The Essence of Clarity

Sharing the Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda


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.

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.

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