Harmful Emotions


Hi! Did Yoganandji or Swamiji write any book on anger management?

—Rohit, India


Dear Rohit,

As far as I know no book on just anger was written by Parmahansa Yogananda or Swami Kriyananda. Swami Kriyananda goes into the Yoga Sutras extensively in his new book, Demystifiing Patanjali. In there much is discussed about overcoming harmful emotions and how to live without fear or judgement.

You will find also in Swami’s remembrance of Yogananda’s Bhagavad Gita (entitled The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, especially Chapter 29), much written on the subject of anger and harmful emotions. This chapter is so enlightening in how to overcome all negative emotions that if followed you should be able eventually to see the goal of life — finding God. Clearing all emotions away opens the door for the Divine to come in and share His joy. With joy all you will want to do is share it with others. You will not be affected by the world around you in the same way you use to because you will see God’s light surrounding everything. Meditate on Joy and Light, not on your emotions.

Joy to you, Seva