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The Garden of Inner Meditation

Overcoming Dry Spells with Swami Sri Yukteswar

by Tyagi Jayadev

Great soul, A fruit tree produces a lot of fruit one year, but only a little the next. Meditation is similar: sometimes it is enjoyable and produces delicious fruit; sometimes there is no fruit, no enjoyment, no inner contact. Yet – fortunately so – even when our meditations are only moderately fruitful, they still produce…

We were sitting with two dear friends at a retreat house in the foothills of the Himalayas, where we take a yearly seclusion. One of them asked me if I felt a special power here and if my meditations were any deeper. I told her that for me personally, this is one of the two…

“Greater can no love be than this: From a life of infinite joy and freedom in God Willingly to embrace limitation, pain, and death For the salvation of mankind. Such, ever, has been the sacrifice Of the great masters for the world.” Such is the divine gift to mankind of Christ, of our Masters, of…

Upcoming Yogananda Fest: Los Angeles

Saturday, April 28

Yogananda Fest is an inspiring day-long festival celebrating and sharing the teachings of the great Master, Paramhansa Yogananda. Join us for a series of inspiring classes, guided meditations, yoga, vegetarian food, devotional music, spiritual community, and special keynote speakers, Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi on Be the Change. The festival will include:

  • Be the Change panel with Nayaswamis Jyotish & Devi 7pm-9pm
  • Guided meditation & yoga
  • Classes on The Path of Kriya Yoga
  • Devotional chanting
  • Satsang (good company) through Spiritual community
  • Yummy Vegetarian food
  • Handmade jewelry and other crafts
  • Divine Will Healing
  • Scientific Healing Affirmations
  • Hablamos Espanol (Spanish classes include: Como Meditar, Como vivir con más energía, Que es kriya yoga)

Who is Yogananda?

Paramhansa Yogananda was the first yoga master of India who lived and taught in the West. Yogananda took the U.S. by storm. In the 1920s, enthusiastic audiences filled the largest halls in America to hear him speak. His initial impact was truly impressive. But his lasting influence is greater still. He was a spiritual revolutionary – a messenger of Joy. His spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi continues to inspire truth-seekers everywhere:

  • He was an early catalyst for the now widespread interest in yoga and meditation
  • He championed the practice of a universal, yet personal, non-sectarian science of religion
  • He introduced in the West the timeless technique of Kriya Yoga
  • He showed that science and religion are not in conflict
  • He made the experience of authentic, transformative Joy accessible to everyone by bringing ancient teachings out of the monastery and into the home
  • He showed how to use the inward awareness of Joy to bring high energy, creativity, success, and love into all of life’s pursuits

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In the late 1990s, we had a lovely conversation with Catherine Kairavi, who for many years served as director of fundraising activities of Ananda Sangha worldwide. Q: Non‑profit businesses are proliferating nowadays, and donations may continue to provide an important part of the funding for cooperative communities in the future. Can you share your thoughts…

Whispers from Eternity

In Yogananda’s beautiful poem "When I Am Only a Dream", he says: When you are able no longer to talk to me, Read my Whispers from Eternity. Eternally through that I will talk to you.

First, you must know the difference between “wish” and “will.” “Wish” is a desire, but “will” means desire plus energy. If you did not use your will power, do you know what would happen? You would have to lie down and not move at all. Even if you were simply to move your hand, you…

Question from A mind: I grew up into a hindu family worshiping photographs and idols of deities but now i find no sense in…

Question from Sreeni VK: Hi Swami, Pranamam Since long time I am practicing meditation, And yesterday night I woke up in between my sleep…

Question from Shireen Gokool: I am from South Africa working in China. My 25yr old son was involved in a car accident two weeks…

Question from Ramchandra Naik: I have been meditating for about 5 years and do mantra japa, before going to sleep, both in the afternoon…

Question from Freddie Galladande: How to meditate without raising kundalini?

Daily Inspiration
April 25, 2018

Concentrate on the vital essence of what you eat. The more you make it a practice to eat consciously, the more the energy in what you eat will fill your being — and the more, as a result, you will want to eat correctly.

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You can now buy Swami Kriyananda’s book on disicpleship in Hindi online. Learn About:

  • The need for a guru
  • The disciple’s role
  • Life with a spiritual master
  • Attunement with the guru
  • Discipleship to Paramhansa Yogananda
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We are part of a great tide of loving, joyful energy that wants to give and give as long as people are happy to receive it.

—Swami Kriyananda

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