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—By Paramhansa Yogananda

Human life can be likened unto a house fitted with three windows ....of the Body, Mind
and Soul. Thru these openings come pouring forth the three kinds of divergent perfect
light of God—known as Health Rays, Faculty Rays, Wisdom Rays. These triune Rays are
responsible for the perfect health, mental equanimity and enlightenment of the soul of
man. That is why man is spoken of as being created in the image of God. But then arises
the question, if man is made after God’s likeness why does he suffer in so many ways?
The answer is, man —a Divine Child— shares the independence of the Divine Being.
Man essentially was made as a God—but as such ...he has the privilege and free choice of
God to eclipse that image with error, or to keep it unobscured and dazzling ....with rays of
health, power and peace. Man has the peculiar independence and free power to live in the
house of life with its health, strength and light-giving windows or closed. Thus it
is that when he closes the windows of life, the Ultra Violet Conscious Cosmic Rays are
shut out and he lives in the darkness of physical disease, mental disquietude or abysmal

Most people have one or more of their windows of life ...shut and jammed for years. That
is why they suffer from chronic maladies. Their rescue lies in the knowledge of the law
by which they may open their windows themselves and bask once more in the all-healing
Conscious Cosmic Rays.
Man wants instantaneous healing by God’s power but he fails to understand that the work
of healing lies within himself and that God never wanted him to be sick in the first place.
God gave man the original privilege and free choice to receive Rays or shut them out.
God cannot change His law arbitrarily just by the bribery of special ceremonies or blind
prayer or partiality. He can be moved only by law and love. Love is law. When man
closes the health-power-and-light-giving windows of life and keeps them closed
indefinitely, he must himself make the effort to open those windows again to let the
freely-willing-to-help, knocking-to-enter, Light in. Hence, all physical diseases,
psychological inharmonies and soul maladies born of ignorance ...come from man’s own
fault of shutting out the Rays of God. And the logical, lawful conclusion is, whether
knowingly or unknowingly he shut the breath-giving windows of life, he must open them
again by self-effort. Ignorance of law cannot be an excuse for escaping the effects of a
law which is broken.

There are many ways of opening the three jammed windows of life. Those ways can be
generally named as Healing. And Healing in general can be classified as Physical
Healing, Psychological Healing of worries, fears, nervousness, etc., and Spiritual Healing
of soul-ignorance.

There are many kinds of healing, each of which can be used in healing physical, mental
or spiritual diseases.

Of the different kinds of healing by medicine, injection, affirmation, massage, nerve or

vertebral adjustment, by imagination or will or faith, Vibratory Healing is of great

Vibratory Healing consists in creating and sending vibrations to diseased individuals,

internally by energy charged by will-power or externally by super-consciously-
impregnated chants, intonations of the human voice, enlivening words, phrases and

The methods of internal vibrations of energy can only be done by a system of spiritual
exercises such as Yogoda offers. Willingness and determination keep the blood vitalized
with pep and life-energy. If even the layman can keep his mental initiative, willing-to-
work attitude all the time, he will find his blood charged with life-current, making it
immune against the invasion of bacteria. Keeping yourself smiling from within, pulsating
with joy, and in ever-readiness to act, spiritually ambitious in helping others, all these not
only are good exercises for the mind but keep the body constantly supplied with Fresh
Cosmic Energy descending into the body thru the door of the Medulla Oblongata. Strong
Will pulls energy from the Conscious Cosmic Rays surrounding the body through the
door of the Medulla Oblongata. Man shall not live by bread (food chemicals) alone but
by every word (vibratory life-energy) which flows (into the body of man) thru the mouth
of God (i.e. the opening of the Medulla thru which the Conscious Cosmic Life Principle
enters the body of man). Hence strengthen your Will and determination in everything.
Your body shall be internally vibrating with life current. A man of strong Will, by his
highly vibrating mind, can shake out disease, failure and ignorance. But the Will
vibration must be stronger than the vibration of physical or inner disease. The more
chronic the disease is, the stronger, steadier and more unflinching should be the
determination, faith and effort of the Will to get well.

