosmic law) aims at the happiness of all creatures.”

·         ..Happiness is rooted in morality and godliness.


Chapter 1

My parents and Early Life


·         …guru*

·         ..yogi+

·         Spiritual teacher…guru as ‘dispeller of darkness”

·         Practitioner of yoga, “union,” ancient science of meditation on God.

·         …if prophets down the millenniums spoke with truth, man is essentially a soul, incorporeal and omnipresent.

·         An aversion to instant acceptance is really only honoring the principle of  “due reflection.

·         …the Bhagavad Gita.*

·         “Those who will meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day.

·         There is not a single spiritual tangle which the Gita cannot unravel.”

·         “Why be elated by material profit?”

·         “The one who pursues a goal of even mindedness is neither jubilant with gain nor depressed by loss.

·         He knows that man arrives penniless in this world, and departs without a single rupee.”

·         Lahiri Mahasaya!

·         ..* The phenomenal powers possessed by great masters are explained in Chapter 30, “The Law of Miracles.”

·         ..Kriya Yoga..

·         *A yogic technique, taught by Lahiri Mahasaya, whereby the sensory tumult is stilled, permitting man to achieve an ever-increasing identity with cosmic consciousness. (See chapter 26.)

·         I am ever within range of your kutastha  (spiritual sight)?

·         I am spirit…

·         “I want to be one with Thee!

·         The Hindu scriptures contain a thousand names for God, each one carrying a different shade of philosophical meaning.

·         The Lord as Ishwara is He by whose will all universes, in orderly cycles, are created and dissolved.

·         …the power in man’s sheer word.

·         …the explosive vibratory power in speech could be wisely directed to free one’s life from difficulties and…

·         ..Unequivocal conviction.

·         *The infinite potencies of sound derive from the Creative Word,  Aum, and the cosmic vibratory power behind all atomic energies.

·         Any word spoken with clear realization and deep concentration has a materializing value.

·         Loud or silent repetition of inspiring words has been found effective in Coueism and similar systems of psychotherapy; the secret lies in the stepping –up of the mind’s vibratory rate.

·         +Kali is a symbol of God in the aspect of eternal Mother Nature.



Chapter 2

My Mother’s Death and the Mystic Amulet


·         Years passed before any reconciliation entered my heart.

·         The Aum vibration that reverberates throughout the universe (the “Word” or  “voice of many waters” of the Bible) has three manifestations or gunas, those of creation, preservation, and destruction.

·         Each time a man utters a word he puts into operation one of the three qualities of Aum.

·         This is the lawful reason behind the injunction of all scriptures that man should speak the truth.

·         …the world’s most ancient tongue,  Sanskrit, is also the most perfect.



Chapter 3

The Saint  with Two Bodies


·         The subtle unity of the phenomenal world is not hidden from true yogis.

·         I instantly see and converse with my disciples in distant Calcutta .

·         They can similarly transcend at will every obstacle of gross matter.

·         …a little veil always remained between me and the Infinite.

·         …when certain spots of the body are agitated, the subjects can see objects at any distance, regardless of whether they have ever before seen those objects.”

·         In deep meditation, the first experience of Spirit is on the altar of the spine, and then in the brain.

·         The torrential bliss is overwhelming,  but the yogi learns to control its outward manifestations.

·         The power of appearing in more than one body is a siddhi (yogic power)..



Chapter 4

My Interrupted Flight toward the Himalayas


·         …karma

·         “Even he with the worst of karma who ceaselessly meditates on Me quickly loses the effects of his past bad actions.

·         Becoming a high-souled being, he soon attains perennial peace.

·         Know this for certain: the devotee who puts his trust in Me never perishes!

·         * Effects of  past actions, in this or a former life.

·         Da is a respectful suffix.

·         His eyes sparkled and danced with the joy of the Divine.

·         They were ever half closed, peering through the inner telescopic orb into a sphere of eternal bliss. 

·         He seldom spoke at length.

·         “An indescribable peace blossomed within me at the master’s glance.  I was permeated with his fragrance, as though from a lotus of infinity.

·         To be with him, even without exchanging a word for days, was experience which changed my entire being.

·         The master was a living temple of God .

·         *Over 100 canonical books of the ancient four Vedas are extant.

·         “It is sublime as heat and night and a breathless ocean.

·         It contains every religious sentiment, all the grand ethics which visit in turn each noble poetic mind…

·         It is of no use to put away the book.

·         This is her creed. Peace, she said to me, and purity and absolute abandonment – these panaceas expiate all sin and bring you to the beatitude of the Eight Gods.”



Chapter 5

A “Perfume Saint” Displays His Wonders


·         “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

·         “God is simple. Everything else is complex.

·         Do not seek absolute values in the relative world of nature.”

·         Inner research soon exposes a unity of all human minds least, the brotherhood of man stands revealed.

·         An aghast humility follows this leveling discovery.

·         It ripens into compassion for one’s fellows, blind to the healing potencies of the soul awaiting exploration.”

·         “The one who practices a scalpel self-dissection will know an expansion of universal pity.  Release is given him from the deafening demands of his ego.

·         The love of God flowers on such soil.

·         The creature finally turns to his Creator, if for no other reason than to ask in anguish:  Why Lord, why? By ignoble whips of pain, man is driven at last into the Infinite Presence…

·         Not outmoded, not unsophisticated against the guiles of materialism, the disciplinary precepts mold India still.

·         Time has validated Vedic worth.

·         …prana, “lifetrons,” subtle life forces or finer than-atomic energies intelligently charged with the five distinctive sensory idea-substances.

·         …a hypnotic state is harmful to those often subjected to it; a negative psychological effect ensues that in time deranges the brain cells.

·         Hypnotism is trespass into the territory of another’s consciousness.

·         Awake in God, true saints’ effect changes in this dream-world by means of a will harmoniously attuned to the Creative Cosmic Dreamer.

·         Studies in consciousness by Western psychologists are largely confined to investigations of the subconscious mind and of mental diseases that are treated through psychiatry and psychoanalysis.

·         There is little research into the origin and fundamental formation of normal mental states and their emotional and volitional expressions – a truly basic subject not neglected in Indian philosophy.

·         Precise classifications are made, in the Sankhya and Yoga systems, of the various links in normal mental modifications and of the characteristic functions of Buddha (discriminative intellect), ahamkara (egoistic principle), and manas (mind or sense-consciousness).

·         The ideal is that hand and heart work harmoniously together.

·         The fourfold Vedic plan for man’s life, however, is a well-balanced one for the masses, allotting half the span to study and householder duties; the second half to contemplation and meditation practices.

·         Solitude is necessary to become established in the Self, but masters then return to the world to serve it.

·         Even saints who engage in no outward work bestow, through their thoughts and holy vibrations, more precious benefits on the world than can be given by the most strenuous humanitarian activities of unenlightened men. 

·         The great ones, ….strive self-lessly to inspire and uplift their fellows.

·         Ahimsa, “no injury”

·         …is a positive injunction by reason of its conception that one who is not helping others in some way is injuring them.

·         …activity is inherent in man’s very nature.

·         Sloth is simply “wrong activity.”



Chapter 6

The Tiger Swami


·         India ’s unwritten law for the truth seeker is patience.



Chapter 7

The Levitating Saint


·         Methods of controlling life force (prana) through regulation of breath.  The Bhastrika (Bellows) Pranayama makes the mind steady.

·         The existence of a super conscious mind has long been recognized philosophically…

·         “A yogi’s body loses its grossness after uses of certain pranayamas. 

·         Then it will levitate or hop about like a leaping frog.

·         ….being in reality the Over-Soul spoken of by Emerson; but only recently has it been recognized scientifically.

·         …anubhava?

·         …love God more than meditation.  “Do not mistake the technique for the Goal.”

·         “What rishis perceived as essential for human salvation need not be diluted for the West.

·         Alike in soul though diverse in outer experience, neither West nor East will flourish if some form of disciplinary yoga be not practiced.

·         I know the joy of sharing the treasure.

·         The shortsighted worldly folk are verily the real renunciants!

·         They relinquish an unparalleled divine possession for a poor handful of earthly toys!



Chapter 8

India ’s Great Scientist J.C. Bose


·         The telltale charts of my Cresco graph  are evidence for the most skeptical that plants have a sensitive nervous system and a varied emotional life.

·         Love, hate, joy, fear, pleasure, pain, excitability, stupor, and countless other appropriate responses to stimuli are as universal in plants as in animals.

·         …woman as the immortal light-bearer.

·         The lotus flower is an ancient divine symbol in India ; its unfolding petals suggest the expansion of the soul; the growth of its pure beauty from the mud of its origin holds a benign spiritual promise.

·         Indians have always arisen who, discarding the immediate and absorbing prize of the hour, have sought for the realization of the highest  ideals in life – not through passive renunciation but through active struggle.

·         ..every college which aims to prepare its graduates for intelligent work in the world which is to be theirs to live in, must have on its staff a scholar competent in the civilization of India .”

·         No patents will ever be taken. 

·         The spirit of our national culture demands that we should forever be free from the desecration of utilizing knowledge only for personal gain.

·         ..Kanada, “the atomeater,” born about 2800 years ago.

·         ..the habit of concentration. 

·         This restraint confers the power to hold the mind to the pursuit of truth with an infinite patience.

·         The scientist seldom knows contemporaneous reward; it is enough to possess the joy of creative service.

·         “Everything in man has been foreshadowed in the plant. 

·         Experimentation on vegetation will contribute to the lessening of animal and human suffering.”

·         The verb root of Brahma is brih, “to expand” conveying  the Vedic concept of the divine power of spontaneous growth, of bursting forth into creative activity.

·         Spirit, may be said to be the whole import of the Vedas.

·         In the immense literature of India , the Vedas (root vid, to know) are the only texts to which no author is ascribed.

·         The Rig Veda (X:90,9) assigns a divine origin to the hymns and tell us (III:39,2) they have come down from “ancient times” reclothed in new language.

·         Divinely  revealed from age to age to the rishis, “seers” the Vedas are said to possess nityatva “timeless finality.”



Chapter 9

The Blissful Devotee and His Cosmic Romance


·         He spread his wisdom by spiritual contagion rather than by impermeable precept.

·         Without a breath of censure or criticism, he surveyed the world with eyes long familiar with the Primal Purity.

·         His body, mind, speech, and actions were effortlessly harmonized with his soul’s simplicity.

·         ..meditate whenever I saw an expanse of water. 

·         Here its placidity reminds us of the vast calmness of God.

·         Saints of all religions have attained God-realization through the simple concept of the Cosmic Beloved.

·         Because the Absolute is nirguna, “without qualities” and acintya, “inconceivable,” human thought and yearning have ever personalized It as the Universal Mother.

·         A combination of personal theism and the philosophy of the Absolute is an ancient achievement of Hindu thought, expounded in the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita.

·         This “reconciliation of opposites” satisfies heart and head; bhakti (devotion) and jnana (wisdom) are essentially one.

·         Prapatti “taking refuge” in God, and sharanagati “flinging oneself on the Divine Compassion,”  are really paths of the highest knowledge.

·         The humility…all. saints spring from a recognition of their total dependence (seshatva) on the Lord as the sole Life and Judge.

·         Because the very nature of God is Bliss, the man in attunement with Him experiences a native boundless joy.

·         “The first of the passions of the soul and the will is joy.”

·         In God’s eyes nothing is large or small.



Chapter 10

I Meet My Master; Sri Yukteswar


·         After a two-hour flood of tears I felt singularly transformed, as by some alchemical cleanser.

·         …family attachment is delusive if it prevents the devotee from seeking the Giver of all boons, including the one of loving relatives, not to mention life itself.

·         Never believe that you live by the power of food and not by the power of God!

·         He…will inevitably see that His devotee is maintained.

·         ..shastras…”sacred books” comprising four classes of scripture:  shruti, smriti, purana, and tantra.

·         These comprehensive treatises cover every aspect of religious and social life, and the fields of law, medicine, architecture, art, etc.

·         The shrutis are the “directly heard” or “revealed” scriptures, the Vedas. 

·         The shrutis are the “remembered” lore was finally written down in a remote past as the world’s longest epic poems, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.

·         Puranas, eighteen in number, are literally “ancient” allegories; tantras literally means “rites” or “rituals”: these treatises convey profound truths under a veil of detailed symbolism.

·         Cut through the chains of agency and perceive the Single Cause!

·         I come for wisdom and God-realization.

·         “I give you my unconditional love.”

·         “Ordinary love is selfish, darkly rooted in desires and satisfactions.  Divine love is without condition, without boundary, without change.

·         The flux of the human heart is gone forever at the transfixing touch of pure love.”

·         The venerated teacher, on…creates equality with himself in the disciple who takes refuge at his feet.

·         The guru is therefore peerless, nay, transcendental”

·         The dual scales of maya, that balances every joy with a grief!



Chapter 11

Two Penniless Boys in Brindaban


·         “Kriya”

·         …embodies the art of quickening man’s spiritual evolution.



Chapter 12

Years in My Master’s Hermitage


·         Look fear in the face and it will cease to trouble you.

·         Attachment is blinding; it lends an imaginary halo of attractiveness to the object of desire.

