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

It is Beauty I Love πŸ’• πŸ’– πŸ’—

I See Thee Painting

“O Cosmic Light, every day I see Thee painting the sky in bright colors. I watch Thee clothe the bare soil with green grass. Thou art in the warmth of the sunshine. Oh, Thou art so plainly present everywhere!”

Paramahansa Yogananda

“Whenever you see a beautiful sunset, think to yourself: “It is God’s painting on the sky.” As you look into the face of each person you meet, think within: “It is God who has become that form.” Apply this trend of thought to all experiences: “The blood in my body is God; the reason in my mind is God; the love in my heart is God; everything that exists is God.”

Whatever I am today is a gift of my Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda. One of these gifts is my love for nature and travel. Nature is God πŸ’•πŸ™

Some of my earlier posts which might interest you are:

Monsoon Love πŸ’•

The Red Rose 🌹

Mornings are mine 😊❀️

Paramahansa Yogananda had composed so many divine chants, like:

Oh Thou Blue Sky

Frozen Sky

I will be a gypsy

It is beauty I love. In love and with love I seek the Maker of the beautiful”

Swami Paramananda

This quote of Swamiji has been a favourite of mine for years. Read it first in 1998 πŸ’•πŸ™

How can one see a flower, a sunrise, a sunset, a sky filled with different coloured clouds, the smile of a child, a beautiful face and not think of God πŸ’•πŸ™

Friendship πŸ’•

Friendship is God’s Divine Law Of Attraction…

“”””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””‘””””””””””

Two stranger meet, and by an instantaneous choice of their hearts they wish to help each other. Have you ever analyzed how this happens? The spontaneous mutual desire to be friends comes directly from God’s divine law of attraction; cumulative mutual acts of friendship between two souls in past lives gradually create a karmic bond that irresistibly attracts them to each other in this life.

Friendship is a great universal force. When your desire for friendship is strong enough, though an unknown person who is spritually attuned to you be living at the South Pole, the megnetism of friendship will never the less draw you together. Only selfishness can destroy this magnetism within us. He who thinks of himself all the time wrecks friendship. Such persons cannot attract friends, because they are unable to expand and receive the good in life.

Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda.

When I read this text from my Guru, I could immediately relate to it. Some amazing friends I have made in my life. A few of them as close or closer than family.

And I have experienced this in the virtual world of blogging too. I started to blog four months back and have already made some good friends. And one of them now is just like family😊

To become so close to some people in a short time and to be able to feel their pain and to share their happiness: has to have its roots in past karmic blue prints. And in our willingness to give and share and love : unconditionally. There is no other way …

May the light of Thy Love….

Ever since I wrote Life has no Meaning πŸ˜‡ I have been thinking more about life, its meaning and the ultimate purpose. And I have read some awesome posts on the subject from fellow bloggers πŸ‘

Yes, I still believe that life takes on any meaning we give it. Life simply is …

And yes, it is possible that for many of us the Meaning and the Purpose of life are same. That we have made a purpose out of what means most to us. Some of us do think deeply about all this and live meaningful lives with a purpose. But most of humanity is caught in a rat race and lives unfulfilled, meaningless life😌

There are so many things we can and we do to make our lives more meaningful: All the fine arts, charity, any kind of creativity, just being happy and cheerful and spreading that joy in others lives ….

So often I think even if we have great lives – Lots of money, family, friends and what not … one day we are going to pop off leaving all this behind. Was there any meaning to all this? Don’t get me wrong. I am not against money and possessions and all the good it can do. And it is so very beautiful to have good family life and great friends. And I am so blessed to have a very big and loving circle of family and friends and enough material comforts πŸ™

However awesome our lives might have been — one day we are going to leave it all behind. What was the meaning of all this? Was there any purpose behind all this?

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances… Shakespeare- As You Like

It is so awesome to live with passion. To do what we love doing. To create love and joy and happiness. To some of us all this comes naturally- genes, karma – I don’t know. But all of us can do it if we ask more questions rather than get sucked into the rat race, into our environment.

You may like to read an earlier post The 3 Vital Questions πŸ˜‡

If we go deeper into the question: Why am I here and what am I doing and why : we are sure to reach the meaning and the purpose of our lives.

