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Date Posted: 12:10
Author: ketch - 9 Sep 2001
Subject: Paramahansa Yogananda - A message to the world

Question: Would you like to give a message to the world?

Answer: My brothers and sisters of the world: Please remember that God is our Father and He is One. We are all His children, and as such we should adopt constructive means to help each other become physically, mentally, financially, and spiritually ideal citizens of a United States of the World. If in a community of one thousand persons each individual tries by graft, fighting, and chicanery to enrich himself at the expense of others, each person will have nine hundred and ninety-nine enemies; whereas if each person co-operates with the others physically, mentally, financially, and spiritually each one will have nine hundred and ninety nine friends. If all nations helped one another through love, the whole earth would live in peace with ample opportunity for promoting the well-being of all.

Man seems to forget his spiritual nature and reverts instead to his primal animal instincts. God created man as a potentially spiritual being; so as long as he will give vent to his animal nature, he will have trouble, wars, famine, poverty, and disease. When he will realise the necessity of universal brotherhood, he will create a world of great prosperity and happiness.

It is saddening to see leaders of nations foster untold misery because of greed and hate, instead of getting together in goodwill and harmony to work out their differences. Because of ambitions and evil politicians, the earth has suffered two world wars, and faces the prospect of a third world conflict. If the money spent on destruction were instead collected in an international fund, it could remove the slums of the world, eradicate hunger, and greatly advance medical science, giving every man, woman, and child a better chance to live in the peace of a God-centred life.

History shows that from the dawn of civilisation hate and selfishness in man have created innumerable wars, with their ever-increasing snowball of misery. A third world war would enlarge this snowball until it would freeze the earth with misery, poverty and death. The only way to melt the snowball of misery is through brotherhood, love, and divine attunement that comes from God-uniting methods of meditation. When every soul will rise above petty divisions in true spiritual understanding, world misery will be consumed in the fire of the realisation of the universality of God and the brotherhood of man.

Such media as radio and television and air travel have brought us all together as never before. We must learn that it can no longer be Asia for Asiatics, Europe for Europeans, America for Americans, and so on, but a United States of the World under God, in which each human being can be an ideal citizen of the globe with every opportunity for fulfilment in body, mind, and soul.

That would be my message, my plea, to the world.

Paramahansa Yogananda in rely to a question from Professor Bhawat S. Upadhyaya in 1951.
The interview appears in Self-Realization magazine, winter 1989.
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