In­dia’s Mes­sage Of Hope To The World

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - AN EPIPHANY OF IDEAS - Nayaswamis Jy­otish & Devi

In 1946, as the first half of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury drew to a close, In­dia was on the verge of win­ning her in­de­pen­dence – and of suf­fer­ing the ag­o­nies of par­ti­tion. The world had seen two global wars, and the drop­ping of the first atomic bombs. By the dawn of that year, the num­ber of those killed in bat­tle, by bombs, de­pri­va­tion, and vi­o­lence, was un­prece­dented. Many lives had been lost, but – even worse – hu­man­ity had lost ide­al­ism, faith, and hope.

But then, in 1946, some­thing of great im­por­tance hap­pened, un­no­ticed at the time by all but a few: the spark of a spir­i­tual revo­lu­tion. Seventy years ago, Paramhansa Yo­ganan­daji pub­lished his ‘Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of a Yogi’, a work that was des­tined to change the lives of un­told mil­lions.

More than just a book, the ‘Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy’ was a divine car­rier, a wave of bless­ings from the spir­i­tual mas­ters of In­dia for the up­lift of hu­mankind.

Its mes­sage above all is one of hope. It presents God as a liv­ing re­al­ity, not only in in­fin­ity, but in the hearts of liv­ing hu­man be­ings. In story after story, we read how “Divine Mother” – the form Yo­ganan­daji wor­shipped – knows our prob­lems, hears our prayers, and an­swers them again and again in mirac­u­lous ways.

The book tells also of Yo­ganan­daji’s in­tense love and yearn­ing for God – a po­ten­tial we all carry within us. So deep and all-con­sum­ing was his de­vo­tion that it not only filled his own life with bless­ings, but changed the con­scious­ness of ev­ery­one he met.

‘Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of a Yogi’ brings hope to or­di­nary men and women that they, too, can find God in the midst of their daily life. As Yo­ganan­daji said, “The time for know­ing God has come.” Through the great tech­nique of Kriya Yoga med­i­ta­tion, which was rein­tro­duced to the world in mod­ern times by Babaji and brought to the West by Yo­ganan­daji, ev­ery­one can speed up his or her spir­i­tual progress. “New hope for new men!” he de­clared. Fi­nally, the ‘Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy’ brings hope to our planet at a time when hu­mankind seems lost in ha­tred, vi­o­lence, and ma­te­ri­al­ism. Its pages re­veal to us the ex­is­tence of a divine plan, de­signed by God and the great mas­ters of the world, to show hu­man­ity how to live in har­mony, unity, and kin­ship in God. In one par­tic­u­larly striking pas­sage, Yo­ganan­daji wrote:

“Babaji is in con­stant com­mu­nion with Christ; to­gether they send out vi­bra­tions of re­demp­tion, and have planned the spir­i­tual tech­nique of sal­va­tion for this age. The work of these two fully-il­lu­mined mas­ters – one with the body, and one with­out it – is to in­spire na­tions to for­sake sui­ci­dal wars, race ha­treds, re­li­gious sec­tar­i­an­ism, and the boomerang evils of ma­te­ri­al­ism. Babaji is well aware of the trend of mod­ern times, es­pe­cially of the in­flu­ence and com­plex­i­ties of Western civil­i­sa­tion, and re­alises the ne­ces­sity of spread­ing the self-lib­er­a­tions of yoga equally in the West and in the East.”

Read by mil­lions, trans­lated into over thirty lan­guages, beloved by peo­ple of all faiths, ‘Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of a Yogi’ is more than In­dia’s gift to the world. In its uni­ver­sal ap­peal, its sin­cer­ity and hu­mil­ity, it is a gift from God Him­self: a ve­hi­cle through which He speaks to us all. speak­

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