A few weeks ago an extraordinary event took place at Ananda Village. Some 30 students from the Living Wisdom High School performed Swami Kriyananda’s musical oratorio, Christ Lives: An Oratorio, which is filled with challenging solos and complex choral pieces.
By the end of the evening there was hardly a dry eye in the house, as one student after another, filled with spiritual vibrancy and courage, stood up to perform. One first-time guest told us, “That was the most inspiring evening of my life.”
As they sang the lyrics, “Even so all of us together can create a better land,” we were thrilled to see that the spirit of Ananda had been absorbed by the next generation. Afterward we began thinking about the lessons we’ve learned in building Ananda, and want to share some of them to help you, also, to create a better world wherever you are:
1. Clarify Your Inner Life Goals
What do you really want to accomplish in your life, and what are you actively doing to achieve those ideals? Keep your goals in focus, and try to do something every day to further your efforts. Never allow yourself to become complacent or discouraged, and never give up.
2. Improve Your Outer and Inner Environment
See objectively which people, things, and circumstances in your life are holding you back from growing spiritually. Then act on your insights. Consciously choose to be with the people and in situations that uplift you, and avoid those that pull you down. The most important things you can do are to develop a daily practice of meditation and to seek good company.
3. See Your Work As Service
No matter what you do for employment, think of what you can give to others, not only of what you’ll receive. Learn also to serve in a spirit of cooperation, not competition with your co-workers.
4. Live With Integrity Not Merely Expediency
Never compromise your principles to achieve a short-term advantage. The spirit with which you act is much more important than the outcome. And remember, the outcome of any undertaking, whether success or failure, will be greatly influenced by the consciousness behind it.
5. Include God In Everything You Do
Try to feel a higher power present behind your thoughts and actions, guiding you toward a divine purpose. Ultimately, all good done in this world comes from God, but we can consciously choose to be channels for His Light. Thus, we can become sources of upliftment to others, and will be blessed ourselves in return.
So, like those young singers, let’s join our energy in a beautiful chorus, not of voices but of inspiration, and offer hope and upliftment to the world. Together we can bring into manifestation Paramhansa Yogananda’s prophetic words, “Today marks the birth of a new era!”
In divine friendship,
Jyotish and Devi