πŸ’― Years of Spreading Love πŸ’•

It was on the 6th of October 1920 , one century ago, that Paramahansa Yogananda had addressed the International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston, as a delegate from India, and the subject of his talk was – The Science of Religion.

His only desire, as a youth, was to be with his guru, Sri Yukteshwar, and commune with God. But he was chosen by the Masters to spread Kriya Yoga, the scientific method of God realisation, in the west. A very reluctant Swami Yogananda left the shores of Calcutta on 2nd August 1920. He was only 27 years old! One can only imagine the multitude of feelings in his heart as he watched his loved ones fade away from view: apprehension, excitement and aloneness!

Guruji was very insecure about his English but Sri Yukteshwarji (his Guru) had assured him all shall be well! His skill was put to test when he was urged by the captain of the ship to give a talk to his fellow passengers. The topic was – The Battle of Life and How to Fight it! When the captain introduced him to audience, he was stuck mute. He has said that his mind went blank for ten minutes. Some of the audience chuckled. Then the voice of guru came to him: β€œYou can! Speak!” He did and did a great job of it!

And just a few weeks later he received standing ovation from hundreds of delegates to the International Congress in Boston!!

Paramahansa Yogananda had said: God is one, necessary to all of us, so religion is one, necessary and universal. Only the roads to it may differ in some respects at the beginning. As a matter of fact, it is illogical to say that there are two religions, when there is but one God. There may be more than one denominations or sects under that one universal religion.

And it is that Universal Consciousness that he, and the organisation (Self Realisation Fellowship and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India) he set up, have been teaching and spreading for πŸ’― years. Paramahansa Yogananda was Love Incarnate and that is what his legacy to the world is : Love πŸ’•

After this memorable day of 6th October 1920, Paramahansa Yogananda traveled length and breadth of USA and many other countries to spread his message of universality of religion and his love for God.

I am truly blessed that I have two of his traits – Love of travel and nature. And even if I can get 1% or less of his consciousness, my life would be worth its while. It is going to happen only with His grace πŸ’–πŸ™

He wrote, composed and spiritualised about 60 chants.
Ever changing and evolving faces of love
The last smile – the day he made conscious exit from the body – 7th March 1952
He looked so different every few years that one would have failed to recognise him if seen after some gap. But to me he looks similar in these two pics – when he was 6 & 42! I have these on my study table and are my constant source of inspiration and love.

God is Love. My Guru is Love. Love is all there is πŸ’•πŸ’•

Related Post: My Nature is Love

Reference books:

Autobiography of a Yogi

The Science of Religion

Yogananda- Philip Goldberg

92 thoughts on “πŸ’― Years of Spreading Love πŸ’•

Add yours

  1. That is the highest compliment I have ever got and can ever imagine Cheryl. Thank you so much πŸ’–πŸ€—

    He is divine and so are his teachings. Do look it up.

  2. I am so glad to hear that Rohit. His teachings are amazing and available as Home Study lessons from yssofindia.org

    These touch every aspect of life and meditation.

    Thank you so much and all the best

  3. True Liz. He had said that in the coming decades the world is going to need these teachings more and more and that millions would benefit from these πŸ™

    Thank you so much 😊

  4. You are at the right age Dulcy to start to learn from him. You have no idea how your life will change.

    Thank you so much 😊 πŸ€—

  5. That is so beautiful Zoya. It would be great if you can register for Home Study lessons at yssofindia.com
    They are amazing.

    Every time I read the AOY it enthrals me.

  6. I like spirituality.❀️ I downloaded the book ‘The Autobiography of a Yogi’ a few days ago. But haven’t started reading yet. After reading your post, get very curious to know more about the divine soul. will read it soon.😊

  7. Am so glad to hear that Tara. All his teachings in the purest form are contained in his – Home Study Lessons. You may check these out at yssofindia.com

    All the very best and thank you so much 😊 🌹

  8. Thank you so much. Yes, I have seen Awake many times! I was lucky to have seen this before it’s release in our World Convocation in August 2014 😊
    Am glad to know that you too have seen it and liked it.

  9. Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, which Guruji established in 1917 has HQ in Ranchi and Centers all over the country; including your beautiful city Arv!

    Do check out yssofindia.org

    Kriya Yoga, as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda, is available through his Home Study lessons.

    All the best

  10. While I have heard of Kriya yoga but I’m haven’t heard of the same being practiced and promoted in my city. From what I understand it is popular in the USA. But I can be wrong here.

  11. So very lovely Ashok… I especially love the story about his speech on the boat… waiting 10 minutes, till the right words came… wonderful. Thanks for sharing πŸ’–πŸ™

  12. You are always welcome and yes all good with us. Tomorrow have to take husband to hospital to meet the dr who will tell us the next course of what to do. Let us hope all turns out to be good. Love and light to you dear Ashok.

  13. Beautiful and inspiring post, Ashok. Such awesome pictures of a great Soul. True, God is one and Religion too is One and everything and everyone is Love because God is Love and Love must Love. Great post.

  14. Oh, then I must read it 😊thank you so much for your advice, Ashok 🌹I wish you a beautiful day πŸ€—πŸŒΉ

  15. Thank you so much Carla. Autobiography of a Yogi is published in Portuguesa too. Reading it can change your life πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸ€—

  16. A beautiful life story, that I didn’t know of! I love reading it, thank you for sharing it with us πŸ™πŸ€—πŸŒΉ

  17. Samreen’s fingers are flowing lovingly and filled with love πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸ’•

    Yes Samreen he has been recognised as one of the most influential spiritual persons of the last century. I am blessed to be under his guidance and protection πŸ˜ŠπŸ™

  18. Very much an inspiring person he is. Thanks for sharing. Your love for love is lovely and loveable. Keep sharing and showering. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸŒΌ

  19. A beautiful tribrute to him Ashok.
    I frequented his programs at Ananda in the day and passed his love and give of his book on to many. I still sing song of the basic chants..My fav is Joy. Blessings and love friend, ❀️ Cindy

  20. Thank you for sharing these photos Paramahansa Yogananda it is easy to see from looking at his face is is a pure reflection of peace and love then when he is stood with others in the USA can see their harshness in their faces. A remarkable man who represented God.

  21. From your first post about your great love for your wife, I had great respect for you, and this post confirms your gentle, calm and friendly approach to life. I find this article of interest, in particular, as I will in a couple of weeks publish a post about the Spirit of India. Thank you, Ashok.

    Joanna.

  22. πŸ’•β€πŸ’•β€πŸ’•
    Yes, there is no God but one
    And there is no religion but oneπŸ’–
    May Allah bless you with naik hidayat (the divine wisdom) the best of bests, Ameen
    β€πŸ€—β€

  23. What a coincidence that I have been reading his autobiography and have been feeling the love of life and feeling a newfound curiosity for magic and higher consciousness. Would love to hear more of your thoughts on his work/thoughts while I finish the book πŸ™‚

  24. That is so good to know Radhika. He is my life – I owe everything to him πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

    Thank you so much 😊 πŸ€—

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: