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Date Posted: 17:16
Author: bhaktikriya - 31 Jul 2001
Subject: THE RENUNCIATE'S VALIANT VOW

Whispers From Eternity

By Paramhansa Yogananda

6th Revised Ed. 1952

page 263

_________________

THE RENUNCIATES VALIANT VOW

(He who has resolved to renounce the
worldly life, inwardly or outwardly,
for the sake of attaning God, should
take this vow.)

My body, mind and soul come from Thee,
O God, and unto Thee I dedicate them.

Let my love become Thy love.

Let my life become Thy life.

Let my desires become Thy desires.

Let my soul become Thy Spirit.

Let my eyes behold as Thou beholdest.

Let my ears listen to Thy truths alone.

Let my mind become Thy mind.

Let my intellectuality become
Thy wisdom.

Let my love seek nothing but Thy love.

Thou art my only Beloved, who will
always love me.

Let my inspiration be to carry out Thy
will gladly.

I will reason, I will will, I will act,
but guide Thou my reason, will and
activity to the right path in every
action.

Be Thine the only love reigning in the
bower of my heart.

To please Thee, I will act, but not
for my own desires.

In carring out Thy wishes, I will be
ambitious.

To receive Thee, I renounce all else.

________________

[pg.264 cont']

Finding Thy perfect love, I will seek
no other love.

I will never marry, for Thou art my
Beloved.

My flesh, my mind, my love, my life,
my soul belong to Thee, O Spirit, and
no animality shall desecrate what
belongs to Thee.

Thou art my Lover; I am Thy beloved.

Thou art my Father and my Mother;
I am Thy child.

Thou art my Master; I am Thy servant.

Thou art my Friend; I am Thou friend.

Thou art my Guru-Preceptor; I am Thy
disciple.

My hands will work for Thee only; my
feet will march unceasingly toward
Thy kingdom.

My brain will work Thy problems alone.

My heart will love Thee alone.

My soul will become Thy Spirit.

Finding Thee, I have found everything.

I will not work to please myself,
nor anyone else, except my Guru and
Thee, O God.

Finding perfect love in meditation, I
will never seek transitory human love.

Finding Thy complete love, I will seek
no other love.

All things which are mine belong to Thee.

Therefore, I give myself and all I
possess to Thee alone.

[the end]

______________________________

note: This has been removed from
the Red Cover "First Version" of
Whisper From Eternity, and the
"srf Version" (1955-2001).

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