Filmvertoning: AWAKE, the life of Paramhansa Yogananda

Op 15 november, presenteerde SanatanDharm.net een speciale screening van de film AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda bij Lantaren Venster te Rotterdam. Deze film, die winnaar is van meerdere film festival prijzen, waaronder de Illuminate Film Festival Audience Award, de Maui Film Festival Spirit in Cinema Award en de Conscious Life Award van het Conscious Life Expo Film Festival, was compleet uitverkocht. De bezoekers waren van verschillende achtergronden en verschillende lagen uit de maatschappij.
AWAKE is een onconventionele biografie over Paramahansa Yogananda, die yoga en meditatie in 1920 naar het Westen bracht. Vele invloedrijke mensen, waaronder Steve Jobs, George Harrison en Russell Simmons, zijn enorm beïnvloed door hem. Het schijnt dat Steve Jobs maar één boek op zijn iphone had: Yogananda’s spirituele klassieker Autobiografie van een Yogi. George Harrison zelf geeft toe dat hij zonder Yogananda nooit zou hebben bereikt wat hij in de muziek wereld heeft bereikt. Yogananda heeft geprobeert ons een onvermijdbare universele waarheid bij te brengen. Dit was ook de zwaarste beproeving van zijn leven. Hij werd door kerken en de media verkettert en onder de loep werd genomen door de FBI en CIA, maar zonder hem, zou onze wereld er veel somberder hebben uitgezien. AWAKE is er in geslaagd om enerzijds een beeld te geven van Yogananda’s bijzondere leven, en aan de andere kant om de kijker in de mindset van yoga te brengen. Juist in deze turbulente tijd is Yogananda’s universele boodschap het meest van toepassing.

Trailer: Awake: The Life of Paramhansa Yogananda

AWAKE is een onconventionele biografie over Paramahansa Yogananda, die yoga en meditatie in 1920 naar het Westen bracht. Vele invloedrijke mensen, waaronder Steve Jobs, George Harrison en Russell Simmons, zijn enorm beïnvloed door hem. Het schijnt dat Steve Jobs maar één boek op zijn iphone had: Yogananda’s spirituele klassieker Autobiografie van een Yogi. George Harrison zelf geeft toe dat hij zonder Yogananda nooit zou hebben bereikt wat hij in de muziek wereld heeft bereikt.

Posted by SanatanDharm.net on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Quotes over Yogananda

“If we had a man like Paramahansa Yogananda in the United Nations today, probably the world would be a better place than it is.” — Dr. Binay R. Sen, former Ambassador of India to the U.S.

“I have the highest regard for him….I have kept up a heavy correspondence with Yogananda for many years, exchanging viewpoints on different subjects. His letters were of great inspiration and help to me. His death was a considerable loss for humanity.” — His Excellency Emilio Portes Gil, former President of Mexico

“His warm personality and kindly understanding will be sorely missed by all of those who were privileged to know him.” — Goodwin J. Knight, former Governor of California

“He was indeed an outstanding individual, devoted to peace and understanding among the peoples of the earth. It may truly be said that he left the world a little better for having been on it….”— Judge Stanley Mosk, Supreme Court of the State of California

“The scientific teachings and discussions of Paramahansa Yogananda [are] landmarks in the march of human civilization.” — G. N. Vaidya, Justice of the High Court, Bombay

“I am taking this opportunity of letting you know of the benefits that I have received from your educational lectures while you were recently in Pittsburgh. I know that you are carrying through a great constructive educational work in this country, and every help and encouragement should be given you. If the people of this country would live up to the doctrines taught by you, there would be little or no use of the existence of the Morals Court.” — A. D. Brandon, Judge of the Morals Court, Pittsburgh, PA

“Washington has had its share of psychologists. But it is well-nigh universal testimony that [your] philosophy and system was an entirely new experience….Your lectures and classes have been of benefit to my wife and myself beyond my power to express to you. Nerves, worry, and the uncertainties of modern American life, as well as a hunger for a spiritual understanding which could square our traditional Christian faith with the hard realities of practical life, urged us to seek you. Listening to your noble and practical philosophy has given us peace and comfort.” — Louis E. Van Norman,

“Apart from the charm and beauty of his physical being, which was no doubt the index of the soul he possessed, Paramahansaji’s deep affection and love for humanity — including even those unfriendly and reluctant to share in his faith — gave him a stature among his fellow beings which it would be difficult to match.

“He brought to America from the country of his birth the serenity of soul and the understanding of the human and spiritual values of life which not only helped many a man high and low to obtain peace of mind in modern society but also helped in an understanding between the peoples of India and the U.S.A.”

“As an apostle of peace and a believer in the brotherhood of man, Yoganandaji devoted his life and all the energy and means he possessed to the cause of understanding and friendship between the East and the West.” — Mulk Raj Ahuja, Consul General of India