There are a few books stacked on my night table and this one has a permanent place. The Divine Romance by Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 to 1952) never fails to deliver uplifting reading. The contents are arranged in 50 articles on individual subjects, though all are aspects of practical spirituality as I call it, or how-to-live each day in the world while maintaining Divine ideals.
Yogananda writes the Truth using a large dose of stories with humor. What this does for me is make the lessons stick, because I can more easily recall a story than remember an esoteric sentence.
By breaking the book up into sections about 9 to 10 pages each it is easy to read a chapter when you just have a small block of time. Or if the afternoon is yours, then several stories could be absorbed. I recommend one or two at a time, though, to keep the lessons fresh in mind.
It is worthwhile to read a chapter, begin regular meditation, and contemplate the content during the quiet time with yourself. Then finish the meditation with appreciation for the Divine insight imparted.
The book is easy to read and not limited to scholarly study, though any student on the spiritual path would learn many lessons and advance in consciousness from the lessons.
To give you a taste of the contents some of the titles include: Finding the Joy in Life; What Is Fate?; The Spectrum of Spiritual Consciousness; The Unknown Potential of Memory; Do Souls Reincarnate? Where Are Our Departed Loved Ones? Reflections on Love.
Additionally, an account of Yogananda’s remarkable samadhi is included following the chapters. At the end of the volume is a very complete glossary of spiritual terms. Scattered throughout are black and white photos of saints and places Yogananda visited. I’ve owned my precious copy of this book for many years.
The Divine Romance is the 2nd book in the 3 part series of Yogananda’s essays.
For the sincere seeker I give my highest recommendation, it is a treasure!
Details: Paperback: 507 pages; Publisher: Self-Realization Fellowship (November 1, 1986); Language: English; ISBN-10: 0876122411; ISBN-13: 978-0876122419; Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches.
Review by Susan Helene Kramer