Articles by Paramhansa Yogananda
The goal of spiritual progress is to transcend the ego in the realization that separateness from other selves, and from God, is the one great delusion from which all other delusions derive. The sense of individuality is rooted in infinity. There is no other reality but God, the Self of all. In Himself He is ever-conscious, ever-existing, ever-new Bliss. No one created Him: He is self-existent.
A godly quality, therefore, is one that can lift us toward that awareness. Among such qualities are the following:
1. Fearlessness and non-attachment
Fearlessness comes with …
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.
A soul who is guided by cosmic wisdom knows that he came to this earth principally for the divine plan, through the medium of his own past actions.
Even to live your best each day is not the deepest teaching, for today belongs to the flow of time, whereas perfect joy and awareness lie beyond time, in the eternal present. It is important, therefore, to learn to live behind the scenes of relative time, in the unchanging present.
Strive always to develop a personality that is derived from living in the continuous consciousness of God. Any other personality will bring disenchantment in its wake because all human expressions have their limitations.
I am lost, Father, in the wastelands of wrong beliefs. Where is my home? I have kept the doors of my soul always open, expecting Thee. Ah! I have not yet found Thee. Rise high in the sky to illuminate my darkness: Be the Polestar to my searching mind, directing me to Thyself. For therein, I know, lies my home!
From Whispers from Eternity, edited by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda, Crystal Clarity, Publishers.
In your consciousness there are all kinds of records. You must destroy all records that revive memories of unhappiness. By remembering an experience you live it over again. Thus, it is sometimes important to cultivate forgetfulness.
I will use my creative thinking ability to gain success in every worth-while project that I undertake
Passive people do not put forth the continued, focused effort necessary for spiritual or material success. The chill of inertia, the failure to make an ongoing effort to progress, is the greatest barrier to success and happiness in life.
Let Thy banner of peace wave always above the strong castle of my soul.