Excerpts from the writings of Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

Man kind is engaged in an eternal quest for that “something else” he hopes will bring him happiness, complete and unending. For those individual souls who have sought and found God, the search is over: He is that Something Else.

“It is not a question of belief,” (my guru said). The scientific attitude one should take on any subject is whether it is true.The law of gravitation worked as efficiently before Newton as after him. The cosmos would be fairly chaotic if its laws could not poerate without the sanction of humankind.”

Your being has two sides— one visible, the other invisible. With open eyes you behold objective creation, and yourself in it. With closed eyes you see nothing , a dark void; yet your consciousness, even when dissociated from form, is still keenly aware and operative. If in deep meditation you penetrate the darkness behind closed eyes, you behold the light from which all creation emerges. By deeper samadhi, your experience transcends even the manifested Light and enters the All-Blissful Consciousness— beyond all form, yet infinitely more real, tangible, and joyous than any sensory or supersensory perception.

Change yourself and you have done your part in changing the world. Every individual must change his own life if he wants to live in a peaceful world. The world cannot become peaceful unless and until you yourself begin to work toward peace. It is only by removing hate from our hearts that we can live a Christlike life.

It is not your passing thoughts or brilliant ideas so much as your plain everyday habits that control your life…. Live simply. Don’t get caught in the machine of the world— it is too exacting. By the time you get what you are seeking your nerves are gone, the heart is damaged, and the bones are aching. Resolve to develop your spiritual powers more earnestly from now on. Learn the art of right living. If you have everything, so learn to be glad and contented….Have happiness now.

Birth, play, marriage, children, old age—life is finished. That is not living! Life is much deeper and more wonderful than that….. When you know God, there is no more sorrow . All those you loved and lost in death are with you again in the eternal life.

Our great whirling planet, our human individuality, were not given to us merely that we might exist for a time and then vanish in to nothingness, but that we might question what it is all about. To live without understanding the purpose of life is foolish, a waste of time. The mystery of life surrounds us; we were given intelligence in order to solve it.


Author: vedvyash

Writing is something that helped me discover the creativity and the expressionism that was hidden under the deep layers of my soul. And me!

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