Yogananda's Teaching on the Power of Will

By Vaughn Paul Manley, M.A. 


Paramahansa Yogananda’s classic book, The Autobiography of a Yogi, has a chapter entitled, “Outwitting the Stars,” that is a must read for any student of astrology in my opinion. In it he describes his own beliefs about astrology, and the attitude he recommends that spiritual aspirants should adopt towards it. Specifically, that we should never see planetary forces as more powerful than our own will power. For instance, see this quote:

Yogananda offers here quite a bold shift in perspective. Most of the time people see planetary influences, especially the dashas and transits, as forces beyond their power of will to effect. However, Yogananda’s point is to recognize that our will power is God given for a reason – to change potentially unfavorable outcomes in our lives into favorable ones.

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