God’s Magnetism Flows Through Each of Us
You should learn to be magnetic. Everybody possesses the power of magnetism, which is the power by which you draw things to you—the right husband, the right wife, the right business, and so on.
If your magnetism is not right, you will draw the wrong people or things. You must learn to develop that fine quality of magnetism by which you can draw to yourself the things that you desire and that are good for you.
Each human being is a medium through which God’s magnetism flows. But material desire, revenge, hatred, sense slavery, ego, and inferiority complex tamper with that magnetism. Do not obstruct that power.
We Attract What We Are a Vibrational Match to
There is within us a magnetic force by which we attract those who have a living relationship and vibrational resonance to our magnetic power. A human being cannot attract a stone because a stone is not a vibrational match and has no relation to a human being.
We know that an ordinary magnet has a certain range of power. Small magnets draw small things. Large magnets draw large objects. The human magnet draws according to its vibration and power of attraction.
Some people attract physical things, some attract mental things, and some attract spiritual things. It depends on what kind of magnet one wishes to be.
We must develop two kinds of magnetism—one to attract God, and another to attract our material necessities. If we use all of our magnetism to gain material things, sooner or later we shall become disillusioned.
How to Develop Physical and Mental Magnetism
We must develop physical magnetism in order to have a body that is strong and can obey our commands. The right diet and recharging the body with energy develop great physical magnetism.
To acquire mental magnetism, we must do everything with deep concentration. If one is a slave to any of the senses, he loses magnetism. If he has control over the senses, he develops magnetism. To develop and maintain an even mind without getting emotional is the way to magnetic living. Emotionalism must be converted into power and be governed by wisdom, then one has great magnetism.
To be firm is magnetic; to be just is magnetic; to be kind is magnetic; to be truthful is magnetic.
Environment Is Stronger than Will
We must be careful with whom we associate because we are continually exchanging magnetism with other people through our thoughts, through shaking hands, and through looking into the eyes of another person.
As soon as we shake hands with someone, a magnetic is formed. The person who is stronger gives his vibration to the other person. We become like the people we mingle with, not only through conversation, but through the silent magnetic vibration that goes out from their bodies.
When we come within the range of their magnetism, we become like them.
If a man wants to become and artist, he must associate with artists. If he wants to become a good businessman, he must associate with successful businessmen. If he wants to become a spiritual giant, he must associate with devotees of God.
One can develop cosmic magnetism by thinking of God and saintly people. By concentrating deeply on a personality like that of a saint, one can attract that personality. That is why one should think only of great individuals. If we concentrate our thoughts on wicked people, we will attract their qualities unless we are much stronger than they are.
If our whole heart is with someone, we draw all the defects and all the good qualities of that person.
Divine Magnetism Is the Power of All Powers
Divine magnetism is the power of all powers. When our prayers busts from our heart and God relinquishes his silence to speak to us, then we have gained divine magnetism.
We must use our time to develop spiritual magnetism in order to attract the Imperishable. Develop the power to attract the highest, and we can easily attract all lesser things.
We must detach ourselves from this physical residence, the body. Each of us is a spark of the Infinite. We must differentiate between the perishable and the imperishable. Anything that belongs to the body is perishable; anything that belongs to the mind is semi-perishable; anything that belongs to the soul is imperishable.
Stay in tune with Divine Magnetic Power. Think of God so constantly that He will be with you wherever you go. Then all your good desires, even those formed in the distant past, will materialize.
Excerpted from How to Be a Success by Paramhansa Yogananda.
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