“I live in the fortress of God’s inner presence. Nothing and no one can break through these walls and harm me.”

(from Affirmations for Self-Healing by Swami Kriyananda)

Security

by Nayaswami Pushpa

We live in a very troubled world, and the need for security can tempt us to try to control people and circumstances in an effort to make sure we feel safe and get what we want.

But that is not a formula for happiness. Real security manifests when we let go and trust in God. Remember, we are not of this world. We are of God, and we are eternal!

Nayaswami Anandi, who always endeavored to live in the highest consciousness, wrote in her journal, “Master [Yogananda], I long to remember that you are the Guru, the Giver, and that my role is to receive gratefully and joyfully—not to tell you how my life should be.”

We often worry about things over which we have no control. A devotee of Anandamayee Ma—the great Indian saint and contemporary of Yogananda—expressed concern about the poor state of the world at that time. Ma responded, “Don’t you think that He who made this world knows how to take care of it?” 

The saints and sages of the ages tell us to trust and have faith that our needs will be taken care of by our creator if we put forth righteous effort. Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of Heaven, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”

Whispers from EternityYogananda shares a prayer demand for daily sufficiency from his book Whispers from Eternity entitled, “Demand for An Immediate Need to Be Supplied.”

Father Divine, this is my prayer: I care not what I may permanently possess, but give to me the power to acquire at will whatever I may daily need.

Prayer

“I accept whatever comes, Lord, as coming from Thy hands. I know that it comes in blessing, for I am Thine, as Thou art ever mine.”

(from Affirmations for Self-Healing by Swami Kriyananda)

edited and put to music by Swami Kriyananda

Saint Teresa of Avila reminds us in this beautiful chant, sung by Nayaswami Maria, that we will have everything we need if we put God first.

Let nothing disturb you, nothing affright you,
All things will pass, but God changes not.
Patient endurance brings you to victory.
Once you have God, you’ll want nothing more.

God alone! God alone!
God alone’s all we ever need.

Security

a personal reflection by Nayaswami Pushpa

My security comes from God, the creator of this universe, my Heavenly Father. Personal security may manifest in a number of ways. Cosmic Law set into motion by God, works exactly the same for every soul, and it is always just. By harmonizing my thoughts and actions with cosmic law I find that I experience inner peace and happiness.

I am secure knowing that there is a universal plan and I am part of it. That plan ensures that each of us will, sooner or later, become self-realized. One of the founding principles of Ananda is, “Yato dharma, sthato jaya”: where there is adherence to right attitude and action, there is victory. This victory is over the ego, which tries to convince us that our security comes from accumulating possessions in this dream world.

And my security comes from knowing that I am a child of God. I am loved and treasured by my Heavenly Father and Divine Mother. God knew that I needed help to find my way back to my spiritual home, and so He guided me to my guru, Yogananda, through Swamiji. Master waited patiently for my readiness to accept him as my guru and he promised me his unconditional love. I have everything I need!

2 Comments

  1. Wisdom sublime, Pushpa. Thank you for sharing 🙏

  2. Dear Pushpa,
    Thank you for another deeply inspiring lesson in what we need to do to live in this world in a way
    Master would have us live. Knowing and doing, that is the answer. May Master bless you deeply in your continued service to us all.

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