Magnetism is the power by which you draw things to you: the right husband or wife, the right business, the right friends, etc. Magnetism of every kind originates in the Infinite Spirit. Each human being is a medium through which God’s magnetism flows.

Soul magnetism is expressed partly through the eyes, weakly or strongly, depending on one’s spiritual development. Some highly developed people are able to spiritualize or heal others solely by the magnetism of the eyes.

First develop spiritual magnetism

Unless your magnetism is right, you will draw the wrong people or things. Fear, for example, creates a malignant magnetism by which a person attracts the very object of his fear. The magnetism of humility, on the other hand, attracts the all-protecting presence of friends, saints, and God.

You must learn to develop that fine quality of magnetism by which you can draw the things that are good for you. If you use all your magnetism to gain material things, sooner or later you will be disillusioned. But if you first develop spiritual magnetism, it will guide you in the proper ways to supply your material needs.

Strong and weak magnetism

Everyone possesses the power of magnetism, but very few people are truly magnetic. Negative qualities such as material desire, passivity, revenge, hatred, and feelings of inferiority obstruct that magnetic power.

If you are absent-minded, thinking one thing while doing something else, your energy is divided and you have little magnetism. Doing everything with will power and one-pointed concentration greatly strengthens your magnetism.

If you are a slave to any of the senses, you are losing magnetism. If you have control over them, you are developing magnetism. Emotionalism is very de-magnetizing, whereas even-mindedness in the face of all difficulties leads to magnetic living.

In order to have magnetism, it is necessary to keep the body free from poisons that obstruct the flow of energy. Only with inner cleanliness can all of your energy be displayed through your eyes, face and body.

We exchange magnetism with our associates

We must be careful with whom we associate because we are continually exchanging magnetism with people through our thoughts, shaking hands, and through our eyes. We become like the people we mingle with, not through their conversation, but through the silent magnetic vibration that goes out of their bodies. The stronger person gives his vibration to the weaker.

For example, if a reformer of weak character endeavors to influence a stubborn, confirmed evildoer, it is quite likely that the reformer will draw evil qualities. Only in a very limited way will the evildoer draw good qualities. (See below for other examples).

The right kind of magnetism

The right kind of magnetic power has expanding, uplifting, spiritual qualities. Some people are so magnetic that they vibrate kindness and you love them immediately. Such vibrations are eternal and leave a permanent impression. This is the sort of magnetic power we should try to develop.

Try always to be dressed in the magnetic qualities of calmness, fair-mindedness, firmness, wisdom, and understanding. Wherever you go, scatter kindness; let your eyes and heart be charged with God. That is what Jesus meant when He said: “Be ye fishers of men.”

One can develop spiritual magnetism through will power, regular meditation, and thinking of God and saintly people. By visualizing and meditating on saintly people, one attracts their spiritual magnetism. If our whole heart is with someone, we draw that person’s qualities.

Use your time to develop spiritual magnetism to attract the Imperishable. When you have developed the power to attract the highest, you can easily attract all lesser things.

From articles and lessons, 1934-1938.

Developing the Right Kind of Magnetism
by Paramhansa Yogananda

  • One strongly good individual plus one weak evil individual—the good magnetism will be predominant.
  • One strongly evil individual plus one weak spiritual individual—the evil magnetism will be predominant.
  • A person of great anger plus a person of mild disposition—the anger magnetism will be predominant.
  • A person of great calmness plus a person with a slightly angry disposition—the magnetism of calmness will be predominant.
  • A strong failure plus a lesser failure—the failure magnetism will be predominant.
  • A strong success plus a lesser success—the success magnetism will be predominant.
  • A strong moral power plus a weak moral power— the strong moral magnetism will be predominant.
  • A strong intellectual power plus a weak intellect—the strong intellectual power will be predominant.
  • A strong spiritual power plus a strong business success results in both a strong spiritual magnetism and a strong business magnetism.
  • A strong failure plus a strong success can result in either a strong failure magnetism, or a strong success magnetism.
From Praecepta Lessons, 1935


  1. Dear Clarity,

    Very educational and inspiring story!

