Spiritual Directors of Ananda Sangha
“In the last analysis, as unreal as are all these forms we see around us, so also are our egos.”
“Renunciation, as practiced in the past, no longer appeals to people in this age of greater freedom of thought and consciousness.”
“The goal of life is to know bliss. The bliss, when you find it, is so intense that nothing else matters to you.”
“The year 2009 was one of great expansion for Ananda Sangha outreach. All of it came through the grace of God, which is reflected in the title of this post.”
The Noble New
January 15, 2010
Happy New Year! A wonderful way to begin each year is to meditate on Yogananda’s poem:
The Noble New
Sing songs that none have sung,
Think thoughts that in brain have never rung,
Walk in paths that none have trod,
Weep tears as none have shed for God,
Love all with love that none have felt,
And brave the battle of life with strength unchained,
Give peace to all to whom none other gave,
Claim him your own who is e’er disclaimed.
Each line challenges us to set our spiritual goals high – to create, think, heroically fight, and love with renewed strength and courage.
These images so well describe Swami Kriyananda’s life and many of the projects he’s recently launched:
- The Naya(new)Swami Order is a fresh approach to renunciation for Dwapara Yuga, and already has over 200 members worldwide.
- The New Path – My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda is his definitive work describing life and training with Master and is filled with hundreds of new stories.
- New Dimensions, the most respected New Age Radio program for over 25 years, is airing an interview with Swamiji about Master to millions of its listeners worldwide.
A few days ago before Swamiji flew from Italy to India, we received an email from him saying:
In a Florence hotel recently, I woke up at 3:00 am with an inspiration.
Finding no paper anywhere, I wrote it down on a paper doily that I found under a glass. Let me share with you what I wrote:
“The more bliss I feel in myself, the more I find everyone around me utterly lovable. How vastly varied are the ways of approaching that same bliss! Every being on earth has his own, unique way of seeking it!”
His words echo Master’s, “Love all with love that none have felt.” In a sense, these are not new thoughts, but what makes them come alive is the creative inspiration that we bring to them in our own lives.
One of our personal goals for the coming year is to find more selfless ways to express divine love to all. We invite you now to share your comments about what “noble new” activities have worked for you to bring greater awareness of God’s presence in your life.
May Divine Grace guide and bless your steps,
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi