The Best Way to Benefit
He only is wise
who devotes himself to realizing,
not reading only.
— Lahiri Mahasaya (in Autobiography of a Yogi)
I could have meetings here with you every day, but that won't necessarily help you, unless you put into practice what you hear.
— Paramahansa Yogananda (in Man's Eternal Quest)
The writings of Paramahansa Yogananda are the priceless gift to the all of humanity so use it and practice it.
When you read words on this website be mindful that words and language have limitations. A poem by a Nobel winning poet Wieslawa Szymborska illustrates it so perfectly:
When I pronounce the word Future,
the first syllable already belongs to the past.
When I pronounce the word Silence,
I destroy it.
When I pronounce the word Nothing,
I make something no non-being can hold.
Language is just a metaphor but it's not Reality. Language is a very useful map but it shouldn't be confused with territory.
The signpost is not the destination but how often we forget and stand in front of a signpost and only read it and re-read it. Or spent a lot of time analysing the writing. Or endlessly discuss the meaning.
Solve your problems through meditation. Exchange unprofitable speculation for actual God-communion.
Clear your mind of dogmatic theological debris; let in the fresh, healing waters of direct perception.
Attune yourself to the active inner Guidance; the Divine Voice has the answer to every dilemma of life.
— Lahiri Mahasaya (Autobiography of a Yogi)
You can use your finger to point at the moon. But a person who stops just at looking at the finger will never see the real moon.
The best way to truly benefit from Yogananda's teachings and this website is to use it as a signpost or an instruction how to experience in your own life, in your own consciounsess, not only a word "God" or "Joy" but also what those words point to, the real God and the real Limitless Joy.
It is your duty to practice in your daily life all that you have learned. Scriptures are dead quotations. They live only when their lessons are lived in life by someone. A soul cannot be liberated unless he helps others to liberate themselves through true methods. — Paramahansa Yogananda