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?
Coming Home Finding Shelter in the
Love and Wisdom of Paramahansa Yogananda
By Margaret Wolff
COMING HOME is an inviting collection of fourteen up close and personal stories—firsthand experiences of Divine Grace—that prove Paramahansa Yogananda’s living presence in the lives of men and women who commit their hearts and minds to his teachings.
Doors open and worlds align as we catch sight of the extraordinary nature of the guru-disciple relationship, of what it means to have a bond with Paramahansa Yogananda that is so tender and comforting, so familiar and centering that it feels like coming home.
Told with intelligence, gratitude, and humor, the stories are—individually and collectively—a stirring testimony to the truth of Yogananda’s own words:
“What greater satisfaction could one have, than when the heart is aflame with yearning for the Unknown God and He actually comes as the guru? What greater consolation could one receive, than to find when one’s devotion is strong and incessant the Inconceivable Infinite manifests in the visible form of the guru?”
-Paramahansa Yogananda, The Second Coming of Christ
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“I once heard a story about a man who knew Master 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 Master. Master 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 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 Master 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 Master 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 an international congress of religious leaders. Over the next 30 years, he traversed the globe bringing India’s ancient meditation techniques to thousands of seekers of all religions who—then as now—were searching for a spirit of love and understanding in troubled times.
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 inspires countless 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 regarded as one of the preeminent spiritual figures of our time. Monks and nuns of Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF)—the non-profit, non-sectarian spiritual organization he created to disseminate his teachings—conduct classes and retreats, and provide spiritual counsel to SRF’s thousands of members, students, and friends.
Learn more about Paramahansa Yogananda and Self-Realization Fellowship at www.yogananda.org
Courtesy of Self-Realization Fellowship, Los Angeles, Calif.
In Sweet Company Conversations With Extraordinary Women About Living A Spiritual Life
By Margaret Wolff
IN SWEET COMPANY takes readers on a spiritual odyssey into the lives of fourteen of the most influential women of our time, including Sri Daya Mata, Olympia Dukakis, Riane Eisler, Sister Helen Prejean, Reverend Lauren Artress, and Le Ly Hayslip, and chronicles their commitment to living a spiritual life that nourishes them and serves as a dependable compass for their decision-making.
Visit InSweetCompany.com for information on In Sweet Company retreats and workshops.
"An invaluable resource that harnesses the wisdom, beauty, creativity, and resourcefulness in women committed to making. a difference."
-Angeles Arrien, Cultural Anthropologist; Author, The Four-Fold Way
About Margaret Wolff
Though I have degrees in Art Therapy, Transpersonal Psychology, and Leadership Studies, and numerous books and stories to my credit, what means the most to me about the life I lead began in the midnight hours of my childhood. It was then that I carried on long, intimate conversations with an unseen but palpable presence I called “The Magic” that filled me with uncharacteristic bravado and sometimes, joy.
As I moved into my twenties and searched for my place in the world, my connection with “The Magic” receded, and I yearned to feel a part of Something Greater. The most surprising and sustaining moment of my life came in the mid ‘70s when I realized that the ease and belonging of my childhood covenant with “The Magic” could again be mine by practicing Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings. So I did. And it has. And like everyone in this book, finding Yogananda was like “coming home.”