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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
I was in my late teens -- a time of frustration and personal road blocks -- when I first read Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi. With it's adventure, philosophy, description of mystical states and a deeper reality, respect for the universality of all religions... and its compassion, that book opened up my spiritual horizon. It restored my breath to me when so much in life seemed to be without purpose. It gave me the courage to hold a gentle heart, and begin to imagine a path of spirit.
Yogananda's Autobiography was also my first introduction to the yogic term 'samadhi' -- the mystic's total, blissful, conscious union with the Divine.
Myself, in everything, enters the Great Myself.
'Samadhi' is one of Paramahansa Yogananda's most loved poems describing the ecstatic, elevated spiritual state. There is so much to say here, but I think I'll step back and let Yogananda's words ring in the silence.
Present, past, future, no more for me,
But ever-present, all-flowing I, I, everywhere.
A poem is built of rhythm and words upon a foundation of breath. And breath guides the awareness. A poem like this can lead the reader into lands of sacred experience...
Spotless is my mental sky, below, ahead, and high above.
Eternity and I, one united ray.
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