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Sharing the Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda


Desires are unavoidable, but most human longings hamper the fulfillment of the supreme desire, which is to return to God. To distinguish between reasonable and unreasonable desires, you must learn to be guided by your conscience, the divine discriminative power within you.

Paramhansa Yogananda taught that progress on the spiritual path brings increasing joy in the here and now. The spiritual life is not a thankless struggle that has its rewards only in the afterlife. God’s bliss is already part of us, waiting to be uncovered.

The mind has a way of tricking us into doing what is not in our best interest spiritually. But when these experiences occur repeatedly, I can feel Yogananda’s signature on my thoughts, telling me that this is my test.

The work you do, considered in light of the goals of the spiritual path, should be that which can help you to grow, spiritually. The attitudes fostered and strengthened by your work are more important than any specific thing you do.

I sat in the middle of the floor — overwhelmed with love and gratitude for the all-merciful, all-forgiving, unconditional love of our Master, there all the time, waiting patiently for his child’s heart to open, that he might enter and take charge of my life.

Today, when many are turning a blind eye to exploitation, inequity, and injustice, it may not seem that the world is actually getting better! However, through his explanation of the cycle of the yugas and the evolution of dharma, Sri Yukteswar offers a profoundly reassuring vision of where mankind is heading.

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