Spiritual Practice, Yoga Philosophy

Did Master Water Down Kriya for the West?

It is not uncommon to hear people make the claim that Paramhansa Yogananda diluted the Kriya technique or that he changed it for Westerners. Sometimes it is done through a conscious intent to deceive and promote one’s own Kriya teacher and sometimes out of ignorance. Either way, it is an unfortunate sign that the world of Kriya Yoga is not … Read More

Meditation, Spiritual Growth

Ever Present Joy

Meditation is that level of absorption when one has an actual experience of God or one of His attributes.  –Swami Kriyananda A friend came to see me recently very discouraged with her lack of progress in meditation. Knowing that she’d been meditating for several years, I wondered what the problem was. “I never see God or the Masters in meditation,” … Read More

Spiritual Growth

How Saints Are Made

As a teenager, I spent some months working in a paint factory where paint was being mass-produced. Today I feel like I’m living in a saint factory in India as I hear first-hand accounts every day of heroic love and selfless giving. Of course, one can’t mass produce saints like paints but we are now seeing so many souls rising … Read More

Spiritual Growth, Yoga Philosophy

The Higher Mathematics of Paramhansa Yogananda

Often I tell Kriya Yogis, particularly those who are mathematically challenged, that there is a  mathematical equation to memorize in order to achieve success on the path of Kriya. The equation is this: 25% of spiritual success comes by the devotee’s effort 25% comes by the guru’s effort on his behalf 50% comes by the grace of God —Paramhansa Yogananda … Read More

Video / Audio

Affirmations for Self Healing: Renunciation

A webinar series by the Ananda Monastery. We practice a new affirmation each Friday at 8:00 pm IST from the book “Affirmations for Self-Healing” by Swami Kriyananda. This session’s topic “Renunciation” was shared by Nayaswami Devarshi and Brahmachari Jemal Affirmation for Renunciation: “I spurn the tempting magic of this world, with its rainbow bubbles, ever ready to burst. See where … Read More

Video / Audio

How a Yogi Does Lockdown – Episode 1 with Nayaswami Devarshi

Today we are launching a new video series on Youtube “#InspireYourLockdown, How a Yogi Does Lockdown”. In the first episode we have Nayaswami Devarshi speaking about the practise of meditation and how to take its benefits to help us during the lockdown. In this video series, Yogis share practical tips that are helping them stay inspired, centered & uplifted during … Read More

Video / Audio

Stories of Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda was a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. Nayaswami Devarshi shares some of his experiences of what was it like to be a with and around him.