Current Issue: Winter 2014
by Paramhansa Yogananda

Of all the senses, the subtlest and most addicting is that of touch. People who find immoderate delight in touch sensations become an easy prey to sex desires. Those who approach food greedily become enslaved to outwardness through the senses of smell and taste.

by Swami Kriyananda

Many are the ways of misrepresenting the Truth. True saints respect and honor one another. Instead of crowding forward like children zealous for acclaim as the finders of a “new” truth, they bow before the Truth itself.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

The main characteristics of prosperous people are three: a high level energy, focus of concentration, and faith—not necessarily faith in God but faith in some kind of positive power in the universe.

by Mary Kretzmann

Why is one saved from suicide? In his heart of hearts, he was a good man driving a red truck, and his true colors came out (although reluctantly at first) even in his darkest hour. By saving us, he saved himself.

Wisdom in a Nutshell
Stories of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda

by Swami Kriyananda

Death is no great thing. It happens to every living being and is simply a part of life. What’s wrong is the wish to destroy life.

by Mary Kretzmann

Swamiji stood with one hand on my husband’s shoulder, and the other hand on my spine. His fingers were right where the karma was lodged.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D.

Pain is a brain phenomenon, and stress turns up the pain signals in the brain. It’s a bit like turning up the volume on a radio. Stress reduction techniques like meditation are so helpful because they turn down the pain signals in the brain.

by Kalamali Church

During my first days in North Carolina, I often found myself in the crossfire of distrust between my father and aunt. Although my grandfather was now facing serious challenges, their unresolved feelings toward each other made it difficult for them to agree on how best to help him.

by Nayaswami Prakash

To this day I am profoundly grateful to Swami Kriyananda for so lucidly making available to all of us the essence of Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings on Raja Yoga. If you I want to know God, these lessons lay out with crystal clarity how to achieve that goal.