Mine is the power of the universe, channeled for my own awakening and the awakening of other sleeping souls!”

(from Affirmations for Self-Healing by Swami Kriyananda)

The Power to Change

Personal Reflection by Nayaswami Pushpa

Over the past few years I have felt apathy for daily living on this planet. It started just before Covid. I got laid off when we had to close The Expanding Light Retreat, and my prospects were not looking good, mainly due to impaired health and age. 

I felt a dark energy approaching. There was an increase in violence throughout the world, wrought both by man and nature. There were many spoken and unspoken threats by people “in power.” Depression, anxiety, and apathy followed—all symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. I felt hopeless and powerless. I had hit rock bottom. I felt like Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita, overwhelmed by the thought of tackling the negativity in the world and within me. My bow slipped from my hand. I couldn’t fight it anymore. It was just too much!

I gradually came to the conclusion that while I remain here in this physical world I might as well start digging myself out, because I really wasn’t enjoying life. I reapplied myself to my spiritual practices with a new attitude. I wanted to rekindle the passion, love, and devotion that I had felt for so many years, and which had faded due to neglect. I prayed repeatedly to Master to show me the way out.

Then, in one of Nayaswami Devi’s blogs, I found the following quote by Yogananda, “Life is a battle for joy every step of the way. May I fight to win the battle on the very spot where I now stand.” I realized why I had been having such a hard time. I had been trying to find a way out: to avoid suffering. But I needed to find the way in—and face my delusion.

I was looking intently at a large photo of my guru, placed close to where I was seated. I suddenly had the thought that if Master and Swamiji were with me and they asked me, “Will you fight for me until death?”—referring to the fight to overcome darkness by spreading God’s light to uplift consciousness—I knew I would answer immediately, “Yes, of course!”

I realized it was absolutely true: there was no doubt in my mind that I would answer that way. It is my dharma. I felt a surge of power run through me. I remembered I was Arjuna—devotee everyman—the great warrior. I had to fight. It was MY delusion, MY battle!

Devotee everyman’s fight for dharma

I picked up my great bow, and with Krishna—God— driving my chariot I was once again ready to fight the good fight! Because that’s what I signed up for in this lifetime, and Master and Swamiji are with me—always.

Let us channel the power of our teachings and uplift world consciousness. “Yato dharma, Sthato jaya”—”Where there is adherence to right attitude and action, there is victory.” Are you ready to fight your delusion? Is your bow at the ready?

“Help me to feel that Thy power runs through my veins, courses through my thoughts, and sets my noble feelings afire with love for Thee!”
(from Affirmations for Self-Healing by Swami Kriyananda)

A Guided Meditation with Nayaswami Diksha


by Nayaswami Pushpa

Power can be thrilling and exhilarating. That is why, when it is directed by the ego, it can be very dangerous and destructive. 

On the other hand, it is also one of the eight aspects of God. Power is exalted when it is used to raise our consciousness and the consciousness of others. And the deep sincere practice of meditation increases our ability to access the power within us.

Paramhansa Yogananda demonstrated conclusively the power that comes through focusing one’s consciousness. It happened when a concrete wishing well, which was being laid at Mt. Washington, fell on his foot. He alternately exhibited to those present the demeanor of one centered in body consciousness and then beyond it. He was in agony when he focused on his physical form, and in bliss when he used his power to raise his consciousness beyond identifying with the physical state. In this way we see that nothing can harm us when we realize the self as spirit.

Swami Kriyananda also was able to direct his consciousness at will. For example, he typically asked that he receive no anesthesia while his dental work was being done—he didn’t like the effect novocaine had on his body and mind. He explained that while the dentist was drilling away, he would ignore the pain by focusing his mind on composing music.

The power experienced when you can direct your thoughts at will has no comparison. When someone pushes one (or a few) of your buttons deliberately and you are able, not only to overcome any thoughts of counterattack or defense, but feel love and compassion for that person—that is power.

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