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India, Spirituality and Paramahansa Yogananda

  Sayings of Yogananda

Whenever you want to create something wonderful, sit quietly and go deep in meditation until you have contacted that infinite, inventive, creative Power that is within you. Try something new, but always be sure that that great creative Principle is behind anything you do; and that creative Principle will see you through.

Paramahansa Yogananda

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India was the first nation to develop spiritual methods that can lead any persevering student to Self-realization. It is also probable that the fifteen unaccounted for years of the early life of Jesus were spent in India with Hindu saints. Books of different authors explain that His entire teaching is in accord with Vedanta truths.

In the Vedas of India we find the earliest true concept of God. In her scpriptures India has given the world immortal truths that have stood the test of time.

      Let us remember that India was the motherland 
      of our race,and Sanskrit the mother of Europe's 
      languages; that she was the mother of our philosophy, 
      mother, through the Arabs, of much of mathematics, 
      mother... of the ideals emvodied in Christianity,
      mother, through the village community, of self 
      government and democracy. Mother India is in many 
      ways the mother of us all."
                                --Will Durant

India Unveiled

For those unfamiliar with India and her customs, I would like to share some background. The term Indians applies equally to Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, Jews or anyone who is a citizen of India (and through the geographical error of Christopher Columbus, to the aboriginals of the Americas). The name Hindu came from the Greeks who invaded northern India under Alexander the Great. They designated the inhabitants of the banks of the Indus River as Indoos, or Hindus. The word Hindus refers only to the followers of Hinduism, the name given to the collection of the scriptures of India, the Vedic teachings, whose four books are known as India's Sanatana Dharma, Eternal Religion. Unles a minority religion is mentioned by name, the reader may assume that the text refers to the Hindu people or their culture. With almost one billion inhabitants who live in a space about one-third the size of of the United States, India is the world's largest democracy. It has the second largest population in the world, ranking behind China. India is still overwhelmingly rural and its economy is predominantly agricultural. Even with its immense population, India is able to feed its people without having to import food. Although it has over 20 cities with a population of more than a million and is one of the world's major industrial powers, about 70 percent of the population still lives in rural areas. In the villages, life is unhurried and only changing seasons mark the passing of time. There is still widespread poverty, but with an affluent middle class of over 200 million people, India is fast becoming one of the largest markets for consumer goods in the world, hardly an image to fit most Western stereotypes of the subcontinent. by Robert Arnett, Author of India Unveiled.

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