For those looking for a “living Guru”, the first thing to understand is that a teacher in a live body may seldom be “a spiritually living Guru.” and cannot lead you to the Reality.
A charismatic spiritually dead teacher cannot take you to the divine no matter how impressed you are about him/her. The first problem is – few persons can really tell the difference, can actually identify a living Guru/savior/Prophet. However, once a great soul achieves true Self- Realization /salvation/ full awareness of the Reality/Brahman, in this superconscious omniscience, there is no more dying then, and no more necessity of reincarnating in form. Having a physical body to work through is no longer a necessity. This is how the “great ones”, true living Masters work with us even after their demise. Then one is the true teacher, Guru, a Living Prophet in or out of a body. History is plentiful with the evidence of this fact! This is why, even with such mastery over life and death they usually do not hang around with the physical body. To stay in the Relative, unreal, material world would be counter productive & misleading others about where salvation truly lies. It simply is beyond the physical world of relativity, the surface world severely limited by the narrow range of sensory experiences.
So, Devotee – what do you really want, a true Guru or a position? What do you want – someone to lead you or baby sit you? The overwhelming evidence is, is that Paramahansa Yogananda is still a “living Guru” now, just as He was when wandering around in the body.
I, and many, many others see his hand working in our lives,
helping us on the path to freedom I, and many, many others see his hand working in our lives, helping us on the path to freedom via the Self-realization Fellowship/YSS wisdom teachings.
One of the clearest declarations made by Paramahansa Yogananda was that in this tradition of Kriya Yoga there would never be another successor guru to shape this holy Kriya yoga path of SRF/YSS.
There may be other teachers of Yoga & few are truly spiritually advanced, but we already have six “living Gurus” to choose from. What more do you need?
If you insist on finding a guru in a body [as many do] you may end up looking in all the wrong places. Many wolves await you in the world of spiritual teachers!
Paramahansa Yogananda’s promise to all SRF/YSS
Devotees who are in tune with Him through this great SRF work.
“”God has sent you to me, and I shall never fail you… “Even when I am gone my help will always be given to devotees all over the world, if they keep in tune. Never think for a moment that when I am physically absent from you all, I am not otherwise with you. I shall be just as deeply concerned for your spiritual welfare when I am no longer in the body as I am now. I shall always be watching over each one of you, and whenever a true devotee thinks of me in the silent depths of his soul, he will know that I am near.”
Paramahansa Yogananda, quoted in the SRF calendar, August, 1993.
Yogananda once said to the Monastics;
“The spiritual path is like a razor’s edge,” our guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, used to tell us. If we want to know God, we have to endeavor to the best of our ability every day, every moment even, to focus on the straight and narrow path before us, avoiding those mistakes caused by our mortal consciousness. We have to transform that consciousness which makes us behave like petty human beings, and remember that we are made in God’s image. It takes deliberate effort not to be diverted from that razor-edged path, because in this world it is considered perfectly normal to be quarrelsome and argumentative, to be critical of others, to gossip — to indulge in all kinds of wrong behavior that springs from human nature, not form our divine nature. But one who misbehaves will never, never know peace of mind, let alone achieve God-consciousness. ” – Sri Daya Mata, Self-Realization Magazine, Summer 2008
Because Kriya Yoga [ and other Yogas] have become such a hot item in the world of spirituality since Yogananda came to the West over a hundred years ago, so many want to get in on the act and start their own Kriya schools. This of course is a natural occurrence is not unusual as human egos are always trying to prove themselves. Or it may also be an expression of our human individuality. Many are the motives and private agendas behind the desires of those who start new religious movements.
Why is the teaching of Kriya Yoga so sought after by serious devotees of Reality? Because is has proven itself so powerfully effective in transforming human lives for the better.
For showing us how to contact God before death of the body and enrich our lives in the process with growing devotion and grace.
For its self-transformative blessings and life enrichments.
Paramahansa Yogananda was followed by many later teachers and promoters of the Mystical Kriya Yoga spiritual techniques used to enhance human evolution and spiritual awareness.
I am posting these notes for the benefit of those who wish to
follow the teachings and wisdom inspiration of Paramahansa
Yogananda in particular. It is a core part of Yogananda’s
teaching for devotees to loyally work through and support Babaji’s spiritual path of Self-Realization Fellowship/YSS.
Yogananda created only one organization to further and represent his spiritual legacy in this world. That society is
the Self-Realization Fellowship/YSS alone. The leaders of SRF/YSS has so far been impeccable inspirations.
I am not judging what the purposes of others are. Other claims to the contrary can be false and misleading and promoted to suit the agendas and false rationalizations of others. The master said that He emphatically did not allow any successor “Gurus” in his lineage to take His place after his demise. Because this leaves new and green devotees at the risk of deception by the many lesser teachers we find in the field of religion. Ambitious persons who want power over others and are impressive talkers/writers – but have little or no God-Realization. Beware of them!
