“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.”
“It is not your passing thoughts or brilliant ideas so much as your plain everyday habits that control your life….Live simply. Don’t get caught in the machine of the world— it is too exacting. By the time you get what you are seeking your nerves are gone, the heart is damaged, and the bones are aching. Resolve to develop your spiritual powers more earnestly from now on. Learn the art of right living. If you have joy you have everything,so learn to be glad and contented….Have happiness now.”
― Paramahansa Yogananda
Born: January 5, 1893, Gorakhpur, India, Died: March 7, 1952, Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
His Beloved Master, Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri sent him to the United States to bring Kriya Yoga to the west. He has two main Self Realization Centers in the U.S., one in Encinitas, Ca., and one in Los Angelos, and many other centers throughout the US and the world.
MAHASAMADHI — Leaving the body as a Realized Being, and entering into the Divine Realm
March 7th is Paramahansa Yogananda’s Mahasamadhi. When he was in Encinitas, Ca. at his beautiful Self Realization Fellowship, he gently let his disciples know that he would soon leave his body. They were so sad! And so Yogananda wrote this poem for them.
When I Take the Vow Of Silence
By Paramahansa Yogananda
When I take the vow of silence
To remain enlocked with my Beloved
In the arms of His everywhereness
I shall be busy listening to His symphony
Of creation’s bliss songs, and beholding hidden
Yet I shall not be oblivious of you all.
I shall mutely watch you
Walking o’er me in the fresh grass-blades
And seeing me in my living leafy presences.
I shall behold you with mothering tenderness
Through every crimson blossom
That wears a blush of love to bring you delight.
I shall caress you with the enfolding breeze
To relieve you worries and fears;
And enwrap you in sun warmth
When the chill of delusive loneliness strays into your heart.
When you gaze at the ocean
You will be looking right at me.
United with my Beloved on the altar of the horizon,
Sky-canopied with silver rays o’er the azure wavy hazy
I shall not speak except through your reason,
Nor scold except through your conscience.
I shall persuade only through your love
And your heart’s longing to see the Beloved only.
I shall tempt you-but with the sole temptation
To enjoy the Beloved’s love alone.
Forget me if you will, but not my Beloved!
Remembering Him you cannot forget me.
photo: The Garden at Self Realization Fellowship, Encinitas, Ca. If you ever get to Encinitas, Ca, you will be very blessed to visit the Self Realization Fellowship. It is a Garden of Paradise right here on Earth. And if you stay for one of the Services, the chanting will elevate your heart and Spirit. The Center in Los Angelos is also very lovely. Yogananda is beloved throughout the world. If you want to begin to know him, you can read his Autobiography of a Yogi. There are many other of his writings on presence and Divine Love on his website below. He is buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in Glendale, CA — Web Source