·         Good and positive suggestions should instruct the sensitive ears of children.

·         Their early ideas long remain sharply etched.

·         … “to direct together”  Samadhi is a blissful super conscious state in which a yogi perceives the identity of the individualized soul and Cosmic Spirit.

·         Snoring, according to physiologists, is an indication of perfect relaxation.

·         ..follow any simple diet which proved suited to one’s constitution.

·         A master – one who has realized himself as the omnipresent soul, not the body or the ego – perceives in all men a striking similarity.

·         Always one with the Lord, he needed no separate time for communion. 

·         A Self-realized master has already left behind the stepping-stone of meditation.

·         Man may be compelled to exterminate harmful creatures. 

·         He is not under a similar compulsion to feel anger or animosity.

·         The saint who uncovers the secret of creation will be in harmony with.

·         “In the presence of a man perfected in ahimsa (nonviolence), enmity (in any creature) does not arise.”

·         Nature’s countless bewildering expressions.

·         All men may understand this truth by overcoming the passion for destruction.

·         …a man incurs the debt of a minor sin if he is forced to kill an animal or any other living thing.

·         But the holy shastras teach that wanton loss of a human body is a serious transgression against the karmic law.

·         “Really, it has been your thoughts that have made you feel alternately weak and strong.”

·         Thought is a force, even as electricity or gravitation.

·         The human mind is a spark of the almighty consciousness of God.

·         I could show you that whatever your powerful mind believes very intensely would instantly come to pass.

·         “All creation is governed by law”

·         “The principles that operate in the outer universe, discoverable by scientists, are called natural laws.

·         But there are subtler laws that rule the hidden spiritual planes and the inner realm of consciousness; these principles are knowable through the science of yoga.

·         It is not the physicist but the Self-realized master who comprehends the true nature of matter.

·         The subtle truths I am expounding cannot be grasped without your complete concentration.

·         Man has the natural privilege of roaming secretly among his thoughts.

·         “A man of realization does not perform any miracle until he receives an inward sanction.”

·         “God does not wish the secrets of His creation revealed promiscuously.* 

·         Also, every individual in the world has an inalienable right to his free will.

·         A saint will not encroach on that independence.”

·         Master found no insuperable obstacle to the mergence of human and Divine.

·         No such barrier exists….save in man’s spiritual unadventurous ness.

·         Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now.

·         … “disciple” and “discipline” are etymologically and practically related.

·         The divine…is properly manifested through physical and mental soundness.

·         He discountenanced all extremes.

·         Pain and pleasure are transitory; endure all dualities with calmness, trying at the same time to remove yourself  beyond their power.

·         “Those who have studied physiology should go further and investigate the science of the soul”

·         “A subtle spiritual structure is hidden just behind the bodily mechanism.”

·         “Metaphysics is not yet officially a science, recognized as such.  But it is going to be…

·         A perfectionist, my guru was hypercritical of his disciples, whether in matters of moment or in the subtle nuances of ordinary behavior.

·         …built a beautiful inner life on foundations of spiritual granite, insoluble against the ages.

·         “So long as you breathe the free air of earth, you are under obligation to render grateful service.

·         Only he who has fully mastered the breathless state* is freed from cosmic imperatives.

·         “If you don’t like my words, you are at liberty to leave at any time.”

·         “I want nothing from you but your own improvement. Stay only if you feel benefited.”

·         The hard core of egotism is difficult to dislodge except rudely. 

·         With its departure, the Divine finds at last an unobstructed channel.

·         Sri Yukteswar’s intuition was penetrating.

·         The words a person uses, and the actual thoughts behind them, may be poles apart.

·         “By calmness”

·         “try  to feel the thoughts behind the confusion of men’s verbiage.”

·         *Samadhi: super consciousness.

·         The disclosures of divine insight are often painful to wordy ears:  Master was not popular with superficial students.

·         The wise, always few in number, deeply revered him.

·         I try to purify only in fires of severity; these are searing beyond the average toleration.

·         The gentle approach of love is also transfiguring. 

·         The inflexible and the yielding methods are equally effective if applied with wisdom.

·         “You will go to foreign lands, where blunt assaults on the ego are not appreciated.

·         A teacher could not spread India ’s message in the West without an ample fund of accommodative patience and forbearance.”

·         …through an ever-growing number of sincere students of his teachings, his spirit lives on in the world today.

·         Warriors… sovereignty over the soil; masters…win a father dominion… – in men’s souls.

·         Many disciples have a preconceived image of a guru, by which they judge his words and actions. 

·         Such persons often complained that they did not understand…

·         “Neither do you understand God!

·         “If a saint were clear to you, you would be one!

·         Among the trillion mysteries, breathing every second the inexplicable air, may one venture to ask that the fathomless nature of a master be instantly grasped?

·         “Our conscious and subconscious being is crowned by a super consciousness.”

·         “hidden in the deep of our being is a rubbish heap as well as a treasure house.”


·         In contrast to the psychology that centers all its researches on the subconscious in man’s nature, the new psychology  of the super conscious focuses its attention upon the treasure house – the region that alone can explain the great, unselfish, heroic deeds of men.”

·         A Self-realized master is fully able to guide his various disciples along the natural lines of their essential bias.

·         Jnana wisdom; and bhakti, devotion:  two of the main paths to God.

·         Personal idiosyncrasies, possessed even by masters, lend a rich complexity to the pattern of life.

·         The land of healing lies within, radiant with the happiness that is blindly sought in a thousand outer directions.

·         “Keen intelligence is two-edged”

·         Intelligence is rightly guided only after the mind has acknowledged the inescapability of spiritual law.

·         “How can sense slaves enjoy the world?

·         Its subtle flavors escape them while the grovel in primal mud.

·         All nice discriminations are lost to the man of elemental lusts.

·         “Do not confuse understanding with a larger vocabulary”  he remarked.

·         “Sacred writings are beneficial in stimulating desire for inward realization, if one stanza at time is slowly assimilated.

·         Otherwise, continual intellectual study may result in vanity, false satisfaction, and undigested knowledge.

·         A university degree, in any case, is not related to Vedic realization. 

·         Saints are not produced in batches every semester like accountants.”

·         Humanity…is seen by a master to be divided into only two classes:  ignorant men who are not seeking God, and wise men who are.

·         His financial independence was one reason why  my alarmingly outspoken master was innocent of the cunnings of diplomacy.

·         ..the Vedic definition of a man of God: “Softer than the flower, where kindness is concerned; stronger than the thunder, where principles are at stake.”

·         “Some people try to be tall by cutting off the heads.”



Chapter 13

The Sleepless  Saint


·         “Yoga, through which divinity is found within, is doubtless the highest road.

·         “Are you able to have a little room where you can close the door and be alone?”

·         “That is your sacred mountain. That is where you will find the kingdom of God .”





Chapter 14

An Experience in Cosmic Consciousness


·          Wrath sprins only from thwarted desires.

·         I do not expect anything from others, so their actions cannot be in opposition to wishes of mine.

·         I would not use you for my own ends; I am happy only in your own true happiness.

·         The unifying light alternated with materializations of form, the metamorphoses revealing the law of cause and effect in creation.

·         I cognized the center of the wmpyrean as a point of intuitive perception in my heart.

·         Irradiating splendor issued from the nucleus to every part of the universal structure.

·         The creative voice of God I heard resounding as Aum, *  the vibration of  the Cosmic Motor.

·         …the secret of balanced living.  The soul must stretch over the cosmogonic abysses, while the body performs its daily duties.

·         Mere intellectual willingness or open-mindedness is not enough.  Only adequate enlargement of consciousness by yoga practice and devotional bhakti can prepare one to absorb the liberating shock of omnipresence.

·         These Biblical words refer to the threefold nature of God as Father, Son, Holy Ghost (Sat, Tat, Aum in the Hindu scriptures).

·         God the Father is the Absolute.  Unmanifested, existing beyond vibratory creation.

·         God the Son is the Christ Consciousness (Brahma or Kutastha Chaitanya) existing within vibratory creation; this Christ Consciousness, its “witness” (Revelation 3:14), is Aum, the word or Holy Ghost:  invisible divine power, the only doer, the sole causative and activating force that upholds all creation through vibration.

·         Aum the blissful Comforter is heard in meditation and reveals to the devotee the ultimate Truth, bringing “all things to …..remembrance.”

·         Spiritual advancement is not to be measured by one’s displays of outward powers, but solely by the depth of his bliss in meditation.

·         “Ever-new Joy is God.”

·         …in meditation one finds His instant guidance,  His adequate response to every difficulty.



Chapter 15

The Cauliflower  Robbery


·         Those who believe in telepathy, second sight, and clairvoyance, have in this announcement the first scientific proof of the existence of invisible rays that really travel from the one person to another.

·         …human radio.  Thoughts are no more than very subtle vibrations moving in the ether.

·         Intuition is soul guidance, appearing naturally in man during those instants when his mind is calm.

·         Nearly everyone has had the experience of an inexplicably correct “hunch” or has transferred his thoughts accurately to another person.

·         The human mind, freed from the disturbances or “static” of restlessness, is empowered to perform all the functions of complicated radio mechanisms – sending as well as receiving thoughts and tuning out undesirable ones.

·         As the power of a radio-broadcasting station is regulated by the amount of electrical current it can utilize, so the effectiveness of a human radio depends on the degree of will power possessed by each person.

·         Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted; a truth cannot be created, but  only perceived.  Any erroneous thought of man is a result of an imperfection, large or small, in his discernment.

·         The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may hear the infallible counsel of the Inner Peace.

·         …Those amazing truths that our descendants will discover are even now all around us, staring us in the eyes, so to speak; and yet we do not see them.

·         During deep meditation, the single or spiritual eye becomes visible within the central part of the forehead.

·         This omniscient eye is variously referred to in scriptures as the third eye,…inner eye….eye of intuition, and so on.

·         Seldom do men realize how often God heeds their prayers.  He is not partial to a few, but listens to everyone who approaches Him trustfully.

·         The ancient rishis discovered these laws of sound alliance between nature and man.  Because nature is an objectification of Aum, the Primal Sound or Vibratory Word, man can obtain control over all natural manifestations though the use of mantras or chants.*

·         Great religious music of East and West bestows joy on man because it causes a temporary vibratory awakening of one of his occult spinal centers.*

·         * Awakening of the occult cerebrospinal centers (chakras, astral lotuses)  is the sacred goal of the yogi.

·         …emphasized the value of Kriya Yoga, and a life of self-respect, calmness, determination, simple diet, and regular exercise.



Chapter 16

Outwitting the Stars


·         “All parts of creation are linked together and interchange their influences.  The balanced rhythm of the universe is rooted in reciprocity.”

·         So long as man struggles with his mortality, he is affected by the myriad mutations of heaven and earth.

·         “Astrology is the study of man’s response to planetary stimuli.

·         The stars have no conscious benevolence or animosity; they merely send forth positive and negative radiations.

·         A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma.”

·         His horoscope is a challenging portrait, revealing his unalterable past and its probable future results.

·         The message boldly blazoned across the heavens at the moment of birth is not meant to emphasize fate – the result of past good and evil – but to arouse man’s will to escape from his universal thralldom.

·         What he has done, he can undo.

·         Superstitious, awe of astrology makes one an automaton, slavishy dependent on mechanical guidance.

·         The wise man defeats his planets  - which is to say, his past – by transferring his allegiance from the creation to the Creator. 

·         The more he realizes his unity with Spirit, the less he can be dominated by matter. 

·         The soul is ever free.

·         It cannot be regimented by stars.

·         “God is Harmony; the devotee who attunes himself will never perform any action amiss.

·         After deep prayer and meditation he is in touch with his divine consciousness; there is no greater power than that inward protection.

·         All human ills arise from some transgression of universal law.  The scriptures point out that man must satisfy omnipotence.  He should say:  ‘Lord, I trust in Thee, and know Thou canst help me, but I too will do my best to undo any wrong I have done.’

·         By  a number of means – by prayer, by will power, by yoga meditation, by consultation with saints, by use of astrological bangles – the adverse effects of past wrongs can be minimized or nullified.

·         The sages discovered that pure metals emit an astral light which is powerfully counteractive to negative pulls of the planets.

·         Certain plants combinations were also found to be helpful.

·         Most effective of all are faultless jewels of not less than two carats.

·         …the required weight …is worn next to the skin…

·         For general purposes I counsel the use of an armlet made of gold, silver, and copper.

·         “Seeds of past karma cannot germinate if they are roasted in the fires of divine wisdom.”

·         The deeper the Self-realization of a man, the more he influences the whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations, and the less he himself is affected by the phenomenal flux.

·         …faith in divine protection, and right use of man’s God-given will, are forces more formidable than are influences flowing from the heavens.

·         …the very heavens seek to arouse man’s determination to be free from every limitation.

·         God created each man as a soul, dowered with individuality, hence essential to the universal structure, whether in the temporary role of pillar or parasite.

·         His freedom is final and immediate, if he so wills; it depends not on outer but inner victories.

·         …Dwapara Yoga, a 2400-year period of electrical and atomic-energy developments; the age of telegraphy, radio, airplanes, and other space-annihilators.

