Celebrations, Paramhansa Yogananda

New Hopes for the New Year

The New Year has come to greet you with new hopes, new determination, new will-to-achieve, new activities. In the Temple of the New Year renew your reverence for the unlimited hidden power of God within you. The trails of trials and the yawning chasms of woe have been left behind in the dark night of the past–now you are entering … Read More

How to be Happy, Paramhansa Yogananda

Sharing Your Happiness
with Others

Your desire to be happy must include others happiness. When we serve others, we serve ourselves. Do not think, I will help others, think rather, I will help my own, my world, because I cannot otherwise be happy. The law of life is designed to teach us how to live in harmony with objective Nature and with our true, inner … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda, Right Attitudes

Where Science and Spirituality
Come Together

In this article Yogananda once more bridges the chasm that separates true religion from true science. When succesful representatives from both disciplines come together, the world at last receives the guidance it needs: “My friend Luther Burbank has passed on. His body lies under a Lebanon cedar that he planted years ago in his own little garden, but his spirit … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda

Peace begins at Home

Here are some thoughts from Paramhansa Yogananda, that highlight peace as an aspect of our higher Self, to be cultivated in the inner and in the domestic life, before it can manifest on earth. If we can take these inspirations to heart and try to practice them, each one of us in his/her own individual way, then together we are … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda

“War and Peace”

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Paramhansa Yogananda’s Mahasamadhi Yogananda’s last speech, delivered at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on 7 March 1952, was short. It lasted less than 10 minutes we are told. He finished his speech with a few lines from his poem, My India. “Then, his eyes lifted, he turned slightly to his right … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda

Nations Beware!

When people all over the earth are happy and prosperous, they are in tune with God, and the entire vibrations of the earth in relation with the planets are harmonious. But as soon as one nation starts fighting with another, or the selfish industrial gourmands try to devour all prosperity for themselves, it brings depression. And when depression starts in … Read More

Celebrations, Paramhansa Yogananda

The Joy of Living in a Spiritual Family

I didn’t know there was so much joy and fun in having birthday. It is because of your joy I enjoy so much. Words are inadequate to express what I feel. I remember when I went to India in 1935 and ’36, I remembered what Jesus said and why He said: “Who is my father, who is my mother, sister … Read More

Christmas, Paramhansa Yogananda

How to Prepare for Christmas Spiritually?

Christ is only suggested in social Christmas festivities, but He is seen and felt as an everlasting, ever-joyous Fact in the cradle of Divine Ecstasy. Prepare yourself to celebrate Christmas in the real way, as humbly suggested in the following: l. Prepare your heart so that you may say to those who crucify you daily with unkind actions and words … Read More

Music & Art, Paramhansa Yogananda

The Hound of Heaven

“He who created us yearns for our love… And we shall never be happy until we give it.” Paramhansa Yogananda In her book, The Flawless Mirror, in which she records her twenty-seven-year association with her guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, Kamala Silva writes: “One Christmas, Master gave me a lovely printing of ‘The Hound of Heaven’ by Francis Thompson. On long-past occasions … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda, Yogananda 100

Neither East nor West

“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet…” Rudyard Kipling, “The Ballad of East and West This line, from the well-known poem by Rudyard Kipling, is often misquoted by those who maintain that there is an irreconcilable difference between the Eastern and Western cultures and that any reciprocal understanding is impossible. In fact, the … Read More

A Touch of Light, Paramhansa Yogananda, Spirituality in Daily Life

Master’s Reassurance