In connection with singing, chanting or intoning away physical disease or worry or

spiritual ignorance, one must know the law of intonation, from high to low, low to
whisper, whisper to mental, sub-conscious to super-conscious ...Chanting. This is the
method of converting loud meaningful words into realized experiences--assimilating the
truth of a word or words by chanting loudly and mentally until they become a part of the
soul’s realization.

Or one must induce the super-conscious, peaceful state first and from that stage chant
mentally or whisperingly or loudly as he pleases.

But in all cases the intonations whether mental or physical (i.e. audible) must be injected
with super-conscious mentality, faith and steadiness in the beginning or at the end, to be
effective in accomplishing a specific healing.

Mental chanting is best for individuals, loud chanting ranging from low to high or vice
versa is good in congregations.

Before chanting, the law of repetition should be understood or explained. Some western
minds often fail to grasp the changing depths of conviction in Hindu chantings and see
only a monotonous repetition of a word or words. Of course repetition of words without
understanding their meaning with deep and deeper feelings and realization is useless.
That is what the Bible meant by saying, "Take not the name of the Lord thy God in vain,"
that is, do not say, "O God, O God" without attention or while thinking of other things or
while the mind is wandering. Long intellectual prayers full of word-jugglery may satisfy
the intellectually hungry but they are only the empty noises of a victrola without the soul
in them.

It is better to say just one phrase as "O Father, heal me," or "I am well for Thou art in me"
extemporaneously (as it comes) repeating it vigorously from low to high or high to
whisper and lastly from a whisper to mental affirmations until one feels what he is
saying, i.e., repeating a phrase with varying depth of soul-feeling until one realizes the
meaning of his utterance in every fiber of his being. This is At-onement with one’s own
affirmations through loud and mental chanting.

And the moment the phrase reaches the super-consciousness and the inner conviction ...a
volley of energy will shoot down and vibrate and heal the diseased tissues of the body,
mind and soul, electrocuting physical bacteria, paralyzing mental fears and conflagrating
ignorance into ashes.

In our Hindu Tantra (Hymnal) Scriptures we find the advice that all mystic incantations,
seed words, have to be revivified in the soul of the chanter, vitalized and specifically
intoned or changed in order to produce the desired results. Mere repetition ...without deep
feeling of mantras or incantations —does not produce results.

It is a fact that if a born and universally-known coward says loudly, "On, ye brave, march
on with me to glory or the grave," it would have very little effect in rousing courage in
people. Healing affirmations like "The Father is in Thee, be Thou well," in order to be
efficient must be uttered only by him who has felt the Father in Himself.

The police commissioner of Chicago declared recently in a bulletin that if the sounds of
vehicles, etc., could be cut down, city people would live ten years longer. In other words,
inharmonious noise affects the nervous system of people, weakening this medium
through which vital energy is supplied to all the principal organs of the body, the
circulatory system, brain, etc. With the deterioration of the nervous system, the energy
and thermal supply of the blood becomes low, making it a fit home for bacteria of

On the contrary, harmonious sounds, chants impregnated with Super-Conscious Soul-

force, Will-Power and Faith, awaken the drooping tissues of the nervous system by
rousing Vital Energy in them. Hence the external method of vibrating the voice according
to the aforesaid methods can heal all inharmonious conditions of the Body, Mind and
Soul. A sincere kind word, an inspired song, a soul-solacing voice of wisdom have
dispelled many sorrows and inflamed into many the light of lasting joy.


Preliminary Rules:
1. Sit facing east or north, on a woolen blanket, in padmasana or easy cross legged
position or an armless chair.
2. Close your eyes and concentrate on medulla oblangata unless otherwise directed;
keep spine erect, chest high, abdomen in. Take a deep breath and exhale it three
3. Relax and keep the body motionless and empty the mind of all restless thoughts.
4. Do not think of the particular kind of healing you need.
5. Cast away anxiety, distrust, worry, doubt and disbelief. Trust in the Divine Law with
faith and concentration firmly believing that all bodily states are changeable and

Immediately after awakening in the morning or during period of somnolence preceding
sleep at night or in groups at any suitable hour.

