The Essence of Clarity

Sharing the Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda


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.

The waves of many cultures are rolling toward our shores. Many countries and many cultures have already shown that they have something to teach us. Among these, the genius of India, particularly, offers insights into human values and consciousness which presently concern the very future of our civilization.

The ways of God are ever rooted in godliness. God may on occasion be a “refining fire,” destroying evil and restoring virtue to its proper place in order to bring back a balance again to the affairs of the world, but His vengeance is never motivated by wrath, hatred, or vindictiveness.

Integrity implies much more than honesty and truthfulness. It involves the full integration of your whole being with your higher aspirations and beliefs. Integrity thus includes fearlessness, kindness, inner relaxation, and cheerful acceptance of whatever comes.

God is calling us now to build our individual spiritual power, to give our full strength to keeping our consciousness uplifted and to find within ourselves a deeper capacity to love. Let us grasp this opportunity with energy and enthusiasm, and understand that it is the dharma we chose for this incarnation.

On October 9, 2012, fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the face at point-blank range by a Taliban gunman in retaliation for her public work on behalf of education for girls. Malala gave all credit for her miraculous survival to the enormous outpouring of prayer from her worldwide family of well-wishers.

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.

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