Calm in the Midst of Crashing Worlds


With all the violence and terrorism in the world lately, how can one remain calm and not live in constant fear and anxiety?

—Arati, Switzerland


Dear Arati,

Paramhansa Yogananda came to the west just as World War I ended and wrote his Autobiography of a Yogi during World War II. He brought the teachings of Self Realization and the art of Kriya Yoga meditation so people would have “bomb shelters” during such outwardly horrifying times.

As our world again becomes increasingly tumultuous, it is wise to remember our truest security and experience of peace can only be found inwardly in the sanctuary of inner communion with our One Creator. If you have yet to study the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and his disciple, Swami Kriyananda, I encourage you to do so. The answers to your question can be experienced in your own self through the practice of these extraordinary teachings. “Be still and know” as Christ said.

I suggest you read the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda, the New Path by Swami Kriyananda, and the Raja Yoga Course by Swami Kriyananda to become familiar with these timeless teachings and to have specific techniques to help you achieve a state of dynamic calmness and peace.

It would be helpful to minimize your exposure to the news or to allow it in to your consciousness in very small doses.

You may also benefit from practicing Yogananda’s Peace and Harmony prayer.

May your experience of peace grow steadfastly within you!