Category: Paramhansa Yogananda
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In chapter 18 of The Autobiography of a Yogi, there’s a footnote that reads, “I do not recall the name of Sri Yukteswar’s friend, and must refer to him simply as ‘Babu’ (Mister).” — Until I read this note the chapter was fine; after reading this comment it hit me — why did Master not recall the name and use it? Everywhere he made sure that the names and details are there. Please help me understand. I felt if he wanted to use the name — he could have. But why he didn’t?
It’s difficult to know what Yogananda had in mind in this instance in using the general term, “Babu.” Perhaps he really did not recall the man’s name, or perhaps he never knew it, or maybe he didn’t clearly hear the name from Sri Yukteswar.
Where is the phrase “Banat banat ban jai” found in Autobiography of Yogi?
This quote is one that Lahiri Mahasaya often used, and is recalled by his disciple, Swami Pranabananda, in chapter 27 of the Autobiography of a Yogi (page 246 in the original reprint of the 1946 edition, available from Crystal Clarity Publishers).
I’ve two (rather strange!) questions. I hope you'll answer them.
1. Have there been saints and avatars in other planets in this universe?
2. I consider Yogananda as my Guru, and I desire very much that he would still be in my next life, even if I would be born in another planet. But I strongly remember Swamiji saying that we would get a Guru only of Master’s line if that is the one we worship, in any life. How is it then that one of these Gurus would be my Guru in another planet?
From what Paramhansa Yogananda said, it seems fairly certain that saints and avatars are abiding on other planets.
As for your second question – the most important point is to deepen your attunement with Yogananda and feel his presence through the practice of the techniques that he taught (the Energization Exercises, Hong Sau, AUM, and Kriya). Let your heart open with ever deepening devotion to God and Guru and then He will take care of you, whether you are born on this planet again or on some other planet. Remember that an avatar such as Yogananda isn’t limited by time and space so there’s no need to have any concern in this regard.
What English version of the Bible do you consider to be closest to the original? Is there a printed version available that includes those parts that were later excised? I wonder why Yogananda used the King James version when he referenced the Bible, even though this version is noted for the liberties it took — liberties that favored poetic appeal over fidelity of meaning. Was Master simply trying to reach the broadest swath of American Christians?
Swami Kriyananda told us that Yogananda almost always preferred to use the King James version, primarily because of its beautiful, poetic way of putting things.
As for fidelity, Yogananda’s interpretations of Biblical scripture were offered from a superconscious understanding and from tuning into deeper meanings of the scriptures, especially of the teachings of Jesus — so this takes care of any fidelity issues.
I have faith that the Lord Jesus Christ is God. I see that Yogananda has written a commentary on the Bible. I have it but have not read it all. The main belief of followers of Christ is that if you believe Christ was resurrected from the dead and that he is the son of God then you shall have eternal life. Does Yogananda write anything about this? Why would he not encourage people to believe in Christ and become free after death?
It is very good that you have faith that the Lord Jesus Christ is God, because it is true! But it is also important to remember that Jesus said (talking to all of us!) that "...you, too are Gods." Jesus also said that "...everything I have done, you can do also."
What would you say are the 10 core teachings of Yogananda's path?
You asked a very good question. As I see it, the first and most important of Yogananda's top ten core teachings starts with the thought, love God. This means love God with all, your mind, with all your body and with all your strength. I say this because after reading, "The Autobiography of a Yogi" (AY) by Yogananda. After reading that book I couldn't help but feel Master was trying to share with us how deeply the saints he wrote about loved God. Their love and devotion for God and guru is extremely inspiring to me.
Can you please tell me in which book Paramahamsa Yogananda wrote about the chakras and the Bhagavad Gita?
There is a book published by Self-Realization Fellowship called God Talks to Arjuna. It is Yogananda's commentaries on the Bhagavad-Gita. His original manuscript forms the basis of it, but it has been highly edited by SRF so it is not really his style or voice. Much of the information is from him, but by no means all of it. For example, the book is filled with footnotes which Yogananda never included.
Obviously, I am no so keen on that book, and, fortunately there is another option.
I felt drawn to Yogananda, his book appeared to me at a time that I knew nothing about him. I have found a fellowship meditation group and have been a couple of times and have felt very welcome. I have spent a long time searching for a spiritual home and have struggled with my Christian culture. With Yogananda i love the East and West being brought together. But how do you know that Yogananda is your Guru? How do you grow attuned to him?
If you feel attracted to Yogananda, then view that as a sign of encouragement for you to explore his teachings and guidance. As you grow spiritually, and tune into the path and meditation techniques that Yogananda taught, you'll find from within whether Yogananda is your guru.