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The Joy of Heaven

Swami Kriyananda offered a number of “secrets of meditation.” This one has recently been very helpful to me: “Pray not as an outsider to heaven, but as one whose true home is heaven.”  Especially when life is busy and it’s easy to become identified with the projects and the to-do lists, I have been trying to use this secret. If … Read More

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The Importance of Relaxation

Dear Meditator, Let’s have a closer look at another one of  Swami Kriyananda’s precious Secrets of Meditation. At first glance, they seem quite simple and unassuming, yet behind them lies a profound yogic teaching. The Secret of Meditation is… deep relaxation: Inhale, tense the body; throw the breath out and relax. Release into the surrounding atmosphere, like wisps of vapor, … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda looking directly at you
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9 Meditation Tips from Paramhansa Yogananda

Quotes of Paramhansa Yogananda, from The Essence of Self-Realization. #1. To meditate a short time with depth… … is better than to meditate for long hours with the mind running wild. In the beginning, therefore, don’t force yourself to sit for a long time. Strive for shorter, but deeper, meditations. Then gradually, as you become accustomed to going deep, lengthen … Read More

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Stay Close to ME

Yogananda was once asked how much free will do we have. His response was, “Our free will exists to this extent: to think of God or not to think of God.” In this seemingly simple choice lies the path to inner freedom: The more we attune our individual will to God’s will, the more we free ourselves from karmic compulsions. In … Read More

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Correct Posture: Do I Really Have It?

In his booklet Secrets of Meditation, Swami Kriyananda offers as his second secret a vital key to our success in meditation: correct posture.Even though it is the very first thing a beginning meditator learns, alas, often it turns out that even after years of regular practice this important foundation of our “house of meditation” still requires some additional “cement,” or … Read More

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Live in Ever-New Joy

There is one thing you will never tire of, either in this life or throughout eternity, and that is the ever-new joy realized in God-contact. Joy that is always the same may cause boredom, but joy that is ever-new will last forever. Such joy can be found only in deep meditation. Fostering the desire for luxuries is the surest way … Read More

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Cures for 5 Common Meditation Problems

Like a long-distance runner, meditators have techniques for warming up — including prayer, yoga postures, and chanting — and for cooling down, for example by easing their transition into daily life with simple activities. As athletes do, meditators should review their form and technique occasionally. These articles by Swami Kriyananda, Nayaswami Jyotish, and Nayaswami Bharat cover some of the most … Read More

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Overcoming Attachments Wins Inner Freedom

Swami Kriyananda wrote a little booklet called Secrets of Meditation, in which he offers 31 suggestions for deepening our inner experience: one for each day of the month. All of them are precious jewels. Today we will take a look at the first one. You will find effective techniques designed to help you apply this “secret” to your meditation. Significantly, … Read More

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God Does the Rest

The goal of all yoga practice is to bring the life force into the spine, the altar of Spirit, where one worships God as ever-new joy. When we are fully in control of the mind, Paramhansa Yogananda said, “it will be like the coat you hang on a peg: it will stay there” in God consciousness. Unfortunately, as every meditator … Read More

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The Journey Home

The practice of meditation can be described as a journey back home, back to our native land, as Paramhansa Yogananda called it. As we practice meditation, we find that the journey is not always easy. At the end of summer 2014, my husband and I went to Squaw Valley in California, to relax in nature. Each day we went hiking … Read More