Spiritual Growth, Spiritualizing Relationships

Mr. New Meditative Year and His Five Notes

It’s just another normal day. But then…. imagine… the doorbell rings. You go to open the door, curious as to who would show up at this late time of the year. To your great surprise, a very special person is standing before you: Mr. New Meditative Year. He smiles at you in greeting and silently hands you a special note. … Read More

Meditation, Spiritual Growth, Yoga Philosophy

The Bird of Paradise

The Bird of Paradise On the Wings of Swadhyaya: Self-Study The mystery of suffering Our soul – the essence of our being – consists of pure bliss (sat-chid-ananda), as the great Masters teach us. But do you feel this bliss right now? Probably not. Instead we all suffer, go through hard times and have lives which can be amazingly tough. … Read More

Meditation

The Garden of Inner Meditation

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 an abundance of benefits, both … Read More

Daily Meditator, Meditation, Yoga

Contentment: The Golden Note

Happy New Year! Do you find this wish pleasing, if somewhat shallow? Indeed, it’s a common seasonal wish, but one that is often empty of content, a social custom, habitually repeated millions of times over the festive season. Together as Daily Meditators, however, let’s charge these words “Happy New Year” with power and meaning, with intention and truth. 2018 has … Read More

Daily Meditator, Meditation

Cooperating with Grace

Our soul is, in reality, free, joyous and powerful spirit. But in our present egoic state – i.e. in which our soul identifies with the body and in which we perceive ourselves as “John” or “Mary” – it is as though we had built an egohouse around our spirit, complete with walls and roof. In this way, it receives much … Read More

Daily Meditator, Meditation

Radiate Blessings From Your Heart

Dear Daily Meditator, Usually when talking about meditation, we focus on going inside. In fact, the meditative steps, as described in antiquity, are pranayama, withdrawal of the inner energy, and pratyahara, interiorization of the senses and the mind. Once we are in this inward state, we experience dharana (concentration on an inner experience); then dhyana (oneness with that experience); and … Read More

Daily Meditator, Meditation

Celebrating Our Inner Attunement With a Great Soul

Dear Daily Meditator, What a special moment! A New Year is waiting for us, full of golden opportunities. Let’s remember: the way we begin it is essential. As Aristotle said, “Well begun is half done.” All of us, the family of Daily Meditators, may therefore determine to begin our New Year with a positive impact. Will the year be easy? … Read More

Daily Meditator, Meditation

Chanting Is Half the Battle!

Let’s explore one of the sweetest, but also most powerful, secrets of meditation: chanting! Do you have a guitar a harmonium, or a keyboard at home? Or else, do you have an Ananda chanting CD? Because what you will be reading is meant to inspire you to get your voice moving right away, more than ever. As the poet Goethe … Read More

Daily Meditator, Meditation

The Spiritual Eye

Namaste great soul! We have a marvelous topic this time, both highly important and highly practical: the spiritual eye. Swami Kriyananda touches on it in one of his Secrets of Meditation: The Secret of Meditation is… to focus your gaze and attention at the Christ Center between the eyebrows — the seat of ecstasy in the body. The Seat of … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

Celebrating 100 Years of the Energization Exercises: A Story of a Heavenly Astral Party!

Did you know? This year Yogananda is celebrating 100 years of his divine energization exercises. He is extremely happy, and so he recently organized a heavenly party in the astral worlds, to dance and rejoice with all the angels. As they were making merry, suddenly an idea popped up into Yogananda’s mind: he decided to send some angels down to … Read More