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Babaji’s Divine Permission

As I went about my preparations to leave Master and my native land for the unknown shores of America, I experienced not a little trepidation. I had heard many stories about the materialistic Western atmosphere, one very different from the spiritual background of India…

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A Vision of America

“America! Surely these people are Americans!” This was my thought as a panoramic vision of Western faces passed before my inward view. Immersed in meditation, I was sitting behind some dusty boxes in the storeroom of the Ranchi school….

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Two Penniless Boys in Brindaban

“It would serve you right if Father disinherited you, Mukunda! How foolishly you are throwing away your life!” An elder-brother sermon was assaulting my ears…

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How to Live in the Eternal Present

Even to live your best each day is not the deepest teaching, for today belongs to the flow of time, whereas perfect joy and awareness lie beyond time, in the eternal present. It is important, therefore, to learn to live behind the scenes of relative time, in the unchanging present.

Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth

New Year Message from Paramhansa Yogananda

The New Year has come to greet you with new hopes, new determination, new will-to-achieve, new activities. In the Temple of the New Year renew your reverence for the unlimited hidden power of God within you. The trails of trials and the yawning chasms of woe have been left behind in the dark night of the past now you are … Read More

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Learn to Express Your True Personality

Strive always to develop a personality that is derived from living in the continuous consciousness of God. Any other personality will bring disenchantment in its wake because all human expressions have their limitations.

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Prayer Demand: Save Me from Wrong Beliefs

I am lost, Father, in the wastelands of wrong beliefs. Where is my home? I have kept the doors of my soul always open, expecting Thee. Ah! I have not yet found Thee. Rise high in the sky to illuminate my darkness: Be the Polestar to my searching mind, directing me to Thyself. For therein, I know, lies my home! … Read More

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Remember Only Good Things

In your consciousness there are all kinds of records. You must destroy all records that revive memories of unhappiness. By remembering an experience you live it over again. Thus, it is sometimes important to cultivate forgetfulness.

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Reflections on Creativity

I will use my creative thinking ability to gain success in every worth-while project that I undertake

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9 Meditation Tips from Paramhansa Yogananda

Quotes of Paramhansa Yogananda, from The Essence of Self-Realization. #1. To meditate a short time with depth… … is better than to meditate for long hours with the mind running wild. In the beginning, therefore, don’t force yourself to sit for a long time. Strive for shorter, but deeper, meditations. Then gradually, as you become accustomed to going deep, lengthen … Read More