How to Love and Be Loved

Spiritual RelationshipsDiscover how to express your highest potential through your relationships of friendship, love, marriage, and family. Relationships can offer our greatest joys in life and at times our greatest sorrows. This course can help you gain more clarity and create more harmony in all your relationships. Paramhansa Yogananda explains the divine purpose behind every human relationship and offers practical guidance for tapping into and expressing pure, divine love through your connections with others.

Topics Include:

  • The art of gaining true and deep friendships.
  • How to choose the right partner and create a lasting marriage.
  • Cultivating harmony and love in difficult relationships.
  • Guidance for parents and children.
  • Tapping into the Universal Love behind all relationships.

What You’ll Receive:

  • Textbook (pdf format).
  • Audio learning tracks (mp3 format).
  • Video classes given by Swami Kriyananda and other teachers.
  • Interactive forum.
  • Guided affirmation and journal exercises.
  • Personal support (via email or telephone).
  • Certificate of Completion.

More About Course

Paramahansa Yogananda Spiritual Relationships“Friendship is God’s love shining through the eyes of your loved ones, calling you home to drink His nectar of all selfishness—dissolving unity. Friendship is God’s trumpet call, bidding the soul to destroy the partitions that separate it from other souls and from Him. True friendship unites two souls so completely that they reflect the unity of Spirit.”                                                — Paramhansa Yogananda
Relationships play such a significant role in our lives. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a road-map to navigate our connections with greater harmony, understanding, and love? The wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda picks our relationships up on the highest octave possible: expressing the Godly qualities of our soul nature. There is much to learn through our interactions with others. With the help of Yogananda, we learn to build a more intimate relationship primarily with God. From this inner perception of Spirit, we’re able to share with others the love and support we feel inside our hearts which makes our connections deeper and more unconditional. Through this course, we will explore various techniques to strengthen our relationship with the Divine and suggestions for infusing our day-to-day interactions with freedom and joy.
In this self-paced course you will have 90 days to complete six lessons. We encourage you to complete one lesson per week and to dedicate some time every day to your study so that you may get the most from the material. Take full advantage of the interactive forums to share your thoughts and inspiration with other participants, and the course instructor is available to support you throughout your journey.

You will receive an email reminder seven days before your enrollment period expires. We offer enrollment extensions freely, so if you find you need more time to complete the course, you can let us know at

Course Outline

  • Reading Assignment — Spiritual Relationships, Part 1
  • Digital Video — Secrets of Friendship
  • Introspection and Reflection
  • Lesson 1 Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Spiritual Relationships, Part 2
  • Introspection and Reflection
  • Lesson 2 Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Spiritual Relationships, Part 3
  • Treasures Along the Path Talk — Human Relationships
  • Introspection and Meditation Practice
  • Lesson 3 Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Spiritual Relationships, Part 4
  • Introspection and Reflection
  • Lesson 4 Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Spiritual Relationships, Part 5
  • Video — Coping with Bereavement
  • Introspection and Reflection
  • Lesson 5 Quiz
  • Reading Assignment — Spiritual Relationships, Part 6
  • Treasures Along the Path Talk — Love: Human and Divine
  • Introspection and Reflection
  • Lesson 6 Quiz
After achievement of required quiz scores in assignments 1-6, you will receive your Certificate of Completion.
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Devalila Veenhof

Devalila Veenhof, Director of Ananda Kriya Sangha for North and South America, has been practicing and sharing Parmahansa Yogananda’s teachings for over 20 years. Previous to her current role in the Ananda Kriya Sangha, she served as Director of Online with Ananda for nearly 10 years, where she developed and taught online courses - all based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and his Direct Disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Previous to her time at Online with Ananda, she served over seven years archiving talks by Swami Kriyananda for Treasures Along the Path. Devalila is originally from Lake Tahoe in Northern California and first discovered Ananda in 1996. That same year, she became a Certified Meditation and Ananda Yoga Teacher and taught in her home town. In 1998 she moved to Ananda Village – where she now lives with her husband Vic. Devalila's great joy and gifts are in supporting and encouraging people, wherever they are spiritually, and helping them find their next step along their journey toward Self-realization.

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