·         Placing the holy texts on the spotless table of his mind, he was able to dissect them with the scalpel of intuitive reasoning, and to separate errors and interpolations of scholars from the truths as originally expressed by the prophets.

·         The world mind thus generates a power that releases the captive atoms held together as an earth.

·         Dire pronouncements are occasionally published regarding an imment “end of the world.”  Planetary cycles, however, proceed according to an orderly divine plan. 

·         No earthly dissolution is in sight; many ascending and descending equinoctial cycles are yet in store for our planet in its present form.

·         “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall no pass away.”

·         …the truth shall make you free.

·         “Genesis is deeply symbolic, and cannot be grasped by a literal interpretation.”

·         “Adam” is reason, and “Eve” is feeling.

·         When the emotion or Eve-consciousness in any human being is overpowered by the sex impulse, his reason or Adam also succumbs.

·         In Adam or man, reason predominated; in Eve or woman, feeling was ascendant.  Thus was expressed the duality or polarity that underlies the phenomenal worlds. 

·         Reason and feeling remain in a heaven of cooperative joy so long as the human mind is not tricked by the serpentine energy of animal propensities.

·         …man was uniquely given the potentially omniscient “thousand-petaled lotus” in the brain as well as acutely awakened occult centers in the spine.



Chapter 17

Sasi and the Three Sapphires


·         Sri Yukteswar, like many another sage, grieved at the materialistic trend of modern education. 

·         Few schools expound the spiritual laws for happiness or teach that wisdom consists in guiding one’s life in the “fear of God” that is, in awe of one’s Maker.

·         They do not attempt any soul exploration or consider themselves, in their essential nature, to be ‘images of God.’

·         If  we meet no gods, it is because we harbor none.

·         An educational system that does not present Spirit as the central Fact of man’s existence is offering avidya, false knowledge.

·         “The modern boy spends [annually] an eighth of his time at school; the Indian spent his whole time there.”

·         “There was a healthy feeling of solidarity and responsibility, and ample opportunity for the exercise of self-reliance and individuality.

·         There was a high standard of culture, self-imposed discipline, and stern regard for duty, selfless action, and sacrifice, combined with self-respect and reverence for others; a high standard of academic dignity, and a sense of ….the nobility and the great purpose of human life.



Chapter 18

A Mohammedan Wonder-Worker


·         “His mastery of a certain yoga technique gave him access to an astral plane where any desire is immediately materialized.

·         …could summon the atoms of any object from etheric energy by an act of powerful will.  But such astrally produced objects are structurally evanescent; they cannot be long retained.

·         “Miracles of a permanent and beneficial nature are performed by true saints because they have attuned themselves to the omnipotent Creator.”



Chapter 19

My Master, in Calcuta, Appears in Serampore


·         “The account I have just heard of our guru’s powers,”  “makes me feel that any university in the world is only a kindergarten.”*

·         * “Such things have been revealed to me that now all I have written appears in my eyes as of no greater value than straw.”



Chapter 20

We Do Not Visit Kashmir


·         What acid of sorrow have I not drunk?

·         Countless my rounds of birth and death.



Chapter 21

We Visit Kashmir


·         The metaphysical method or physical transfer of disease is known to highly advanced yogis.

·         By a secret yogic method, the saint unites his mind and astral vehicle with those of a suffering individual; the disease is conveyed, wholly or in part, to the yogi’s fleshy form.

·         A guru’s  work in the world is to alleviate the sorrows of mankind, whether through spiritual means or intellectual counsel or will power or physical transfer of disease.

·         Jesus signified himself as a ransom for the sins of many.  With his divine powers, Chirst could never have been subjected to death by crucifixion if he had not willingly cooperated with the subtle cosmic law of cause and effect.

·         He thus took on himself the consequences of others’ karma, especially that of his disciples.

·         In this manner they were highly purified and made fit to receive the omnipresent consciousness.

·         The Hindu scriptures teach that an imperative duty of man is to keep his body in good condition; otherwise his mind is unable to remain fixed in devotional concentration.

·         A very strong mind, however, can transcend all physical difficulties and attain to God-realization.

·         Proof that one is a master, however, is supplied only by the ability to enter at will the breathless state (sabikalpa samadhi) and by the attainment of immutable bliss (nirbikalpa samadhi).



Chapter 22

The Heart of a Stone Image


·         Spiritual sight, X-raylike, penetrates into all matter;  the divine eye is center everywhere, circumference nowhere.



Chapter 23

I Receive My University Degree


·         * The power of influencing others’ minds and the course of events is a vibhuti (yogi power) mentioned in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras III:24 which explains it to be a result of “universal sympathy.”

·         All scriptures proclaim that the Lord created man in His omnipotent image.  Control over the universe appears to be supernatural, but in truth such power is inherent and natural in everyone who attains “right remembrance” of his divine origin.

·         Men of God-realization like Sri Yukteswar are devoid of the ego-principle (ahamkara) and its uprisings of personal desires; the actions do true masters are in effortless conformity with rita, natural righteousness.

·         Any man of divine realization could perform miracles, because like Christ, he understands the subtle laws of creation.

·         Each saint reflects God in his own way.



Chapter 24

I Become a Monk of the Swami Order


·         “He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:  but he that is married careth for the things of  the world, how he may please his wife.”

·         I had analyzed the lives of many of my friends who, after undergoing certain spiritual discipline, had then married.  Launched on the sea of worldly responsibilities, they had forgotten their resolutions to meditate deeply.

·         He is the sole Owner of the cosmos, silently showering man with gifts from life to life.

·         There is but one gift man may offer in return – his love, which he is empowered to withhold or bestow.

·         In taking infinite pains to shroud with mystery His presence in the atoms of creation, the Creator could have had but one motive, one sensitive desire: that man seek Him only through free will.

·         “Yogananda,”  ….means “bliss (ananda) through divine union (yoga).”

·         A swami’s monastic name, which usually ends in ananda (supreme bliss), signifies his aspiration to attain emancipation through a particular path, state, or divine quality  -love, wisdom, discrimination, devotion, service, yoga.

·         The ideal of selfless service to all mankind and of renunciation of  personal ties and ambitions leads most swamis to engage actively in humanitarian and educational work.

·         Discarding prejudices of caste, creed, class, color, sex, and race, a swami follows the precepts of human brotherhood.

·         His goal is absolute unity with Spirit.

·         Imbuing his waking and sleeping consciousness with the thought.

·         “I am He,” he roams contentedly, in the world but not of it.

·         Thus only may he justify his title of swami:  one who seeks to achieve union with the Swa or Self.

·         A swami, formally a monk by virtue of his connection with the venerable Order, is not always ayogi. Anyone who practices a scientific technique for divine realization is a yogi. He may be either married or unmarried, either man of wordily responsibilities or one of formal religious ties.

·         A swami may conceivably follow only the path of dry reasoning, of cold renunciation; but a yogi engages himself in a definite, step-by-step procedure by which the body and mind are disciplined and the soul gradually liberated. 

·         Taking nothing for granted on emotional grounds or by faith, a yogi practices a thoroughly tested series of exercises that were first mapped out by the ancient rishis.

·         In every age of India , yoga is applicable by people of every clime and time.

·         Yoga is a method for restraining the natural turbulence of thoughts, which otherwise impartially prevents all men, of all lands, from glimpsing their true nature of Spirit.

·         The thoughts of most persons are restless and capricious; a manifest need exist for yoga:  the science of mind control.

·         The ancient rishi Patanjali* defines yoga as “neutralization of the alternative waves in consciousness.” His short and masterly work, Yoga Sutras, forms one of the six systems of Hindu philosophy.

·         …the Hindu systems formulate six definite disciplines aimed at the permanent removal of suffering and the attainment of timeless bliss.

·         The later Upanishads uphold the Yoga Sutras, among the six systems, as containing the most efficacious methods for achieving direct perception of truth.

·         Through the practical techniques of yoga, man leaves behind forever the barren realms of speculation and cognizes in experience the veritable Essence.

·         The Yoga system of  Patanjali is known as the Eightfold  Path.

·         The first step are (1) yama (moral conduct), and (2) niyama (religious observances).

·         Yama is fulfilled by no injury to others, truthfulness, no stealing, continence, and no covetousness.

·         The niyama prescripts are purity of body and mind, contentment in all circumstances, self-discipline, self-study (contemplation), and devotion to God and guru.

·         The next steps are (3) asana (right posture); the spinal column must be held straight, and the body firm in a comfortable position for meditation;  (4) pranayama (control of prana, subtle life currents); and (5) pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses from external objects).

·         The last steps are form of yoga proper: (6) dharana (concentration), holding the mind to one thought;  (7) dhyana (meditation); and (8) samadhi (super conscious experience).

·         This Eightfold Path of Yoga leads to the final goal of Kaivalya (Absoluteness), in which the yogi realizes the Truth beyond all intellectual apprehension.

·         “Which is greater,” one may ask, “a swami or a yogi?”

·         If and when oneness with God is achieved, the distinctions of the various paths disappear.

·         The Bhagavad Gita, however, has pointed out that the methods of yoga are all-embracing.

·         Its techniques are not meant only for certain types and temperaments, such as those few persons who incline toward the monastic life; yoga requires no formal allegiance.

·         Because the yogic science satisfies a universal need, it has a natural universal appeal.

·         Fulfilling one’s earthly responsibilities need not uninvolvement with egotistical desires and play his part in life as a willing instrument of the Divine.

·         There are a number of great men, living today in American or European or other non-Hindu bodies, who, though they may never have heard the words yogi and swami, are yet true exemplars or those terms.

·         Through their disinterested service to mankind, or through their mastery over passions and thoughts, or through their single-hearted love of God, or through their great powers of concentration, they are, in a sense, yogis; they have set themselves the goal of yoga – self-control.

·         These men could rise to even greater heights of they were taught the definite science of yoga, which makes possible a more conscious direction of one’s mind and life.

·         “Every religious or philosophical practice means a psychological discipline, that is, a method of mental hygiene.

·         This unity creates a psychological disposition which makes possible intuitions that transcend consciousness.

·         The Western day is nearing when the inner science of self-control will be found as necessary  as the outer conquest of Nature.

·         The Atomic Age will see men’s minds sobered and broadened by the now scientifically indisputable truth that matter is in reality a concentrate of energy.

·         An indirect benefit of mankind’s concern over atomic bombs may be an increased practical interest in the science of yoga, a “bombproof shelter” truly.

·         Yoga Sutras considers the “magic” of moral purity (the ten commandments)…to be the indispensable preliminary for sound philosophical investigation.

·         He who is unwilling to observe the universal moral precepts is not seriously determined to pursue truth.

·         True knowledge is always power.

·         …unity with Spirit should be the sole goal.

·         The iron filings of karma are attracted only where a magnet of the personal ego still exists.



Chapter 25

Brother Ananta and Sister Nalini


·         …those who habitually speak the truth develop the power of materializing their words. What commands they utter from the heart come to pass.

·         Because the worlds are built on truth, all scriptures extol it as a virtue by which man may tune his life with the Infinite.

·         Mahatma Gandhi often said: “Truth id God”; his lifelong striving was for perfect truth in thought, speech and act.

·         …the inner eye penetrates more profoundly.

·         Pearls and other jewels as well as metals and plants, applied directly to the human skin, exercise an electromagnetic influence over the physical cells.

·         Man’s sensitive body, with its electrical life currents, is a center of many mysteries as yet unexplored.

·         God alone is  the Healer.

·         It is not possible to satisfy the soul’s thirst merely by reading about truth. 

·         One must drink deep from the Fountain of Truth-God.  Self-realization means just that:  direct experience of God.



Chapter 26

The Science of Kriya Yoga


·         Kriya Yoga is thus “union  (yoga) with the infinite through a certain action or rite (kriya).”

·         A yogi who faithfully practices the technique is gradually freed from karma or the lawful chain of cause-effect equilibriums.

·         The actual technique should be learned from an authorized kriyaban (kriya yogi) of Self-Realization Fellowship (Yogoda Satsanga Society of India ).

·         Kriya Yoga is a simple, psycho physiological method by which human blood is decarbonated and recharged with oxygen.  The atoms of this extra oxygen are transmuted into life current to rejuvenate the brain and spinal centers.

·         By stopping the accumulation of venous blood, the yogi is able to lessen or prevent the decay of tissues.  The advanced yogi transmutes his cells into energy, Elijah. Jesus, Kabir, and other prophets were past masters in the use of kriya or similar technique, by which they caused their bodies to materialize and dematerialize at will.

·         “The yogi arrests decay in the body by securing an additional supply of prana (life force) through quieting the action of the lungs and heart; he also arrests mutations of growth in the body control of apana (eliminating current).

·         This neutralizing decay and growth, the yogi learns life-force control.

·         “That meditation-expert (muni) becomes eternally free who, seeking the Supreme Goal, is able to withdraw from external phenomena by fixing his gaze within the mid-spot of the eyebrows and by neutralizing the even currents of prana and apana [that flow] within the nostrills and lungs; and to control his sensory mind and intellect;  and to banish desire, fear, and anger.”

