Gifts of the Magi

In a recent seclusion, this one in a little bungalow below the Ananda monastery, I felt especially close to Christ and our line of Masters. Occasionally footsteps could be heard approaching, then receding— outside the door I would find food, and an aura of kindness, self-offering and divine friendship so palpable that tears would come to my eyes. Into my … Read More

What is a “Spiritual Marriage?”

Marriage is God-made, not man-made, but man has abused the high purpose of marriage. Spiritual marriage means to marry your soul to the eternal love of God. Without God no marriage can be successful. The purpose of marriage is to know God, to be with God together, but this has been forgotten. If you attract a person by spiritual magnetism, … Read More

Begin Now to Prepare for Christmas

For students of Paramhansa Yogananda all over the world, the focal point of the Christmas celebration is the annual eight-hour Christmas meditation. Yoganandaji started this tradition in 1936 as an opportunity for all seekers to experience deep communion with Christ in the cradle of their meditation-stilled hearts. Paramhansa Yogananda invited his students to aim high during the Christmas meditation. He … Read More

Should I Tell Someone if I See a Fault in Them?

Only a kind, wise, and perfectly poised person is in a position to tell others their faults. According to the law of cause and effect, if you judge others with kindness, you in return will receive the same treatment from the principle of Truth, which secretly governs all life. If you judge others unkindly, you will attract adverse criticism from … Read More

Does True Friendship Exist?

Friendship is the universal spiritual attraction which unites souls in bonds of divine love. If you open the door to the magnetic power of friendship, souls of like vibrations will be attracted to you. Friendship is a manifestation of God’s love for you, expressed through your friends, who constitute the richest possessions a human being can have. Friendship is the … Read More

Is Adultery Forgivable?

“Neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more.” By the words, “neither do I condemn thee,” said by Jesus to a woman who had committed adultery, he is saying that it’s appropriate to hate the sin but not the sinner. By “go and sin no more,” Jesus is saying that when old sex habits are eradicated by self-control … Read More

Should All Countries Be Friends?

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. He said, “Those who use … Read More

The Qualities Party

In the great epic story, The Mahabharata, each character represents a positive or negative human quality, The personified war between constructive and destructive qualities describes our own inner battle against delusion. To gain success and happiness, Paramhansa Yogananda gave us many practical and useful tools. This little story illustrates one of the most powerful war-conquering tactics that he counseled us … Read More

My Encounter with Swami Kriyananda

I never met Swami Kriyananda in person, but his words have been a guiding force in my life. Swami’s books and his guru Paramhansa Yogananda’s books are basically the only spiritual books I read. I do not feel an interest in other spiritual readings and also, my full-time job for a global company and my two children keep me quite busy.

Martin Luther King Jr. — Divine Remembrance

I was instantly awestruck, lifted to a heightened state of awareness. My entire focus was drawn to this man, and for a few seconds it was as if time stood still in order to allow me to absorb something very profound, even thrilling.