– One For each Day of the Month –
by Paramhansa Yogananda
(all quotes from his magazines, earlier than December 1942)
Friendship is the universal Spiritual attraction
which unites Souls in the bond of Divine love
and may manifest itself either in two persons or in many.
Friendship is God’s love
shining through the eyes of your loved ones,
calling you home to drink His nectar
of all differences- and selfishness-dissolving unity.
Friendship is God’s trumpet call,
bidding the Soul to destroy the partitions
which separate it from all other Souls and from Him.
True friendship unites two Souls so completely
that they reflect the unity of Spirit
and its Divine qualities.
True friendship is broad
When true friendship exists between two Souls
and they seek Spiritual love and God’s love together,
when their only wish is to be of service to each other,
their friendship produces the flame of Spirit.
Through perfected Divine Friendship,
mutually seeking Spiritual perfection,
you will find the one
Friendship is the universal spiritual attraction
which unites souls in the bond of divine love,
manifesting itself in two or more individuals.
If you open the door
to the magnetic power of friendship,
a soul or souls of like vibrations
will be attracted to you.
Friendship is a manifestation of God’s love for you,
expressed through your friends,
who constitute the richest possessions
a human being can have.
Friendship is eternal.
If you can form a friendship
through which God is awakened in you,
that is the greatest of all friendships.
True friendship lies in seeking soul progress together.
Friendship must never have a material end in view,
or an object to be gained.
Friendship is an ever-increasing consciousness of equality
and the blending of souls
without any physical relation.
Friendship is the purest of all love.
In the love of parents for their children there is compulsion;
in filial love there is compulsion;
in the love of lovers there is compulsion;
but in true friendship there is no compulsion.
Friendship is the most precious possession of your life
and the happiest thing you feel.
Friendship is pure by nature.
When you have a lily in you hands,
how can you crush it?
When you love a soul dearly,
how can you crush him,
even though he may be wrong?
All good persons who are sent to us
are expressions of God’s love for us.
Every friend who is with us
or who has passed on from this earth,
is the medium through which God Himself
expresses His friendship to us.
Hence, to ignore friendship is to ignore God.
In all our harmonious human relations
we must remember it is God who plays hide and seek
from behind the living hearts of our friends.
True sincere friendship is the light
with which we can help one another
to see and pass through the door of Heaven.
When in mutual service we forget the little self,
then only will we see the one big Self of the Spirit
running though us.
The Spirit was One.
By the law of duality it became two:
positive and negative.
Then, by the law of infinity
applied to the law of relativity,
it became many.
Now the One in the many is endeavoring
to unite the many and make them One.
This effort of the Spirit, to unify many Souls into the One,
works through our emotions, intelligence, and intuition,
and finds expression through friendship.
Selfish attachment to a single individual,
excluding all others,
inhibits the development of Divine Friendship.
Extend all the boundaries
of the glowing kingdom of your love,
gradually including within them
your family, your neighbors,
your community, your country, all countries;
in short, all living sentient creatures.
Be also a Cosmic friend,
imbued with kindness and affection
for all of God’s Creation,
scattering love everywhere.
Universal friendship does not mean
that you must know and love
all human beings and creatures
personally and individually.
All you need to do is to be ready at all times
to spread the light of friendly service
over all living creatures
which you happen to contact.
Be neither unduly familiar with,
nor indifferent to, a friend.
Moreover, do not trade-mark him by telling him,
“I know all about you.”
Respect and love grow among friends
“Familiarity breeds contempt.”
If you cannot conquer human hearts,
you cannot conquer the Cosmic Heart.
When perfect friendship exists,
either between two hearts or
within a group of hearts in a Spiritual organization,
such friendship perfects each individual.
In the heart purified by friendship,
one beholds an open door of unity
through which one should invite other Souls to enter —
those who love him
as well as those who love him not.
When Divine Friendship reigns supreme
in the temple of your heart,
your Soul will merge with the vast Cosmic Soul,
leaving far behind the confining bonds
which separated it from all
of God’s animate and inanimate Creation.
Consider no one a stranger.
Learn to feel that everybody is your kin.
Family love is merely one of the first exercises
in the Divine Teacher’s course in Friendliness,
intended to prepare your heart
for an all-inclusive love.
By being true to yourself
and a true friend to others,
you gain the friendship of God.
Sincere, sweet words
are nectar to thirsty Souls.
They are in demand everywhere.
Sweet words create happiness
in friends, enemies, societies,
churches, business offices,
Seek your friends in this life
and perfect the friendship into Divine Friendship.
One lifetime is not always sufficient
to achieve such perfection.
Divine Love has had its foundation in service
on the Spiritual and intuitional planes
and is unconditional and everlasting.
Cultivate true friendliness,
for only thus do you attract true friends
Friends discuss their differences.