My notes.

Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda.

There is an online book available here. Happy reading.
My notes appear as per chapters. Notes of first few chapters are combined together. As in the beginning, I thought I would note down just my notes. As I progressed, I thought it would be better if I note as per the chapter, so that if someone is interested in just a particular note, s/he can go out read that particular chapter.

Autobiography of a Yogi

India’s unwritten law for the truth seeker is patience; a master may purposely make a test of one’s eagerness to meet him.

“Do not mistake the technique for the Goal.”

If abandoning one’s wife would summon God
Would not thousands be eunuchs?
Mirabai knows that to find the Divine One 
The only indispensable is Love.

Grateful friends are only the Lord in disguise, looking after His own.

I know the joy of sharing the treasure. Is that a sacrifice?

No patents will ever be taken. The spirit of our national culture demands that we should forever be free from the desecration of utilizing knowledge only for personal gain.
~Scientist, J.C.Bose.

Every individual in the world has inalienable right to his free will. A saint will not encroach upon that independence.

He is a fool that cannot conceal his wisdom.

Good manners without sincerity are like a beautiful dead lady, Straightforwardness without civility is like a surgeon’s knife, effective but unpleasant. Candor with courtesy is helpful and admirable.

A worthy leader has the desire to serve, and not to dominate.

Keen intelligence is two-edged.It may be used constructively or destructively like a knife, either to cut the boil of ignorance, or to decapitate one’s self. Intelligence is rightly guided only after the mind has acknowledged the inescapability of spiritual law

Just as the purpose of eating is to satisfy hunger, not greed, so the sex instinct is designed for the propagation of the species according to natural law, never for the kindling of insatiable longings.

The forceful activating impulse of wrong desire is the greatest enemy to the happiness of man.

What original commentary can you supply, from the uniqueness of your particular life? Are you content to be a hollow victrola, mechanically repeating the words of other men?

Do not confuse understanding with a larger vocabulary. Continual intellectual study results in vanity and the false satisfaction of an undigested knowledge.

When your conviction of a truth is not merely in your brain but in your being, you may diffidently vouch for its meaning.

Endless literary controversy is for sluggard minds.

Saints are not produced in batches every semester like accountants.

Softer than the flower, where kindness is concerned; stronger than the thunder, where principles are at stake.

Some people try to be tall by cutting off the heads of others!

Storm those inner citadels of wrath and egotism whose fall is the height of a man.

Chapter 13

Wisdom is better sought from a man of realization than from an inert

What one does not trouble to find within will not be discovered by transporting the body hither and yon.

Are you able to have a little room where you can close the door and be alone? That is your cave. That is your sacred mountain. That is where you will find the kingdom of God.

In superconsciousness, the internal organs remain in a state of suspended animation, electrified by the cosmic energy.

Chapter 14

Wrath springs only from thwarted desires. I do not expect anything from others, so their actions cannot be in opposition to wishes of mine.

A master bestows the divine experience of cosmic consciousness when his disciple, by meditation, has strengthened his mind to a degree where the vast vistas would not overwhelm him.

Spiritual advancement is not measured by one’s outward powers, but only by the depth of his bliss in meditation.

Chapter 15

As soon as an unexpected and unfamiliar fact appears, we try to fit it into the framework of the commonplaces of acquired knowledge, and we are indignant that anyone should dare to experiment further.

(Details of Bharatiya music)

Chapter 16

(Details of Astrology)

It is never a question of belief; the only scientific attitude one can take on any subject is whether it is true.

One should not dismiss the wisdom with the ‘wise.’

Astrology is the study of man’s response to planetary stimuli.

What he has done, he can undo.

The wise man defeats his planets — which is to say, his past — by transferring his allegiance from the creation to the Creator.

It is only when a traveler has reached his goal that he is justified in discarding his maps.

Seeds of past karma cannot germinate if they are roasted in the divine fires of wisdom.

The deeper the self-realization of a man, the more he influences the whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations, and the less he himself is affected by the phenomenal flux.

The starry inscription at one’s birth, I came to understand, is not that man is a puppet of his past. His freedom is final and immediate, if he so wills; it depends not on outer but inner victories.

