MAN’S ETERNAL QUEST

And other talks

By Paramahansa Yogananda

ISBN 0-87612-232-2

 

http://www.yogananda-srf.org/

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.]

 

Preface

 

 

Introduction

 

 

 

How Seekers First Found God

 

 

 

The Infinite Nature of God

 

 

 

Answered Prayers

 

 

 

Understanding the Unreality of Matter

 

 

 

Man’s Greatest Adventure

 

 

Self – Analysis:  Key to the Mastery Life

 

 

 

Healing by God’s Unlimited Power

 

 

 

Eliminating the Static of Fear from the Mind Radio

 

 

Nervousness – Cause and Cure

 

 

      

       The Physical and Spiritual Rewards of Fasting

 

 

 

Self-realization Criterion of Religion

 

 

 

The Desire That Satisfies All Desires

 

 

 

In God Is All Happiness

 

 

 

How to Be More Likable

 

 

 

Developing Personality

 

 

 

The Divine Art of Making Friends

 

 

 

The True Experience of Spiritual Ecstasy

 

 

 

Three Paths to Cosmic Consciousness

 

 

 

       Be a Smile Millionaire

 

 

 

Lord, Possess Us with Thy Love

 

 

Controlling Your New Year’s Destiny

 

 

 

How to Outwit Temptation

 

 

 

Curing Mental Alcoholics

 

 

 

Overcoming Malignant Moods

 

 

 

Reincarnation Can Be Scientifically Proven

 

 

 

 

Reincarnation:  The Soul’s Journey to Perfection

 

 

 

Will Jesus Reincarnate Again?

 

 

The Dream Nature of the World

 

 

 

God’s Nature in the Mother and the Father

 

 

 

Looking at Creation with Seeing Eyes

 

 

The Invisible Man

 

 

 

What Are Ghosts?

 

 

 

Jesus:  A Christ of East and West

 

 

 

Christ and Krishna

Avatars of the One Truth

 

 

The Ten Commandments

Eternal Rules of Happiness

 

 

 

How to Read Character

 

 

 

How to Be Happy at Will

 

 

 

Steps Toward the Universal Christ Consciousness

 

 

 

Even-Mindedness in a World of Change

 

 

 

The Balanced Life

Curing Mental Abnormalities

 

 

 

Increasing the Power of Initiative

 

 

 

Who Made God?

 

 

 

The Art of Developing Memory

 

 

 

Man’s Eternal Quest

 

 

 

The Art of Living

 

-          Include in your daily diet milk and other dairy products, and a good percentage of raw food and fresh fruits; drink a large glass of orange juice with finely groundnuts mixed in.  Eat less meat; avoid beef and pork entirely.

-          Fast one day a week on orange juice and use suitable natural laxative as prescribed by your physician

-          Every morning and evening, with deep attention, walk briskly, run or take some other form of exercise – as vigorous as your constitution allows – until you perspire.

-          Read and meditate on some inspiring passage from the Bible and from the Bhagavad-Gita Gita.

-          Read Shakespeare and other classics, and suitable portions from practical books.

-          Visit different temples and churches.

-          …To develop your appreciation and understanding of all faiths.  Look upon each one as The Temple of Our God.

-          Honour God not only in man-made temples, but learn to worship and commune with Him in the inner temple of silence.

-          Practice meditation for one hour in the morning and one hour at night, following the scientific methods taught by the great masters of Sel-Realization Fellowship.  Do not be side-

-          Do not be enslaved by the senses.  They are not meant to bind you with material desires, but to serve you with perceptions of good, which reflect God.

-          See plays or motion pictures only occasionally, choosing those of the highest quality.

-          Obey God’s divine laws as applied to family, country, and all nations.

-          Speak truth kindness and understanding, and respect truth wherever you perceive it.

-          Expand your love for family and country to include love and service to people of all nations.  See God in all men of whatever race or religion.

-          Spend less, and have more, by doing away with luxurious habits.  From your earnings put aside as much as possible, so that you can live partially on the interest from your savings, without having to dip into the capital.

-          See life as divided into four periods, during each of which the main focus should be on developing efficiency in the activities appropriate to that part of life.

(1)        From age 5 to 25 years.  The child should receive concentrated character training and become instilled with spiritual ideals and habits.  As he grows into adulthood, he should get a general education, learn efficiency by study and observation, and seek specialized training in some work to which he feels suited.

(2)        From 25 to 40 years. As an adult, one should fulfill family and other obligations to the world, while striving to keep a spiritual balance.

(3)        From age 40 to 50 years.  During this period, adults should live more quietly, study inspirational writings and keeping abreast of progress in the arts and sciences, and spending more time in meditation.

(4)        From age 50 on.  One should spend the last part of life in meditation deeply most the of time and through the wisdom and spirituality thus acquired, in rendering social and spiritual service to others.

 

 

 

Creating and Destroying Habits at Will

 

 

 

Developing Dynamic Will

 

 

Seek God Now

 

 

Why Waste Time?

God Is the Joy You Seek

 

 

 

God as Light and Joy

 

 

Have I Found God?

 

 

 

The Purpose of Life Is to Find God

 

 

 

GLOSSARY

 

The seven centers are divinely planned exits or “trap doors” through which the Soul has descended into the body and through which it must reascend by a process of meditation.  By seven successive steps, the soul escapes into Cosmic   Consciousness.  In its conscious upward passage through the seven opened or   ‘awakened’ cerebrospinal centers, the soul travels the highway to the Infinite, the true path by which the soul must retrace its course to reunite with God.

      Eternal principles of righteousness that uphold all creation; man’s inherent duty to 

      Live in harmony with these principles.

Man is surrounded by cosmic energy, much as a fish is surrounded by water.  The Energization Exercises, originated by Paramahansa Yogananda and taught in Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons, enable man to recharge his body with this cosmic energy, or universal prana.

In the course of natural righteousness, each man by his thoughts and actions becomes the molder of his destiny.  Whatever energies he himself, wisely or unwisely, has set in motion must return to him as their starting point, like a circle inexorably completing itself.  An understanding of karma as the law of justice serves to free the human mind from resentment against God and man.

A Christlike teacher with miraculous powers, he was also a family man with business responsibilities.  His mission was to make known yoga suitable for modern man, in which meditation is balanced by right performance of worldly duties.

His mission has been to assist prophets in carrying out their special dispensations.

. Proof that one is a master is supplied only by the ability to enter at will be breathless state. …And by the attainment of immutable bliss.  Men of God-realization …are devoid of the ego-principle…and its uprisings of personal desires; the actions of true masters are in effortless conformity with rita, natural righteousness.

The principal point of entry of life force (prana) into the body; seat of the sixth cerebrospinal center, whose function is to receive and direct the incoming flow of cosmic energy.  The life force is stored in the seventh center in the topmost part of the brain.  From that reservoir it is distributed throughout the body.  The subtle center at the medulla is the main switch that controls the entrance, storage, and distribution of the life force.

…We are just as much a part of Him now as we ever will be.  All we have to do is improve our knowing.