Yogananda Explains Resurrection

Paramahansa Yogananda conducting the first Easter sunrise meditation service in 1925.
Paramahansa Yogananda conducting the first Easter sunrise meditation service in 1925.

In the Christian Easter liturgy, Christ rose from the dead three days after his burial. Catholics don’t question this recounting, any more than they challenge the idea of conception without insemination, and many people agree that “miracles” do happen.

Whether this particular incident is allegory or something that really occurred, there are lessons we can learn from it. This is how it was understood by Paramahamsa Yogananda:

“What is the meaning of resurrection? To live again! To rise to renewed life! What rises again—and how? We must understand in what ways resurrection means to live again. Everything is undergoing a process of change. These changes are either detrimental or beneficial to the object that changes. For example, if I take a dirty glass and strike it on the floor, it will be changed, will it not? But this change will not be beneficial; it will be harmful to the object. However, if I wash the glass and make it shine, that change is beneficial. Resurrection means any beneficial change to an object or human being… In this context, resurrection means any uplifting change. You cannot remain at a standstill. You must either go forward or backward. That is a great and inspiring truth, that in life you cannot remain stationary.”

Whether or not you have a spiritual affiliation, Easter service at the Lake Shrine offers an uplifting experience and an invitation to create movement.

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