The Wisdom of Paramahansa Yogananda

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The classic spiritual book, Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda, documented the miracles done by Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswar and other holy personages in India. If you finish reading it, you will recall the words of Jesus that He really meant when He said, “Anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than than these.”

Paramahansa Yogananda said that ignorance is man’s most terrible sickness. That’s why, most of Jesus’ activities were teaching. He knew that healing the physical ailments of the human body was temporary. That explains why when He said, “Go and sin no more.” In other words if a person goes back to his old self, living a life like greed, anger, lust or deceit, then most likely, his sickness will come back and can even become worse.

Jesus was not without imparting a lesson every time He healed. The truth of the matter, His teachings bring about knowledge and understanding to the human mind. When put into practice, the spirit is freed, leading to inner peace and joy. The effect is wellness to the body which is lasting. In this framework. the spirit-mind-body interconnection is evident. Jesus, like other great spiritual teachers, devoted His life into teaching which resulted into the writing of the Holy Bible. With this method, His messages are able to reach billions of human minds. It is then up to us to apply His lessons.

When we are ignorant of the timeless wisdom not just from Jesus but also from other great spiritual leaders, sickness befall on us. In this kind of life, we live without direction, disregarding the welfare of our fellowmen, chaos and suffering will devour us to death.

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