Inspiration

The Mission of Paramhansa Yogananda

I had the opportunity to meet and live with a great Master from your country. I’m sure that many of you have read Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda. I read it when I was a young man of 22 in New York. I’d been seeking truth in all possible ways except the right one. I looked for it in science, in the arts, in political systems.

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Why Meditate?

Think how many things you do with the hope of attaining a condition of rest, once you’ve done them.You think, "Let me buy that zippy red sports car, or that shiny white compact model, or that beautiful big station wagon for the whole family. I’ll never rest until I get it!"

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Our Modern Crisis

Twentieth-Century science has showered mankind with blessings. It has brought him material ease, and expanded his mental horizons. But it has also brought him great mental uneasiness, and a gradual loss of focus on familiar ethical and spiritual guidelines—"truth, honor, and justice"—which have been the bulwark of every great civilization of the past.

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The Secret of Devotion

There is a story of a little girl who had to perform in a school recital. All the parents were there and, as you can imagine, she was very nervous. Then someone shouted from the audience, "Don’t worry, Lisetta, we are all your friends!" That gave her the courage to continue.

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The Astral World

The physical world is a pale imitation of the astral—a projection of it, but into a grosser medium, rather as if one were to print a brilliantly colored oil painting onto dull, cheap-quality paper.

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Expansive Marriage

One of the false expectations with which couples approach marriage is the fond belief that they will forever be all in all to each other. I can’t imagine any two people being that to each other-unless, perhaps, they are exceptionally stupid! No one person can ever help you to learn all your lessons in life. No one person can fulfill your every need.

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The Paths of Yoga

Yoga, literally, means "union." This union can be understood on different levels: philosophically, as that of the relative, limited self with the absolute Self; religiously, as that of the individual soul with the Infinite Spirit; psychologically, as the integration of the personality-a state wherein a person no longer lives at cross-purposes with himself; emotionally, as the stilling of the waves of likes and dislikes, permitting one to remain in all circumstances complete in himself.

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Education Should Be Experiential, Not Merely Theoretical

You’ve heard that familiar, but time-dishonored, rationalization: "The end justifies the means." Everyone knows that this saying has been offered by "true believers" in multitudes of causes as justification for their violent deeds. A bad tree, however, as Jesus Christ pointed out, produces bad fruit. Evil means lead to evil ends.

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The Importance of Right Diet

Go into any supermarket and examine the labels on the countless attractive packages. Look to see what the ingredients are, and note the various chemicals that are added to preserve the food, to make it tastier, to add color, etc. Still the whole story has not been told.

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Supportive Leadership

Genuine leadership is of only one type: supportive. It leads people: It doesn’t drive them. It involves them: It doesn’t coerce them. It never loses sight of the most important principle governing any project involving human beings: namely, that people are more important than things.