Turns out it’s 100% relevant to the blog post I made yesterday about Greece and what they can do to get out of their extreme financial difficulties — one person at at time.
Not only is it relevant but it’s totally mind blowing for us “poor” “mortals” struggling to survive.
Just to give some background on this quote.
This was when Paramhansa Yogananda (his name then was Mukunda) was still a spiritual student (at a hermitage led by swami Dyananda -not his destined guru) and he had just undergone a 24 hour water fast (which was very hard for him and a new experience) and then his meal was delayed (against his wishes) another 9 hours and he thought he was going to starve to death.
It turns out his teacher swami Dyananda had just come back from a four day trip on a train where he did not eat or drink water for four days and Mukunda was then ashamed at all of the hunger he was experiencing when he heard that.
Not only that but after four days of not eating Dyananda barely paid attention to the feast prepared in his honor upon his return that evening.
“Swamiji, I am puzzled. Following your instruction, suppose I never asked for food, and nobody gives me any. I should starve to death.”
“Die, then!” This alarming counsel split the air. “Die if you must, Mukunda! Never admit that you live by the power of food and not by the power of God! He who has created every form of nourishment, He who has bestowed appetite, will certainly see that His devotee is sustained!
Do not imagine that rice maintains you, or that money or men support you! Could they aid if the Lord withdraws your life-breath?
They are His indirect instruments merely. Is it by any skill of yours that food digests in your stomach? Use the sword of your discrimination, Mukunda! Cut through the chains of agency and perceive the Single Cause!”
Paramhansa Yogananda (2003-01-25). Autobiography of a Yogi (Reprint of the Philosophical library 1946 First Edition) (pp. 55-56). Crystal Clarity Publishers – A. Kindle Edition.
This is truly mind blowing in what it implies.
For all my life I have been trained to survive in this world. And all of my early trainings have led me to believe that I need food, clothing, shelter and money to survive.
And that it is THESE outer things that I need to survive.
In a sense, money was my God and maybe yours as well.
When maybe all of our difficulties come from exactly that. Thinking that the source of our good is something physical. Something outside of us.
When in truth the source of our good is our Heavenly father and mother.
Once one truly realizes this principle it would completely change his or her life. You’d automatically stop worrying about getting enough money or really worrying about any problems at all.
Because, indeed, you’d have realized HEAVEN and that you live in HEAVEN.
For you know that the unlimited source inside of you WILLINGLY and ABUNDANTLY provides for all of your needs.
Maybe the only thing we need to do is to ask and it will be given.
Something to think about and contemplate deeply. For I do believe this is a statement of truth… even if I have not yet fully realized it.
Once you realize this principle spoken by Dyananda you are ever free of the fear of anything.
God will become your banker and angel investor not the Federal Reserve, ECB or the IMF.
Your Radiant Health, Fitness and Infinite Potential Coach,
The 48-Year Old Teanajer
P.S. In case you’re interested you can read that full chapter from the Yogananda book here to get the full context:
“I Meet My Master, Sri Yukteswar”
P.P.S. If you’d like to see yesterdays blog post:
“An Open Letter to the People of Greece & the World”