Most world class prophets have made similar declarations of “lineage closure” to protect devotees from being misled by false spiritual teachers who inevitably pop up and would love to steal the show after the great work has been launched by an Avatar.
In this copy-cat world there are so many half baked wannabees, so many who want to copy PY’s acclaimed successes.
No organization is perfect, but I feel that SRF/YSS has avoided many of the flaws of orgs in the past that only sought power and control over others. They lacked the spiritual understanding that was intended by their illustrious founders. SRF has continued to grow the masters spiritual community with integrity and love, and
His great spiritual ideals are very much alive thanks to the
selfless works of so many loyal monastics and devotees.
New guidance from Canadian and American Doctors and experts show us how to let go of Covid fear!
Beware of leaders and medical hacks who are still pushing the uneeded vaxinations.
New guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put an end to mandatory Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccination” – at least as far as the CDC is concerned.
No longer is the CDC urging or trying to force everyone in the “herd” to get jabbed. From now on, it is up to the individuals to make the choice for themselves without the government telling them what to do.
Entitled “Guidance for Minimizing the Impact of Covid-19,” the CDC’s new release, as explained by NPR, includes the following recommendations:
- Those exposed to the virus are no longer required to quarantine.
- Unvaccinated people now have the same guidance as vaccinated people.
- Students can stay in class after being exposed to the virus.
- It is no longer recommended to screen (test) those without symptoms.
Other new recommendations include only masking if you have been exposed to or tested “positive” for Chinese Germs, as well as official recognition by the CDC that a healthy person who is unvaccinated now has the same immunity as a fully jabbed person.
These changes represent a major deviation from what the CDC has been pushing up until, well, now. For the past two years, the CDC did not want anyone to appear in public unmasked. It also wanted everyone to be force-injected in order to live. (Related: At one point, there was talk about the CDC setting up covid “Green Zone” quarantine [concentration?] camps.)
Now, suddenly, the CDC is stressing the idea of individual decision-making when it comes to health. In fact, the CDC mentions the word individual some 10 different times in the new guidance.
“That is consistent with where we are in the pandemic right now,” says Dr. Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. “I don’t really think there are many state or local jurisdictions that are feeling they’re going to need to start making mandates.”
CDC says almost everyone is now immune to covid – the plandemic is over
The CDC’s Greta Massetti further explained that the agency’s new position is that, vaccinated or unvaccinated, at least 95 percent of the general population is now fully immune to the Fauci Flu, and that no further tyranny is necessary.
“Based on the latest … data, it’s around 95 percent of the population,” she is quoted as saying. “And so, it really makes the most sense to not differentiate.”
One area of concern with the CDC’s new guidance is the recommendation that children at school be masked rather than quarantined after being so-called “exposed” to the virus.
“The practice of handling exposures would involve masking rather than a quarantine,” Massetti said about how children in K-12 should be handled.
Massetti stopped short of declaring the plandemic to be over in the same way this writer is, but she did essentially declare it to be over in so many words – at least as far as everyday life is concerned.
“This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where Covid-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives,” Massetti said. “We know that Covid-19 is here to stay.”
Truthfully, there never should have been any disruption in the first place. While it is great that the CDC is backing off from medical fascism, the damage is already done in the form of economic devastation, lost lives and livelihoods, and broken supply chains.
“How many poor souls could have been saved if this happened from the beginning?” asked a commenter. “The lawyers stand to make billions on this in lawsuits.”
The latest news about the Fauci Flu can be found at Pandemic.news.
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On this auspicious “International Day of Yoga” June 21, 2022, on this beautiful dream home in infinite space.
The world honors the holy life and legacy of Paramahansa Yogananda [founder of Self-Realization Fellowship /Yogoda Sat Sangha] on planet Earth during the 20th century.
He is a Living Savior/Avatar for the present millennia and the ages to come. See the film “Awake.”
This unique film “Awake – the life of Yogananda” released in 2014 by Counterpoint Films is available through Self-Realization Fellowship and other sources to watch or purchase.
Through SRF/YSS the great masters Legacy is now represented by 800 centers & spanning over 172 countries and most continents. His inspiring wisdom and uniquely divine example and ideal life continues to inspire millions of devotees world -wide.
The great master posthumously introduced himself to me through those close to me and a book about His wisdom entitled “The Sayings of Yogananda.” Very shortly after his demise he began bringing many influences into my life setting my consciousness afire with a spiritual quest.
This was a great milestone in my personal search for truth and divine love. I was never consciously seeking a guru at any time. But He knew that I was ready to learn and grow further.
