Swami Chidan and Giri | We have a body, we have to nourish it and when it gets sick, we have to take care of it. We have to find a remedy for it and take care of all the issues related to the physical side of life, but the thing is, humanity often stops here alone. More importantly, there is also a higher psychological, emotional and spiritual dimension to our existence. So his (Paramhansji’s) path to success was finding the right balance. There, where you get material success and prosperity. Where you have emotional balance and inner peace.
Spiritually you have the wisdom to lead your life with a higher purpose, not just the accumulation of wealth and the achievement of a family and children, but a higher purpose of realizing that I am a spark of God, I am a soul residing in a physical body and my ultimate goal is to achieve the full realization and manifestation of God in all aspects of my life. Once you make this assumption, life becomes very exciting, because all kinds of skills, abilities, and abilities are available to you. These are part of the endowment of every human being, but they lie completely dormant until awakened by conscious concentration and conscious effort.
This is what Yogananda’s teachings give us. They say that through meditation and the development of will and concentration, qualities that make us complete human beings, supreme material success and psychological and emotional health and balance and spiritual health can be achieved. When Yogananda ji went to the United States in the year 1920, the United States was full of enthusiasm at that time. At that time he was making rapid progress in his philosophy of capitalism.
Yogananda ji met many successful businessmen and heads of industrial institutions etc. and they all accepted that Yogananda ji had brought something between them that was missing in life. Let me tell you a funny little anecdote: when he was lecturing in New York City, a man asked to see him. The man arrived at his hotel room and before Yogananda could say anything, he defiantly said: ‘I am very rich, I am perfectly healthy’, which meant ‘what are you here for?’ Yogananda immediately replied: ‘Yes, but are you completely happy?’ Later the man said: ‘I was speechless!’ The man spent the rest of his life as a Kriya Yogi. Outwardly he was a millionaire industrialist, but inwardly he was an enlightened yogi.
It is another wonderful feeling to be able to say that my willpower strengthened by the will of God will achieve my goal. If you lazily leave everything in the hands of divine power and ignore the willpower that God has given you, then results will not be achieved. -Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda