Autobiography of a Yogi

Right now I am reading this book by Paramhansa Yogananda.  Yesterday I highlighted two quotes that spoke to me and I thought I’d make them the Sunday Quotes.  The first one was said by a guru, Dyananda, after a young Yogananda had suffured through his first fast, which was about 2 days (or less).

“Never admit that you live by the power of food and not by the power of God!  He who has created every form of nourishment, He who has bestowed appetite, will certainly see that his devotee is sustained!  Do not imagine that rice maintains you, or that money or men support you!  Could they aid if the Lord withdraws your life-breath?  They are His indirect instruments merely.  Is it by any skill of yours that food digests in your stomach?  Use the sword of your discrimination, Mukunda!  Cut through the chains of agency and perceive the Single Cause!”

This second quote is something Yogananda prayed during that same time period.

“Merciful Mother of the Universe, teach me Thyself through visions, or through a guru sent by Thee!”

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2 thoughts on “Autobiography of a Yogi

    • lesleehorner November 7, 2009 / 6:13 pm

      Thank you, Mary. I also included this quote in the blog post called “Finding My Self.”

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