Since Tom, Ella and I moved into our new home in November 2015 I began opening and going through many boxes that I had left at my mothers. Inside one of the boxes was my Autobiography of a Yogi book! I was excited to open it again after many years. I have left it out on the coffee table ever since, and have been sitting with it just about every evening.
It's been incredibly influential for me and even more so now because Yogananda not only was a saint/healer/miracle worker in India.... but he also was called to the West to be a business man. So he talks alot about running a business in this world but as an extension of all that he IS and all the he LOVES...its really beautiful and reflects so much of what I am experiencing. His autobiography is one of those books that I have to pause after every sentence and sit with its potency.
I relate very much to Yogananda...and have been given much of the same guidance along my life path, and so when I saw this article with Him also being Steve Jobs favorite, it stuck another cord in my heart :) As Steve Jobs, being one of the co-founders of Apple, made me realize that perhaps Apple has become so universally known and used because of his foundation in the laws of Spirit through Yogananda.
There were even more correlations with this "Yogananda and business/computers" for me! I JUST finished reading Steve Wozniak, the other co-founder of Apple's, autobiography called "IWoz: How I invented the personal computer"and I am currently listening to "IJustine: An analog Memoir". I received an inside scoop through mostly Woz, but Justine too, about the up and coming computer/tech industry back in the day; and some of the first steps that happened in creating the apple computes and then progress and steps taken to bring Apple & IPhone to the global market.... so incredible. So reflective of where I am at in life with our business MakeShyft R.D.A which is first and foremost a technology company, and then successively with the recent launch of our first product, an app for conflict resolution called the Universal Mediation Program. The tools we are creating are to help change the world like Yogananda's Schools and Wozniaks/Jobs Apple Computer/IPhone. It all comes from the same purpose, to help and unite the world.
I feel everything is unfolding in my life to help me learn and see the correlation and cooperation among all things. I am learning how to remain calm and peaceful as my natural and consistent state of being, no matter what takes place in my life or business; as well as how to use the time in my days efficiently and effectively, even though we have a wee-little 6 month old along for the ride. :) I am leaving it all up to Inspiration to lead the way; and I am taking one step after the next in the direction of completing the goal we have set together. I am so grateful, so empowered, so at peace.
Here is the Article I found...
15 Quotes on Enlightened Business Practice
From Steve Jobs’ Number One Guru
According to The Business Insider, Steve Jobs only downloaded one book, ever, to his iPad 2: Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda. To those in the know, this should come as no surprise, as it was also his parting gift to all of the attendees at his funeral — the last gesture he made towards everyone closest to him on earth. Jobs’ spirituality was not widely well-known during his life, and while many will contest that certain business practices employed by apple were, and are, far from “enlightened”, there is no denying the company’s massive success, due mainly to it’s innovative, progressive and quality products — products that came about, in large part, due to Jobs’ fierce devotion to his intuition; his ability to “follow his gut”. Indeed, many of you are most likely reading this on a device born of that very intuition.
For anyone who has read Autobiography of a Yogi, there is no missing the connection. A business man himself, Yogananda was one of the first Indian sages to bring Meditation and yoga to the western world, creating the non-profit Self-Realization Fellowship in California by the time he was 27, an organization that continues to expand and thrive to this day, nearly a century later. No small feat for a child born to a humble family in the heart of India in the 19th century. Though a devoted businessman, Yogananda’s first mission, of course, was the awakening of humanity. The former was born out of the desire of the latter, which is, in essence, the heart of all successful businesses: they are secondary. They are the tools of a larger desire. Here, then, are 15 quotes on enlightened business practice, from an Indian Master who knew quite a bit about both.
Yogananda Quotes on Business:
- Most of you have had the feeling that you could be great, and do great things; but because you have lacked intuitive power, that potential has, for the most part, remained dormant. To progress and avoid the misery of mistakes, you have to find what is the truth in everything. This is possible only if you develop your intuition. That is the practical truth of the matter. That is why I am asking you to cultivate and use your intuitive power in everything. In your relationships with others, in your business, in your married life, in every part of your life, intuition is essential.
By not developing the faculty of intuition, you make wrong decisions, pick up the wrong business associates, and get caught up in wrong personal relationships. …intuition will never make such a mistake. It will not look at the magnetic power of the eyes or at the attractive face or personality of a person, but will feel and perceive accurately in the heart what that person is really like.
- Business life need not be a material life. Business ambition can be spirituality. Business is nothing but serving others materially in the best possible way. Those stores that start out with the idea of only making money are readily recognized as commercial money-making dens, but stores that concentrate on serving customers with the best articles at the minimum cost will succeed, and will also advance the moral development of the world.
- You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God’s creative principle works in you.
- Good judgement is a natural expression of wisdom; but it is directly dependent on harmony within, which is poise of mind. When the mind lacks harmony, it has no peace; and without peace it lacks both judgement and wisdom. Life is full of bumps and knocks. In the hours of trials, which demand your keenest judgement, if you preserve your mental equilibrium you will attain victory. This is equally true in any type of organization — any structure that has interacting parts, from nature as a whole to human relationships to corporate businesses and spiritual societies. Harmony is the soul of organization; disharmony is death.
- The great man doesn’t think he is great. Those who say they are great are not. And those who are great are too busy being great to think about their greatness.
- As certain training is needed for engaging in the art of war, so does our engagement in battling with active life. Untrained warriors are soon killed on the battlefield; so also persons untrained in the art of preserving their inner peace are quickly riddled by the bullets of worry and restlessness in active life.
- Learn to be very active in this world, doing constructive work; but when you are through with your duties, turn off your nervous motor. Retire to the center of your being which is calmness… If you have a calm nervous system, you will have success in everything you undertake…
- Good selfishness should be practiced by the businessman, who, by sincere, honest, wholesome, constructive actions and labours, enables himself to look after his own and his family’s needs and provides a useful service to others. Such a businessman is far superior to one who thinks and acts only for himself, with no regard for those he serves or those dependent on him for support.
- Simple living does not mean poverty or poverty consciousness.
- If material poverty is to be avoided, spiritual poverty is to be abhorred; for the latter is the underlying cause of all human suffering. A practical spiritual man is a happy man, and only a happy man is a successful man. One hundred percent material prosperity among the inhabitants of a city will not prevent murders and crime. Following the universal principals of mutual service, spontaneous cooperation, love for the spiritual life, and disciplining the human sense cravings is wholly necessary for the harmonious, happy, healthy, prosperous life of any community.
- In order to lead a balanced life, adults must educate themselves to realize that business ambitions should be only for making ourselves and others happy. Without this ideal, over-strenuous business activity produces nervousness, lack of harmonious social qualities. Miserliness, greed, and disrespect for all good principles. By realizing the true purpose of business activity — service for the benefit of others as well as oneself — life can really be happy.
- When one has made a great deal of money, and simultaneously helped his workers and associates to become more prosperous, and then uses his wealth for helping others to help themselves, that is spiritualistic ambition.
- Wealthy parents who leave too much money for their children choke the evolutionary development of self-created, self earned success and happiness in their offspring.
- There is no difficulty that cannot be solved, provided you believe you have more power than your troubles, and you use that power to shatter your impediments.