The Essence of Clarity

Sharing the Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda


Anything that prevents us from seeing life with dispassion, and therefore objectively, obscures the inner light and limits our receptivity.

This article is unique in that it has been drawn from articles published by several authors: Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda, and Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi. Sources are listed at the end of the article.

My slowly deepening understanding of magnetism and the part it plays in our successes and failures involved many experiences with Swami Kriyananda. Generally speaking, everyone’s faults are their virtues taken to an extreme. I’m a very enthusiastic person. I love becoming engaged in a project, but sometimes I overdo it.

When we can accept equably whatever suffering comes to us, we are able to remove ourselves from the sphere of pain altogether. Remember these words of my Guru: “Circumstances are neutral. They seem good or bad, happy or sad, depending entirely on our reaction to them.”

Tulsidas realized that this “gentleman” was really a thief. But he also realized that his fear of losing the gold utensils had attracted the prophet Rama to materialize and lovingly guard the temple treasures for him.

Lest anyone doubt the terrible power of delusion to draw people into actions that are diametrically opposed to everything they most deeply believe, the fate of Judas must stand forever as a salutary, even a terrifying, lesson.

To kill hope and become despondent is to put on an animal mask of limitation and to hide your divine identity of almightiness. Instead, always hope for the highest and the best. Hope is born from the intuitive knowing of the soul that eventually we will remember the forgotten image of God within us.

In humility and with a desire to remove his ego from the picture, Swamiji always understated himself and what he did. I knew him for almost forty years and I never saw him try to draw people to himself.

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