"We are all part of the One Spirit. When you experience the true
meaning of religion, which is to know God, you will realize that
He is your Self, and that He exists equally and impartially in
–Paramahansa Yogananda 1893-1952
Just as all power lies in His will, so all spiritual and
material gifts flow from His boundless abundance. In order to
receive His gifts you must eradicate from your mind all
thoughts of limitation and poverty. Universal Mind is perfect
and knows no lack; to reach that never-failing supply you must
maintain a consciousness of abundance. Even when you do not
know where the next dollar is coming from, you should refuse
to be apprehensive. When you do your part and rely on God to
do His, you
will find that mysterious forces come to your aid and that
your constructive wishes soon materialize. This confidence and
consciousness of abundance are attained through meditation.
Since God is the source of all mental power, peace, and
prosperity, do not will and act first, but contact God first.
Thus you may harness your will and activity to achieve the
highest goals. As you cannot broadcast through a broken
microphone, so you cannot send out prayers through a mental
microphone that has been disordered by restlessness. By deep
calmness you should repair your mind microphone and increase
the receptivity of your intuition. Thus you will be able to
broadcast to Him effectively and to receive His answers.
| See God in All Men
Many people excuse
their own faults but judge other persons harshly. We
should reverse this attitude by excusing others'
shortcomings and by harshly examining our own.
Sometimes it is necessary to analyze other people; in
that case the important thing to remember is to keep the
mind unprejudiced. An unbiased mind is like a clear
mirror, held steady, not oscillating with hasty
judgments. Any person reflected within the mirror will
present and undistorted image.
Learn to see God in all persons, of whatever race or
creed. You will know what divine love is when you begin
to feel your oneness with every human being, not before.
In mutual service we forget the little self, and glimpse
the one measureless Self, the Spirit that unifies all
Consider whether fulfillment of the goal
you have chosen will constitute success. What is success? If you
possess health and wealth, but have trouble with everybody
(including yourself), yours is not a successful life. Existence
becomes futile if you cannot find happiness. When wealth is
lost, you have lost a little; when health is lost, you have lost
something of more consequence; but when peace of mind is lost,
you have lost the highest treasure.
Success should therefore be measured by the yardstick of
happiness; by your ability to remain in peaceful harmony with
cosmic laws. Success is not rightly measured by the worldly
standards of wealth, prestige, and power. None of these bestow
happiness unless they are rightly used. To use them rightly one
must possess wisdom and love for God and man.
God does not reward or punish you. He has given you the power to
reward or punish yourself by the use or misuse of your own
reason and will power. If you transgress the laws of health,
prosperity, and wisdom you must inevitably suffer from sickness,
poverty, and ignorance. However, you should strengthen your mind
and refuse to carry the burden of mental and moral weaknesses
acquired in past years; burn them in the fires of your present
divine resolutions and right activities. By this constructive
attitude you will attain freedom.
Happiness depends to some extent upon external conditions, but
chiefly upon mental attitudes. In order to be happy one should
have good health, a well-balanced mind, a prosperous life, the
right work, a thankful heart, and above all, wisdom or knowledge
A strong determination to be happy will help you. Do not wait
for your circumstances to change, thinking falsely that in them
lies the trouble. Do not make unhappiness a chronic habit,
thereby afflicting yourself and your associates. It is
blessedness for yourself and others if you are happy. If you
possess happiness you possess everything; to be happy is to be
in tune with God. That power to be happy comes through