Spiritual Pledge for Students

by Paramhansa Yogananda

Here is a copy of Yogananda’s original spiritual pledge that he had his students sign. Yogananda has such a genius for making the daunting task of Self-realization into simple, practical steps that seem doable. Here are some of the points he encouraged his disciples to follow:

Yogananda meditating

  • I will concentrate on the teachings and will be loyal to the faithful daily practice of the techniques.
  • I will have a little temple of my own in my own room wherever I am (a closet or even a corner screened off).
  • I will consider myself the minister of my temple, to correct myself and teach the audience (consisting of my diverse un-trained thoughts and feelings) so that I may be an ideal example and thereby be of real service to my fellow beings.
  • I will endeavor to live by the following Moral and Spiritual Rules:
    1. I will not judge others—only myself.
    2. I shall strictly refuse to hear or read unkind discussions of others.
    3. I will try to be efficient in everything—neither passively depending on God nor egotistically claiming the credit for myself when I have accomplished anything.
    4. I will act and make myself successful through my own efforts and the power of God in me.
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  1. Anandi Gray says:

    So sweet, so practical. Thank you for sharing this!

  2. I love this pledge. Keep up the good work. It gives me inspiration and uplifts me.

  3. Jan Ray says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! Love it!

  4. Sandra Nix says:

    Yoganandaji was a master of love.
    Every word and action he did was in devotion.
    May we lovingly follow his offering. Hari Om.

  5. Thomas Steck says:

    A pledge that is easy on my mind! I accept and agree.

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