Query: Self Realization Fellowship... Did Paramahansa Yogananda gain self
When I started in search of God 13 years of age... I did not know what
self realization meant! Truthfully I had not even heard this word. I was also not aware of what kundalini
awakening meant! I was all the time trying to differentiate between religion and spirituality... yet, the
clear meaning of two evaded me all the time!
When I enquired of elders regarding difference between religion and
spirituality... all stared blank! The school headmaster... the class teacher... my father... my mother... all
relatives and friends... all seemed blank! Yet, I had to find the meaning all costs as my search for God was
directly related to differentiating between religion and spirituality! I had to know the
In my surmise that Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana had
truly realized God... I was hundred percent correct! But when I read the "autobiography of a Yogi" by
Paramahansa Yogananda I was not clear about certain precepts followed by Paramahansa Yogananda. I had my
doubts. Something within told me... Paramhansa Yogananda was not self realized!
It was later when I realized God in 1993 at 37 years of age... all became
clear by itself! Paramahansa Yogananda truly had not reached the stage of self realization... the stage of
God realization! On the Paramahansa Yogananda SRF Centers website there is a statement by Paramahansa
Yogananda... “Self-Realization Fellowship signifies fellowship with God through Self-realization, and
friendship with all Truth-seeking souls.”
No human being who has reached stage of self realization... stage of
enlightenment can ever make this a statement! Why? In the field of pure spirituality... in the field of
enlightenment... all is absolute! There can never be a fellowship with God Almighty. It just can never be.
Every human being in itself is a spiritual being... a soul atman... a spirit on its cosmic
In every human being exists... God Almighty in miniscule form as our soul atman, the spirit within! As detailed in
Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism every soul atman manifests human form to work out its karma... remove dross impurities
within! The moment complete dross impurities within soul atman removed... the liberated soul atman finally reached
its logical end... the 8.4 millionth manifestation... the last in cosmic life cycle!
The liberated soul atman finally merges with God Almighty! For an
enlightened soul... for one who has gained enlightenment... one is not different from God Almighty in any
sense! If an independent grain of sand is a pure soul atman... the whole mound God Almighty! The simple
definition of God Almighty is... the combined power of all purified souls atmans in the cosmos at a given
moment of time!
A fellowship with all truth seeking souls does not mean anything! For an
enlightened one... one who has broken ephemeral bond forever... earthly relationships do not carry any
meaning! The karma having burnt in its entirety... the liberated soul atman finally regains its lost original
pure prime pristine primordial form!
For a liberated soul atman... for an enlightened one... there is neither a brother nor sister... father or mother
or any other relationship whatsoever! For an enlightened one... father is God Almighty... mother... our dear planet
Earth! This cosmic relationship between God Almighty, mother earth and enlightened human beings is unique in
itself! None can deny the efficacy of this relationship!
All human bondages vanish forever the moment one reached stage of self
realization. Satsanga... the medium of spiritual fellowship involves people with spiritual bent of mind
clarifying each other! The moment complete queries within human beings dissolved forever... one reached stage
of self realization... God realization!
For one who has just started spiritual journey... books by Paramhansa
Yogananda are of immense value! But as one progresses on spiritual path... books relating to Ramakrishna
Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana become more valid! It is not impertinent to say that in last about 150 years
amongst 7 billion people existing world over... only Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana
succeeded in reaching stage of self realization!
Both these spiritual stalwarts started their spiritual journey via path of bhakti yoga. But as self realization
could not be achieved via path of bhakti yoga alone... both switched to path of jnana yoga in later stages of life!
The path of jnana yoga (absolute wisdom) is necessitated for gaining enlightenment by human beings.
For cutting across shackles of Samsara (worldly life)... for eradicating
karma forever... path of jnana yoga... absolute wisdom is an absolute must! The path of jnana yoga is best
traveled following teachings contained in Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism... the doctrine given to mankind by Lord
Krishna... an avatar of his era (God manifest in human form)!
In spiritual parlance... enlightenment... self realization, God
realization... realization of self... all mean the same! For realizing self... for gaining enlightenment
traveling path of spirituality is an absolute must! It is only through path of spirituality human beings
finally unveiled mysteries of cosmic system!
We are primarily a spirit... a soul atman manifesting human form! Our soul atman... the spirit within is absolute
master and controller of human body and not vice versa! It is not within capability of human beings... the human
body to manifest a soul atman! Every soul atman manifests human form to work out its karma... remove dross
It is only by traveling spiritual path... by unveiling pearls of wisdom
contained in Bhagavad Gita human beings finally traveled path of jnana yoga... absolute wisdom!
Step-by-step... slowly human beings finally realized abstract truths of life! As meanings of 700 shlokas
verses contained in Bhagavad Gita became clearer... one finally gained enlightenment (kaivalya
Before indulgence in field of spirituality one thing must become clear to
us! In the human form God Almighty ordained a total of 1.1 million manifestations (an earthly life cycle of
12.4 million years) for human beings to reach stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana)! The journey is long...
path unknown yet true seekers of spirituality can gain enlightenment within one's lifetime!
Gaining enlightenment is really difficult... seems almost impossible! Gautama Buddha gained enlightenment in last
leg of his life... when he was almost 81 years of age! Mahavira... the 24 Tirthankara of Jainism gained
enlightenment at 42 years of age! Even though our absolute goal of life is reaching stage of enlightenment but
becoming an enlightened one in present life is not guaranteed! Still... we must pursue spiritual path diligently
As per doctrine of karma whatever the residual balance of karma at the
time of death of body... the same becomes opening balance for next manifestation! Whatever our efforts in
present life... they never go waste! All add up in the books of karma. The doctrine of karma truly acts as
the accountant general of cosmic system!
