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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Tyagi Lisa Powers

Nayaswami Lisa Powers currently lives at Ananda Village and serves on the Care & Aging team for the community. In her first week of college she read Autobiography of a Yogi and found her guru. Seven years later, in 1980, she found Ananda, came to the Ananda Meditation Retreat, and discovered the life she’d been looking for. Participating with Ananda in the San Francisco Bay Area she graduated as an Ananda Yoga teacher in ‘82, and traveled frequently with Ananda’s pilgrimage tours. She and her husband moved into the Ananda Palo Alto community in ’89, and to Ananda Village in 1990. Embracing active roles in the community, as well as helping to run their Antiquities business, Lisa has served as Ananda Pilgrimages coordinator, served at Crystal Clarity, Publishers helping with Kriyananda’s foreign rights, and trade shows; served Swami Kriyananda doing secretarial, travel arrangements, and cooking; designed and still curates the display of relics at Shrine of the Masters; spent many years on the teaching staff at the Expanding Light Meditation and Yoga Retreat, including on the main AYTT teaching staff. After managing the 2006 San Francisco book launch in for Kriyananda’s Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, she served 10 years with the Ananda Village management team, and then as the Ananda Meditation Group Coordinator at Ananda Village.

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