After about 6 previous years of intensive study of world religions and saints – in a flash I was aware that the many amazing answers and helpers that came to me were was under the personal guidance of my savior and living Guru -Paramahansa Yogananda. Through the great agency of the divine mother.
I immediately sent for the SRF Lessons course and began the next momentous step in my long journey to Self-Realization. With daily study and meditations I went from the darkness of dogmatism to the light of “Science of Religions.”
Many wonderful changes and experiences will come to the devotee who loyally and faithfully persists in following this great path of Kriya Yoga. I can clearly state this after many years of steady practice. Life just becomes more and more rewarding and beautiful each day in so many ways. Ones expanded awareness gives deeper insights and understanding of each personal experience.
Many persons begin by reading His “Autobiography of a Yogi” published by Self-Realization Publishers LA USA. Of course now there is a whole library of Yoganandaji’s wisdom to refer to.
The unique features about the life and legacy of Yogananda are not only His superhuman expansion of consciousness to the highest Samadhi, but even more so the accurately retained wisdom that was faithfully passed on by SRF/YSS about His life and Legacy. And the lives of his divine predecessors and successors.
He is recognized as one of the worlds many great saviors we know of through the past several millennia. This is one of most accurate, complete, and detailed life records of one such Avatar/savior. The history of his life and lineage now less that 150 years old – hardly a word of his legacy was lost to Antiquity. His voice, image, and experiences were mostly well recorded, witnessed, and documented. And clearly survive with the living examples of His successors and recorded historical Legacy.
It was my good fortune to have personally met some of those great souls who lived and worked with the Master. From them I was told of His most wonderful life first hand. He is incomparable!
If you really want to know the living presence and essence of Yoganandji and his ever expanding love, it will not come by intellectual study alone, but it manifests in the life of any loyal and devoted devotee who understand the import and great awareness of His living presence. The more we meditate and read mostly or only His wisdom record, the more perfectly we become attuned to his everliving omnipresence every moment. Just imagine how beautiful that is!
This miracle to witness was one of the great blessings to shower my simple life as a householder yogi.
Attunement with a true Guru/Savior enhances ones life in many ways and brings true freedom from the darkness and delusions and confusions of this world enshrouded Mayic dream. This unreality is being especially imposed upon everyone in this modern politicized “Brave New World “That A Huxley and Orson Wells warned us about.
Then you realize you are no longer “one of the many on the road that leads to destruction” as JC said.
In the very advanced science of Kriya Yoga taught to us and demonstrated by Paramahansa Yogananda, we can build our own “portable paradise”. This is the “Kingdom Heaven.”
When you find this great well of pure water -dig deeper and deeper – and keep drinking.
It is so much better that those who just keep digging shallow wells and never experience real pure water. Too many devotees just keep chasing after each new teacher that attract a little attention.
There never was only one way, one perfect holy book, or one savior for mankind !
Changing oneself is the greatest human adventure, your contribution to changing the world!
His codewords were -“Meditate, Meditate, Meditate “!
Jai Guru, Jai Guru. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,June 2022
What is the most interesting message on the final page of
Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi ?
So many persons have told me “Yes, I’ve read that book”
Actually , you thought you were so entertained that you missed most or
all of its life changing messages. I’ve seen this year after year – so many
persons imagined that they read the book while they were distracted
by the masters wonderful true to life stories Human nature has such an intense desire to be entertained that most persons, as Jesus mentioned totally miss those messages that can deeply
enhance and enrich ones life , and take you from mediocrity to an infinite consciousness.
Kriya yoga – which is also fully explained in that great book “A/Y,” does transform ones life
to a heavenly existence before death. Yet not one person has been able to tell me that they
recall the master’s explanation of Kriya Yoga in that spiritual classic. He does explain it!
In todays world of endless data sources from places with many motives the devotee/seeker must
be especially aware of what sources are trustworthy and who would mislead you for their own gain.
Follow the money and “you will know them by their fruits” will go a long way to avoiding future regrets.
Also remember “what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul”.
this is Jesus description of the average misdirected missionary or wannabe teacher of spirit.
Learning how to really read what you see, and how the Master goes to great lengths to help us gain this great skill from His books the the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons course for home study.
There are many situation in the Autobiography where Master tells about various great yogis who teach their devotees how to deeply absorb what they hear and read till it becomes part and parcel of your whole consciousness.
Yoganandaji takes the devotee way beyond the superficial assumptions of quick read and forget habits of academia. It takes time , patience, and devout longing for truth and humility to see past the “verbiage of words ” that is part of Mayas popular but shallow fabrication of this world.
Go deep, let the message become a living essence of your consciousness, not just a passing curiosity and then forgotten! Master tells us to avoid this shallow intellectual indigestion syndrome.
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