Whispers from Eternity – Paramahansa Yogananda
Section II: Invocations to the Manifestations of God in the Temples of Great Lives ~ My Guru, Sri Yukteswar, Jesus Christ, Bhagavan Krishna, Swami Shankara, Moses, Mohammed, Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi
“Come to me as Moses”
O MOSES, paragon of prophets! thou doest lead weary ones from the wilderness of sorrow to the Promised Land, “flowing with milk and honey.”
The lips of thy life whisper to man the fervent way to set his heart ablaze, that by its transcendent glow he glimpse the Deathless Indweller.
The Lord thy God talked with thee from the a “burning bush that was not consumed”; and on holy Mount Sinai He said:
“Thou art my instrument; ten of My holy angels have escorted thee to earth. They shall silently blow through the trumpet of all ages the changeless melody of My Ten Commandments.”
May we willingly obey the eternal edicts, O Heavenly Hebrews! and transform our lives with beauty and righteousness.
O Monotheistic Moses, teach us to worship wholeheartedly the one God, the sole Ruler of heaven and earth–and no other God! Then shall it be said of us, as of Thee: “The Lord spake to Moses face to face as a man speaketh to a friend.” *
The Science of Yoga in the Jewish Scriptures – Bro. Anandamoy
Self-Realization Fellowship is…not a new sect, it is not a new religion. So what is it?
Paramahansa Yogananda was the last in a line of God-realized Masters whose mission it was to bring back the esoteric teaching which is underlying all the great religions. And that teaching, that esoteric teaching was lost in the dark ages…
Control of the energy, this is the scientific key to—we call it yoga—but it is really the scientific key of the esoteric teachings that underlies all the great religions…
Sanatana Dharma / The Eternal Religion – overcoming suffering and attaining infinite bliss consciousness
And now we come to the essence, the fundamental point, not only of religion, but life…There you come to two things…and these are like two sides of a coin….
Number one, you want to be free from suffering…Not just for a little bit, but once and for all…So now what do you want? That’s the other side of the coin…we want eternal existence…we want that existence to be blissful…In India they have a name for that, Satchitananda. And that’s the name of God. God-consciousness is infinite bliss consciousness. We will not rest until we have that.
These two, overcoming suffering and attaining infinite bliss consciousness, that is called Sanatana Dharma in India, and that means the Eternal Religion…That is the name usually given to Hinduism but it is the essence of all the great religions in the world…
Now comes the point, how do you get there? …So where do you find it? They all say the same thing, the various religions. And in the external religion that is usually taught now, they are not teaching it. And they have it in the scriptures.
RAJA YOGA, THE SCIENCE which leads to union with God
What is the greatest commandment in the Bible, Old Testament, New Testament? “Love God with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, all your strength. Right? That is in one sentence the whole principle of raja yoga…I’m talking about raja yoga, science, which eventually leads to samadhi. Samadhi means union with God…And so that great commandment in the Bible is exactly that.
”And love God with all your strength.” Today yet, they do not know what it means. It means energy. It means energy. And the principle is very simple you know…Master used to say where the energy is, there is your consciousness. Within us we have six, they call it chakras, spiritual centers of light in the spine, and the seventh one is in the head, in the brain…These are the centers of consciousness and energy. And when the energy comes down it goes through the coccyx out through the nervous system…and we become body identified. …
Now the principle is…as we have descended and gone out, we go in and go up, and there you are. It’s as simple as that in principle…it is within. Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras one of the main keys, one of the main steps is pratyahara, interiorization. In the Koran, holy book of the Moslems, “Remember thy Lord within thyself.” They all say the same thing.
And so now I’m going to show you how this principle is in the Bible….
[YSite Note: the Christian Bible contains the Jewish scriptures in the Old Testament, since Jesus was a Jew. The New Testament is about Christ).
