LAHIRI MAHASAYA and the Cat ~ Story from ‘MEJDA’, by Sananda Lal Ghosh


from MEJDA: The Family and the Early Life of Paramahansa Yogananda, by (his younger brother) Sananda Lal Ghosh

SANANDA LAL GHOSH:  A great yogi must at all times keep his powers “insulated,” lest their potency cause an overreaction in this world of grosser energies.  Shastri Mahasaya related to me the following incident in the life of Lahiri Mahasaya:

Swami Sri Yukteswar, Shastri Mahasaya, and Lahiri Mahasaya’s two sons, Tincouri and Ducouri, were eating lunch one day with the great master.  The household cat was sitting on the right of Lahiri Mahasaya, about a meter away.  It was obviously intent on getting some of the food from his plate.  Unthinkingly, Lahiri Mahasaya gently waved his hand in the air and told the cat to keep away.  Though Lahiri Mahasaya’s hand was far from contact with the cat, the animal gave a jerk and fell over lifeless on the floor.

Shocked at what had happened, Lahiri Mahasaya poured some milk onto his plate and mixed a little rice with it.  He then went over and picked up the unconscious animal and stroked its fur gently.  The cat regained consciousness immediately, and Lahiri Mahasaya fed it the food on his plate.  When the cat had eaten its fill, it contentedly resumed its former place by Lahiri Mahasaya’s side.

Another plate of food was brought for Lahiri Mahasaya, and with bowed head he continued his meal in silence; he felt, humbly, that he had committed an offense.

from MEJDA: The Family and the Early Life of Paramahansa Yogananda, by (his younger brother) Sananda Lal Ghosh

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This book is a delightful and absorbing biography written from the author’s unique perspective as a younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda, whom he affectionately called “Mejda”— the Bengali term for one’s second eldest brother.  It provides an intimate account of the early years of one of the great spiritual leaders of our time. Relating many previously unpublished stories, this fascinating biography presents a fresh view of numerous incidents recounted by Paramahansa Yogananda in Autobiography of a Yogi.  As Sananda Lal Ghosh explains, Paramahansaji was naturally reticent about referring to his own spiritual attainments when writing his autobiography.  “Mejda” offers readers a vivid, firsthand chronicle of his remarkable years in India.  From the book’s engrossing narrative emerges a new portrait of this beloved world teacher — a radiant spiritual personality whose life was an inspiring testament to the ageless truth and vitality of India’s universal science of God-realization.  ~~ SRF website


See also

Yogananda’s Remarkable Encounter With LAHIRI MAHASAYA ~ Sananda Lal Ghosh, “Mejda”

LAY DEVOTEES STORIES of Gurus and Monastics

LAHIRI MAHASAYA Articles and Stories