As we sow so shall we reap... nothing less or more! Whatever our karma...
accordingly the fruits of karma reaped by one! As ordained by God Almighty... not all fruits of karma
precipitate immediately... the prime reason why human beings failed to get immediate results of their
prayers! What if we have a negative balance of residual karma from previous manifestation?
Unless we negated the affects of negative residual balance of karma in present life... whatever karma we perform in
present life... all seems gone waste! The truth is almost opposite. Whatever positive karma we performed in present
life... it was utilized for negating the affects of negative residual balance of karma from previous
The moment negative residual balance of karma from previous
manifestations reduced to zero... whatever karma we performed in present life... the fruits of karma
performed become most of time available immediately! By understanding crux of karma... doctrine of karma
truthfully in entirety is traveling spiritual path sincerely and diligently!
Until we understood meaning of dharma... meaning of karma... meaning of
meditation... meaning of yoga... definition of God Almighty... no human being can ever travel spiritual path
sincerely and diligently! For traveling spiritual path in right earnestness... we have to understand what
spirituality is all about.
Understanding our true inner self... as a spirit within... realizing we are a soul atman on its cosmic journey is
understanding real essence of spirituality! The entire wisdom contained in Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism... the real
purpose behind sacred scriptures of all religions of world is understanding our true inner self... the real self of
us as a soul atman!
The essence of self realization... the essence of enlightenment is
regaining our true inner self! The moment our karma negated to zero... in absence of dross impurities within
the need for soul atman to manifest a new body ceased to exist! The liberated soul atman finally entered
abode of God... kingdom of God (termed Vaikuntha in Hinduism)!
Right from first manifestation as an amoeba (single cell formation) the
effort of every soul atman remains reaching cosmic end of life... the 8.4 millionth manifestation! In the
entire cosmic span of 8.4 million manifestations (an earthly life cycle of 96.4 million years)... a soul
atman initially manifests 7.3 million forms in insect, plant and animal life.
In the remaining 1.1 million manifestations in human form... we are expected to reach stage of self realization...
stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana)! The moment human beings gained enlightenment (kaivalya jnana)... gaining
salvation (moksha) announced leaving earthly frame forever! The moment human beings gained salvation (moksha)...
the liberated soul atman finally entered Kingdom of God forever!
Apart from Jesus Christ... not a single human being in the West reached
stage of enlightenment! Why? It is for the simple reason that seekers in West never understood meaning of
spirituality truthfully! The path to God is straight and clear! God Almighty can only be reached via path of
Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism... never otherwise! So was ordained by God Almighty.
All man gods like Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ and prophet
Mohammed gained enlightenment following precepts contained in Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism. The mystery behind
missing years in the life of Jesus Christ... during the missing years Jesus Christ gained wisdom contained in
Bhagavad Gita in the famous universities of Nalanda and Taxila in the erstwhile Bharatvarsha (now
Until we continued to believe God Almighty created mother earth in seven days... we shall never understand the true
meaning of spirituality! The creation of mother earth did not result in days... it took billions of years before
life supporting planets like mother earth evolved in cosmic system!
No sooner life supporting planets like mother earth evolved in cosmic
system... impure souls' atmans immediately manifested life forms to cleanse themselves of dross impurities
within! And started the complex workings of karma! Step-by-step... body of body... manifestation after
manifestation the journey of life for souls' atmans continued!
It was only when human beings reached 8.4 millionth manifestation... the
cosmic journey of life for a soul atman came to an end! Reaching 8.4 millionth manifestation announces human
beings gaining enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and finally salvation (moksha)! Vaikuntha... the abode of God
is a point of no return. Once entered the liberated soul atman remains there until eternity!
Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism contains everything worth knowable on path of pure spirituality. Bhagavad Gita is the
summum bonum of spirituality! One single sacred scripture Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism suffices for human beings
reaching stage of enlightenment. However, gist of Bhagavad Gita can never be understood literally... it needs
reading in between the lines!
The original gist of Bhagavad Gita is available for mere $.60 (rupees
30/=) at most railway stations of India or directly from Bhagavad Gita press, Gorakhpur, India. Yet, none
dared understanding gist of Bhagavad Gita... for the fear of losing everything that is ephemeral...
Our bloated ego does not permit our following path of pure spirituality!
Only by establishing absolute control over five senses and mind... practicing absolute celibacy for a period
of 12 years in continuation human beings finally reached stage of enlightenment! The full awakening of
kundalini becomes possible by practice of absolute celibacy for a period of 12 years in continuation... never
The moment full awakening of kundalini occurs... the Shahastra Pushpa
(thousand petaled Lotus) existing in our brain behind the forehead opens fully. That very moment complete
wisdom contained in cosmos (Brahmand) is at our tips... we finally gain omniscience for all practical
purposes... became a free spirit forever!
Many human beings world over practiced half baked teachings of self
realization, celibacy and kundalini awakening never realizing that abstract truths of life laid bare in
teachings of Bhagavad Gita! Only by understanding teachings of Bhagavad Gita... the 700 shlokas verses human
beings finally emancipated forever from cycle of birth and death... became an enlightened one!
If we truly desire reaching God in present life time... gaining
enlightenment in present life time... reaching stage of self realization in present life... we have to
understand meaning of spirituality in totality! Assimilating teachings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and
Maharishi Ramana and indulging in Bhagavad Gita any human being world over can truly gain enlightenment
More Selfrealization Fellowship related links...
Achieved Self Realization - Self Realization Essays - Self Realization - Stage of Self Realization - Realize Self Realize God
Always there to clarify your queries (send your query),
Vijay Kumar "Atma Jnani" ... The Man who Realized God in 1993!
A to Z of Selfrealization Fellowship explained in words everyone can easily understand and
fathom. More on realization of self can be found at : Self Realization
... Vijay Kumar - 11 June 2010.
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