Man's Eternal Quest: Collected Talks and Essays - Volume 1 (Self-Realization Fellowship)
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For all who have ever sought to understand the enigmas of life, for those who have held within their hearts an uncertain hope about the reality of God, and for seekers who have already turned toward the Supreme in their quest, this anthology of talks by the author of Autobiography of a Yogi offers illuminating insights and encouragement. In its pagese, Paramahansa Yogananda explores little-known and rarely explained aspects of such subjects as meditation, life after death, health and healing, the unlimited powers of the human mind, the equality of man and woman, and the interrelatedness of all life.
* Making Religion Scientific
* Will Jesus Reincarnate?
* Three Paths to Cosmic Consciousness
* The Dream Nature of the World
no joy like that realization. The joy of God is boundless, unceasing, all the time new. Body, mind, nothing can disturb you when you are in that consciousness—such is the grace and glory of the Lord. And He will explain to you whatever you haven't been able to understand; everything you want to know. There is no use trying to know too much now. How many incarnations would you have to spend to learn all that is written in the book of nature? Millions of lives would not be sufficient. So why
to accustom oneself to fasting. The faster must be mentally prepared for those who will immediately begin to sympathize and tell him that he will become sick and die if he doesn't eat. It is true that on a longer fast you may feel weak during the first few days, because the life force has been accustomed to dependence on food. But gradually, as the days pass, you no longer feel any weakness. Your life force and spirit become detached from food. You see that the body is sustained by life force
a devout man." Yet if someone else sat in their church pew they would be ready to take off the intruder's head! Once in a while I see this sort of incident in my classes. If another person wants your seat, give it, even though you must stand. By your exemplary behaviour you will have someone else thinking considerately of you every day. When you learn to live for others, they will live for you. When you live for yourself, no one is interested in you. You can best attract others by your good
on any personality I wish. When I put on the personality of wisdom I can talk of nothing but wisdom. When I adopt the personality of Sri Chaitanya, * a great devoted of God, I can speak of nothing but devotion. And when I attune myself to the personality of Jesus, I cannot speak of God as Mother—only as the Father, as he did. The soul can adopt any mental dress it admires or desires, and change that dress as often as it pleases. When you meet a wonderful person, don't you wish you were like him?
Consciousness Trinity Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, February 9, 1934 So long as even a little tremor of thought and mental restlessness is present, you cannot reach cosmic consciousness. The Self-Realization [Yogoda Satsanga] Technique of Concentration* helps greatly to improve the quality and power of one's concentration. Its practice will save the earnest seeker from years of fruitless wandering on the subconscious plane. That land you want to avoid; it is full of illusory and