The Call to Share: A Legacy of Divine Friendship

The Call to Share: A Legacy of Divine Friendship

Right from the opening line, Autobiography of a Yogi resonates with the theme of divine friendship. Paramhansa Yogananda beautifully articulates man’s eternal quest and the inherent divine friendship that paves the way for ultimate realization:

“The characteristic features of Indian culture have long been a search for ultimate verities and the concomitant disciple-guru relationship.”

Swami Sri Yukteswar, Yogananda’s revered guru, not only guided him on his quest for God but also ignited a passion in him to share the liberating truths of Self-realization with the world.

A pivotal exchange between them underscores this calling:

​​“Why are you averse to organizational work?”

His guru's insightful analogy challenges Yogananda's initial reservations about spreading the teachings:

“Do you want the whole divine channa (milk curd) for yourself alone?” My guru’s retort was accompanied by a stern glance. “Could you or anyone else achieve God-contact through yoga if a line of generous-hearted masters had not been willing to convey their knowledge to others?”

Swami Sri Yukteswar emphasizes the importance of both the spiritual essence and organizations for its transmission:

“God is the Honey, organizations are the hives; both are necessary. Any form is useless, of course, without the spirit, but why should you not start busy hives full of the spiritual nectar?”

This profound counsel awakens a deep resolve within Yogananda:

“I would share with my fellows, so far as lay in my power, the unshackling truths I had learned at my guru’s feet.”

His heartfelt prayer echoes this commitment:

"Lord,” I prayed, “may Thy Love shine forever on the sanctuary of my devotion, and may I be able to awaken that Love in other hearts.”

Here at Crystal Clarity Publishers, the publishing arm of Ananda Sangha, we carry forward this sacred lineage of "divine friendship." Through our publications, music, and videos, we strive to disseminate the wisdom of Self-realization worldwide.

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