    Thank you

    Kind Regards

  2. I am a big fan of your amazing ideas, they are life transforming.

  3. I am an ardent fan of yogananda ji, from when ;I myself don’t remember.But meditation word was introduced to me by him. I see myself walking with him to my eternal mother.
    He guides and with me 24*7.Yes the form has changed but soul is father……Pranam at your feet

  4. It saddens to see someone dear who was a very good person, getting spoiled (the person not knowing that all this time) in the company of bad people. Magnetism…
    Lord, give me Satsanga… :)

  5. Hi !
    My brother is recovering from schizophrenia. What to do to lift his self confidence and spirt?

    He seems quite lethargic and powerless to me. Though he is a spiritual man.


    1. Dear Anand,
      I’m glad to hear your brother is recovering from his schizophrenia. That it’s a complicated and debilitating condition requiring medical treatment, often ongoing, also means we want to offer consistent long-term spiritual care. First see that he is under the care of a good doctor/therapist. As regards practical spiritual advice, I suggest offering your love and support through your own prayers and conveying that love outwardly as you care for him will let him know you love him, that the divine power in you and in him will be more evident as he learns to trust asking for help and companionship through you and with others.
      Ensure you not see him as the victim nor as the sufferer – nor as one possessed. All conditions are temporary (the length of time is relative) and will play out in time. In fact, this can be a positive process and learning – when you reaffirm his soul nature as these 8 aspects of God which Yogananda taught (from the Vedas): Light, Love, Peace, Calmness, Wisdom, Sound, Power & Joy. This practice of understanding and sharing these qualities will also strengthen you to be a potent channel for God’s presence.
      As his sibling, see that he gets support through socialization and treatments (in the link and image I’m linking at the end of this response). You can pray for right guidance and effective healthcare professionals. Will he pray too? You could join him once in a while in some devotional setting to do that together. If you are a devotee, pray to the Guru, Yogananda in our case, daily and leave the mechanics of your brother’s transformation to Spirit. Visualize the Guru surrounding and permeating your his body, mind and spirit with bright light. You can ask for prayers from our Healing Ministry which I highly recommend: . Every month people from around the world pray for individuals facing many health and wellness problems. I have both received and given prayers.
      Perhaps you could help him learn to breathe as one does in basic meditation – you could do this together and teach him the importance of controlling one’s energy and thoughts, to the best of his ability. We have a wonderful website with videos and articles to show you and him exactly how we relax and calm the body and mind, so essential for inner peace and joy. Take a look at this:
      In general these are accepted approaches you and your brother should be aware of in dealing with schizophrenia: .
      While much information is now available through social media and the internet, you will be most benefited in your service to your brother in actions, thoughts and desires when you are acknowledging that God is the director of all healing and that you and he are both His channels. Love God, call on the Guru and practice these timeless teachings of Love. Pray IN God, Yogananda said. St. Francis prayed, “Lord, Make me an instrument of Thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light, and where there is sadness, joy….”
      In Divine Friendship, Nayaswami Premdas

  6. My name is Shivakumar. When I am doing sun tratak (sun gazing), automatically I feel sensation of magnetism then automatically my both hands floating in the air with out balance. So just give clarity about the reason.

    1. Dear Shivakumar,
      It is possible that you are drawing energy (prana) into your body through this practice. And increase in energy flow results in an increase of magnetism. It would be good to continue this practice, as long as you feel benefited by it. Please be careful also to practice sun gazing safely, without injuring the eyes.
      Joy to you,

  7. Dear Premdas,
    I know some dear souls with mental illness and I appreciated especially you reminding us to ” Ensure you not see him as the victim or the sufferer..nor as one possessed. All conditions are temporary (the length of time is relative) and will play out in time. In fact this can be a positive step in learning when you affirm his soul nature as these 8 aspects of God which Yogananda taught frome the Vedas: Light, Love, P)eace, Calmness,Wisdom, Sound, Power, and Joy. This practice of understanding and sharing these qualities will also strengthen you to become a potent channel of God’s presence.” So neat! And your suggestion for him and well, for us too! Visualize the Guru surrounding and permeating his body, mind, and spirit with bright light.

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