Quiet surroundings. If the place is noisy ignore the sounds.

Before starting to affirm, always free the mind from worries and restlessness. Choose
your affirmation and repeat all of it first loudly, then softly and more slowly,then in a
whisper and gradually affirm only mentally without moving tongue or lips until you feel
that you feel you have attained deep, unbroken concentration. If you go deeper you will
feel a sense of increasing joy and peace.
Do not make bodily movements or become mentally restless.In group affirmations repeat
with the same rhythm and intonation. Avoid mechanical repetition, and repeat
affirmations with intensity and sincerity. The five stages of chanting are: conscious loud
chanting, whisper chanting, mental chanting, subconscious chanting and superconscious
chanting. Holding the attention uninterruptedly on the true COSMIC VIBRATION-OM
is superconscious chanting.

1. Affirmations remind the soul of what it already has, and what it has temporarily
lost because of forgetfulness. Affirmations are statements of Truth, and are
different from begging prayers.
2. First, affirm for wisdom and bliss, then for harmony, then for health, then for true
happiness and success for all mankind.
3. When affirming for a desired end, you must free yourself again and again of all
devastating negative thoughts.
4. Words are vibrations of thought. Thoughts are vibrations of power and energy.
Even strong words or commands, such as “Wake up,” are meaningless if spoken
feebly and without a mental background of latent , vigorous mental force.
5. For individual practice of affirmations it is better to start in a whisper, or to utter
them only mentally, but with deep, ever increasing mental power and conviction.
6. Affirmations that can be used:
1. Thou art all feeling, will, and thought.
Thou dost guide them;
Let them follow, let them follow,
Let them be as Thou art.
2. Thou art everywhere;
Wherever Thou art, perfection’s there.
Thou art sitting in every altar cell,
Thou art in all my body cells.
They are whole; they are perfect.
3. Thou dost move my feet;
They are whole, they are whole.
My calves and thighs
Are whole, are whole, for Thou art there.
My thighs are held by Thee
Lest I fall, lest I fall.
They are whole for Thou art there.
4. Thou art in my throat;
Mucous membrane, abdomen,
Glisten with Thee.
They are whole, for Thou art there.
In my spine Thou dost sparkle;
It is whole, it is whole.
In my nerves Thou dost flow;
They are whole, they are whole.
In my veins and arteries
Thou dost float, Thou dost float.
They are whole, they are whole.
Thou art fire in my intestines;
They are whole, they are whole.
5. I am well when so I think;
Every hour, oh, every day
In body, mind, in every way
I am whole, I am well.
6. Thy divine light is present in all my body parts. I am well.
7. O Conscious Cosmic Energy, Thy life is mine. Solid, liquid and gaseous foods are
converted and spiritualized into energy by Thee to support my body. I am renewed
by Thy life-giving energy.
8. Father ,Thou art in me; I am well. Thy power is moving through me. My stomach is
well, for Thy healing light is there.
9. I will undo all bodily sickness by right eating, exercise and right thinking.
10. Heavenly Father, Thou art present in every atom, every cell, every corpuscle, every
particle of nerve, brain and tissue. I am well, for Thou art in all my body parts.
11. God’s perfect health permeates the dark nooks of my bodily sickness. In all my
cells His healing light is shining. They are entirely well, for His perfection is in
12. Lord, Thou art in his body; he is well.
13. This body is God’s temple. I have nothing to do with it, except to take care of it for
Him to use in whatever way He will. How He will use it or whether or not He will
sustain it is His affair, not mine. I will take healthful care of this body, not because I
am interested in it or because it is something I am bound by, or want to hold on to,
but because I am maintaining it for Him.
14. Lord, help me not to be dependent on medicine, but to rely on mind power alone.
15. Lord, Thou canst heal me because Thou dost control the life atoms and subtle
conditions of the body that doctors cannot reach with medicines.
16. I will my life force to charge-
With Godly will I will it charge-
Through my nerves and muscles all,
My tissues, limbs, and all,
With vibrant tingling fire,
With burning joyous power.
In blood and glands,
By sovereign command,
I bid you flow.
By my command
I bid you glow