Jesus Christ was an Oriental. Therefore, his teachings were derived from Oriental environment and heredity. Truth is not a monopoly of the Orient or the Occident. The sunlight, though pure silver, appears to be red or blue when looked upon through red or blue glasses; so, also, does pure, undiluted truth appear to be different when expressed through Oriental or Occidental civilization.
Last week we published Abbot George’s latest podcast, The Real Yogananda: 8 Stories of Mischief and Mercy. We have taken that podcast and created a new YouTube video taking the podcast as the audio portion, and adding lots of film and photos of Yogananda to illustrate these eight stories, which we hope you will enjoy.
There are a lot of stories that people have never heard, so here are some things that were told to me by direct disciples of Yogananda who were there when these incidents took place that you might find interesting.
This following is a conversation that Paramhansa Yogananda had with “M,” otherwise known as Mahendranath Gupta, the author of the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna.
No one knows what Lahiri Mahasaya taught, since it is common knowledge in India that every one of his disciples taught a practice unique to them, each one apparently altering it according to their ideas.
In “Journey to Self-Realization”, a collection of talks by Paramhansa Yogananda, at the end of the talk entitled “The True Signs of Progress in Meditation,” he gives the following list of seven indications of progress in meditation:
Remember that along with the art of money-making it is well to learn the art of money-saving, for a large income is of no lasting good to you if it creates only habits of luxury and no reserve fund.
“And Jesus said, Behold, for human flesh can be transmuted into higher form, and then that higher form is master of things manifest, and can, at will, take any form.” This is the witness-experience of great saints throughout the ages, especially in India.
Do you realize that you may have been praying to an unknown God and may not have been getting any response? Every Sunday you get into the church vibration and pray with both earnest and indifferent souls. You feel religious, and you feel afraid of God… Do you like to talk to a deaf, mute person? Do you want to go on appealing or talking to someone who never replies?