I have been reading the wonderful autobiography of Paramahansa Yogananda. titled “Autobiography of a Yogi”. I am nearly finished (I now know why so many friends recommended it over the years) and came across this passage. I found it very interesting. Interesting enough to read twice, which makes me think yall would like it too.
It pertains to the relationship between humans and nature, the rest I will let you understand in your own way.
“Because modern science tells us how to utilize the powers of Nature, we fail to comprehend the Great Life in back of all names and forms. Familiarity with Nature has bred contempt for her ultimate secrets; our relation with her is one of practical business. We tease her, so to speak, to discover the ways in which she may be forced to serve out purposes; we make use of her energies, whose Source yet remains unknown. In science our relation with Nature is like that between an arrogant man and his servant; or, in philosophical sense, nature is like our captive in the witness box. We cross-examine her, challenge her, and minutely weigh her evidence in human scales that cannot measure her hidden values.”
He continues the next paragraph with:
“On the other hand,”
But, I will make you read the book to find out what that “other hand” is. Can’t make it to easy for yall.
Anyway, if you are interested in what the life of a Yogi is, and/or about the vast dynamic spiritual world that is India I highly recommend this book.