24,000-year equinoctial cycle

The cycle is divided into an Ascending Arc and a Descending Arc, each of 12,000
years. Within each Arc fall four Yugas or Ages, called Kali, Dwapara, Treta, and Satya, corresponding to the Greek ideas of Iron, Bronze, Silver, and Golden Ages.

Kali Yuga or Iron Age, started about A.D. 500, it ended about A.D. 1700.

That year (A.D. 1700) ushered in Dwapara Yuga , a 2400-year period.

The 3600-year period of Treta Yuga will start in A.D. 4100.

Because of one Sankhya aphorism, “Iswar-ashidha”, “A Lord of Creation cannot be deduced” or “God is not proved,” many scholars call the whole philosophy atheistical.

True Sankhya followers, with unshakable insight born of meditation, understand that the Lord is both existent and knowable.

Genesis is deeply symbolic, and cannot be grasped by a literal interpretation. Its ‘tree of life’ is the human body. The spinal cord is like an upturned tree, with man’s hair as its roots, and afferent and efferent nerves as branches.

The ‘serpent’ represents the coiled-up spinal energy which stimulates the sex nerves. ‘Adam’ is reason, and ‘Eve’ is feeling.

The personal responsibility of every human being is to restore his ‘parents’ or dual nature to a unified harmony or Eden.

Chapter 17

I repeated Sri Yukteswar’s advice about a meatless diet.

Tell your teacher that by eating meat frequently, I have wholly regained my strength. His unscientific ideas on diet have not influenced me.

Chapter 18

Afzal Khan. He had acquired his extraordinary powers through a chance encounter with a Hindu yogi.

It seems that he was always accompanied by a disembodied spirit whom he
called ‘Hazrat.’

etheric , astral , earthly

Afzal was merely an ordinary man with an extraordinary power of
penetrating a subtle realm not usually entered by mortals until death.

I will retire to the mountains for lonely meditation on God, hoping to atone for my evil past.

I go to seek the forgiveness of the Cosmic Beloved.

Chapter 19 :

The trivial preoccupations of daily life are not enough for man; wisdom too is a native hunger.

Can I help it if your mental mirror oscillates with such restlessness that you cannot register guru’s instructions?

Chapter 20 : Nothing

In as much as great masters seldom see fit to display their powers openly, a casual observer of the day’s events would have imagined that their sequence was quite natural.

Chapter 21

The metaphysical method of physical transfer of disease is known to highly advanced yogis. A strong man can assist a weaker one by helping to carry his heavy load; a spiritual superman is able to minimize his disciples’ physical or mental burdens by sharing the karma of their past actions.

A master willingly sacrifices a portion of his bodily wealth to lighten the misery of disciples.

By putting on the ailments of others, a yogi can satisfy, for them, the karmic law of cause and effect.

Jesus signified himself as a ransom for the sins of many.

Only a self-realized master can transfer his life force.

The Hindu scriptures teach that the first duty of man is to keep his body in good condition; otherwise his mind is unable to remain fixed in devotional concentration.

A very strong mind, however, can transcend all physical difficulties and attain to God-realization. St. Francis of Assisi, severely afflicted with ailments, healed others and even raised the dead.

A sickly body does not indicate that a guru is not in touch with divine powers, any more than lifelong health necessarily indicates an inner illumination.

The acid test of a master is a man’s ability to enter at will the breathless state, and to maintain the unbroken samadhi of nirbikalpa .

As soon as the knowledge of the Reality has sprung up, there can be no fruits of past actions to be experienced.

The words of St. Francis de Sales: “A saint that is sad is a sad saint!”

Chapter 22

How can you admire worthless humbugs? A SADHU’S very appearance is repulsive. He is either as thin as a skeleton, or as unholily fat as an elephant!

Dakshineswar, temple of Kali, or Mother Nature.

Dear brother,I am well, and my husband is sick. Nevertheless, I want you to know that, as a devoted Hindu wife, I am going to be the first one to die.

Holding the feet of her husband in reverence, Roma consciously left her body, happily and without suffering.

The Hindu wife believes it is a sign of spiritual advancement if she dies before her husband.