And then comes the science. As I said before, how the energy and consciousness has descended and gone out. Now I show you…
Ezekiel. “Thou hast been in Eden the Garden of God.” That’s not a place–they say it’s somewhere in Iran? No way, it’s not a place. It’s a state of consciousness. “Thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.” Those are the chakras of light. “Thou was perfect in thy ways from the days that thou was created until iniquity was found in thee. And by the multitude of thy merchandise thou hast filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou has sinned.” Now this is exactly that consciousness, energy went out and man became so engrossed in external pursuits that he lost the divine consciousness. And so he says, “Therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God, and I will destroy thee from the midst of the stones of fire.” The mountain of God is the highest chakra in the brain from here (spiritual eye), the medulla and the thousand-rayed lotus in the brain. That’s the seat of cosmic consciousness within you. That’s the fall of man. That’s the original sin.
Yoga techniques withdraw the energy back up the spinal “highway”
And so now what do we do? As we have descended, and gone outward, become body identified, and identified with all the sense pleasures and stuff…we go back, isn’t it? Withdraw through yoga techniques, withdraw the energy, and go up and there you are. That’s the spinal highway. That’s what the Master called it. He said all the religious bypaths lead eventually to that because everybody has to go back into the spine and up.
Now I’ll show you, it’s in the Bible, believe it or not. Isaiah, “And the highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness.” That’s the spine, the inner spine, not the physical. “The unclean shall not pass over it” –meaning those that are not interested in anything spiritual, that are completely engrossed in outer pursuits. “But the wayfaring man, though fools…” St. Francis was called a fool by the whole population there in Assisi when he started his search for God… “though fools shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beasts shall go up thereon, but the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion.” Zion is another name for the holy mountain, the thousand-rayed lotus. “With songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads. And they shall obtain joy and gladness and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”
And there you have it. If you understand this symbolic language—Sanatana Dharma. “Sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” Suffering eliminated. And eternal joy, bliss consciousness.
I’ll give you another one, also Isaiah. “And in this mountain shall the lord make unto all people a feast of fat things.” Now…usually people think, what is joy? It’s a good meal, right? So, “A feast of fat things, feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow and wines on a less well refined.” What is that wine? You know we have a book by that title, THE WINE OF THE MYSTICS. They call it that why? It is the bliss of God. Just like in the Bible when the disciples of Jesus received the Holy Ghost they were like drunken men. It is that bliss consciousness. “And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.” What is that covering? What is that veil? You find it in the Bhagavad Gita. It is delusion. That you think this material world and your physical body is the only reality, that there is nothing else. “And he will swallow up death in victory. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces.” There again, mortal consciouness is gone. Eternal life, death is conquered. “And the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces.” Suffering eliminated. “And it shall be said in that day, ‘Lo, this is our God.” That means experience of God. “We have waited for him. We will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
The whole story, the science of yoga. …
I remember…one call came from a Jewish community in Los Angeles. Could you send somebody to give us a lecture on yoga? And so I went. What did I take? Nothing but the Jewish prophets, showed the whole thing is there. And I tell you, that was a very attentive audience. And afterward some people came to me and asked some questions, and one lady said, “What you people are teachings is actually our Jewish religion, isn’t it? And I said, “You are absolutely right.” It’s the essence, the esoteric teaching of Judaism. But not only Judaism. It’s the esoteric teachings of Christianity and Hinduism, and whatever. It’s there. It’s there…
Quoting Paramahansa Yogananda “Lasting success consists in freeing the soul from the three-fold sorrow…” That’s suffering, the three-fold suffering which is inevitable in a limited human being– “and in attaining the bliss of final liberation.” And there you have it again, Sanatana Dharma–overcoming of suffering, attaining eternal bliss.
That’s it. Keep this in mind, because that is where Yoga comes in. Learning to go within and to become still…absorbed in meditation in the presence of God within. It says in the Bible, 46th Psalm, “Be still and know that I am God.” That’s Yoga. That is the definition. Patanjali’s yoga sutras, he gives the definition of Yoga: “Stilling the waves of consciouness” …withdrawing the energy, stilling the faculties, and there it is–soul consciousness.
excerpts from Experiencing God Within: The Universal Truth Behind All Religions—Brother Anandamoy
“Brother Anandamoy identifies the universal needs that lie at the core of all spiritual seeking, and demonstrates how true spirituality, found in the esoteric traditions of the world’s great religions, fulfills these needs through direct personal experience of God.”