The Science of Religion by Paramhansa Yogananda

By Paramhansa Yogananda

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Publish yr note: initially released in 1953.

An amplification of Paramhansa Yogananda's 1920 maiden speech in America[, given on the foreign Congress of spiritual Liberals in Boston.

With penetrating good judgment, Yogananda unearths the religious craving that lies at the back of all human striving. achievement of that final eager for transcendence, he explains, is possible via a technology as common and useful because the sciences on which we depend for cloth wisdom and attainments.

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For all of them want to obtain happiness, or Bliss. But his means is unwise. Because of his ignorance he does not know what will bring him to Bliss, the goal of all men. ligion in this obvious. For THE SCIENCE OF RELIGION 15 Thus, in one sense every man in the world is religious, inasmuch as everyone is trying to get want and pain, and to gain Bliss. Everyone working for the same goal. But in a strict sense only a few in the world are religious, for only a few in the world, though they have the same goal as all others, know the most effective means for removing, permanently, all pain or want rid of is physical, mental, or spiritual —and gaining true Bliss.

It says that the proof of the existence of Qod lies in ourselves. It is an inner experience. You can surely recall at least one moment in your life appreciable way, or What us try to does Universal Religion say about when, in prayer or worship, you felt that the trammels of your body had nearly vanished, that the duality of experience pleasure and pain, petty love and hate, and so on had receded from your mind. Pure Bliss and tranquillity had welled up in your heart and you enjoyed an unruffled calm Bliss and contentment.

Other direct proof than the existence of ^liss in ourselves in real prayer or worship can we give of the existence and nature of Qod? THE SCIENCE OF RELIGION Though there —from from the world is the cosmological proof of the is God existence of effect we rise to cause, World-Maker. And there proof as well from the telos to the the teleological — (plan, adaptation) in the world, Supreme 47 we rise to the makes the plan and the moral proof from Intelligence that adaptation. There also is — conscience and the sense of perfection the Perfect Being to whom we rise to our responsibility is due.

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