Chapter 23

“Mad Monk”

Vidyasagar, a renowned philanthropist

Chapter 24

Lahiri Mahasaya often said: ‘If you don’t invite God to be your summer Guest, He won’t come in the winter of your life.’”

July, 1914

“Mukunda Lal Ghosh” to “Yogananda of the Giri branch of the Swami Order”

No man can give himself the title of swami. He rightfully receives it only from another swami; all monks thus trace their spiritual lineage to one common guru, Lord Shankara (Shankaracharya).

It is needless to add that not all formally titled swamis are equally successful in reaching their high goal.

Sri Yukteswar was both a swami and a yogi.

A swami, formally a monk by virtue of his connection with the ancient order, is not always a yogi. Anyone who practices a scientific technique of Godcontact is a yogi; he may be either married or unmarried, either a worldly man or one of formal religious ties.

Taking nothing for granted on emotional grounds, or by faith, a yogi practices a thoroughly tested series of exercises.

Like any other science, yoga is applicable to people of every clime and time.

Yoga is a method for restraining the natural turbulence of thoughts, which otherwise impartially prevent all men, of all lands, from glimpsing their true nature of Spirit.

The ancient rishi Patanjali defines “yoga” as “control of the fluctuations of the mind-stuff.”

In addition to every conceivable ontological inquiry, the six systems formulate six definite disciplines aimed at the permanent removal of suffering and the attainment of timeless bliss.

The common thread linking all six systems is the declaration that no true freedom for man is possible without knowledge of the ultimate Reality.

The Yoga system as outlined by Patanjali is known as the Eightfold Path.

(1) yama
(2) niyama
(3) asana 
(4) pranayama
(5) pratyahara 
(6) dharana 
(7) dhyana
(8) samadhi

“Which is greater,” one may ask, “a swami or a yogi?” If and when final oneness with God is achieved, the distinctions of the various paths disappear.

The Bhagavad Gita, however, points out that the methods of yoga are all-embracive.

Because the yogic science satisfies a universal need, it has a natural universal applicability.

A true yogi may remain dutifully in the world; there he is like butter on water.

To fulfill one’s earthly responsibilities is indeed the higher path, provided the yogi, maintaining a mental uninvolvement with egotistical desires, plays his part as a willing instrument of God.

Yoga practice is unthinkable, and would also be ineffectual, without the concepts on which Yoga is based.

The six orthodox systems (saddarsana) are Sankhya, Yoga, Vedanta, Mimamsa, Nyaya, and Vaisesika.

Chapter 25 :

Dear brother, let us bury the old hatchet.

My husband does not come near me, and I love him so dearly! But still more I want to progress in God realization, even if I must remain thin and unattractive.

Your sister has been told by many doctors that she can never bear children. Assure her that in a few years she will give birth to two daughters.

Chapter 26 :

(The Science Of Kriya Yoga)

The actual technique must be learned from a Kriyaban or Kriya Yogi.

Elijah, Jesus, Kabir and other prophets were past masters in the use of Kriya or a similar technique, by which they caused their bodies to dematerialize at will.

The Kriya Yoga is a revival of the same science which Krishna gave, millenniums ago, to Arjuna, and which was later known to Patanjali, and to Christ, St. John, St. Paul, and other disciples.

The ancient yogis discovered that the secret of cosmic consciousness is intimately linked with breath mastery. The life force, which is ordinarily absorbed in maintaining the heart-pump, must be freed for higher activities by a method of calming and stilling the ceaseless demands of the breath.

Half-minute of Kriya equals one year of natural spiritual unfoldment.

One thousand Kriya practiced in eight hours gives the yogi, in one day, the equivalent of one thousand years of natural evolution: 365,000 years of evolution in one year.

The body of the average man is like a fifty-watt lamp, which cannot accommodate the billion watts of power roused by an excessive practice of Kriya.

The tortoise, for instance, who may attain the age of 300 years, breathes only 4 times per minute.

The sleeper thus dips unknowingly into the reservoir of cosmic energy which sustains all life.

In contrast to the slow, uncertain “bullock cart” theological path to God, Kriya may justly be called the “airplane” route.

Master of his body and mind, the Kriya Yogi ultimately achieves victory over the “last enemy,” death.

All scriptures declare man to be not a corruptible body, but a living soul; by Kriya he is given a method to prove the scriptural truth.

