Mar 31, George rated it it was amazing This is a remarkable study by the guru of Paramahansa Yogananda. Swami Sri Yukteswar traces the Indian Yugas, arguing that our world is already in Dwapara Yuga an age of increasing light rather than Kali Yuga a darker age. Swami Sri Yukteswar sets out to prove that this mistake in understanding is a result of inaccurately interpreting the duration of the ancient cycles or yugas. This is not easy reading but worth the effort, even though this is a relatively short book. May 10, Papi rated it it was amazing is a very good overview over the past of the spiritual development on earth!
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He was given the name Priya Nath Karar. Upon leaving college, he married and had a daughter, and in he became a disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya. He met Babaji, the guru of Lahiri Mahasaya, in Babaji told him that one day he would send Sri Yukteswar a disciple who would share the teachings of yoga in the West. This disciple turned out to be Paramhansa Yogananda, who is best known for his book, Autobiography of a Yogi.
Babaji also asked Sri Yukteswar to write a book on the essential unity of the Bible and Bhagavad Gita, the most well-known scripture in India.
Sri Yukteswar titled this book The Holy Science. Sri Yukteswar founded two hermitages, one of which was his family home given to him by his father as his inheritance. In the last year of his life, Sri Yukteswar turned over all his properties to Paramhansa Yogananda, asking him to find someone to maintain them. Sri Yukteswar left his body on March 9, Soon after, he appeared to Yogananda and described to him the nature of the afterlife.
This description can be found in Autobiography of a Yogi. It is the Spirit of God that actively sustains every form and force in the universe. The Lord has created all men from the limitless joy of His being. In Blessed Lanfranc, Richard Salva highlights scores of fascinating similarities between these two famous incarnations of a great spiritual master. Softer than the flower, where kindness is concerned; stronger than the thunder, where principles are at stake. Though Babaji has no known birth or death date, he is occasionally seen wandering the Himalayas with a small band of followers.
Lahiri also had a family and worked as an accountant, but would spend most nights teaching his disciples. To fulfill the mission set to him by Jesus Christ and Babaji, in he left to make his permanent home in the United States of America. Forget the past. The vanished lives of all men are dark with many shames.
Human conduct is ever unreliable until anchored in the Divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now.
The Holy Science
Entering a state of true illumination, nirbikalpa samadhi, these saints have realized the Supreme Reality behind all names and forms. Their wisdom and spiritual counsel have become the scriptures of the world. These, although outwardly differing by reason of the variegated cloaks of words, are all expressions—some open and clear, others hidden or symbolic—of the same basic truths of Spirit. My gurudeva, Jnanavatar ["Incarnation of Wisdom"; from Sanskrit jnana, "wisdom," and avatara, "divine incarnation. Placing the holy texts on the spotless table of his mind, he was able to dissect them with the scalpel of intuitive reasoning, and to separate interpolations and wrong interpretations of scholars from the truths as originally given by the prophets. As my gurudeva has explained in his introduction, these pages were written by him in obedience to a request made by Babaji, the holy gurudeva of Lahiri Mahasaya, who in turn was the gurudeva of Sri Yukteswar. I have written about the Christlike lives of these three great masters in my book, Autobiography of a Yogi.
Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri