yogananda

CHAPTER 11

Unconditional Love: Perfecting Human Relationships

 Marriage

Two persons who unite their lives to help each other toward divine realization are founding their marriage on the right basis: unconditional friendship.

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To develop pure and unconditional love between husband and wife, parent and child friend and friend, self and all, is the lesson we have come on earth to learn.

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True marriage is a laboratory in which poisons of selfishness, bad temper, and bad behavior may be poured into the test tube of patience and neutralized and changed by the catalytic power of love and constant effort to behave nobly.

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If there is a habit or quality in your mate that rouses unlovely traits in your disposition, you should realize the purpose of this circumstance: to bring to the surface those poisons hidden within you so that you may eliminat them and thus purify your nature.

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