Outward ritual cannot destroy ignorance, because they are not mutually contradictory.

Lord Krishna praises the technological yogi in the following words: “The yogi is greater than body-disciplining ascetics, greater even than the followers of the path of wisdom (Jnana Yoga), or of the path of action (Karma Yoga); be thou, O disciple Arjuna, a yogi!”

Chapter 27

1918 — Ranchi — Kasimbazar Palace

1938 — hermitage of Self-Realization Fellowship at Dakshineswar on the Ganges

Yogoda Sat Sanga, branch schools have been established at Midnapore, Lakshmanpur, and Puri.

Chapter 28

(Rebirth of a soul and finding it physically)

Chapter 29

Rabindranath Tagore

Is there possibly any connection between my award of the Nobel Prize, and your suddenly acute powers of appreciation? I am still the same poet who displeased you when I first offered my humble flowers at the shrine of Bengal.

Sir S. Radhakrishnan

Chapter 30

Leo Tolstoy wrote a delightful story, The Three Hermits.

The ancient Vedic scriptures declare that the physical world operates under one fundamental law of maya, the principle of relativity and duality.

After man has gone through a few thousand human births; he begins to cast a hopeful eye beyond the compulsions of maya.

The yogi who thus denudes the universe is the only true monotheist. All others are worshiping heathen images

Maya or avidya can never be destroyed through intellectual conviction or analysis, but solely through attaining the interior state of nirbikalpa samadhi.

Among the trillion mysteries of the cosmos, the most phenomenal is light.

Light remains the most subtle, the freest from material dependence, of any natural manifestation.

Einstein has banished from the cosmos every fixed reality except that of light.

Great scientists are now boldly asserting the atom is energy rather than matter, but that atomic energy is essentially mind-stuff.

Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington — The Nature Of The Physical World

With the discovery of the electron microscope came definite proof of the light-essence of atoms and of the inescapable duality of nature.

The principle of the electron microscope was first discovered in 1927.

The electron had a dual personality partaking of the characteristic of both a particle and a wave.

The wave quality gave the electron the characteristic of light.

The entire realm of physical nature had a dual personality.

Dr. Davisson received the Nobel Prize in physics.

Drs. Clinton J. Davisson, Lester H. Germer, De Broglie

Sir James Jeans — The Mysterious Universe

From science, then, if it must be so, let man learn the philosophic truth that there is no material universe; its warp and woof is maya, illusion.

Light-velocity is a mathematical standard or constant not because there is an absolute value in 186,000 miles a second, but because no material body, whose mass increases with its velocity, can ever attain the velocity of light. Stated another way: only a material body whose mass is infinite could equal the velocity of light.

The masters who are able to materialize and dematerialize, have fulfilled the necessary Einsteinian condition: their mass is infinite.

Dr. L. T. Troland of Harvard

A yogi rearranges the light atoms of the universe to satisfy any sincere prayer of a devotee.

For this purpose were man and creation made: that he should rise up as master of maya, knowing his dominion over the cosmos.

Creation is light and shadow both, else no picture is possible. The good and evil of maya must ever alternate in supremacy.

A clue to the direction taken by Einstein’s genius is given by the fact that he is a lifelong disciple of the great philosopher Spinoza, whose best-known work is Ethics Demonstrated In Geometrical Order.

Chapter 31:

Srimati Kashi Moni, the life-companion of Lahiri Mahasaya

From this night, you are no longer my husband, but my guru.

After acquiring inward treasure, you will find that outward supply is always forthcoming.

sons — Tincouri Lahiri and Ducouri Lahiri


Lahiri Mahasaya — Swami Trailanga

Trailanga sought to teach men that a yogi’s life does not depend upon oxygen or
ordinary conditions and precautions.

Trailanga always remained completely nude.

Shankari Mai Jiew

Muni, a monk who observes mauna, spiritual silence

Chapter 32:

Death, a disease usually final!

Fifty years after Lahiri Mahasaya’s passing in 1895 culminated in 1945, the year of completion of this present book.

A land lives, not by its material achievements, but in its masterpieces of man.

