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How Do We Really Heal?

Perfect health is given by God. Disease is man-made. The baby who is born blind, or who is born a moron, brings such a condition from a past form of existence. Diseases acquired from the past or created through transgressions of the laws in this life are the results of human error. God wants His children to enjoy health and happiness, but they create disease and sorrow by breaking His laws.

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Healing by Spiritual Affirmation

Words are vibrations of thought. Thoughts are vibrations of power and energy. Strong words or commands, such as "Wake up," uttered feebly without the background of latent vigorous force, are meaningless. Hence, when you mechanically affirm, "I am prosperous," but in the background of your mind you think, "I am always poor, and I am going to remain so. What is the use of prosperity affirmations anyway?" then, of course, no results will be forthcoming.

Inspiration

How Do We Really Heal?

Perfect health is given by God. Disease is man-made. The baby who is born blind, or who is born a moron, brings such a condition from a past form of existence. Diseases acquired from the past or created through transgressions of the laws in this life are the results of human error. God wants His children to enjoy health and happiness, but they create disease and sorrow by breaking His laws.

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Invoke God’s Presence

Invoke God as power in the temple of consciousness during the day. Let every action and every word that you utter be tinged and tipsy with God-love intoxication. Talk and act sensibly as a man who keeps his senses awake and in command. Be drunk with God and let every action of your daily life be a temple of God’s memory. Perform every action to please Him; and in the indestructible shrine of your devotion God will listen in every thought.

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Always Look to the Light

A room may be in darkness for thousands of years, but if a light is brought into it, in that very instant the darkness vanishes. So is it with sin. You cannot drive sin out of the mind any more than you can beat darkness out of a room with a stick. By concentration on delusion, indeed, you may only increase its hold on your mind. Bring in the light of God, however, through deep meditation and devotion, and the darkness will vanish as though it had never been.

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Why is Life so Full of Tests?

Through tests we learn life’s lessons. Tests are not meant to crush us: They are to develop our powers. They come through the natural law of progress and are necessary for us to advance from lower to higher steps.

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Conversations with Yogananda

Some of the monks at Mount Washington once sent a petition to the Master, requesting a change in their diet. They asked that their food be more "scientific." They submitted their demand, unfortunately, in a spirit of self-righteousness.

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More Conversations with Yogananda

"I used to laugh a lot when I was a boy, because of my inner joy in God," the Master told us. "The saints I met, most of whom were outwardly grave, welcomed my laughter as coming from God. "Badhuri Mahasaya (the ‘levitating saint,’ as I’ve described him in my Autobiography) enjoyed my laughter for the same reason. It upset a few of his disciples, however, to see me laugh in the presence of their ever-serious Master.

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The Oriental Christ

Jesus was an Oriental, by birth and blood and training. The Wise Men of the East, or East India, came to confer about Him when He was born, knowing Him to be one of the greatest message-bearers of Truth.

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Enter the Portal of the New Year

The bells have pealed the opening of the portals of all hope in the New Year. The ever-marching pall bearers of the time have carried the depression, disease, and failure-stricken deceased old year to be delightfully buried in the cemetery of happy oblivion. Do not again conjure up the specter of the trialsome past year to stalk silently on the fields of your Soul forces and scare your determination, enthusiasm, and perseverance away.