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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

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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

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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

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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

Spiritualizing Relationships

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

Spiritualizing Relationships

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.

Spiritualizing Relationships

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.

A Place Called Ananda, Coping with Loss, Spiritualizing Relationships

Farewell, Dear Friends

As my partner, Ken, faced imminent death some years ago, I suggested he make a videotape, saying “I love you, and goodbye” to his family and friends. Forty minutes long, it was the highlight of his funeral! I determined to make one myself some day. Isn’t that what’s been missing from every memorial service you’ve ever attended? The dearly beloved, … Read More

Clarity Magazine, Coping with Loss, Spiritualizing Relationships

When the Miracle Is Withheld

Although healings and miracles are certainly wonderful, and are indeed signs of God’s presence, His withholding of such gifts does not mean His love is not there. As Paramhansa Yogananda taught, “Sometimes God works through misdiagnosis, when it is your time.”

Divine Love, Spiritual Community, Spiritualizing Relationships, Thank You, God

Self-Offering to the Divine

Dear friend, Just at daybreak, April 20, 2015, Swamiji’s casket was carried by devotees to its final resting place beneath the newly completed Moksha Mandir. That same morning, while in seclusion at Ananda’s Meditation Retreat, I awoke from a dream of our choir singing, with so much power and joy, “Christ Is Risen,” from Swami’s Oratorio, Christ Lives. Words and … Read More