I am glad, indeed, to be able to record this testimony to the high character and holiness of Sri Yukteswar. Emerging in every generation, they have bulwarked their land against the fate of Babylon and Egypt.
Content to remain afar from the multitude, he gave himself unreservedly and in tranquillity to that ideal life which Paramhansa Yogananda, his disciple, has now described for the ages. I find my earliest memories covering the anachronistic features of a previous incarnation.
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The persistent core of human egoity is only temporarily allied with sense perception.
Although odd, clear memories of infancy are not extremely rare.
Prayerful surges arose within me as I realized my bodily impotence.
My strong emotional life took silent form as words in many languages. Psychological ferment and my unresponsive body brought me to many obstinate crying-spells.
Sri Yukteswar was of gentle mien and voice, of pleasing presence, and worthy of the veneration which his followers spontaneously accorded to him.
Every person who knew him, whether of his own community or not, held him in the highest esteem.
These early triumphs, usually forgotten quickly, are yet a natural basis of self-confidence. Many yogis are known to have retained their self-consciousness without interruption by the dramatic transition to and from “life” and “death.” If man be solely a body, its loss indeed places the final period to identity.
But if prophets down the millenniums spake with truth, man is essentially of incorporeal nature.
Clear recollections came to me of a distant life, a yogi 2 amidst the Himalayan snows.
These glimpses of the past, by some dimensionless link, also afforded me a glimpse of the future.
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