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Paramahansa Yogananda on “Applying the Wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita in Your Life”

November 02, 2023


An introduction:

As we move along the spiritual path as seekers of higher consciousness, is it possible at the same time to get a better grip on our individual problems and gain awareness on how best to deal with real-world challenges?

Sri Mrinalini Mata, beloved fourth president of SRF/YSS, said that Paramahansa Yogananda always kept before his followers “the thought that spirituality is not otherworldly. Spirituality is a joy. Spirituality is something that can be expressed while you are in this human body and in this material world.”

But to know how to manifest such abundant spirituality — and to apply it to make positive strides in our own lives — takes wisdom.

Paramahansaji extolled the Bhagavad Gita as one of the very greatest expressions of the universal spiritual wisdom that is the unifying legacy of all humanity. Because it is so encompassing and universally practical, he said, no matter where one is on the spiritual path “the Gita will shed its light on that segment of the journey.”

Below are some quotes from Paramahansaji to help you get a glimpse of the magnitude of India’s most beloved scripture of yoga, the science of divine communion — and a timeless prescription for happiness and balanced success in everyday life.

From the talks and writings of Paramahansa Yogananda:

The Bhagavad Gita — a comprehensive metaphysical and psychological treatise — describes all experiences that will come to the spiritual traveler on the path of emancipation.

The entire knowledge of the cosmos is packed into the Gita. Supremely profound, yet couched in revelatory language of solacing beauty and simplicity, the Gita has been understood and applied on all levels of human endeavor and spiritual striving — sheltering a vast spectrum of human beings with their disparate natures and needs.

[It is] at once a profound scripture on the science of yoga, union with God, and a textbook for everyday living.

As a preeminent treatise on Yoga, the renowned Bhagavad Gita speaks both pragmatically and esoterically to embrace the broad spectrum of human seeking….It cites not only the practical application of spiritual principles required of the aspirant, but also the consummate expression of those principles as realized by the advanced yogi.

The Lord is with me and I am with Him. That is His promise in the Bhagavad Gita: “He who perceives Me everywhere and beholds everything in Me never loses sight of Me, nor do I ever lose sight of him.”

To read and attain inwardly [through meditation] the full realization of the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita is to burn ignorance in the fire of wisdom.

At the page linked below, you can absorb more wisdom from Paramahansa Yogananda about the Gita — and its deeper meanings about yoga and allegorical depictions of triumphant inner growth on the spiritual path. Enjoy reading powerful excerpts from Paramahansaji’s God Talks With Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita.

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Phaedra O’Connell

How wonderful🌺 The level of intelligence and expression of our guru is omnipresent and golden. I am so grateful to find the app! Many blessings on the path.

Nicholas Atkinson

On this Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, I have so much to be thankful for, especially Master’s teaching. Jai Guru!


Jai Guru. Blessed to read The Gita and try to put the wisdom into practice.


Master’s Gita is so vast.. guru’s insights are helping me to realise God omniscience everywhere.. and our SRF/YSS monastics online Gita discourses are marvellously so untuned with clarity helping all to comprehend our oneness with Him … Om Tat Sat jai Guru

Lindy LindSam

I am so happy to have the SRF app. I'm going to get to use it daily along with reading books. I purchased Man's Eternal Quest recently. I will buy the Bhagavad Gita paperback soon. I will be busy. I'm so grateful.

SamLindy Lind

Yes, the SRF app is marvellous.. there is such a fantastic array of master’s work available, and whatever you are searching for, it will be there waiting for you.. Jai Guru

Carole Ward

Pranams, and thank you for this timely reminder. I had fallen out of practice and become immersed in the Maya these past several months, never losing sight of Divine Mother and Guruji, and chanting prayers daily for this dream world of our existence. In a past prayer, I asked Guruji to come find me if I ever strayed, and he did last night with an intensity that I could not ignore. So grateful. Jai Guru! 🙏🏼

Peggy Nourse

My heartfelt gratitude for this eloquent invitation to seek wisdom in the Bhagavad Gita. For me it is a reminder. A copy of the Gita is at my bedside waiting patiently for me to read.
Jai Guru 🙏🏼

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