Back to Memory Lane…
When I think of Hindu philosophical thought, the picture which instantly comes in my mind is of Swami Vivekananda Swami Paramhansa Yoganada and at last but no thet least “Bhagwadgita”. May be because I had a healthy environment of religious following and a pious nature prevailed around me. I have been brought up hearing a lot about different Saints and Gurus of India. As Swami Vivekananda belonged from Kolkata, I got many opportunities to visit the ashram and other places associated with him. As a child I was deeply amazed and hooked by his stories and autobiography, which my father brought. My father is very spiritual person and adheres to certain principles in his life, and I have seen him taking all the troubles very lightly and kept moving. I know he understand the facts of Karma very well and has adopted the principles in day to day life.
The mystify cover book of “Autobiography of a Yogi” attracted me when I was just twelve. I read it in Hindi, as it fascinated me very much, the picture of Swami Paramhansa Yoganada was so serene, a charisma, that I read it just like a story. Some astonishing moments associated with Swami ji” made me speechless and I read the complete book in couple of days. As I was quiet small to get the things what it is all about, but I really loved the book and enjoyed every word. I still remember how stupefied, I was till the last page. To be frank I don’t remember much the sequential happenings of the “Swami Ji” life as the memories are hazy.
Today I have got hold of the same book and I am nostalgic, as I am surely having an enormous spiritual attachment in more mature way. This time I will get to understand why this book is so unique. Now I will not read it as a story but as a philosophical confront. As this autobiography is a perfect answer to realms of philosophy.
I will be lost in myriads of philosophy. Glad to read it again in organized manner.
Paramhansa Yogananda’s dissemination of his teachings is continued through the organization he founded – the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF)/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS).Yoganada founded Yogoda Satsanga Society of India and then expanded it in to the United States naming it the Self-Realization Fellowship. In 1935 he legally incorporated it in the U.S. to serve as his instrument for the preservation and worldwide dissemination of his teachings.
The basic preaching of Swami Yogananda’s is “Kriya Yoga”. “Kriya Yoga “is union (yoga) with the Infinite through a certain action or rite (Kriya).
I am very glad to share my feelings to you all, I will get the complete book read twice and understand it well.