“You Must Never Lose Courage” ~ Yogananda’s letter to Ananda Mataji


YOU MUST NEVER LOSE COURAGE.  Divine Mother sent me to pilot you out of the clouds of your mind.  Everybody’s difficulty is different, and he or she has to win that test of karma and Divine Mother.


Overcome all by constant inward calling on God and utmost devotion in words, thought, action, and obedience to Guru.   God does not talk readily to the devotee, but a Guru does, and the easiest way out of all difficulties is to listen to him and obey him.   Your troubles I do not mind.   I will never give up my job about you. It is better to conquer evil and not go on living with it forever.  Never for a moment identify yourself with momentary flashes of error.  Have no fear, even when I am gone and no longer visible in your eyes.  You will never be alone; I may not scold you then, but I shall ever be with you, and through Divine Mother guard you from all harm, and will constantly whisper to you guidance through your loving self.


So do not make life discouraged and tired, but be ever interested in doing for Divine Mother, no matter if war, sickness, and death dance around you.  That is the secret of victory over delusion and all troubles.  Be cut to pieces, but never give up.  Be a divine leech — suck at the blood of wisdom even though torn to bits.   A smooth life is not a victorious life.   And I will give you lots of good karma, so you will get through.   I will not only ever forgive you, but ever lift you up no matter how many times you fall.  Keep unceasingly trying to conquer; then not only will I invisibly help you, but visibly through many here, all of whom know your inner self and love you very deeply.  They all know what I think of your spiritual qualities.  It is in kindness and continuous good behavior that you shine with happiness.  Divine Mother will help you to win, through your own efforts and the blessings of the great Gurus.  I am not building a mansion for you, or giving you riches that will perish; but I am making an imperishable home with all riches for you in my Divine Mother’s mansion.

Unceasing Blessings,

Paramahansa Yogananda

[Ananda Mata is left of Yogananda and Daya Mata  in first photo; right of Yogananda and Daya Mata in the second]

See also~  

Stories of ANANDA MATA ~ Bro. Anandamoy 

ANANDA MATA, “Her whole life was guru-bhakti” ~ Mrinalini Mata

Back To~

MONASTIC STORIES of the Gurus and Monastics



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