Articles on Swami Kriyananda

A living example and guide for how you too can develop inner strength, peace of mind, and a loving heart

Belief directed with energy is the secret of all spiritual success. Seek by outer reminders and by an inner expansion of awareness and sympathy to manifest your belief in God.

Sri Yukteswar described those obstacles that prevent us from uncovering the heart’s natural love as the “meannesses of the heart.” There are eight such obstacles.

If you’re a devotee, your priority is finding God, not the work you’re doing. Losing the thought of putting God first, and thinking in terms of other priorities, can easily be the first step away from attunement and the spiritual path.

Not every marriage is made in heaven, theological claims to the contrary notwithstanding. When a duty conflicts with a higher duty, it ceases to be a duty. Mankind’s highest duty is to seek God, and truth.

The sincere seeker, whatever his natural inclination, will find in “The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita” the essential teaching he needs to follow the path to God. That central teaching, Paramhansa Yogananda explained, unites all paths “even as subsidiary streams unite in a larger river.”

Many are the ways of misrepresenting the Truth. True saints respect and honor one another. Instead of crowding forward like children zealous for acclaim as the finders of a “new” truth, they bow before the Truth itself.

Swamiji stood with one hand on my husband’s shoulder, and the other hand on my spine. His fingers were right where the karma was lodged.

To this day I am profoundly grateful to Swami Kriyananda for so lucidly making available to all of us the essence of Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings on Raja Yoga. If you I want to know God, these lessons lay out with crystal clarity how to achieve that goal.

I want to do more than urge you to make inner peace your priority. I want to show you how, by preserving that peace, you will succeed better at whatever you do than if you were always on the job.

According to Pentecostals, yogis like Swami Kriyananda were going to Hell. But all my prayers brought nothing. Kriyananda produced.

Everyone must be ready for attacks of some kind in life. The most important decision all of us must face in life is, always, how to react in the highest way from a standpoint of our own spiritual growth.

What’s important here is that it’s possible to adjust our concept of time to our actual needs. We can narrow time, or expand it.

The more a person gives generously of himself, to God and to life, the more karmic law supports him in return. Always keep a generous attitude even if you haven’t the financial means to be generous in more material ways.

San Francisco in the 1960s was the center of an extraordinary number of “New Age” movements. Perhaps this was why the Divine Mother placed me there.

Rightly understood, the search for the soul mate is a demanding and ultimately divinely rewarding path to freedom. The merging of twin souls leads finally to transcendence of their separate egos and a perfecting of their love in God.

You are not your body, male or female. You are not your personality. The body you take on is just the product of all the things you’ve done and the reactions you’ve had over many lifetimes. These experiences have molded your face, your personality, your likes and dislikes, and have become your self-definitions, but you are none of those things.

The dream of too many people in the “New Age Movement” is of a heaven on earth without God, without humility, and without devotion—a “heaven” in which mankind reigns supreme, holding in his own puny hands the power of the universe.

Impatience is an obstacle on the spiritual path. It creates leaks in one’s flow of energy, leaving too little power at the end of the wire for constructive use.

Ask yourself, “Am I giving my full support to everyone at work?” If the answer is no, identify the individuals from whom you’re withholding your energy.

Laziness is the inertia that impedes a person’s attempts to progress. He wakes up in the morning and thinks, “Oh, let me lie here just a little longer, before getting up to meditate.” Or he thinks, “It would be good to discipline myself, but let me just wait until tomorrow!”


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