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.