Category: Paramhansa Yogananda
I, of course, believe Yoganandaji to be an avatar. However, it brings up several questions in my mind.
When Yogananda met Sri Yukteswar, he made him promise that he would reach God realization within this lifetime. But if he was an avatar, did he not already reach this state?
Also, after his guru died, he said that a blackness had polluted the river of bliss that had been flowing in him. How could this be so? I do not understand, though of course I still believe it to be so.
This is a very good question, one which I'm sure a number of people have wondered about. Yogananda, as an avatar, played a particular role in this lifetime, one that would help many truthseekers to better understand the process involved in finding God. To accomplish this he portrayed himself as a humble seeker and describes going through what anyone would who engages seriously in the search for God. This is also how he portrays himself in his very well-known book, Autobiography of a Yogi.
I know there are a lot of Mormons that were involved with Yogananda's work. I have also read that Mormons are deeply connected with conspiracy theories and secret societies. My question is to what extent Yogananda spoke on those subjects, and to what extent he might have agreed or disagreed or was involved with the philosophy behind the secret societies such as the freemasons?
Yogananda did speak of the Mormons from time to time but not, to my knowledge, regarding their relationship to such societies nor about such societies themselves.
Yogananda would not have had any reason to draw inspiration or validation or even comparisons with such societies. His own work was new enough to America culture. He would surely not want in any way to associate his work with clandestine or otherwise "underground" movements.
A chant/song on Radio Ananda sounds like it says "banish white lotus impurities". Please clearify what this means and if the words are right. Thank you.
Dear Jeff - thank you for your question, and yes, sometimes it is difficult to grasp all the words in chants, producing humorous results.
For instance, "Lord, I am Thine" can be misheard as "Lord, I am dying..." Always a reminder for us chanters to enunciate clearly!
Did Yogananda ever appear after death to any disciple?
Yes, many times. Rajarshi Janakananda mentioned this happening more than once.
Kamala Silva describes several of his appearances to her in her wonderful book The Flawless Mirror. Many other disciples and non-disciples have told of seeing him and receiving his love and blessings.
Hello! I am very interested to know if sri Yogananda ever spoke about Jiddu Krishnamurti? J. Krishnamurti was a great soul and a master in his own right even though he passionately denounced all Gurus! I have often felt that perhaps JK's mission was to bring spirituality to the intellectuals and skeptics of the world. JK was also very famous in America and worldwide around the same time as Yogananda. Can you please comment on this? thanks!
Yogananda wrote about Aurobindo, Anandamoyi Ma, Ramana Maharishi and other saints, but I can't find a single mention of Krishnamurti in his talks and writings, even though they were almost exact contemporaries (Krishnamurti lived much longer, though).
How did Master or Kriyananda define the Christian concept of communion, and the terms body and blood? People I've discussed this with (both Christian and non) seem confused, or really don't know.
"Communion" in the largest sense of the word means inward communing or communication with God/Christ/Gurus through meditation.
In the Christian church, communion ceremonies came about to help remind people of higher inner realities. Unfortunately the symbolism has gotten lost during the many years since these ceremonies were established in the early Christian communities.
Did Yoganandaji ever talk about Satya Sai Baba? was Sai Baba an avatar?
As far as I know, Paramhansa Yogananda never made any public comments about Satya Sai Baba. This may be because Sai Baba's public work had not begun when Yogananda returned to India in 1935 - a time when Sai Baba and Yogananda could have met - and there was very little public awareness of Sai Baba outside of India by the time of Yogananda's Mahasamadhi in 1952.
has anyone seen Yogananda's body now? how does it look ?
As far as I am aware, no one has seen Yogananda's body since it was buried at Forest Lawn (Glendale, CA) in 1952.