·         “Kriya Yoga consists of  body discipline, mental control, and meditating on Aum.

·         Patanjali speaks of God as the actual Cosmic Sound of Aum that is heard in meditation.

·         Aum is the Creative Word, the whir of  the Vibratory Motor, the witness of Divine Presence.

·         Even the beginner in yoga may soon hear the wondrous sound of Aum.

·         Through this blissful spiritual encouragement, he becomes convinced that he is in communion with supernal realms.

·         Aum of the Vedas became the sacred word Hum of the Tibetans, Amin of the Moslems, and Amen of the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Jews, and Christians.  Its meaning in Hebrew is sure, faithful.

·         By a method of centering inwardly all bodily life force (which ordinarily is directed only outwardly, to the sensory world, thus lending it a seeming validity), St Paul experienced daily a true yoga union with the ‘rejoicing’ (bliss) of the Christ Consciousness.

·         In that felicitous state he was conscious of being “dead” to or freed from sensory delusions, the world of maya.

·         In the initial states of God-communion  (sabikalpa samadhi) the devotee’s consciousness merges in the Cosmic Spirit; his life force is withdrawn from the body, which appears “dead”, or motionless and rigid.

·         The yogi is fully aware of his bodily condition of suspended animation.

·         As he progresses to higher spiritual states (nirbikalpa samadhi), however, he communes with God without bodily fixation; and in his ordinary waking consciousness, even in the midst of exacting worldly duties.

·         “Kriya Yoga” is an instrument …which human evolution can be quickened”.

·         “The ancient yogis discovered that the secret of cosmic consciousness is intimately linked with breath mastery.

·         The life force, which ordinarily absorbed in maintaining heart action, must be freed for higher activities by a method of calming ad stilling the ceaseless demands of the breath.

·         The Kriya Yogi mentally directs his life energy  to revolve, upward and downward, around the six spinal centers (medullary, cervical, dorsal, lumbar sacral, and cocygeal plexuses), which correspond to the twelve astral signs of  the zodiac, the symbolic Cosmic Man.

·         One-half minute of revoultion of energy around the sensitive spinal cord of man effects subtle progress in his evolution; that half-minute of Kriya equals one year of natural spiritual unfoldment.

·         The astral system of a human being, with six (twelve by polarity) inner constellations revolving around the sun of the omniscient spiritual eye, is interrelated with the physical sun and the twelve zodiacal signs.

·         All men are thus affected by an inner and an outer universe.

·         The scriptures aver that man requires a million years of normal, disease less evolution to perfect his human brain and attain cosmic consciousness.

·         One thousand Kriyas practiced in 8 ½  hours gives the yogi, in one day, the equivalent of one thousand years of natural evolution:  365.000 years of evolution in one year.

·         In three years, a Kriya Yogi can thus accomplish by intelligent self-effort the same result that Nature brings to pass in a million years.

·         The Kriya shortcut, of course, can be taken only by deeply developed yogis.

·         With the guidance of a guru, such yogis have carefully prepared their body and brain to withstand the power generated by intensive practice.

·         The body of the average man is like a fifty-watt lamp, which cannot accommodate the billion watts of power roused by an excessive practice of Kriya.

·         Through gradual and regular increase of the simple and foolproof  methods of kriya, man’s body becomes astrally transformed day by day, and is finally fitted to express the infinite potentials of cosmic energy, which constitutes the first materially active expression of Spirit.

·         Kriya practice,… accompanied from the very beginning by feelings of peace and by soothing sensations of regenerative effect in the spine.

·         The ancient yogic technique converts the breath into mind-stuff.

·         By spiritual advancement, one is able to cognize the breath as a mental concept, an act of mind: a dream breath.

·         The rejuvenating effects of sleep are due to man’s temporary unawareness of body and breathing.

·         The sleeping man becomes a yogi; each night he unconsciously performs the yogic rite of releasing himself from bodily identification, and the merging the life force with healing currents in the main brain region and in the six subdynamos of his spinal centers.

·         Unknowingly, the sleeper is thus recharged by the cosmic energy that sustains all life.

·         The voluntary yogi performs a simple, natural process consciously, not unconsciously like the slow-paced sleeper.

·         The Kriya Yogi uses his technique to saturate and feed all his physical cells with undecayable light and thus to keep them in a spiritually magnetized condition.

·         He scientifically makes breathing unnecessary.

·         In men under maya or natural law, the flow of life energy is toward the outward world; the currents are wasted and abused in the senses.

·         The practice of Kriya reverses the flow; life force is mentally guided to the inner cosmos and becomes reunited with subtle spinal energies.

·         By such reinforcement of life force, the yogi’s body and brain cells are renewed by a spiritual elixir.

·         Untying the cord of breath that binds the soul to the body, Kriya serves to prolong life and to enlarge the consciousness to infinity.

·         Kriya, controlling the mind directly through the life force, is the easiest, most effective, and most scientific avenue of approach to the Infinite.

·         Yoga enables the devotee to switch off or on, at will, life current to the five sense telephones of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.

·         The life of an advanced Kriya Yogi is influenced, not by effects of past actions, but solely by directions from the soul.

·         Gross man seldom or never realizes that his body is a kingdom, governed by Emperor Soul on the throne of the cranium, with subsidiary regents in the six spinal centers or spheres of consciousness.

·         Identifying himself with a shallow ego, man takes for granted that it is he who thinks, wills, feels, digests meals, and keeps himself alive, never admitting through reflection (only a little would suffice) that in his ordinary life he is naught but a puppet of past actions (karma) and of  Nature or environment.

·         Lofty above such influences, however, is his regal soul.

·         ..the rishis evolved yoga as the technique of spiritual inquiry.

·         The true yogi, withholding his thoughts, will and feelings from false identification with bodily desires, uniting his mind with super conscious forces in the spinal shrines, thus lives in the world as God had planned.

·         Modern science is beginning to discover the truly extraordinary curative and rejuvenating effects, on body and mind, of non-breathing.



Chapter 27

Founding a Yoga School in Ranchi


·         “Could you or anyone else achieve God-communion through yoga if a line of generous-hearted masters had not been willing to convey their knowledge to others?”

·         “God is the Honey, organizations are the hives; both are necessary.  Any form is useless, of course, without the spirit, but why should you not start busy hives full of the spiritual nectar?”

·         “Lord”, I prayed, “may Thy love shine forever on the sanctuary of my devotion, and may I be able to awaken Thy love in all hearts.”

·         …he who rejects the usual worldly duties can justify himself only by assuming some kind of responsibility for a much larger family.

·         The ideal of right education for youth had always been very close to my heart.  I saw clearly the arid results of ordinary instruction, aimed at the development of body and intellect only.

·         Moral and spiritual values, without whose appreciation no man can approach happiness, were yet lacking in the formal curriculum.

·         …the Vedic Plan for man’s life, as comprising that of (1) the celibate student (brahmachari); (2) the householder with worldly responsibilities (grihastha); (3) the hermit (vanaprastha);  (4) the forest dweller or wanderer, free from all earthly concerns (sannyasi).

·         I arranged that most class instruction be given outdoors.

·         …a unique system of health and physical development, Yogoda.

·         Realizing that man’s body is like an electric battery, I reasoned that it could be recharged with the energy through the direct agency of the human will. 

·         As no action of any kind is possible without willing, man may avail himself of the prime mover, will to renew his strength without burdensome apparatus or mechanical exercises.

·         By the simple Yogoda techniques, one may consciously and instantly recharge his life force (centered in the medulla oblongata) from the unlimited supply of cosmic energy.

·         …the man of unattachment, he who loves others as expressions of the Lord, understands that at death the dear ones have only returned for a breathing space of joy in Him.

·         The burden of the years has ill effect on a great yogi’s full possession of supreme spiritual powers.

·         He is able to renew his body at will.



Chapter 28

Kashi, Reborn and Discovered


·         Using a secret yoga technique, I broadcasted my love to Kashi’s soul through the “microphone” of the spiritual eye, the inner point between the eyebrows.

·         The will, projected from the point between the eyebrows, is the broadcasting apparatus of thought.  Man’s feeling or emotional power, calmly concentrated on the heart, enables it to act as a mental radio that receives the messages of other persons, far or near.

·         In telepathy the fine vibrations of thoughts in one man’s mind are transmitted through the subtle vibrations of astral ether and then through the grosser earthly ether, creating electrical waves that, in turn, transform themselves into thought waves in the mind of the other person.

·         A man’s allotted span in a physical or an astral embodiment is karmic ally predetermined.

·         Death, and indeed sleep, “the little death” are a mortal necessity, freeing the unenlightened human being temporarily from sense trammels.

·         A man’s essential nature is Spirit, he receives in sleep and in death certain revivifying reminders of his incorporeity.

·         The equilibrating law of karma, as expounded in Hindu scriptures, is that of action and reaction, cause and effect, sowing and reaping.

·         In the course of natural righteousness(rita), each man, by his thoughts and actions, becomes the molder of his destiny.

·         Whatever universal energies he himself, wisely or unwisely, has set in motion must return to him as their starting point, like a circle inexorably completing itself.

·         “The world looks like a mathematical equation, which, turn it how you will, balances itself.

·         Every secret is told, every crime is punished, every virtue rewarded, every wrong redressed, in silence and certainty.

·         Emerson, “Compensation” An understanding of karma as the law of justice underlying life’s inequalities serves to free the human mind from resentment against God and man.



Chapter 29

Rabindranath Tagore and I Compare Schools


·         …outdoor instruction, simplicity, ample scope for the child’s creative spirit.

·         True education is not pumped and crammed in from outward sources, but aids in bringing to the surface the infinite hoard of wisdom within.

·         The soul having been often through thousands births…there is nothing of which she has not gained the knowledge; no wonder that she is able to recollect…what formerly she knew….For inquiry and learning is reminiscence all.

·         Tagore knitted each tie of friendship with cords of harmony.  Never assertive, he drew and captured the heart with an irresistible magnetism.  Rare blossom of poesy blooming in the garden of the Lord, attracting others by a natural fragrance.

·         “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;

        Where knowledge is free;

        Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;

        Where words come out from the depth of truth;

        Where tireless striving stretches its arms toward perfection;

        Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of 

         Dead habit;

        Where the mind is led forward by Thee into ever widening thought and action;

         Into that heaven of freedom, my  Father, let my country awake.





Chapter 30

The Law of Miracles


·         Tolstoy had many ideals in common with Mahatma Gandhi; the two men corresponded on the subject of nonviolence. 

·         Tolstoy considered Christ’s central teaching to be “resist not evil (with evil)” (Matthew 5:39 ); evil should be “resisted” only with its logically effective opposite:  good or love.

·         …the physical world operates under one fundamental law of maya, the principle of relativity and duality. 

·         God, the Sole Life, is Absolute Unity; to appear as the separate and diverse manifestations of a creation. 

·         He wears a false or unreal veil. That illusory dualistic veil is maya.

·         Physical science, then, cannot formulate laws outside of maya:  the very fabric and structure of creation.

·         To surmount maya was the task assigned to the human race by the millennial prophets.

·         To rise above the duality of creation and perceive the unity of the Creator was conceived of as man’s highest goal.

·         To remove the veil of maya is to uncover the secret of creation.

·         The world illusion, maya, manifests in men as avidya, literally, “not-knowledge” ignorance, delusion.

·         Maya or avidya can never be destroyed through attain the interior state of nirbikalpa samadhi.

·         The old Testament prophets, and seers of all lands and ages, spoke from that state of consciousness.

·         “The inability of science to solve life is absolute.  This fact would be truly frightening were it not for faith.

·         The mystery of life is certainly the most persistent problem ever placed before the thought of man.

·         Through the divine eye in the forehead (east), the yogi sails his consciousness into omnipresence, hearing the Word or Aum, divine sound of “many waters” the vibrations of light that constitute the sole reality of creation.

·         Among the trillion mysteries of the cosmos, the most phenomenal is light.

·         …light remains the most subtle, the freest from material dependence, of any natural manifestation.

·         …a sole fabric of creation:  a protean maya.

·         …the stuff of the world is mind-stuff.

·         …the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine.

·         From science, then, if it must to be so, let man learns the philosophic truth that there is no material universe; its warp and woof is maya, illusion.

·         …only a material body whose mass is infinite could equal the velocity of light.

·         This conception brings us to the law of miracles.

·         Masters who are able to materialize and dematerialize their bodies and other objects, and to move with the velocity of light, and to utilize the creative light rays in have fulfilled the lawful condition:  their mass is infinite.

·         The consciousness of a perfected yogi is effortlessly identified not with a narrow body but with the universal structure.

·         I am He.

·         “Let there be light! And there was light.”

·         In the creation of the universe, God’s first command brought into being the structural essential:  light.  On the beams of this immaterial medium occur all divine manifestations.

·         Devotees of every age testify to the appearance of God as flame and light.

·         A yogi who through perfect meditation has merged his consciousness with the Creator perceives the cosmical essence as light (vibrations of life energy); to him there is no difference between the light rays composing water and the light rays composing land.

·         Free from matter-consciousness, free from the three dimensions of space and fourth dimension of time, a master transfers his body of light with equal ease over or through the light rays of earth, water, fire and air.

