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In Divine Friendship (Class 51)

Swami’s letter to the general yoga communities regarding the tragedy of 9/11. Evil must be contained but not with attitude of hate or revenge. No spiritual scripture ever condoned spinelessnes.

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Conquering Fear – The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Class 57, 5:11

When faced with past karma, how do we choose to react? Is it with acceptance and fearlessness or with trepidition and closed hearts? The answer to this question is key to our advancement on the spiritual path. All past karma brings with it an opportunity for growth. We have a choice. How do we recognize that opportunity and ensure that … Read More

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Serve the Divine in All ~ The Ananda Way of Life #36

Swami was a perfect example of a disciple who wholly wanted to serve his guru through helping others. What he “liked to do” perfectly aligned with what he did for work and service—whether writing books, music, or counseling, etc. In any form or work, and also in parenting, feel as though you are serving God through them. Forget not the … Read More

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Work as Divine Service ~ The Ananda Way of Life, #35

The work we do occupies such a large portion of our day-to-day life, to learn to spiritualize our relationship to it offers a tremendous opportunity for upliftment and self-expansion. All of us must work in some way, but our attitude towards our work defines whether it is contractive to our consciousness or expansive. Even the thought of “hard work” drains … Read More

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Raising Children ~ The Ananda Way of Life #33

Swami Kriyananda discusses how children are not possessions but are sacred charges that parents are the stewards of raising. Having children is a full time sadhana, spiritual practice, and requires complete self-sacrifice. It can teach parents to be selfless and how to love unconditionally as divine instruments. Every day remember, I am here to serve these children, give your all … Read More

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Is Discipleship Bigger Than the Principle? ~ In Divine Friendship, Class 50

In this continued letter from last time, Swamiji expounds on disciple versus the spiritual principle. A person does not become a spiritual authority just by virtue of being in proximity of a Master. He has to live and breath that principle and that’s what distinguishes a true disciple from one who is mindlessly following the teachings without reflecting on them. … Read More

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Inner Renunciation & Joy, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Class 56, Verses 5:3-5:10

Inner renuncation, though it at first may require an effort of self-discipline, grows into effortless absorption. As Swami Kriyananda said, renunciation is to kick aside limitation and embrace Infinity. The route towards this final goal is paved by the practices of yoga, service, devotion, and wisdom. Right pracices of yoga techniques help us to develop deeper subtle awareness, which hand-in-hand … Read More

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Seek Counsel From People You Trust – The Ananda Way of Life #29

When contemplating entering into a marriage it can often be an area where judgement gets clouded, so it is helpful to have friends with wisdom that you trust. For anyone, but particularly for those living in community, the harmony between two people is important to everyone involved. Asking for advice from someone with an objective loving response can get us … Read More