Articles in the Paramhansa Yogananda Category
In every undertaking, the way for the devotee to “hit the mark” of spiritual enlightenment, is to ignore every distraction and center all of your attention on the object of success. Not for the spiritual hero, the hand-wringing lament, “Oh, but think of the difficulties I face!”
I will light the match of smiles.
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.
The devotee who tries to meditate will be hindered, not only by new distractions, but also by strong habits of the body such as restlessness, procrastination, material desires, selfishness, and moods.
Take the bowl of my mind and fill it
With Thine understanding.
I will be calmly active, actively calm.
I am the immortal child of God, living for a little while in this mortal body.
In wisdom’s chambers
Thou dost roam
May Thy presence and consciousness fill our hearts. May we realize that Thou art the only Reality.
All my powers are but borrowed powers from Thee.
During dark nights of misfortune, I find it even sweeter, now, to offer Thee the flowers of my appreciation for being always there, protecting me.
O mighty, mystic Judge of Life, I asked Thee in my hall of soul-stillness: “What is sin?” Thy whispers of silence, dim at first, grew into bright articulations of thought; I heard and understood Thy meaning. “Sin is a rebel-king.”
The existence of life after death is the greatest mystery guarded by nature. No one is allowed, no matter how great a saint he might have been, to come back after death and tell the masses of people of the life-eternal.
Come to my aid, O Divine Friend! Give me the strength now to be ambitious only in my quest for Thee.