·         “If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.”

·         Long concentration on the liberating spiritual eye has enabled the yogi to destroy all delusions concerning matter and its gravitational weight; he sees the universe as the Lord created it:  an essentially undifferentiated mass of light.

·         The law of  miracles is operable by any man who has realized that the essence of creation is light.

·         A master is able to employ his divine knowledge of light phenomena to project instantly into perceptible manifestation the ubiquitous light atoms.

·         The actual form of the projection (whatever is be: a tree; a medicine, a human body) is determined by the yogi’s wish and by his power of will and of visualization.

·         At night man enters the state of dream-consciousness and escapes from the false egoistic limitations that daily hem him round.

·         In sleep he has an ever recurrent demonstration of the omnipotence of his mind.

·         Lo! In the dream appear his long-dead friends, the remotest continents, the resurrected scenes of his childhood.

·         That free and unconditioned consciousness, which all men briefly experience in certain of their dreams, is the permanent state of mind of a God-tuned master. 

·         Innocent of all personal motives, and employing the creative will bestowed on him by the Creator; a yogi rearranges the light atoms of the universe to satisfy any sincere prayer of a devotee.

·         For this purpose were man and creation made:  that he should rise up as master of maya, knowing his dominion over the cosmos.

·         ….understand the relativity of human consciousness, and clearly perceived the unity of the Eternal Light behind the painful dualities of maya.

·         “What has life or death to do with light? In the image of My light I have made you.  The relativities of life and death belong to the cosmic dream. Behold your dreamless being! Awake, My child, awake!”

·         As steps in man’s awakening, the Lord inspires scientists to discover, at the right time and place, the secrets of His creation.

·         Motion pictures, with their lifelike images, illustrate many truths concerning creation.

·         The Cosmic Director  has written His own plays and as summoned the tremendous casts for the pageant of the centuries.

·         From the dark booth of eternity He sends His beams of light through the films of successive ages, and pictures are thrown on the backdrop of space.

·         Just as cinematic images appear to be real but are only combinations of light and shade, so is the universal variety a delusive seeming.

·         With inconceivable ingenuity God is staging “super-colossal” entertainment for His children, making them actors as well as audience in His planetary theater.

·         “Look intently!”  A gentle voice spoke to my inner consciousness.

·         “You will see that these scenes now being enacted in France are nothing but a play of chiaroscuro.”

·         “They are the cosmic motion picture, as real and as unreal as the theater newsreel you have just seen – a play within a play.”

·         “Creation is light and shadow both, else no picture is possible.

·         The good and evil of maya must ever alternate in supremacy.

·         If  joy were ceaseless here in this world, would man ever desire another?

·         Without suffering, he scarcely cares to recall that he has forsaken his eternal home.

·         Pain is a proud to remembrance. 

·         The way of escape is through wisdom.

·         The tragedy of death is unreal; those who shudder at it are like an ignorant actor who

      dies of fright on the stage when nothing more has been fired at him than a blank


·         My sons are children of light; they will not sleep forever in delusion.

·         One’s values are profoundly changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a vast motion picture; and that not in it, but beyond it, lies his own reality.

·         “This is the cosmic motion-picture mechanism.”

·         A Voice spoke as though from within the light.

·         “Shedding its beam on the white screen of your bed sheets, it is producing the picture of your body.  Behold, your form is nothing but light.”

·         A “miracle” is commonly considered to be an effect or event without law, or beyond law.  But all events in our precisely adjusted universe are lawfully wrought and lawfully explicable.

·         The so-called miraculous powers of a great master are a natural accompaniment to his exact understanding of subtle laws that operate in the inner cosmos of consciousness.

·         Nothing may truly be said to be a “miracle” except in the profound intricately organized body, and is set upon an earth whirling through space among the stars – is anything more commonplace?  Or  more miraculous?

·         Great prophets like Christ and Lahiri Mahasaya usually perform many miracles.

·         Such masters  have a large and difficult spiritual mission to execute for mankind.

·         In this chapter  I have given the Vedic explanation of maya, the magical power of illusion that underlies the phenomenal worlds.

·         Western science has already discovered that a “magic” of  unreality pervades atomic “matter”

·         However, it is not only Nature, but man also (in his mortal aspect) who is subject to maya: the principle of relativity, contrast, duality, inversion, oppositional states.

·         It should not be imagined that the truth about maya was understood only by the rishis.

·         The Old Testament  prophets called maya by the name of Satan (lit,  in Hebrew, the “adversary”).

·         The Greek Testament, as an equivalent for Satan, uses diabolos or devil.

·         Satan or Maya is the Cosmic Magician who produces multiplicity of forms to hide the One Formless Verity.

·         In God’s plan and play (lila), the sole function of Satan or Maya is to attempt to divert man from Spirit to matter from Reality to unreality.

·         …the manifestation of Christ Consciousness, within man’s own being, effortlessly destroys the illusions or “works” of the devil.



Chapter 31

An Interview With the Sacred Mother


·         …the life companion.

·         “It was years before I came to realize the divine stature of my husband.

·         “The time was not ripe.”

·         “Much of your karma I have silently helped you to work out. 

·         Now you are willing and ready.”

·         “It is all nothing, don’t you see?”

·         … ‘seek divine wealth, not the paltry tinsel of earth. After acquiring inward treasure, you will find that outward supply is always forthcoming.’

·         The awakening of the seven cerebrospinal centers constitutes the true path to the Infinite.

·         …human life need not depend on oxygen or on certain conditions and precautions.

·         Great saints who have awakened from the cosmic mayic dream and have realized this world as an idea in the Divine Mind, can do as they wish with the body, knowing it to be only a manipulatable form of condensed or frozen energy.

·         …the universe duly conspires for retribution.

·         Dull minds with discredit the possibility of divine justice, love, omniscience, immortality.

·         Men with this insensitive viewpoint, aweless before the cosmic spectacle, set into motion in their lives a discordant train of events that ultimately compels them to seek wisdom.

·         Christ was pointing out that divine justice is no figurative abstraction, and that a man of peace, though his tongue be torn from its roots, will yet find his speech and his defense in the bedrock of creation, the universal order itself.

·         “Think you,” Jesus was saying, “to silence men of peace?”  As well may you hope to throttle the voice of God, whose very stones sing His glory and His omnipresence.

·         Will you demand that men not celebrate together in honor of the peace in heaven?

·         Will you counsel them to gather in multitudes and express their oneness only on occasions of war on Earth?



Chapter 32

Rama Is Raised From the Dead


·         “The Son of God is the Chirst or Divine Consciousness in man.

·         No mortal can glorify God.

·         The only honor that man can pay his Creator is to seek Him; man cannot  glorify an Abstraction that he does not know.

·         The ‘glory’ or nimbus around the head of the saints is a symbolic witness of their capacity to render divine homage.

·         ‘Always know that the omnipotent….can heal anyone.

·         The message of yoga will encircle the globe.  It will aid in establishing the brotherhood  of man:  a unity based on humanity’s direct perception of the One Father.

·         ..the year 1945 has also ushered in a new age – the era of  revolutionary atomic energies. 

·         All thoughtful minds turn as never before to the urgent problems of peace and brotherhood, lest the continued use the physical force banish all men along with the problems.

·         Cosmic law cannot be stayed or changed, and man would do well to put himself in harmony with it.

·         If  the cosmos is against might, if the sun wars not in the heavens but retires at dueful time to give the stars their little away, what avails our mailed first?

·         Shall any peace come out of it?

·         No cruelty but goodwill upholds the universal sinews; a humanity at peace will know the endless fruits of victory, sweeter to the taste than any nurtured on the soil of blood.

·         The effective league of  Nations will be a natural, nameless league of human hearts.

·         The broad sympathies and discerning insight needed for the healing of earthly woes cannot flow from a mere intellectual consideration of human diversities, but from knowledge of men’s deepest unity – kinship with God.

·         Toward realization of the world’s highest ideal – peace through brotherhood – may yoga, the science of personal communion with the Divine, spread in time to all men in all lands.

·         By sheer continuity of being, by intransitivity before the ages (can dusty scholars truly tell us how many?).

·         India has given the worthiest answer of many people to the challenge of time.

·         …a land lives, not in  its material achievements, but in its masterpieces of man.

·         Let the divine words be heard again, in this twentieth century, twice dyed in blood are half over:  No nation that can produce ten men who are great in the eyes of the Unbribable Judge shall know extinction.

· trouble the world in order to save it.

·         An extraordinary, perhaps unique, feature of the Ganges River is its unpollutability.  No bacteria live in its changeless sterility. 

·         Millions of Hindus, without harm, use its waters for bathing and drinking.

·         This fact is baffling to modern scientists.

·         The Vedas inculcate reverence for all natural phenomena. 

·         The devout Hindu well understands the praise of St. Francis of Assisi : “Blessed be my Lord for our Sister Water, so useful, humble, chaste, and precious.”



Chapter 33

Babaji, Yogi-Christ of Modern India


·         The secluded master has retained his physical form for centuries, perhaps for millenniums.  The deathless Babaji is an avatara.

·         ..the descent if Divinity into flesh.

·         Krishna , Rama, Buddha, and Patanjali were among the ancient Indian avatars.

·         Agastya, a South Indian avatar.

·         Babaji’s mission in India has been to assist prophets in carrying out their special dispensations.

·         Shankara reorganizer of the Swami Order.

·         Babaji is ever in communion with Christ; together they send out vibrations of redemption and have planned the spiritual technique of salvation for this age.

·         The work of these two fully illumined masters - …is to inspire the nations to forsake wars, race hatreds, religious  sectarianism, and the boomerang evils of materialism.

·         Babaji works in a humble obscurity.

·         Great prophets like Christ and Krishna come to earth for a specific and  spectacular purpose.

·         Other avatars, like Babaji, undertake work that is concerned more with the slow evolutionary progress of man.

·         …a number of towering spiritual figures remain world-unknown.

·         Babaji (Revered Father).

·         “Whenever anyone utters with reverence the name of Babaji,” 

·          “that devotee attracts an instant spiritual blessing.”

·         “The peerless master moves with his group from place to place in the mountains.”

·         Only one reason …motivates Babaji in maintaining his physical form from century to century:  the desire to furnish humanity with a concrete example of its own possibilities.

·         Were man never vouchsafed a glimpse of Divinity in the flesh,  he would remain oppressed by the heavy mayic delusion that he cannot transcend his mortality.

·         Thales. The great Greek philosopher taught that there is no difference between life and death. “why, then,” inquired a critic, “do you not die?”

·         “Because,”  answered Thales, “it makes no difference.”

·         …a man of Self-realization can appear at different places in two or more bodies at the same time.

·         The illuminated man of whom Christ spoke is one who has awakened from the deathly trance of ignorance to Eternal Life.

·         Man’s essential nature is formless omnipresent Spirit.

·         Babaji is not limited to a physical body or to this planet, but at God’s wish, is fulfilling a special mission for the earth.

·         …a fully God-realized master is able to resurrect his body and to appear in it before the eyes of earth dwellers.

·         Materializing the atoms of a physical body can scarcely strain the powers of one who is united with the Lord – Him whose solar systems defy computation!

Chapter 34

Materializing  a Palace in the Himalayas


·         When one feels his unity with mankind, all minds become transmitting stations through which he can work at will.

·         The whole cosmos is projected thought of the Creator.

·         The heavy clod of the earth, floating in space, is a dream of God’s.

·         He made all things out of His mind, even as man in his dream consciousness reproduces and vivifies a creation with  its creatures.

·         The karmic law requires that every  human wish find ultimate fulfillment.

·         No spiritual desires are thus the chain that binds man to the reincarnational wheel.

·         “In tune with the infinite all-accomplishing will, Babaji is able to command the elemental atoms to combine and manifest themselves in any form.

·         This golden palace, instantaneously brought into being, is real.

·         Whoever realizes himself as a Son of God, even as Babaji has done, can reach any goal by the infinite powers hidden within him.

·         A common stone secretly contains stupendous atomic energies, even so, the lowliest mortal is a powerhouse of divinity.

·         The theory of the atomic structure of matter is expounded in ancient Indian Vaisesika and Nyaya treatises.

·         ..lows of each atom.

·         The divine realm extends to the earthly; but the latter, illusory in nature, does not contain the essence of Reality.

·         I entered the nirbikalpa samadhi state, remaining unbrokenly in its bliss for seven days.

·         Crossing the successive strata of Self-knowledge, I penetrated the deathless realms of Reality.

·         All delusive limitations dropped away; my soul was fully established on the altar of the Cosmic Spirit.

·         Your life lies amid the city crowds, serving as an example of the ideal yogi-householder.

·         You have been chosen to bring spiritual solace through Kriya Yoga to numerous earnest seekers.

·         The millions who are encumbered by family ties and heavy worldly duties will take new heart from you, a householder like themselves.

·         You should guide them to understand that the highest yogic attainments are not barred to the family man.

·         Even in the world, the yogi who faithfully discharges his responsibilities, without personal motive or attachment, treads the sure path of enlightenment.

·         …you should conscientiously fulfill your family, business, civic, and spiritual duties.

