The Bird of Paradise

The Bird of Paradise On the Wings of Swadhyaya: Self-Study The mystery of suffering Our soul – the essence of our being – consists of pure bliss (sat-chid-ananda), as the great Masters teach us. But do you feel this bliss right now? Probably not. Instead we all suffer, go through hard times and have lives which can be amazingly tough. … Read More

Do My Dreams Have Meaning?

Dreams have great significance. To the ignorant, all things are unintelligible. To the wise, everything has meaning. The phenomena of the world and mind both have significance. In dreamland all barriers of conscious life are removed. That is because, being souls, we have been given the immortal power of God, and we exercise that power in dreams. Dreams afford us … Read More

Where Does Knowledge Come From?

Knowledge is vast, spiritual wisdom is vast, and although this world seems vast to us, it is only a speck in the universe. It is impossible in this life to acquire all the wisdom gathered by human beings over time in the school of life. So long as you live on earth, so long as the power in your eyes … Read More

Shiva: The Perfected Yogi Whose Energy Flows “Down and Out”!

Lord Shiva, as the Adi (first) yogi, is revered by his devotees as the embodiment of yogic perfection and as the giver of yoga science to mankind. Depictions of him beautifully portray the signs of complete yoga-mastery: his two eyes are half closed in meditation, while the all-seeing eye of intuition is open in his forehead. The snake garlanded around … Read More

Feeling – The Essence of Consciousness

Parmahansa Yogananda explained that there are four aspects to our consciousness: Mon, Buddhi, Ahankara, and Chitta. We perceive with the mind (Mon); define with the intellect (Buddhi); identify personally with the ego (Ahankara); and feel one way or another about things (Chitta). Most people identify their capacity to feel with their emotions and therefore, with the reactive process. The essence … Read More

Can Jesus Destroy the World?

Yes, it is true that Jesus had such power. All cosmic forces are governed by intelligence. Otherwise, they would not be able to produce such a well-planned universe. God, who is the Supreme Intelligence and Creator of all things, has the power to destroy anything in this universe which He has created. Everything that exists is the result of the … Read More

Is Astrology Spiritual?

Astrology is a very deep subject, but most people consider it to be a kind of superstitious guide to material progress. If you use astrology only for guidance in material matters, you will be doing its teachings an injustice. Astrology is the mathematics of your life, the mathematics of your past actions. The relation of the stars to the human … Read More

Is Life Real?

The changes of life and death are nothing but a series of motion pictures. No matter what your circumstances may be, always remember that you are only playing a part. You must realize that you are a divine traveler, and are only here for a little while. Since God has given us will power and consciousness, He expects us to … Read More

What is Karma?

Karma is the law of action, based upon the law of cause and effect. All of your actions, whether good or bad, have a specific effect upon your life. Karma teaches that as one sows, so must he inevitably reap. Good actions will produce a good effect on your life, while bad actions will produce a bad effect. Every circumstance … Read More

Why Do We Exist?

God answers every question of the heart. Truth is never afraid of questions, and God is truth, understanding, and wisdom. As we proceed on the path of life, we wonder about the mystery of our existence. We are so free and yet so limited. Was our intelligence given to us so that we might torture ourselves with unanswered questions, or … Read More