Daily Meditator, Meditation, Spiritual Growth

The Longing to Be Free

Tips for Getting Closer to God from Swami Kriyananda To desire salvation sincerely, even once, is to enter upon the path to eventual freedom. For all desires must be fulfilled. Even so, this one desire, once entrenched in the heart, cannot but lead eventually to liberation.   –The Essence of Bhagavad Gita How to enter meditation Try to center your consciousness … Read More

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The Daily Meditator

In his poem “Samadhi,” Paramhansa Yogananda ends with these words: “A Tiny Bubble of Laughter, I am become the sea of mirth itself.” One has to wonder at these closing words to a poem that addresses a higher consciousness beyond what most can even imagine. Certainly, joy is a key expression of this exalted state. If asked to characterize the … Read More

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Guided Meditation for Peace and Calmness

Nayaswami Sadhana Devi leads you in a 30-minute guided meditation on finding peace and calmness within. More meditations in our free app: http://AnandaMeditationApp.com Ananda Meditation is the only meditation app based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Learn how to meditate, practice ancient yogic techniques, and go deeper in the joy of your own Self. – Start a new practice … Read More

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The Healing Power of Meditation

One important benefit is the healing of the nervous system. Meditation gives peace. Inner peace is like a lubricating oil that enables the machinery of our lives to function smoothly. Without mental peace, our emotions, and the various challenges that we face in life create inner stress that can lead to a physical and nervous breakdown. Negative emotions create blocks … Read More

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The Presence and Presents of God

Becoming present is central to the practice of meditation. Being present is to let go of the past and future to dwell in the eternal now — the only moment that truly exists. The sages tell us it’s in the present moment that we are to find God. Paramhansa Yogananda said, “We are just as much a part of Him now as … Read More

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When Pain Challenges Daily Meditation

The subject of physical pain oftentimes comes up when sharing with people about their meditation practice.   While each person’s circumstance is very different, a few simple adjustments to our perspective and attitude can make a big difference. “God, let’s do this together.” Swami Kriyananda wrote the following about overcoming pain: “A few years ago I had been working very hard, … Read More

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Be Still and Know

“The soul cannot be confined within man-made boundaries. Its nationality is Spirit. Its country is Omnipresence.” – Paramhansa Yogananda Through our sixth sense, intuition, we can experience the truth of this statement. “Intuition is that power of Spirit inherited by the soul by which truth is perceived directly, without the medium of any other faculty. As the vastness of the … Read More

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How to Meditate with a Newborn

5:57 am Realizing what time it is, you wake up and take your baby daughter into the living room so that her mother can get some sleep. 6:03 am You start a diaper change while trying to stay awake. Aphorisms pop into mind which you can’t resist sharing with your eight-week-old, an obvious symptom of early-onset dad humor. “Life is … Read More

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Feeling – The Essence of Consciousness

Parmahansa Yogananda explained that there are four aspects to our consciousness: Mon, Buddhi, Ahankara, and Chitta. We perceive with the mind (Mon); define with the intellect (Buddhi); identify personally with the ego (Ahankara); and feel one way or another about things (Chitta). Most people identify their capacity to feel with their emotions and therefore, with the reactive process. The essence … Read More