Lahiri Mahasaya (Shyama Charan) was born September 30, 1828
At the age of 23, in 1851, Lahiri Mahasaya took the post of accountant in the Military Engineering Department of the English government.

Chapter 33:

Babaji, guru of Lahiri Mahasaya

The great guru has never openly appeared in any century.

Because they generally instruct their disciples to maintain silence about them, a number of towering spiritual figures remain world-unknown.

A man of self-realization can appear at different places in two or more bodies at the same time.

Chapter 34:

1861 — Lahiri Mahasaya was stationed in Danapur

Liberation is dependent on inner, rather than outer, renunciations.

Truth is for earnest seekers, not for those of idle curiosity.

By 1861 the British Government had already established certain telegraphic

Chapter 35:

Chirst — Old Testament — New Testament

When Christ was transfigured on the mountain it was his guru Elias, with Moses, whom he saw.

A significant feature of Lahiri Mahasaya’s life was his gift of Kriya initiation to those of every faith.

One of his highly advanced chelas was Abdul Gufoor Khan, a Mohammedan.

He only is wise who devotes himself to realizing, not reading only, the ancient revelations.

He who has attained a state of calmness wherein his eyelids do not blink, has achieved Sambhabi Mudra.

In science our relation with nature is one that exists between a man and his servant.

This effortless command over nature is called ‘miraculous’ by the uncomprehending materialist.

Babaji — Mahavatar
Sri Yukteswar — Jnanavatar
Lahiri Mahasaya — Yogavatar

Divine union, is possible through self-effort, and is not dependent on theological beliefs or on the arbitrary will of a Cosmic Dictator.

1938 — Pundit Madan Mohan Malaviya
1766 — birth year of Sri Kalpacharya Swami Beshundasji

Kaya Kalpa, is one of 80 rejuvenation methods outlined in Hindu Ayurveda

Ancient Hindu treatises divided medical science into 8 branches.

1. Salya (surgery) 
2. Salakya (diseases above the neck)
3. Kayachikitsa (medicine proper) 
4. Bhutavidya (mental diseases)
5. Kaumara (care of infancy)
6. Agada (toxicology)
7. Rasayana (longevity)
8. Vagikarana (tonics)

Chapter 36:

1894 — Kumbha Mela — Allahabad

For the faults of the many, judge not the whole.


Lahiri Mahasaya’s beautiful body, so dear to the devotees, was cremated with solemn householder rites at Manikarnika Ghat by the holy Ganges.

Chapter 37:

August, 1920,The City Of Sparta, the first passenger boat sailing for America after the close of World War I.

1926, 11th August 
1929- Whispers From Eternity

Chapter 38:

The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love. ~ Luther Burbank

Memory is not a test of truth; just because man fails to remember his past lives does not prove he never had them. Memory is blank concerning his womb-life and infancy, too; but he probably passed through them!

Chapter 39:

1935 — I have spent fifteen years in spreading my guru’s teachings in America.

Catholic mystic, Therese Neumann of Konnersreuth, Bavaria

Healthy, well- formed, rosy-cheeked, and cheerful, this is the saint that does not eat!

Because Therese takes no food, her stomach has shrunk. She has no excretions, but her perspiration glands function; her skin is always soft and firm.

The saint sleeps only one or two hours at night.

The Bible invariably refers to AUM as the “Holy Ghost” or invisible life force which divinely upholds all creation.

Therese has survived the Nazi persecution, and is still present in Konnersreuth, according to 1945 American news dispatches from Germany.

Chapter 40:

1935, August 22

Evil is pointed out to them as being that which produces misery; good as those actions which result in true happiness. Evil may be compared to poisoned honey, tempting but laden with death.

Chapter 41:

1935, November, Mysore.

Maharaja, H.H. Sri Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV. A pious Hindu, the Maharaja has empowered a Mohammedan, the able Mirza Ismail, as his Dewan or Premier.

He plays, night and morning alike, ever-changing, ever-new, ever-fresh; no patterns, no duplicates, no colors just the same.

Krishnaraja Sagar Dam, twelve miles outside of Mysore

Hyderabad history is a long, colorful story, starting three thousand years ago under the Andhra kings, and continuing under Hindu dynasties until A.D. 1294, when it passed to a line of Moslem rulers.

