The Secret of Laughter

The secret of laughter lies in the laughing, Not in the search for joy: It’s a swallow winging on the wind! It’s innocence in a boy. Luru luru lero, Luru luru lye! Joy will come to anyone Whose heart has learned to fly! Joy in the singing, not in the song sung, Welcome, but never crave: If you think that … Read More

Christmas Message from Paramhansa Yogananda- 1928

Greetings to all Yogoda students everywhere, on the occasion of the coming spiritual Christmas season. The truth of Yogoda is marching steadily on through the territories of dark ignorance. New regions have been conquered by the armies of divine love. Soldiers of superstition, narrowness, misunderstanding, and dogmatism are on the run. Wake, soldiers of Yogoda! Train yourselves in the art … Read More

The Importance of Gratitude

The Importance of Gratitude The ongoing catastrophic fire that consumed the City of Paradise and some neighboring areas really inspired me to bring gratitude forward as our focus during these difficult times. It first came to me as I was walking to the Expanding Light yesterday to teach a yoga class. During that short 7-minute walk among the clouds of … Read More

Growing Younger

GROWING YOUNGER by Paramhansa Yogananda Through eating an abundance of alkaline foods, either in bulk, reducing them to juices, or through the process of sun-drying and powdering, we can go far toward arresting physical decay and restoring a condition of youth to prematurely aging body cells, if simultaneously the amount of acid-forming foods are for a period eliminated, and when … Read More

Three Lessons from the Life of Sri Yukteswar

“Guruji, I would like to hear some stories of your childhood.” “I will tell you a few—each one with a moral!” Sri Yukteswar’s eyes twinkled with his warning. “My mother once tried to frighten me with an appalling story of a ghost in a dark chamber. I went there immediately, and expressed my disappointment at having missed the ghost. Mother … Read More

Smile Forever

Smile when the roses are budding Smile when the petals of pleasure are falling. Smile when vigor is throbbing in your breast; Smile when you have dreaming wrinkles In your brow. Smile because you find happiness in peace And not in passing possessions. Smile because you are fearless, Smile because fear is ashamed to cause you Apprehension and failure. Smile … Read More

The “Ultimate Pilgrimage”

From ‘The Essence of Self-Realization‘ A Book of conversations with Paramhansa Yogananda recorded by Swami Kriyananda​ From the Chapter “The Highway to the Infinite” “My guru, Sri Yukteswar, liked a chant that I have translated, two lines from which go, ‘Pranayama be thy religion. Pranayama will give thee salvation.’ “Pranayama means control of the energy in the body, and its … Read More

The Superconscious Mind

From ‘Intuition for Starters‘ by Swami Kriyananda​ We filter what influences us according to our habitual level of awareness. The totality of our consciousness is comprised of three levels: the subconscious, the conscious, and the superconscious. These levels of consciousness represent differing degrees of intensity of awareness. As we move from one level to another, different kinds of influences will most affect … Read More