Dynamics of Faith

Despite man’s vaunted advances in science and the healing arts, he cannot get away from the fact that in every department of life he is ultimately dependent on a Power higher than himself. In some respects, modern man enjoys a more secure existence than his ancestors; but still his days are fraught with terrible uncertainties. One never knows when accident or disease, financial failure or natural disaster will strike. Sooner or later, a time arrives in every person’s life when a connection with that Higher Power suddenly becomes of utmost urgency, bringing him to his knees, through painful desperation or worshipful devotion-the choice is his-in recognition that not a beat of the heart nor an inspiration of breath transpires without the supportive will of the Lord. That consciousness of total dependence on God is the power behind the dynamics of faith. Such reliance is not a submissive cowardice that paralyzes one’s own constructive will, but an act of consecrated deference to God through love for Him and veneration of His supremacy. – Second Coming of Christ – Discourse 34 page 621 by Paramahansa Yogananda

Self Reform

The basic law of right human behavior is self-reform. Whenever any trouble occurs with our friends or dear ones, we should inwardly lay the blame on ourselves for getting into an unpleasant situation and then try to get out of it as fast and as graciously as we can. It is fruitless to increase the trouble by loudly, unkindly, discourteously blaming others, even though we find that they are to blame. We can teach quick-tempered dear ones to mend their faults a hundred times better by setting a good example than we can by harsh or self-righteous words.

Paramahansa Yogananda

Accomplishing Power

Never accept karmic limitations. Don’t believe you are incapable of doing anything. Often when you can’t succeed at something it is because you have made up your mind that you cannot do it. But when you convince your mind of its accomplishing power, you can do anything! By┬ácommuning with God you change your status from a mortal being to an immortal being. When you do this, all bonds that limit you will be broken. This is a very great law to remember. As soon as your attention is focused, the Power of all powers will come, and with that you can achieve spiritual, mental, and material success. I have again and again used that power in my life; and you can do so too. I know that power of God can never fail. Though every other power you acquire will bring bits of success, that success will not last. But when your attention becomes divinely centralized, it will burn always as a great light that will reveal God.

Paramahansa Yogananda

His Love is Unchanging

You may come to him for a few seconds then go away and do whatever you will.
His love is unchanging.

You may deny him to yourself and then curse him to any who will listen.
His love is unchanging.

You may become the most despised creatures and then return to him.
His love is unchanging.

You may become the enemy of God, Himself, and then return to him.
His love is unchanging.

Go where you will and do what you will, stay however long you will and come back to him.
His love is unchanging.

Abuse others, abuse yourself, abuse him and then come back to him.
His love is unchanging.

He will never criticize you; he will never minimize you; he will never desert you because to him you are everything and he, himself, is nothing.

He will never deceive you; he will never ridicule you; he will never fail you because to him you are God Nature to be served and he is your servant.

No matter what befalls; no matter what you become he awaits you always.

He knows you; he serves you; he loves you.

His love for you in the changing world is unchanging.

His love, my beloved, is unchanging.