Quotes from the writings, talks, and recordings of Paramahansa Yogananda; © SRF Publishers
“They shall come from all parts of the world, thousands and thousands of them, just as you have, for Self-Realization is bringing the original Christianity of Christ and the original Yoga of India’s Krishna so that all people of all religions can follow one highway to the Infinite.” Comment on SRF annual convocations.
Although Paramahansa Yogananda’s world mission/dispensation was clearly to
demonstrate the basic unity and harmony of true world religions, His emphasis
above on the historical words of Jesus and Krishna is for a specific reason.
These holy writs as historically recorded in the New Testament Gospels and the
Bhagavad Gita of India are not only the purest and clearest statements of what
is called “the perennial philosophy” , but the life example of Jesus and Krishna
are two of the most exalted examples of exemplary lives among the worlds Avatars.
Essentially, these documents, at their esoteric level of interpretation are not only
the same direct teachings at the highest spiritual level of understanding and inspiration,
without taking anything away from all other true spiritual paths. Yogananda will
make this all very clear to the seeker who studies His other teachings.
They also stand as true guides to remove ignorance and enhance mind awareness
to all sincere devotees who want to awaken from this dreamworld of relativity.
This is Self-Realization for the masses!
Whispers from Eternity ; the dedication
Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hebrews, Hindus, and all other religionists
In whom the Cosmic Heart is ever throbbing equally.
The multicolored lamps of various true teachings,
In which shines the same white flame of God.
All churches, mosques, Viharas, tabernacles, pagodas and Temples of the world
Wherein the One Father dwells impartially in the fullness of his glory.
by Paramahansa Yogananda [© Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers LA USA]
This acclaimed avatar Paramahansa Yogananda, gave the world community updated, advanced, wisdom saturated, esoteric scientific commentary and living example of how to live a life of spiritual and material harmony and peace.
For the Christian world He clarified the true meaning of the Gospels.
For the Orientals He clarified the true meaning of the Holy Bhagavad Gita.
For the Muslim world He gave the higher teachings from one of their greatest
Saints – Omarr Khayyam’s “The Rubaiyat.”
Why did Yogananda not use the Koran or the Hadiths or Sura to share
advanced spirituality to the Muslim world?
The facts are that all the worlds teachings were presented at a specific level
suitable for the culture into which they were introduced. If that culture was
more primitive, it would of course not receive a more advanced teaching than
previous dispensations given to more advanced cultures. So on a global
scale there is no “progressive revelation.” There are often false claims such
as “this is God’s final revelation to mankind, and there will never be another
new religion or prophet sent to earth,” said Mohammad in the seventh century.
Time is the proof of all things in this world -there have been many greater
prophets and new religions since the sixth century.
Apparently, even though Yogananda had no condemnation re certain other
writings, by simply not using them in His great world wide dispensation He
made a statement in fact.
The oft misunderstood concept of “progressive revelations” mostly applies only to the particular area / culture into which they were introduced. If that particular culture is
not nearly as evolved as any number of other cultures around the world,
even though that teaching [holy writ] comes at a much later date it will not be more
progressive (advanced) dispensation in the big picture. It will of course be an
advanced teaching only for that culture in that geographical area of the world’
eg. Krishna’s date in the Holy Land [India] was circa 3000 BC, yet spiritually, sociologically, scientifically and politically Krishna’s teaching
is far more enlightened and consciousness enhancing than that of all
the Hebrew prophets of later dates which follow the timeline. India’s spiritual
and civilizational heritage predates the Mediterranean areas perhaps by thousands of years.
Archaeological findings from the Mohenjo-Daro civilization has uncovered
an intact skeleton of a Yogi sitting in Lotus posture dated at 7,200 BC.
After the Hebrews has practiced their religious traditions for a few millennia, only
then did Jeshua of returned to give them the highest ways to live and worship Brahman.
Again , the history shows politics of the priesthood generally rejecting Christ’s message.