·         A sweet new breath of divine hope will penetrate the arid hearts of worldly men.

·         From your balanced life, they will understand that liberation is dependent on inner, rather than outer, renunciations.

·         He who vows to sacrifice all in the quest of the Divine is fit to unravel the final mysteries of life through the science of meditation.

·         …the threefold suffering.

·         Physical, mental, and spiritual suffering; manifested, respectively, in disease, in psychological inadequacies or “complexes” and in soul ignorance.

·         “Even a little practice of this dharma (religious rite or righteous action) will save you from great fear (mahato bhayat).”

·         …the colosal sufferings inherent in the repeated cycles of birth and death.

·         “There is not separation for us.

·         ‘Wherever you are, whenever you call me, I shall be with you instantly.’

·         Self-realization Fellowship and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India Kriya Yoga initiates are strictly required to sign a pledge that they will not reveal the Kriya technique to others.

·         In this way the simple but exact Kriya technique is protected from changes and distortions by unauthorized teachers, and remains in its original, uncorrupted form.

·         Although the ancient restrictions of asceticism and renunciation were waived by Babaji in order that the masses might benefit from Kriya Yoga, he nevertheless required of Lahiri Mahasaya and all descendants of his spiritual line (the SRF-YSS line of Gurus).

·         …. that they impose on any who sought initiation a period preliminary spiritual training, by way of preparation for Kriya Yoga practice.

·         The practice of a highly advanced technique such as Kriya is incompatible with a desultory spiritual life.

·         Kriya Yoga is more than a meditation technique; it is also a way of life, and requires acceptance by the initiate of certain spiritual disciplines and injunctions.

·         The Hong-Sau and Aum techniques, taught in the SRF-YSS Lessons and by authorized SRF-YSS representatives as a preliminary to Kriya Yoga, are an integral part of the Kriya Yoga Path.

·         These techniques are highly effective in raising the consciousness to Self-realization, and in liberating the soul from bondage.

·         Truth is for earnest seekers, not for those of idle curiosity.

·         It is easy to believe when one sees; no soul searching’s are then necessary.

·         Super sensual truth is deservedly discovered by those who overcome their natural materialistic skepticism.

·         I shall come whenever you need me; not always when you call me.

·         Great was the metamorphosis of these doubting Thomases into devout St. Pauls.

·         In the path to the Infinite, even illuminated masters like Lahiri Mahasaya may suffer from an excess of Zeal, and be subject to discipline.

·         By serving wise and ignorant sadhus, I am learning the greatest of virtues, pleasing to God above all others – humility.

·         To humble the ego or false self is to discover one’s eternal identity.



Chapter 35

The Christlike Life of Lahiri Mahasaya


·         ..notice a strange transcendental change.

·         By these manifold activities, Lahiri Mahasaya sought to answer the common challenge:  “After performing one’s business and social duties, …the time for devotional meditation?” 

·         The harmoniously balanced life of the great householder – guru became the inspiration of thousands of men and women.

·         “Remember that you belong to no one and that no one belongs to you.   Reflect that some day you will suddenly have to leave everything in this world – so make the acquaintance of God now.”

·         Meditate unceasingly, that you quickly behold yourself as the Infinite Essence, free from every form of misery.

·         “He only is wise who devotes himself to realizing, not reading only, the ancient revelations.” 

·         “Solve all your problems through meditation.  Exchange unprofitable speculations for actual God-communion.

·         “Clear your mind of dogmatic theological debris; let in the fresh, healing waters of direct perception.

·         Attune yourself to the active inner Guidance; the Divine Voice has the answer to every dilemma of life.

·         “Seek truth in meditation, not in moldy books.”

·         To the awe of all beholders, Lahiri Mahasaya’s habitual physiological state exhibited the superhuman features of breathlessness, sleeplessness, cessation of pulse and heartbeat, calm eyes unblinking for hours, and a profound aura of peace.

·         Hindu medical treatises are called Ayurveda.

·         Vedic physicians used delicate surgical instruments, employed plastic surgery, understood how to counteract the effects of poison gas, performed Caesarean sections and brain operation, were skilled in dynamization of drugs.

·         Hippocrates (4th century B.C) borrowed much this of his material medical from Hindu sources.

·         Neem*  oil for the cure of various diseases.

·         Sambhabi Mudra means fixing the gaze at the spot between the eyebrows.

·         When the yogi has reached a certain stage of mental peace his eyelids do not blink; he is absorbed in the inner world.

·         A mudra (“symbol”) usually refers to a ritual gesture of the fingers and hands.

·         Many mudras induce calmness by affecting certain nerves.

·         The testimony of the Hindu scriptures, however, is that the science of Yoga has been known in India for untold millenniums.

·         …when the self is in communion with a higher power, Nature automatically obeys, without stress or strain, the will of man.

·         This effortless command over Nature is called ‘miraculous’ by the uncomprehending materialist.

·         In his power to raise his close disciples to Christlike stature and in his wide dissemination of truth among the masses,  Lahiri Mahasaya ranks among the saviors of mankind.

·         The great master therefore did not encourage the old ideal of a yogi as a wandering ascetic with a begging bowl.

·         He stressed, rather, the advantages to a yogi of earning his own living, of not being dependent on a hard-pressed society for support, and of practicing yoga in the privacy of his home.

·         To this counsel Lahiri Mahasaya added the heartening force of his own example.  He was a modern, ‘streamlined’ model of a yogi.

·         His way of life, as planned by Babaji, was intended to be a guide for aspiring yogis in all parts of the world.

·         New hope for new men! “Divine Union ” the Yogavatar proclaimed, ‘is possible through self-effort, and is not  dependent on theological beliefs or on the arbitrary will of a Cosmic Dictator.”

·         Through use the Kriya key, persons who cannot bring themselves to believe in the divinity of any man will behold at last the full divinity of their own selves.



Chapter 36

Babaji’s Interest in the West


·         The religious fairs held in India from time immemorial are known as kumbha Melas; they have kept spiritual goals in constant sight of the multitude.

·         … ‘for the faults of the many, judge not the whole.  Everything on earth is of mixed character, like a mingling of sand and sugar.

·         Be like the wise ant that seizes only the sugar, and leaves the sand untouched.

·         Though many sadhus here still wander in delusion, yet the mela is blessed by a few men do God-realization.

·         …although high in intellectual attainments, many Westerners are wedded to rank materialism.  Others, famous in science and philosophy, do not recognize the essential unity in religion.

·         “East and West must establish a golden middle path of activity and spirituality combined.”

·         …potential saints in America and Europe , waiting to be awakened.

·         …the inspired sons of God have…the same truths.

·         The ancient name for India is Aryavarta, literally, “abode of the Aryans”

·         The Sanskrit root or arya is  “worthy, holy, noble.”

·         Path presupposes distance; if He be near, no path neediest thou at all.

·         Verily it maketh me smile. 

·         To hear of a fish in water athirst!



Chapter 37

I Go to America


·         “Kriya Yoga, the scientific technique of God-realization,”  …. “will ultimately spread in all lands, and aid in harmonizing the nations through man’s personal, transcendental perception of the Infinite Father.”

·         Take the best of both peoples.

·         “Be your true self, a child of God.  Seek and incorporate into your being the best qualities of all your brothers, scattered over the earth in various races.”

·         “All those who come to you with faith, seeking God, will be helped.  As you look at them,  the spiritual current emanating from your eyes will enter their brains and change their material habits, making them more God-conscious.”

·         Smilingly, he added, “your lot to attract sincere souls is very good.  Everywhere you go, even in a wilderness, you will find friends.”

·         Religion,….is universal and it is one.  We cannot possibly universalize particular customs and conventions; but the common element in religion can be universalized, and we may ask alike to follow and obey it.

·         George Washington, the “father of his country,” who felt on many occasions that he was being divinely guided, uttered (in his “Farewell Address”) the following words of spiritual inspiration for America :

·         “It will be worthy of a free, an enlightened, and at no distant period a great, nation to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a people always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence. 

·         Who can doubt that, in the course of time and things, the fruits of such a plan would richly repay any temporary advantages which might be lost by a steady adherence to it?  

·         Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a nation with its virtue.”

·         Thy saviors countless, latent within thyself, equal to any, divine as any…

·         These! These in thee (certain to come) today I prophesy.



Chapter 38

Luther Burbank A Saint Amid the Roses


·         “I often talked to the plants to create a vibration of love.”

·         I look forward optimistically to a healthy, happy world as soon as its children are taught the principles of simple and rational living.

·         We must return to nature and nature’s God.

·         “schools like yours are the only hope of a future millennium. 

·         I am in revolt against the educational systems of our time, severed from nature and stifling of all individuality. 

·         I am with you heart and soul in your practical ideals of education.”

·         Dr Julian Huxley, famous English biologist and director of UNESCO, recently stated that Western scientists should “learn the Oriental techniques”  for entering the trance state and for control of breathing.

·         …he advised mental specialists, ‘then I think an immense step forward could be made in your field.’

·         I have examined the Yogoda system of Swami Yogananda and in my opinion it is ideal for training and harmonizing man’s physical, mental, and spiritual natures.

·         Swami’s aim is to establish “How-to-Live” schools throughout the world, wherein education will not confine itself to intellectual development alone, but also training of the body, will, and feelings.

·         …most of the complex problems of life may be solved, and peace an good-will come upon earth.

·         …to improve (anything, as a process or institution) by selecting good features and rejecting bad, or by adding good features.



Chapter 39

Therese Neumann, the Catholic Stigmatist


·         “I live by God’s light.”

·         Man’s body battery is not sustained by gross food (bread) alone, but by the vibratory cosmic energy (Word, or Aum).

·         The invisible power flows into the human body through the gate of  the medulla oblongata.

·         This sixth bodily center is located at the back of the neck at the top of the five spinal chakras (Sanskrit for “wheels” or centers of radiating life force).

·         The medulla, the principal entrance for the body’s supply of universal life energy (Aum), is directly connected by polarity with the Christ Consciousness center (Kutastha) in the single eye between the eyebrows:  the seat of man’s power of will.

·         Cosmic energy is then stored up in the seventh center, in the brain, as a reservoir of infinite potentialities (mentioned in the Vedas as the “thousand –petaled lotus of light.”

·         The Bible refers to Aum as the Holy Ghost or invisible life force that divinely upholds all creation.

·         “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”

·         Wandering day after day over the Holy Land , I was more than ever convinced of the value of pilgrimage.

·         To the sensitive heart, the spirit of Christ is all pervasive in Palestine .

·         The Greek ideal, echoed in Western philosophies, is:  “Man, know thyself.”

·         A Hindu would say: “Man, know thy Self.”

·         The dictum of Descartes:  “I think, therefore I am,”  is not philosophically valid.

·         The reasoning faculties cannot shed light on man’s ultimate Being.

·         The human mind, like the phenomenal world that it  recognizes, is in perpetual flux and can yield no finalities.

·         Intellectual satisfaction is not the highest goal. 

·         The seeker of God is the real lover of vidya, unchangeable truth; all else is avidya, relative knowledge.



Chapter 40

I Return to India


·         …is a positive ness in statement:  the mark of a sage – one who knows he knows, because he knows God. The master’s great wisdom, strength of purpose, and determination are apparent in every way.

·         I am monarch in my own little kingdom.  Beyond it is the vast world, interested only in externals.

·         …the Yogoda method of muscle recharging through will power:  mental direction of life energy to any part of the body.

·         …taught by precept and example the virtues of simplicity, self-sacrifice, honor, and truth.

·         Evil is pointed out to them as being that result in the happiness.

·         Evil may be compared to poisoned honey, tempting but laden with death.

·         Overcoming restlessness of body and mind by concentration techniques has achieved astonishing results.

·         …fortnightly mailings of lessons to students.

·         These lessons give detailed instruction in the Self-Realization Fellowship Energization, Concentration, and Meditation Techniques.

·         Their faithful practice constitutes the essential groundwork for the higher instruction in Kriya Yoga, which is given in subsequent lessons to qualified students.

·         …what is your impression of India ?

·         “Peace”…. “The racial aura is peace.”



Chapter 41

And Idyl in South India


·          ….mutual benefits to be derived from exchange of the best features of East and West.

·         Asoka’s “sermons in stone” bear witness to the widespread literacy of his day.  Rock Edict XIII denounces wars.

·         Rock Edict X declares that a king’s true glory depends on the moral progress he aids his people in attaining.

·         Rock Edict XI defines “the true gift” to be, not goods, but Good – the spreading of truth.  On Rock Edict VI the beloved emperor invites his subjects to confer with him on public business “at any hour of the day or night” adding that by faithful discharge of his kingly duties he was thus “obtaining his own release from the debt he owed his fellowmen.”

·         The things I prize and find of real worth are trees, which are my shelter; blooming plants, which provide my daily food; and water, which assuages my thirst.

·         Possessions amassed with anxious thought are wont to prove ruinous to those who gather them, causing only the sorrow and vexation that afflict all unenlightened men.

·         “As for me, I lie upon forest leaves, and, having nothing to guard, close my eyes in tranquil slumber, whereas, had I anything of worldly value, that burden would banish sleep.

·         The earth supplies me with everything I need, even as a mother provides her child with milk.

