Swami Sri Yukteswar, the great saint of wisdom, wrote that the first thing one must develop on the spiritual path is the heart’s love, and one cannot move one step without it.
When I was new at Mt. Washington I was talked into following the “grape cure.” When my Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, found out about it, he remarked scoldingly that a pure heart is more important than a pure body.
No prophecy should be accepted in a spirit of helpless acquiescence. The probability of war, for example, can be nullified if there is sufficient activity directed towards harmony and love.
Yogananda once told us, “I see all of you as images of light. Everything—these trees, bushes, the grass you are standing on—all are made of that light. You have no idea how beautiful everything is!”
It seems self-evident that different aspects of God fulfill different people. Consider the numerous manifestations of both male and female gods and goddesses in Hindu temples. Each one represents certain combinations of divine qualities, enlivened by the stories that accompany each one.
All trials are in the last analysis self-generated. God doesn’t will them on us. They come as a result of the misuse of our own will, whether recently or in the distant past.
When we mix with people who are basically positive, it tends to make us strong in ourselves. The company of strong people influences us to discover ways to surmount our own problems.
There is only one true goal in life: to please God; to come closer to Him; to love Him; to unite our souls to Him.
Wherever Master saw the slightest hope, he encouraged people in the paths of righteousness. He never judged them.
Lots of positive energy is the main ingredient of success in all parts of your life. As you continue to define who you are, know that God is in you. Let God be your friend in everything you do.