Mysore — Hindu architecture and sculpture achieved their highest perfection under Hindu kings from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries.

The temple at Belur, an eleventh-century masterpiece completed during the reign of King Vishnuvardhana, is unsurpassed in the world for its delicacy of detail and exuberant imagery.

The rock pillars found in northern Mysore date from the third century B.C., illuminating the memory of King Asoka.

The sage Dandamis, old and naked.

The sage continued in quiet scorn, “Go and tell Alexander that the God is the Supreme King. Alexander is no god, since he must taste of death. How can such as he be the world’s master, when he has not yet seated himself on a throne of inner universal dominion?”

The Brahmins neither love gold nor fear death.

Go then and tell Alexander this: Dandamis has no need of aught that is yours, and therefore will not go to you, and if you want anything from Dandamis, come you to him.

Alexander vs “Swami Sphines”, called “Kalanos” by the Greeks.

Question, “How may a man become a god?”. Answer, “By doing that which it is impossible for a man to do.”.

Question, “Which is stronger, life or death?”. Answer, “Life, because it bears so many evils.”.

Kalanos gave up his aged body by entering a funeral pyre in view of the whole Macedonian army, at Susa in Persia.

The Greek historians have left us many vivid and inspiring pictures of Indian society.

The Indians, neither put out money at usury, nor know how to borrow.

An Indian either to do or suffer a wrong, and therefore they neither make contracts nor require securities.

Indian cures are effected rather by regulating diet than by the use of medicines.

The origin of the caste system description. Those capable of offering service to society through their bodily labor (Sudras); those who serve through mentality, skill, agriculture, trade, commerce, business life in general (Vaisyas); those whose talents are administrative, executive, and protective-rulers and warriors (Kshatriyas); those of contemplative nature, spiritually inspired and inspiring (Brahmins).

Neither birth nor sacraments nor study nor ancestry can decide whether a person is twice-born (i.e., a Brahmin); character and conduct only can decide.

Ungenerous men of great wealth were assigned a low rank in society.

Serious evils arose when the caste system became hardened through the centuries into a hereditary halter.

The ancient values of caste, based solely on natural qualification and not on birth.

Sir C. V. Raman, brilliant Hindu physicist was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930.

A larger Sadasiva shrine at Nerur, erected by the Raja of Pudukkottai.

“Do not do what you want, and then you may do what you like.” ~Sadasiva

Neither Alexander nor any of his generals ever crossed the Ganges. Alexander was forced to leave India and seek his conquests in Persia.

All Greek observers comment on the lack of slavery in India, a feature at complete variance with the structure of Hellenic society.

 1. Creative India by Prof. Benoy Kumar Sarkar
 2. Indian Culture Through The Ages, by S. V. Venatesvara

Inclusion in one of the four castes originally depended not on a man’s birth but on his natural capacities as demonstrated by the goal in life he elected to achieve.
(1) kama, desire, activity of the life of the senses (Sudra stage), 
(2) artha, gain, fulfilling but controlling the desires (Vaisya stage), 
(3) dharma, self-discipline, the life of responsibility and right action (Kshatriya stage), 
(4) moksha, liberation, the life of spirituality and religious teaching (Brahmin stage).

These four castes render service to humanity by (1) body, (2) mind, (3) will power, (4) Spirit.

These four stages have their correspondence in the eternal gunas.
(1) tamas (ignorance) 
(2) tamas- rajas (mixture of ignorance and activity) 
(3) rajas-sattva (mixture of right activity and enlightenment) 
(4) sattva (enlightenment)

Chapter 42:

Arising from immemorial roots, past experiences of death, is present in slight degree even in great saints. ~Patanjali

It has always happened in my life that, at the death of those dearly beloved by me, God has compassionately arranged that I be distant from the scene.

1936 January 23, The Kumbha Mela, Allahabad Kumbha Mela.

Swami Krishnananda, at the 1936 Allahabad Kumbha Mela, with his tame vegetarian lioness. The jungle animal refuses all meat in favor of rice and milk. The swami has taught the tawny- haired beast to utter “Aum” in a deep, attractive growl.

