A Way to Inner Happiness
by Swami Kriyananda
The reader, when presented with a book on marriage, will probably want to know the author's credentials. Is he a marriage counselor? Has he a Master's degree, or a Ph.D., to show specialization in the subject? What other books has he written on the subject?
I have spent many years counseling peopleforty-five years, so far. I have worked with people all my life, both publicly and in private. I have lived in many countries, and familiarized myself with many customs and cultural attitudes, East and West. I have written some sixty books, many of them on topics directly or indirectly related to marriage. I have founded and am the spiritual leader of a large and thriving community called Ananda Village, near Nevada City, California, and of several branch communities in America and elsewhere.
My most important "credential" by far is that I studied with one of the truly wise people of this century, Paramhansa Yogananda. a life of travels I have met many of the great and famous. None of them had the impact on me that Yogananda had. I was fortunate to study with him the last three and a half years of his life. If this book contains any wisdom, and if it proves helpful to you, it is to Yogananda's wise counseling above all that the credit is due.
One facet of his teaching was that he never imposed on others a system of beliefs. His central teaching was spiritual, yet he met people where they were, psychologically. Far from trying to convert them, spiritually, he helped them according to their own perceived interests and needs, offering them more if they wanted it, but not if they didn't. By his attunement with people in all walks of life and in every stage of mental maturity, he was able to help them in ways that were supremely practical.
I don't say that the ideas in this book were his. Some of them were. Some may not have been. What he gave me was an approach, not a system of set formulae. As he used to say, rather than give a person money, it is better to teach him how to earn money himself.