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Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Paramahansa Yogananda, image courtesy of Wikimedia

This classic spiritual book documented the miracles done by Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswar, and other holy personages in India.

Once you finish reading it, you will recall the words of Jesus that He really meant when He said, “Anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these.”

The author, Paramahansa Yogananda, said that ignorance is man’s most terrible sickness. That’s why most of Jesus’ activities were teaching. Jesus knew that healing the physical ailments of the human body is temporary. That explains why when He said, “Go and sin no more.” In other words, if a person goes back to his old self, living a life of greed, anger, lust, or deceit, then most likely, his sickness will come back and can even become worse.

Jesus was not without imparting a lesson every time He healed. The truth of the matter, His teachings bring about knowledge and understanding. When put into practice, the spirit is freed, leading to inner peace and joy. The effect is wellness to the body, which is lasting. In this framework, the spirit-mind-body interconnection is evident. Jesus, like other great spiritual teachers, devoted His life to teaching, which resulted in the writing of the Holy Bible. His messages touched the hearts of many. It is then up to us to apply what He taught.

Discover more of the author’s priceless wisdom here.

(text courtesy from Wikipedia: One of the most famous advocates of the book was Steve Jobs, the co-founder, and formerly Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc. Jobs first read Autobiography of a Yogi as a teenager, then re-read the book once a year ever since.)

Thoughts: When we are ignorant of the teaching of Jesus and other great spiritual leaders, sickness befalls us. Then we live without direction, disregarding the welfare of our fellowmen; chaos and suffering will devour us to death.