·         I go wherever I please, unencumbered by material cares.

·         He enclosed us all in flesh and put us on earth to prove whether, when here below, we shall live obedient to His ordinances; and He will require of us,  when we depart hence, an account of our lives.

·         “A man will be beloved if, possessed with great power,  he still does not make himself feared.”

·         Hindu Law…

·         …protects the people and “ordains that no one among them shall, under any circumstances, be a slave; but that, enjoying freedom themselves, they shall respect the equal right to it that all men possess.

·         “The Indians,”…… “neither put out money at usury, nor know how to borrow.  It is contrary to established practice for the Indians to do or to suffer a wrong; therefore they neither make contracts nor require securities.’

·         “Cures are affected rather by regulating diet than by the use of medicines.

·         “Nor would an enemy, coming upon a husbandman at work on his land, do him any harm; for men of this class are regarded as public benefactors and are protected  from all injury.”

·         “The land, thus remaining unravaged and producing heavy crops, supplies the inhabitants with the requisites to make life enjoyable.”

·         …control of the mind is better and more difficult.

·         The origin of the caste system, formulated by the great legislator Manu, was admirable.  He saw clearly that men are distinguished by natural evolution into four great classes:  those capable of offering service to society through their bodily labor (sudras); those who serve through mentality, skill, agriculture, trade, commerce, business life in general (Vaisyas); those whose talents are administrative, executive, and protective – rulers and warriors (Kshatriyas); those of contemplative nature, spiritually inspired and inspiring (Brahmnis).

·         “character and conduct only can decide.”

·         Riches in Vedic India were always despised if they were hoarded or unavailable for charitable purposes.

·         Ungenerous men of great wealth were assigned a low rank in society.

·         “To a certain extent, all races and nations observe in practice, if not in theory, the features of caste.

·         Serious evil arose when the caste system became hardened through the centuries into a hereditary halter.

·         Every nation on earth has its own distinctive misery-producing karma to deal with and honorably remove.

·         “Do not do what you want, and then you may do what you like.”

·         ….one should constantly ask himself: “Who am I?”

·         …-the Great Inquiry indeed.

·         By stern rejection of all other thoughts the devotee soon finds himself going deeper and deeper into the true Self, and the sidetracking bewilderments of other thoughts cease to arise.



Chapter 42

Last Days With My Guru


·         ..with his every breath man unconsciously asserts the truth of his being:  I am He!

·         The peculiar genius of the Indian people is the reverence innate in even the lowliest peasant for the worth of the Spirit and for the monks and sadhus who have forsaken worldly ties to seek a diviner anchorage.

·         The spiritual eye was vividly represented on their foreheads by a single spot of sandalwood paste.

·         Truth, Love, and Work. A sufficient conversation!



Chapter 43

The Resurrection of Sri Yukteswar


·         “As prophets are sent on earth to help men work out their physical karma, so I have been directed by God to serve on an astral planet as a savior.”

·         God encased the human soul successively in three bodies – the idea, or casual, body; the subtle astral body, seat of man’s mental and emotional natures; and the gross physical body.

·         On earth a man is equipped with his physical senses.

·         An astral being works with his consciousness and feelings and a body made of lifetrons.

·         A casual-bodied being remains in the blissful realm of ideas.

·         ..prana..

·         “There are many astral planets, teeming with astral beings.”

·         “The inhabitants use astral planes, or masses of light, to travel from one planet to another, faster than electricity and radioactive energies.

·         Lord Buddha was once asked why a man should love all persons equally. “Because,” the great teacher replied, “in the very numerous and varied life-spans of each man, every other being has at one time or another been dear to him.”

·         Visitors to the astral world dwell there for a longer or shorter period in accordance with the weight of their physical karma, which draws them back to earth within a specified time.

·         “Man as an individualized soul is essentially causal-bodied,”  “That body is a matrix of the thirty-five ideas required by God as the basic or causal thought forces from which He later formed the subtle astral body of nineteen elements and the gross physical body of sixteen elements.

·         “The nineteen elements of the astral body are mental, emotional, and lifetronic. The nineteen components are intelligence; ego; feeling; mind (sense-consciousness); five instruments of knowledge, the subtle counterparts of the senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch; five instruments  of action, the mental correspondence for the executives abilities to procreate, excrete, talk, walk, and exercise manual skill; and five instruments of life force, those empowered to perform the crystallizing, assimilating, eliminating, metabolizing, and circulating functions of the body.

·         This subtle astral encasement of nineteen elements survives the death of the physical body, which is made of sixteen gross chemical elements.

·         The cohesive force by which all three bodies are held together is desire.

·         The power of unfulfilled desires is the root of all of man’s slavery.

·         Because all creation is made of the cosmic dream-texture, the soul thinly clothed in the causal has vast realizations of power.

·         When desirelessness is attained through wisdom, its power disintegrates the two remaining vessels.

·         The tiny human soul emerges, free at last; it is one with the Measureless Amplitude.

·         “The interpretation of man’s three bodies is expressed in many ways through his threefold nature.”

·         “In the wakeful state on earth a  human being is conscious more or less of his three vehicles.  When he is sensuously intent on tasting, smelling, touching, listening, or seeing, h us working principally through his physical body.

·         Visualizing or willing, he is working mainly through his astral body.

·         His causal being finds expression when man is thinking or diving deep in introspection or meditation; the cosmical thoughts of genius come to the man who habitually contacts his causal body.

·         In this sense an individual may be classified broadly as ‘a material man,’ ‘an energetic man,’ or ‘an intellectual man.’

·         The day he wills, he is set on the path to freedom.



Chapter 44

With Mahatma Gandhi at Wardha


·         …a list of Satyagraha vows taken by all if the Mahatma’s earnest followers (satyagraphis):  Nonviolence; Truth; No-Stealing; Celibacy; Non-Possession; Body Labor; Control of the Palate; Fearlessness; Equal Respect for all Religions; Swadeshi (use of home manufactures); Freedom for Untouchability.  These eleven should be observed as vows in a spirit of humility.

·         Gandhi has sound economic and cultural reasons for encouraging the revival of cottage industries, but he does not counsel a fanatical repudiation of all modern progress.

·         Harmlessness; nonviolence; the foundation rock of Gandhi’s creed.

·         He was deeply influenced by the Jains, who revere ahimsa as the root virtue.

·         Jainism, a sect of Hinduism, was widely spread in the sixth century B.C. by Mahavira a contemporary of Buddha.

·         Bhuta Yajna thus reinforces man’s readiness to succor the weak, as man in turn is comforted by countless solicitudes of higher unseen beings.

·         Humanity is also under bond for rejuvenating gifts of Nature…-prodigal in earth, sea and sky.

·         The evolutionary barrier of incommunicability among Nature, animals, man, and astral angels is surmounted by daily yajnas (rituals) of silent love.

·         Gandhi wrote beautifully on thousands of subjects.  Of prayer he said:  “It is a reminder to ourselves that we are helpless without God’s support.  No effort is complete without prayer, without a definite recognition that the best human endeavor is of no effect if it has not God’s blessing behind it.   Prayer is call to humility.  It is a call to self-purification, to inward search.”

·         Saints like Gandhi….have made not only tangible material sacrifices, but also the more difficult renunciation of selfish motive and private goal, merging their inmost being in the stream of humanity as a whole.

·         The Mahatma’s remarkable wife, Kasturbai…paid Gandhi the following tribute:

I thank you for having had the privilege of being your lifelong companion and helpmate. 

I thank you for the most perfect marriage in the world, based on brahmacharya (self-control) and not on sex. 

I thank you for having considered me your equal in your life work for India . 

I thank you for not being one of those thousands husbands who spend their time in gambling, racing, women, wine, and song, tiring of their wives and children as the little boy quickly tires of his childhood toys. 

How thankful I am that you were not one of those husbands who devote their time to growing rich on the exploitation of the labor of others.

How thankful I am that you put God and country before bribes, that you had the courage of your convictions and a complete and implicit faith in God. 

How thankful I am for a husband who put God a his country before me. 

I am grateful to you for your tolerance of me and shortcomings of youth, when I grumbled and rebelled against the change you made in our mode of living, from so much to so little.

As the year passed and you became India ’s most beloved leader, I had none of the fears that beset the wife who may be cast aside when her husband has climbed the ladder of success, as so often happens in other countries. 

I knew that death, would still find us husband and wife.

·         Gandhi has described his life with devastating candor in The Story of My Experiments with Truth.

·         This autobiography has been summarized in Mahatma Gandhi, His Own Story, edited by C.F. Andrews, with an introduction by John Haynes Holmes.

·         “Mahatmaji,”…definition of ahimsa.  “The avoidance of harm to any living creature in thought or deed.”

·         “I could not kill a cobra without violating two of my vows – fearlessness, and non-killing. 

·         I would rather try inwardly to calm the snake by vibrations of love.  I cannot possibly lower my standards to suit my circumstances.”

·         Semi-starvation or unbalanced diets are not the answer. 

·         After overcoming the inward greed for food, a satyagrahi must continue to follow a rational vegetarian diet with all necessary vitamins, minerals, calories, and so forth.

·         I first taught the little class the physical Yogoda exercises.

·         The body is visualized as divided into twenty parts; the will directs energy in turn to each section.

·         Soon everyone was vibrating before me like a human motor.

·         The Jain scriptures, the Biblical New Testament, and the sociological writings of Tolstoy are the three main sources of Gandhi’s nonviolence convictions.

·         He has stated his credo thus:

I believe the Bible, the Koran, and the Zend-Avesta to be as divinely inspired as the Vedas. 

I believe in the institution of Gurus, but in this age millions must go without a Guru, because it is a rare thing to find a combination of perfect purity and perfect learning.  But one need not despair of ever knowing the truth of one’s religion, because the fundamentals of Hinduism as of every great religion are unchangeable, and easily understood.

I believe like every Hindu in God and His Oneness, in rebirth and salvation…I can no more describe my feeling for Hinduism than for my own wife. 

She moves as no other woman in the world can.  Not that she has no faults; I daresay she has many more than I see myself. 

But the feeling of an indissoluble bond is there. 

Even so I feel for and about Hinduism with all its faults and limitations. 

Hinduism is not an exclusive religion.

In it there is room  for the worship of all the prophets of the world. 

It is not a missionary religion in the ordinary sense of the term. 

It has no doubt absorbed many tribes in its fold, but this absorption has been of an evolutionary, imperceptible character.

Hinduism tells each man to worship God according to his own faith or dharma, and so lives at peace with all religions.

·         A comprehensive Sanskrit word for law; conformity to law or natural righteousness; duty as inherent in the circumstances in which a man finds himself at any given time.

·         The scriptures define dharma as “the natural universal laws whose observance enables man to save himself  from degradation and suffering.”

·         In the lesson of  his own life, Jesus gave humanity the magnificent purpose and the single objective toward which we all ought to aspire.

·         Alone among great leaders, Gandhi has offered a practical nonviolent alternative to armed might.

·         To redress grievances and remove injustices, the Mahatma has employed nonviolent means which again and again have proved their effectiveness. 

·         He states his doctrine in these words:

I have found that life persists in the midst of destruction.  Therefore there must be a higher law than that of destruction.  Only under that law would well-ordered society be intelligible and life worth living.

If  that is the law of life we must work it out in daily existence.

Wherever there are wars, wherever we are confronted with an opponent, conquer by love.

I have found that the certain law of love has answered in my own life as the law of destruction has never done.

In India we have had an ocular demonstration of the operation of this law on the widest scale possible.

I don’t claim that nonviolence has penetrated the 360.000.000 people in India , but I do claim it has penetrated deeper than any other doctrine in an incredibly short time.

It takes a fairly strenuous course of training to attain a mental state of nonviolence.

It is a disciplined life, like the life of soldier.

The perfect state is reached only when the mind, body, and speech are in proper coordination.  Every problem would lend itself to solution if we determined to make the law of truth and nonviolence the law of life.

·         The grim march of world political events points inexplorably to the truth that without spiritual vision, the people perish.

·         Science, if not religion, has awakened in humanity a dim sense of the insecurity and even insubstantiality of all material things.

·         Where indeed may man go now, if not to his Source and Origin, the Spirit within him?

·         Use of jungle logic instead of human reason in settling disputes will restore the earth to a jungle.

·         If not brothers in life, then brothers in violent death.

·         It was not for such ignominy that God lovingly permitted man to discover the release of atomic energies!

·         War and crime never pay.  The billions of  dollars that went up in the smoke of explosive nothingness would have been sufficient to have made a new world, one almost free from disease and completely free from poverty.

·         Not an earth of fear, chaos, famine, pestilence, the dance macabre, but one broad land of peace, prosperity and widening knowledge.

·         The nonviolence voice of Gandhi appeals to man’s highest conscience.  Let nations ally themselves no longer with death, but with life; not with destruction, but with construction; not with hate, but with the creative miracles of love.

·         Forgiveness is the might of the mighty; forgiveness is sacrifice; forgiveness is quiet of mind. 

·         Forgiveness and gentleness are the qualities of the Self-possessed. They represent eternal virtue.

·         Nonviolence is the natural outgrowth of the law of forgiveness and love.

