A Plea for Universal Brotherhood

Come on people now, smile on your brother.  Everybody get together, try to love one another right now.” -The Youngbloods

The message of Yoga will encircle the globe. It will aid in establishing the brotherhood of man: a unity based on humanity’s direct perception of the One Father. […] Though the works of the human race disappear tracelessly by time or bomb, the sun does not falter in its course; the stars keep their invariable vigil. Cosmic law cannot be stayed or changed, and man would do well to put himself in harmony with it. […] Not cruelty but goodwill upholds the universal sinews; a humanity at peace will know the endless fruits of victory, sweeter to the taste than any nurtured on the soil of blood. […] The broad sympathies and discerning insight needed for the healing of earthly woes cannot flow from a mere intellectual consideration of human diversities, but from knowledge of men’s deepest unity- kinship with God. Toward realization of the world’s highest ideal- peace through brotherhood- may Yoga, the science of personal communion with the Divine, spread in time to all men in all lands. ~ Paramahamsa Yogananda


Yogananda was the second famous holy man to come from India to America, after Vivekanada. He founded the Self-Realization Fellowship in 1920 in California as a sister organization to his Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (established 1917). He is most famous for his Autobiography of a Yogi (1946), which chronicles his extraordinary life. It is a must read for any person interested in Yoga. It is great for beginners as it is exciting to read and helps open the mind for the more fantastic aspects of yoga. It is also the book that introduced the world to the immortal saint Babaji and even included the his first and only picture.



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