Paramhansa Yogananda

Memory is that faculty of the conscious mind which, through the help of the subconscious mind, can recall any past conscious experience. Always awake, the subconscious mind is buried beneath the conscious mind, working during sleep, and constantly memorizing experiences during the state of wakefulness. In order to perform important duties, recall valuable experiences for…

Whenever a desire is obstructed or contradicted, it usually results in anger. If this is the cause of your anger, first find out whether your desire was good or bad. If it was bad, you should be grateful to be released from the possibility of wrong-doing. Always try to be firm, but also calm. To…

World friendship is the remedy for all the hatred and ignorance among nations, and also the means of equalizing prosperity in the world. Without world friendship, there will always be wars and many other evils. Jesus had all the power of God at his command, yet he would not use it to destroy his enemies.…

First, you must know the difference between “wish” and “will.” “Wish” is a desire, but “will” means desire plus energy. If you did not use your will power, do you know what would happen? You would have to lie down and not move at all. Even if you were simply to move your hand, you…

How Can I Be Happy?

There are many kinds of people in the world — good and evil, restless and meditative, ignorant and wise, happy and sad. Tell the evil person to be good, and the restless person to be meditative, and they will make you feel that they do not want to follow your instructions, or that they cannot…

How Can I Be Healthy?

The word “food” is usually used in connection with material nourishment, but there are other kinds of food, namely, mental energy (or concentration) and divine wisdom. Material food recharges the body battery; concentration the mind battery; and divine wisdom the soul battery. What distilled water is to a wet battery, food is to the body…

What Is Faith?

The Christian Bible says, “Faith without works is dead.” Faith, or the intuitive experience of all truth, is present in the soul. It gives birth to hope and the desire to achieve, but it also hides behind the wall of ignorance. Many people know almost nothing about the intuitive faith which is latent in the…

If Jesus Were Preaching Today

If Jesus were preaching today to an American audience, his message would not be, “Sell all ye have and give to the poor” or “Take no heed for the morrow, what ye shall eat, what ye shall put on.” These and other beautiful sayings of Jesus could not be strictly applied in the West today.…

Tulsidas realized that this “gentleman” was really a thief. But he also realized that his fear of losing the gold utensils had attracted the prophet Rama to materialize and lovingly guard the temple treasures for him.

To kill hope and become despondent is to put on an animal mask of limitation and to hide your divine identity of almightiness. Instead, always hope for the highest and the best. Hope is born from the intuitive knowing of the soul that eventually we will remember the forgotten image of God within us.