Many saints and masters (including my Guru : Paramhansa Yogananda) tell us that the ultimate purpose of life is to know God, to love Him and realise our oneness with Him. I and my Father are one. This sounds true to me and I do feel this truth intuitively. But haven’t experienced it😌 On the other hand meditating regularly has brought so much peace in my life and has made me more loving, more accepting.

Guruji says : Finding God would mean funeral of all sorrow.

For me Life is meaningful only and only as long as I can be of some help to my fellow beings. I rarely say no to anything I can do for anyone. I call it a Window of Opportunity. Maybe it is giving money, advise, ideas, physical help or just offering a shoulder to cry on. This makes me happy. Maybe this life is simply an illusion. It is just a play. I still can’t see family and friends suffering.

And the second thing that gives meaning and purpose to my life, is this favourite prayer of Guruji : “Heavenly Father, Mother, Friend, Beloved God…..May the light of Thy love shine forever on the sanctuary of my devotion, and may I be able to awaken Thy love in all hearts. Aum Peace Amen”

I can’t imagine how can anyone live without the guidance, protection and love of God/Guru β€οΈπŸ™

All my love and blessings πŸ€—πŸ€—

Please do Share what drives you! What do you think is the meaning and purpose of life?

Babaji’s Cave: Donagiri Kumaon Hills 4❀️

For seasoned trekkers one km uphill trek to Babaji’s cave won’t be something to rave about. But for devotees like me, it is divine and uplifting 😊❀️

For more details about Babaji pls read : Autobiography of a Yogi. Am sure it is available in your language 😊 This book has changed millions of lives and has the potential to change yours. SRF

We (Yogada Satsanga Society of India and SRF) have an ashram in Dwarhat, Uttarkhand. It is simply divine. I was blessed to visit the ashram twice last year. In April ( thanks to Neha) and in September with my older sisters.

Dwarhat ashram, like all our Ashrams, is simply divine. But the vibrations even outside the ashram are so good. Whole of Kumaon Hills are so vibrant. So many saints like Babaji have lived and meditated here. Every inch of the hills has divine vibrations. And it is picturesque too. Heavenβ€οΈπŸ™

Crank’s Ridge πŸ˜‡ Kumaon Hills 3 ❀️

Kausani- Switzerland of IndiaπŸ’• Kumaon Hills – 1❀️

1st visit APRIL 2018

Met her carrying heavy load up the hill with a smile. Beautiful 😍

Darling Sheru. He accompanies all devotees to the cave

At the cave with another devotee from Lucknow. Was pleasantly surprised that she wanted a pic with me😊

Just outside the ashram. Morning walk time 😊

12th century ruins near the Ashram

YSS Dwarhat Ashram

Ashram runs a free school for children upto class V

2nd visit SEPTEMBER 2018

My second trip to the Cave last year was with my older sisters. It was even more divine. My oldest sister is 80 and has had her knees and hip transplanted. And on our way to the Ashram, drive to Dwarhat from Kathgodam station, she hurt her wrist. We had stopped at Kanchi Dham (Neem Karoli Baba) and she slipped and hurt her wrist. With all the love and care we got from all at the Ashram (including Swami Vasudevanandaji), and her devotion and determination- she went upto the cave. It was drizzling a little but it rained only after we had returned safely. Can’t thank God and Gurus enoughβ€οΈπŸ™

The moment we alight at Kathgodam we can feel the vibrations changing and see beauty all around. The railway station itself is so beautiful.

Towns of Bhimtaal and Ranikhet on the way and the hills all around are simply divine.

View from a little above Bhimtaal 😍❀️

Kanchi DhamπŸ™

With my beautiful sisters 😍

Sheru accompanied us even in this trip. He is so devoted 😊❀️

A big SRF group from Mexico too was visiting the Cave

Made friends with this gentleman, who was accompanied by his daughter and son in law; part of the group

Aum Babaji ❀️ Aum Christ ❀️ Aum Guru ❀️

There is so much to see in India. North, North East and South have awesome hills. But Kumaon hills are my current favourite ❀️😊❀️

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