Finding Shelter in the Love and Wisdom of Paramahansa Yogananda
Fourteen stories of divine love and longing that answer two of life's most important questions: Is it really possible—in this day and age—to have a close, personal relationship with God? And if this is the case, who can show me the way?
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Coming Home Finding Shelter in the
Love and Wisdom of Paramahansa Yogananda
By Margaret Wolff
COMING HOME is an invitation to personally participate in the firsthand experiences of Divine Grace that occur in the lives of fourteen ordinary people searching for a close, personal relationship with God.
Doors open and worlds align as readers catch sight of what it means to discover and cultivate a spiritual bond with the Divine that is so tender and comforting, so familiar and centering that it feels like coming home.
Viewed through the time-honored lens of the universal spiritual teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, the stories are—individually and collectively—a tribute to the radiant potential of the human spirit and the extraordinary nature of the guru-disciple relationship. Their emotional generosity, gratitude, and humor seamlessly reflect the benefits of yoga meditation and prove Paramahansa Yogananda’s living presence in the lives of those who commit their hearts and minds to his teachings.
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“I once heard a story about a man who knew Paramahansa Yogananda who had a sudden desire for a new car. He goes right out and buys a car and drives over to show it off to the Master. Yogananda looks at the car and smiles, then says, “If you had just let that desire go, Divine Mother would have given you a Cadillac.” God's prepared to give us a lot more than what we think we need or deserve. If we get out of Her way, great stuff happens.”
“I have a Guru. I have the teachings. I can pray. I can meditate. It’s an embarrassment of riches. I can face anything now. It doesn't mean I don't get scared. It doesn't mean I don't fall into old patterns or old habits, but I know now, with every fiber of my being, that I am loved and I am His.”
"It's really special to open your heart to God's unconditional love, but it’s more special to unconditionally give your heart to God. It’s not an easy thing to do. The world can be frustrating, sometimes. Being unconditional is about trusting the Guru and giving him my heart in those difficult moments. That trust is part of the promise I made to him and to God, and it’s then that God and Guru and the world need my heart the most."
About Paramahansa Yogananada
Paramahansa Yogananda was born Mukunda Lal Ghosh in Gorakhpur, India in 1893. His fervent longing for God drew him, at 17, to Swami Sri Yukteswar, the enlightened master who guided his spiritual journey. Eight years later, he took vows as a monk of the ancient Swami Order and received the name Yogananda—bliss, ananda, through divine union, yoga. The religious title Paramahansa was later bestowed on him by his guru.
In 1920, Yogananda sailed to America as India’s delegate to the International Congress of Religious Liberals. He spent the next 30 years bringing India’s ancient meditation techniques to thousands of seekers of all religions all over the world who—then as now—were searching for the true meaning of life and the means to live from their highest potential.
Autobiography of a Yogi, the warm and evocative story of Yogananda’s search for God and his expansive vision of the divine potential in every human being, is hailed as one of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century and continues to inspire millions of spiritual seekers around the globe. Awake: The Life of Yogananda, the award-winning documentary on his life and work, was released worldwide in 2014.
Though he passed away in 1952, Yogananda is known worldwide as the "Father of Yoga in the West" and is regarded as one of the preeminent spiritual figures of our time. Under the direction of President and Spiritual Head Brother Chidananda, monks and nuns of Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF)—the non-profit, non-sectarian spiritual organization Yogananda created in 1920 to disseminate his teachings—conduct classes, retreats, and online meditations, and provide spiritual counsel to SRF’s thousands of members and friends.
Learn more about Paramahansa Yogananda and Self-Realization Fellowship at www.yogananda.org
Courtesy of Self-Realization Fellowship, Los Angeles, Calif.
About Margaret Wolff
Margaret Wolff is the author of 21 books and 150 blogs, stories, interviews, and essays. Her work has appeared in Beliefnet, The Collective Wisdom Initiative, Feminist.com, Yoga International, and Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Though she earned degrees in Art Therapy, Psychosynthesis, and Leadership Studies, Wolff’s education began in the midnight hours of her childhood with an unseen but palpable presence she called “The Magic” that filled her with uncharacteristic bravado—and sometimes joy. She began to write poems and stories at an early age that ultimately helped her understand her place in the world. Storytelling—the arts—became a soulful, transformative journey, an exploration of her inner life.
Being an Art Therapist and a writer ultimately became a winning combination for Wolff. She’s done deep dives into spiritual and artistic processes that help others negotiate chaos in their lives and went on to present 250 keynotes and retreats for groups such as The Parliament of World Religions, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, and American Montessori Society, and serve as a delegate to The Global Peace Initiative of Women, a United Nations conference in Geneva.
The most alchemical work of Wolff’s life came, however, in the mid ‘70s when she discovered that the ease and grace of her childhood covenant with “The Magic” could again be hers by practicing Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings. She did. And it has. Forty years later Coming Home: Finding Shelter in the Love and Wisdom of Paramahansa Yogananda took flight.