·         “If loss of life becomes necessary in a righteous battle,”  Gandhi proclaims, “one should be prepared, like Jesus, to shed his own, not others, blood.  Eventually there will be less blood  split in the world.”

·         Epics shall someday be written in the India satyagrahis who withstood hate with love, violence with nonviolence, who allowed themselves to be mercilessly slaughtered rather than bear arms.

·         The result on certain historic occasions was that opponents threw down their guns and fled –shamed, shaken to their depths by the sight of men who valued the lives of others above their own.

·         Matthew 26:52. This is one of numerous passages in the Bible that necessarily imply the reincarnation of man….Many of life’s complexities are…..understanding of the karmic law of justice.

·         “Let not a man glory in this, that he love his country; Let him rather glory in this, that he love his kind.”  - Persian Proverb.

·         By the Mahatma’s training of thousands of true satyagrahis (those who have taken the eleven rigorous vows mentioned in the first part of this chapter), who in turn spread the message; by patiently educating the Indian masses to understand the spiritual and eventually material benefits of nonviolence; by arming his people with willingness to endure indignities, prison, death, itself rather than resort  to arms; by enlisting world sympathy through countless examples of heroic martyrdom among satyagrahis, Gandhi has dramatically portrayed the practical nature of nonviolence, its solemn power to settle disputes without war.

·         Nonviolent methods for eradication of all wrongs and evils have been strikingly applied not only in the political arena  but in the delicate and complicated field of Indian social reform.

·         The Mahatma wholeheartedly believes in the inherent nobility of man.

·         The inevitable failures have never disillusioned him.

·         “Even if the opponent plays him false twenty times,” he writes, “the satyagrahi is ready to trust him twenty-first time, for an implicit trust in human nature is the very essence of the creed.”

·         “It is curious how we delude ourselves, fancying that the body can be improved, but that it is impossible to evoke the hidden powers of the soul.”

·         Gandhi replied. “I am engaged in trying to show that if I have any of those powers, I am as frail a mortal as any of us and that I never had anything extraordinary about me nor have I now. I am a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal.  I own, however, that I have enough humility to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.  I own that I have an immovable faith in God and His goodness, and an inconsumable passion for truth and love.  But is that we may make new discoveries and inventions in the phenomenal world, must we declare our bankruptcy in the spiritual domain?  Is it impossible to multiply the exceptions so as to make them the rule? Must man always be brute first and man after, if at all?

·         “How many times, O Man, do I forgive each of you daily?

·         “Resort to force in the Great War (I) failed to bring tranquility,”  Franklin D. Rooselvet pointed out.  “Victory and defeat were alike sterile.  That lesson the world should have learned.”

·         “The more weapons of violence, the more misery to mankind,”  Lao-tzu taught.  “The triumph of violence ends in a festival of mourning.”

·         “I am fighting for nothing less than world peace,”  Gandhi has declared.  “If  the Indian movement is carried to success on a nonviolent Satyagraha basis, it will give a new meaning to patriotism and, if I may say so in all humility, to life itself.”

·         Before the West dismisses Gandhi’s program as one of an impractical dreamer, let it first reflect on a definition of Satyagraha by the Master of Galilee;

·         “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an resist, not evil [with evil]:  but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

·         Gandhi’s  epoch has extended, with the beautiful precision of cosmic timing, into a century already desolated and devastated by two World Wars.

·         A divine handwriting appears on the granite wall of his life: a warning against the further shedding of blood among brothers.

·         “Generations to come, it may be.”  Albert Einstein wrote in a tribute to the Mahatma, “will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon the earth.”



Chapter 45

The Bengali  “Joy-Permeated Mother”


·         The closest of dear friends, she made one feel, yet an aura of remoteness was ever around her – the paradoxical isolation of Omnipresence.

·         “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength,”  Christ has proclaimed; “this is the first commandment.”

·         ..the only problem in human life – establishment of  unity with God.

·         Man has forgotten this stark simplicity, now befogged by a million issues.

·         Refusing a monotheistic love to the Creator, nations try to disguise their infidelity by punctilious respect before the outward shrines of charity.

·         These humanitarian gestures are virtuous, because for a moment they divert man’s attention from himself; but referred to by Jesus as the “first commandment.”

·         The uplifting obligation to love God assumed with man’s earliest breath of an air freely bestowed by his only Benefactor.

·         “Many feel the urge to create a new and better world.  Rather than let your thoughts dwell on such matters, you should concentrate on That by the contemplation of which there is hope of perfect peace.  It is man’s duty to become a seeker after God or Truth.”



Chapter 46

The Woman Yogi Who Never Eats


·         …nourishment  is derived from the finer energies of the air and sunlight, and from the cosmic power that recharges your body through the medulla oblongata.

·         “What we eat is radiation; our food is so much quanta of energy,”  Dr. Geo. W. Crile of  Cleveland told a gathering of medical men on May 17, 1933 , in Memphis .  Parts of  his speech were reported as follows:

“This all-important radiation, which releases electrical currents for the body’s electrical circuit, the nervous system, is given to food by the sun’s rays.

Atoms, Dr Crile says, are solar systems.  Atoms are the vehicles that are filled with solar radiance as so many coiled springs.

These countless atomfuls of energy are taken in as food.  Once in the human body, these tense vehicles the atoms, are discharged in the body’s protoplasm, the radiance furnishing new chemical energy, new electrical currents .

“Your body is made up of such atoms, Dr. Crile said.  “They are your muscles. Brains and sensory organs, such as the eyes and ears.”

·         Someday scientists will discover how man can live directly on solar energy. “Chlorophyll is the only substance known in nature that somehow possesses the power to act as a “sunlight trap,”   William L. Laurence writes in the New York Times.  “It  ‘catches’ the energy of sunlight and stores it in the plant. 

·         Without this no life could exist.

·         We obtain the energy we need for living from the solar energy stored in the plant-food we eat or in the flesh of the animals that eat the plants.

·         The energy we obtain from coal or oil is solar energy trapped by the chlorophyll in plant life millions of years ago.

·         We live by the sun through the agency of chlorophyll.

·         …a kria technique that frees the body from dependence on the gross food of mortals.

·         The technique includes the use of a certain “mantra” and a breathing exercise more difficult than the average person could perform.

·         I sleep very little; as sleep and waking are the same to me. 

·         I meditate at night, attending to my domestic duties in the daytime.

·         It appears that misery, starvation, and disease are whips of our karma that ultimately drive us to seek the true meaning of life.

·         The non-eating state attained by Giri Bala is a yogic power mentioned in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras III:3:1.

·         She employs a certain breathing exercise that affects the vishuddha chakra, the fifth center of subtle energies located in the spine.

·         The vishuddha chakra, opposite the throat, controls the fifth element, akash or ether, pervasive in the intra-atomic spaces of the physical cells.

·         Concentration on this chakra  (“wheel”) enables the devotee to live by etheric energy.



Chapter 47

I Return to the West


·         “How Faith in Fellowship May Save Civilization”

·         Paramahansaji also established a Prayer Council at the Mt. Washington Center ( the nucleus of Self-Realization Fellowship’s Worldwide Prayer Circle), which offers prayers daily for all who request help in solving or dissolving their particular problem.



Chapter 48

At Encinitas in California


·         “He hath made of one blood all nations of men.”      “World brotherhood “ is a large term, but man must enlarge his sympathies, considering himself in the light of a world citizen.  He who truly understands that “it is my America , my India , my Philippines , my Europe , my Africa ” and so on, will never lack scope for a useful and happy life.

·         “The world is my homeland.”



Chapter 49

The Years 1940-1951


·         …yoga should be taught by a method of instruction such as the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons, or the liberating science will again be restricted to a chosen few.

·         Babaji has promised to guard and guide all sincere Kriya Yogis in their path toward the Goal.

·         Hundreds of thousands, not dozens merely, of Kriya Yogis are needed to bring into manifestation the world of peace and plenty that awaits men when they have made the proper effort to reestablish their status as sons of the Divine Father.

·         Paramahansa Yogananda, also, told his students of East and West that, after this life, he would continue to watch over the spiritual progress of all Kriyabans (students of the Self – Realization Fellowship Lessons who have receive Kriya initiation).

·         It has been worthwhile, more than ever I dreamed, to see East and West brought closer in the only lasting bond, the spiritual.

·         …until there is better assimilation in all nations of the distinctive Eastern and Western virtues, world affairs cannot improve.

·         Each hemisphere needs the best offerings of the other.

·         In the course of world travel I have sadly observed much suffering.

·         …in the  Orient, suffering chiefly on the material plane; in the Occident, misery chiefly on the mental or spiritual plane.

·         All nations feel the painful effects of unbalanced civilizations.

·         India and many other Eastern lands can greatly from emulation of the practical grasp of affairs, the material efficiency, of Western nations like America .

·         The Occidental peoples, on the other hand, require a deeper understanding of the spiritual basis of life, and particularly of scientific techniques that India anciently developed for man’s conscious communion with God.

·         The ideal of a well-rounded civilization is not a chimerical one. 

·         For millenniums India was a land of both spiritual light and widespread material prosperity.

·         Abundance, material as well as spiritual, is a structural expression of rita, cosmic law or natural righteousness.

·         The Hindu scriptures teach that man is attracted to this particular earth to learn, more completely in each succesive life, the infinite ways in which the Spirit may be expressed through, and dominant over, material conditions.

·         Man’s forgetfulness of his divine resources (the result of his misuse of free will) is the root cause of all other forms of suffering.

·         The ills attributed to an anthropomorphic abstraction called “society” may be laid more realistically at the door of Everyman.

·         Utopia must spring in the private bosom before it can flower in civic virtue, inner reforms leading naturally to outer ones. 

·         A man who has reformed himself will reform thousands.

·         The plan of the divine lila or :sportive play” by which the phenomenal words have come into existence is one of reciprocity between creature and Creator.

·         The sole gift that man can offer to God is love; it suffices to call forth His overwhelming generosity.

·         The central messages of the Gita is that man win emancipation through love for God, wisdom, and performance of right actions in a spirit of nonattachment.

·         In the ocean of our dream-world, the consciousness of  individual waves – the forms of men an of all other material objects.

·         Knowing that mere philosophical and ethical knowledge is insufficient to rouse man from his painful dream of separate existence, Lord Krishna pointed out the holy science by which the yogi may master his body and convert it, at will, into pure energy.

·         The Hindu scriptures extol the yogic science because it is employable by mankind in general.

·         He needs, for soul recollection, no more than the Kriya Yoga technique, a daily observance of the moral precepts, and an ability to cry sincerely:  “Lord, I yearn to know Thee!”

·         To become the friend of God, man must overcome the devils or evils of his own karma or actions that ever urge him to spineless acquiescence in the mayic delusions of the world.

·         A knowledge of the iron law of karma encourages the earnest seeker to find the way of final escape from its bonds. 

·         Because the karmic slavery of human beings is rooted in the desires of maya-darkened minds, it is with mind-control that the yogi concerns himself.

·         The mystery of life and death, whose solution is the only purpose of man’s sojourn on earth, is intimately interwoven with breath.

·         Breathlessness is deathlessness.

·         God has made the breath to serve as the subtle link between body and soul.

·         Genesis state: “The Lord formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

·         The flesh of man could never carry on activity nor manifest energy and motion were it not for the life currents transmitted by soul to body through the instrumentality, in unenlightened men, of the breath (gaseous energy).

·         The life currents, operating in the human body as the fivefold prana or subtle life energies, are an expression of the Aum vibration of the omnipresent soul.

·         The transitional or equilibrated of the day, dawn, and dusk are therefore considered auspicious for meditation.

·         The decipherment of His secret code is an art that man cannot communicate to man; here the Lord alone is the teacher.

·         …the Lord is heard only in the immaculate silences.  Reverberating throughout the universe as the creative Aum vibration, the Primal Sound instantly translates Itself into intelligible words for the devotee in attunement.

·         The goal of the science of yoga is to obtain that necessary inner stillness by which one may truly “know God.”

·         God is Love; His plan for creation can be rooted only in love.  Does not that simple thought, rather than erudite reasoning, offer solace to the human heart?

·         Every saint who has penetrated to the core of Reality has testified that a divine universal plan exists and that it is beautiful and full of joy.

·         “Ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace.”

·         The full truth within it is realizable by every devotee of God who strives manfully to repossess his divine heritage.

·         …direct personal experience of God.

·         ..the purpose of life is the evolution, through self-effort, of man’s limited mortal consciousness in God Consciousness.

·         …temples of God in the homes and in the hearts of men.

·         …to show that these principles of truth are the common scientific foundation of all true religions.

·         …the highway of daily, scientific, devotional meditation on God.

·         To liberate man from his threefold suffering:  physical disease, mental inharmonies, and spiritual ignorance.

·         … “plain living and high thinking.”

·         …kinship with God..

·         …the superiority of mind over body, of soul over mind.

·         …unite science and religion.

·         To serve mankind  as one’s larger Self.

·         God Talks With Arjuna  The Bhagavad Gita – A New Translation and Commentary

·         The Law of Success

·         The Holy Science by Swami Sri Yukteswar