1938 Hardwar Kumbha Mela, the woman saint “Shankari Mai Jiew” was then 112 years old.

Ravidas was a brother disciple of the great Kabir. One of Ravidas’ exalted chelas was the Rani of Chitor.

The four sacred mela cities are Allahabad, Hardwar, Nasik, and Ujjain.

Chinese traveler Hieuen Tsiang

Fa-Hsien tells us the Indian people were happy and honest; capital punishment was unknown.

Sri Yukteswar passed at this hour-7:00 P.M., March 9, 1936.

Funeral customs in India require cremation for householders; swamis and monks of other orders are not cremated, but buried.

Chapter 43:

Three bodies
 — the idea, or causal, body; 
 — the subtle astral body, seat of man’s mental and emotional natures; 
 — the gross physical body.

In this sense an individual may be classified broadly as ‘a material man,’ ‘an energetic man,’ or ‘an intellectual man.’

The astral cosmos

Man as an individualized soul is essentially causal-bodied.

causal-body (35 elements) = astral body of 19 elements + gross physical body of 16 elements

The adhesive force by which all three bodies are held together is desire. The power of unfulfilled desires is the root of all man’s slavery.

Christ had won this final freedom even before he was born as Jesus. In three stages of his past, symbolized in his earth- life as the three days of his experience of death and resurrection, he had attained the power to fully arise in Spirit.

If a dreamer is contacting his astral and not his causal body; his sleep is not fully refreshing.

Only when a being has no further desires for experiences.

Chapter 44:

Mahatma Gandhi, Monday, his weekly day of silence.

1935 August, Wardha.

Protection of the cow means protection of the whole dumb creation of God.

Three daily rituals are enjoined on the orthodox Hindu. 
 1. Bhuta Yajna is an offering of food to the animal kingdom
 2. Pitri Yajna is an offering of oblations to ancestors
 3. Nri Yajna is an offering of food to strangers

Kasturabai. How thankful I am for a husband that put God and his country before me.

One day the public treasurer, Kasturabai, could not account for a disbursement of four rupees. Gandhi duly published an auditing in which he inexorably pointed out his wife’s four rupeediscrepancy.

Ahimsa. The avoidance of harm to any living creature in thought or deed.

Americans may well remember with pride the successful nonviolent experiment of William Penn in founding his 17th century colony in Pennsylvania.

Kasturabai Gandhi died in imprisonment at Poona on February 22, 1944.

That is, resist not evil with evil. (Matthew 5:38–39)

Chapter 45:

Nirmala Devi — Ananda Moyi Ma

One of her chief disciples is her husband. Many years ago, soon after their marriage, he took the vow of silence.

The saint was born in 1893 at Dacca in central Bengal. Illiterate, she has yet stunned the intellectuals by her wisdom. Her verses in Sanskrit have filled scholars with wonderment.

Chapter 46:

Giri Bala

An eighth wonder of the world — a woman saint whose diet is thin air!

The only woman in the world who is known to have lived without food or drink for over fifty years.

One never knows how great yogis or yoginis will react to the thought of publicity. They shun it, as a rule, wishing to pursue in silence the profound soul research.

From the age of twelve years four months down to my present age of sixty-eight a period of over fifty-six years, I have not eaten food or taken liquids.

A kria technique which frees the body from dependence on the gross food of mortals.

The technique includes the use of a certain mantra and a breathing exercise more difficult than the average person could perform. No medicine or magic is involved; nothing beyond the kria.

I sleep very little, as sleep and waking are the same to me.

We liveby the sun through the agency of chlorophyll.

Chapter 47:

1936 September, London.

1893, Swami Vivekananda, Chicago.

Swami Vivekananda, the chief disciple of the Christlike master Sri Ramakrishna.

Chapter 48:

Easter of 1937, Encinitas.

1938. Joyous dedication of a Self-Realization Church of All Religions took place in 1938 at Washington, D.C.

1941, London.

1942, Hollywood.

1943, San Diego.

1945, Encinitas, New Year.

A person who truly feels: ‘The world is my homeland’ will never lack scope for a useful and happy life.

There is a definite, scientific technique of self-realization for the overcoming of all human misery.

Man is a soul, not an institution; his inner reforms alone can lend permanence to outer ones.

August 15, 1945, close of Global War II!

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