A Failing Meditation Bears Fruit

The following account by Swami Kriyananda holds a number of keys that can turn a fruitless meditation into a joyful experience. Recently I was in Rishikesh, India, where I was meditating and having a period of seclusion. It was a strange time, however. Many people doubt, or even flatly deny, the existence of Satan, but all saints have said that … Read More

How Do You Know?

Can the cells in your body – even a single one of your body’s trillions – know what it’s like to be the whole that is you? Every cell is endowed with a certain capacity and function that does not include the capacity of knowing more than what it’s to do. Nor can a drop of the sea know what … Read More

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The Answer Movie Release in India

The Answer will be released in India August 31st, and is already becoming popular with celebrity tweets and mainstream stories across India. The Answer tells the true story of Swami Kriyananda’s experience of discipleship with the yoga spiritual leader Paramhansa Yogananda in California. “It was a story that deserved to be told, especially for the purity of it,” said director … Read More

Kindness Softens the Human Heart

This past weekend I watched “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” an inspiring documentary on the life of Fred Rogers (well known for his children’s show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”). I was deeply touched by his life story and especially how he connected with children in a meaningful and uplifting way. Children were drawn to him like a magnet, not because he wore a goofy hat, dressed up, made jokes, or did magic tricks, but because he sincerely cared for them. He …

Many Paths Lead to One Truth - Autobiography of a Yogi Story

Answering God’s call to service

In the autumn of 1861, Lahiri Mahasaya, then in his 33rd year, undertook the 30-day, 500-mile journey to Ranikhet in the Himalayas, there to meet for the first time Babaji, who materialized for his beloved disciple a golden palace and there initiated him into Kriya Yoga. Far away in America a terrible civil war was raging. But here in these … Read More

The Meditation Doctor Will See You Now

In need of spiritual CPR? Or how about just a check-up? In Ananda’s Meditation Teacher Training, I learned that sometimes you have to do CPR on your meditation practice, making it a “Constant Process of Re-Inspiration.” When we try something new, or look at our practice from a new angle, it adds fresh life and can make the experience more … Read More