Magnetism: The Power of Attraction

Magnetism is the power by which you draw things to you: the right husband or wife, the right business, the right friends, etc. Magnetism of every kind originates in the Infinite Spirit. Each human being is a medium through which God’s magnetism flows.

Soul magnetism is expressed partly through the eyes, weakly or strongly, depending on one’s spiritual development. Some highly developed people are able to spiritualize or heal others solely by the magnetism of the eyes.

First develop spiritual magnetism

Unless your magnetism is right, you will draw the wrong people or things. Fear, for example, creates a malignant magnetism by which a person attracts the very object of his fear. The magnetism of humility, on the other hand, attracts the all-protecting presence of friends, saints, and God.

You must learn to develop that fine quality of magnetism by which you can draw the things that are good for you. If you use all your magnetism to gain material things, sooner or later you will be disillusioned. But if you first develop spiritual magnetism, it will guide you in the proper ways to supply your material needs.

Strong and weak magnetism

Everyone possesses the power of magnetism, but very few people are truly magnetic. Negative qualities such as material desire, passivity, revenge, hatred, and feelings of inferiority obstruct that magnetic power.

If you are absent-minded, thinking one thing while doing something else, your energy is divided and you have little magnetism. Doing everything with will power and one-pointed concentration greatly strengthens your magnetism.

If you are a slave to any of the senses, you are losing magnetism. If you have control over them, you are developing magnetism. Emotionalism is very de-magnetizing, whereas even-mindedness in the face of all difficulties leads to magnetic living.

In order to have magnetism, it is necessary to keep the body free from poisons that obstruct the flow of energy. Only with inner cleanliness can all of your energy be displayed through your eyes, face and body.

We exchange magnetism with our associates

We must be careful with whom we associate because we are continually exchanging magnetism with people through our thoughts, shaking hands, and through our eyes. We become like the people we mingle with, not through their conversation, but through the silent magnetic vibration that goes out of their bodies. The stronger person gives his vibration to the weaker.

For example, if a reformer of weak character endeavors to influence a stubborn, confirmed evildoer, it is quite likely that the reformer will draw evil qualities. Only in a very limited way will the evildoer draw good qualities. (See below for other examples).

The right kind of magnetism

The right kind of magnetic power has expanding, uplifting, spiritual qualities. Some people are so magnetic that they vibrate kindness and you love them immediately. Such vibrations are eternal and leave a permanent impression. This is the sort of magnetic power we should try to develop.

Try always to be dressed in the magnetic qualities of calmness, fair-mindedness, firmness, wisdom, and understanding. Wherever you go, scatter kindness; let your eyes and heart be charged with God. That is what Jesus meant when He said: “Be ye fishers of men.”

One can develop spiritual magnetism through will power, regular meditation, and thinking of God and saintly people. By visualizing and meditating on saintly people, one attracts their spiritual magnetism. If our whole heart is with someone, we draw that person’s qualities.

Use your time to develop spiritual magnetism to attract the Imperishable. When you have developed the power to attract the highest, you can easily attract all lesser things.

From articles and lessons, 1934-1938.

Developing the Right Kind of Magnetism
by Paramhansa Yogananda

  • One strongly good individual plus one weak evil individual — the good magnetism will be predominant.
  • One strongly evil individual plus one weak spiritual individual — the evil magnetism will be predominant.
  • A person of great anger plus a person of mild disposition — the anger magnetism will be predominant.
  • A person of great calmness plus a person with a slightly angry disposition — the magnetism of calmness will be predominant.
  • A strong failure plus a lesser failure — the failure magnetism will be predominant.
  • A strong success plus a lesser success — the success magnetism will be predominant.
  • A strong moral power plus a weak moral power— the strong moral magnetism will be predominant.
  • A strong intellectual power plus a weak intellect — the strong intellectual power will be predominant.
  • A strong spiritual power plus a strong business success results in both a strong spiritual magnetism and a strong business magnetism.
  • A strong failure plus a strong success can result in either a strong failure magnetism, or a strong success magnetism.

From Praecepta Lessons, 1935

The Essence of Clarity

Sharing the Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda


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