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Date Posted: 08:41
Author: Anonymous - 24 Oct 2001
Subject: Re: Believe the Master
In reply to: Anonymous - 24 Oct 2001 's message, "Re: Believe the Master" on 08:37

Interpretation? The Master's words?

Did Yogananda want new interpretations of his teachings after his passing?

"On several occasions Paramahansa Yogananda told his disciples: 'After my passing, many 'mediums' will say they are in touch with me and are receiving my 'messages' for the world. All such statements will be false'.

"My message for the world has already been expounded in my speeches, classes and writings. Do not be misled by persons who, after my physical departure from the earth, will assert that they are receiving new teachings from me. To sincere seekers who in prayer request my help, I will always give it gladly and silently"

SRF magazine, April/June 1966, pg. 18, the "Spiritual Interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita," and"God talks with Arjuna;" the Bhagavad Gita, translation by Paramahansa Yogananda, pg.991.

"...When a master is no longer encumbered by incarnate constraints, his transforming succor continues just the same, but he does not demean himself and his spiritual effectiveness by seeking gross expression again through 'mediums.' Having given his divine message and testimony while on earth, he doesn't have any 'afterthoughts' requiring revelation by psychics and spiritualists.

"God talks with Arjuna; the Bhagavad Gita, translation by Paramahansa Yogananda, pg.992.

Paramahansa Yogananda:

"The curiosity seeker in the path of religion pursues countless paths of theoretical religion and thus wanders unendingly in the pathways of doubts and dissatisfaction."

"Spiritual Interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita," Chapter 2, stanza 41. "Inner Culture" magazine, 1938, pg. 16.
"The Gita says the devotee who forsakes the love of wandering in new paths of religion and becomes steadfast, meditating deeply and striving for the one-pointed contact of God, will find eternal satisfaction. But the followers of theoretical religions who sticks to nothing must wander aimlessly in the pathways of countless ignorances. Therefore every spiritual devotee should forsake the bypaths of doubts and religious speculations and should follow the direct highway of self-realization and the technique of meditation in order to reach the single-pointed goal of cosmic consciousness."

"Spiritual Interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita," Chapter 2, stanza 41. "Inner Culture" magazine, 1938, pg. 16, 17.
"Every devotee must beware of the great dangers involved in wandering into the by-ways of curiosity, forgetful to travel the Royal Highway of Self-Realization which leads to God. Many, many devotees would have found God and from His infinite lips heard the solution of all mysteries in the cosmos, if they had not wandered and stayed in the blind alleys of unsatisfied spiritual curiosity."

"Inner Culture" magazine, November, 1937, pg. 28, From the "Spiritual Interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita," Chapter 2, Stanza 28.
"In the above stanza the Gita warns the spiritual aspirant (yogi) about the differences between the life of the one-pointed, meditating devotee and the restless individual who follows many theoretical religions and various desires."

"Spiritual Interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita," Chapter 2, stanza 41. "Inner Culture" magazine, 1938, pg. 15.
"The Gita says every spiritual aspirant must forsake indecision in the path of spiritual culture. He should follow one guru-preceptor and one definite path and save himself from endlessly wandering in the detours of unsatisfying theological reasons."

"In the above stanza the Bhagavad Gita sounds a note of warning to individuals who do not take religion seriously and consider it a matter of intellectual speculation. Such individuals are interested only in any new idea or form of religion and do not like to concentrate on one idea of religion and practice it in daily life. Anyone who considers a spiritual mode of discipline as old and useless because it lacks the appeal of intellectual novelty will always travel in new lanes of new theological ideas without ever arriving at the final goal, the kingdom of self-realization."

"The real spiritual aspirant does not continually skip from one religious belief to another, but being thirsty for God alone, he quickly recognizes the true guru-preceptor and the true path of self-realization and occupies his time with the preceptor given technique of meditation. Thus, without difficulty, steadfastly, he reaches the pinnacle of spiritual emancipation."

"A wanderer in the path of theology is distinguished by his lack of thirst for God and meditation. He is only thirsty for new ideas about religion and thus keeps on skipping from one religion to another. This thirst for new religious ideas can never be quenched for it leads one into endless desert tracts of intellectual doubts. The God-thirsty individual is never satisfied merely with new ideas. He is busy drinking the nectar of joy from the fountain of meditation and thus finds relief and everlasting happiness.

"Spiritual Interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita," Chapter 2, stanza 41. "Inner Culture" magazine, 1938, pg. 16, 17.

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