Touch of Joy A Yogi's Guide to Lasting Happiness

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  • Copyright: 2018-02-20
  • Publisher: Crystal Clarity Publishers

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Everyone wants happiness. We chase after it daily. We look for it in relationships, in our careers, in financial security, in good health . . . In other people—a lover, a spouse, a friend, our own children.

For some of us, happiness would be found in world peace. For others, in a clean environment for our planet. For some, when world hunger ends, or when a compassionate politician is elected.

Happiness is so conditional. It depends on so many circumstances over which we have no control. No wonder that lasting happiness or joy has always eluded us.

But it doesn't have to be that way.

WHAT IF THERE WERE A WAY TO BE HAPPY ALL THE TIME . . . A way to experience joy without conditions?

Unconditional joy . . . Unconditional happiness . . . No matter what takes place around us, or what happens to us. The loss of a job or a loved one. The ending of a relationship. Sudden illnesses, financial devastation . . .

What if we could remain even-minded, calm, and peaceful—happy under all circumstances, no matter what takes place? Because deep within is a place untouched by external events, where JOY resides.

Not a fleeting, ephemeral, conditional joy, but unconditional joy. Joy that depends on no causes. Joy that just IS.

This powerful collection of spiritual writings will change your life, through new perspectives for facing life's challenges, and through inspiration for living a life in unconditional joy.

Drawing from the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda—author of the bestselling classic Autobiography of a Yogi (the book Steve Job asked to be given to each guest at his funeral)—Touch of Joy shares practical tools, instructive stories, and right attitudes to help you tap into the wellsprings of joy within you.

Swami Kriyananda, disciple of Yogananda, once said: “Joy is the solution, not the reward.” To learn to live with joy under all circumstances, and not to wait only until conditions are to our liking, is the secret of a happy life.

Touch of Joy shows how to find that joy.

Author Biography

Jyotish Novak and Devi Novak are longtime teachers and practitioners of meditation and yoga philosophy. They have lectured on spiritual living to many thousands throughout the world. They are close students of Swami Kriyananda (a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the bestselling classic, Autobiography of a Yogi). The Novaks are founding members of Ananda Village, one of the world's most successful and longstanding spiritual communities. They are also Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide, and they live in Nevada City, California.

Table of Contents



Seven Revolutionary Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda

How Is World Peace Possible?

Anything Will Talk with You

How to Draw God's Help in Your Life

Understanding Is Overrated

Good Judgment / Bad Judgment

How to Be Friends with God

The Common Denominator

God Is the Doer

Being God's Advisor

In Divine Friendship

Why I Meditate

The Benefits of Fasting

Where His Shadow Falls

Say “Yes” to Life

Two Bowls of Lemons

The Happiness Cycle

How to Be a Channel for God's Light

Why Devotees Suffer

Doing the Work

The Power of Divine Love

Who Is It That Dies?

Nine Ways to Improve Concentration

The Transforming Power of God's Light Within

Preparing for Life's Storms

Imitating What We Hear

Joy Is the Solution, Not the Reward

Why Is Life Such a Struggle?

Gratitude Brings Happiness

Does God Listen to Our Prayers?

Positive Thinking

God's Protecting Presence

Why We Need Nature

Is It Possible to Fail Spiritually?

Two Questions

The Yogic Lifestyle

Spiritual Birth

When God Speaks

The 1% Solution

The Broken Connection

Finding Autobiography of a Yogi

Five Days in the Timeless Zone

Magnetizing Your Life

How to Defend a Principle

The Most Memorable Talk

The Dangers of Narrow Mountain Roads

Simple Living

Why Our Plans Go Awry

Mother, Reveal Thyself

Your Gifts to the World

Giving the Real Gift

The Christmas Mystery

The Full Moon

The Spark of a Spiritual Revolution

World Peace

Why Positive Thinking Changes Our Life

Stories as Teachers

Just a Play of Light and Shadows

The Formula for Success

When God Calls

The Monkeys of Brindaban

How Will Our Story End?


The Invisible Cord

Full Blast

How to Feel That God Is the Doer


Can We Change Our Future?

Five Essential Steps to Happiness

If You Want His Answer

Technological Yogis

Weeding and Pruning

Swami Kriyananda, a Model for Your Life

Rust Never Sleeps

Controlling Our Reactions

Moving Beyond the Ego

Achieving Balance in an Unbalanced World

From Concentration to Absorption to . . .

Mountains, Outer and Inner

The Treasure Box

Lesson Learned, Lesson Reviewed

Breaking Free of Our Karma

Share Your Light


The Third Wave

Going Beyond the Restless Mind

The Reign of King Dwaparian

What Awaits Us

The Golden Rule

The Final Step in Discipleship

A Touch of Light and Joy

A Dream of the Future

The Game

My Personal Journey with Autobiography of a Yogi

How Autobiography of a Yogi Changed My Life

The Banana Tree

How to Avoid Doing Your Duty

Building Spiritual Power Against Troubled Times

A Miracle of Protection

Are You a Spiritual Success?

Two Great Masters

Crossing a Threshold Opened Long Ago

Christmas Images and Their Spiritual Meaning

The Second Coming of Christ

How to Be a Divine Sculptor

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