But you are a child of God throughout eternity. Isn’t it better to teach that ideal to your children? It is the only way to peace: Establish the true ideals of peace in the schools, and live peace in your own life.
A Child of God
Topic: Education & Character
“Be more proud that you are made in the image of God than that you are of a certain nationality; for “American” and “Indian” and all the other nationalities are just outer coats, which in time will be discarded. But you are a child of God throughout eternity. Isn’t it better to teach that ideal to your children? It is the only way to peace: Establish the true ideals of peace in the schools, and live peace in your own life.“
Paramahansa Yogananda, originally born as Mukunda Lal Ghosh on 5 January 1893, was a renowned Indian yogi and spiritual leader. He played a pivotal role in introducing the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga to both his native India and the Western world. Through his organizations—the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India and the Self-Realization Fellowship—he disseminated spiritual knowledge and practices that bridged the ancient wisdom of the East with the modern sensibilities of the West, thereby influencing millions of seekers and enthusiasts across the globe.
One of Yogananda's most significant contributions to spiritual literature is his book, "Autobiography of a Yogi." Not only has it remained a seminal work in the canon of spiritual writings, but it has also touched the hearts of readers from diverse backgrounds, owing to its universal themes and insights. The book offers a firsthand account of his life, from his early years in India, his encounters with various saints and sages, to his eventual establishment of spiritual centers in the West. The text has been so influential that it was recognized among the 100 best spiritual books of the 20th century.
Beyond his written work, Yogananda's legacy lies in the enduring institutions he established and the spiritual teachings he propagated. Until his passing on 7 March 1952, he remained a tireless advocate for spiritual unity and the transformative power of meditative practices. His teachings continue to inspire individuals around the world, transcending cultural and geographical boundaries, and establishing him as one of the most impactful spiritual figures of the modern era.
The Divine Romance
Wilson, Andrew, editor. World Scripture II. Universal Peace Federation, 2011, p. 1102 [Yogananda, Paramahansa. The Divine Romance. Self-Realization Fellowship, 1986] p. 350.
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