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How to Become a Master in This Life

Hong-Sau in the spine • How to become a master in this life • Yogananda’s thoughts on hypnotism • Two kinds of poverty • Churches and good works • The essence of spiritual teaching (Conversations with Yogananda: 377-381)

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What is the Subconscious Mind?

No. The subconscious mind is the memory repository for the conscious mind. Being automatic, it reproduces good and bad memories equally. Hence the subconscious mind must be trained through the conscious mind. The subconscious mind is just like a psychological parrot. You can train it to utter the name of God or to swear. Just as a parrot, once taught … Read More

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What Is the Difference Between Spirit and God?

There is a great deal of confusion concerning the difference between Spirit and God. God is the Creator of the universe but Spirit is the Creator of God. Spirit existed before God. Spirit is that which was and always will be, whether or not the universe exists. Spirit is motionless and vibrationless. It has no dimensions, no relativity. Knowing neither … Read More

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What Is the Soul vs. the Ego?

The soul is a true reflection of the Spirit, and is therefore pure. When the soul becomes identified with the body, it converts itself into the ego. In a worldly person, the ego is the guiding principle of all thoughts, feelings, and aspirations. One must learn to differentiate between material desires and soul desires. The pure soul loves the wisdom … Read More

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The Stunning Mystery: What Happens After Death?

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]eath is one of life’s most profound mysteries. It is often surrounded by intense fear, a sense of irreparable loss, and heartbreaking grief. We are confronted with the dark abyss of the unknown when we are unexpectedly confronted by death. In that moment of grief and loss, we may wonder, “What happens now? What happens after death and what has … Read More

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Can I Trust My Senses?

Western philosophers assumed that truth could be known by dialectics and reason. Immanuel Kant was the first one to question whether man had the faculties required to know truth. The great sage Patanjali, of India, who lived long before Kant, gave conclusive proof that settled the dispute about the nature of man’s faculties required in knowing truth. A thirsty man … Read More

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Yogananda’s Interpretations of the Rubaiyat

Yukteswar’s training: deep scriptural study • Yogananda’s interpretations of The Rubaiyat • How people come to the spiritual path • Yogananda as “just a bulge in the ocean” • The importance of taking care of the body when younger • “Fools argue, but wise men discuss” (Conversations with Yogananda: 358-363)

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Is There Life After Death?

The Infinite is ever-new, and by God’s magic wand of renewing death, He keeps everything ever-expressing, ever-remodeling itself into more suitable vehicles for infinite expression. Life here on Earth is relative. Some waves of life last longer than others, but they all express the Infinite variously and fully. They all emerge from and merge into the Infinite Ocean. The speck … Read More