Daily Meditator, Meditation

Meet Your Tests with Courage

A monastic disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda once had a dream in which his fellow disciples were running in a race. He understood the race to be toward soul liberation. In this dream each runner, at some point, fell to the ground. Some devotees got up right away, while others took longer. What was important, the disciple said, was that everyone … Read More

Daily Meditator, Meditation

The Joy of Interiorization

On Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, I once led a winter nature outing for families. I still vividly recall an eight-year-old boy sitting quietly, intently writing a poem, while a downpour of thick snowflakes fell gently from the sky. The boy was so focused that he was oblivious to the cold and to the snow piling up around him. The … Read More

Daily Meditator, Meditation

Meditate with a Pure Heart

Dear Meditator, During my first year at Ananda Village I asked Swami Kriyananda if he had advice for my meditation practice. He replied, “Keep Divine Mother first.” I realized he was encouraging me to focus more on giving rather than receiving. The goal of meditation is self-forgetfulness. Yet one’s ego refers everything back to itself, instead of offering itself freely … Read More

Daily Meditator, Meditation

Meditation on AUM

The universe is projected from God through vibration… –Swami Kriyananda “Why did you make creation?” a saint asked God. “I did so,” He replied, “because I wanted to share My joy.” God’s nature is bliss, and to share His joy He created us through the Cosmic AUM Vibration. When we commune with AUM, we enter into, and flow with, the … Read More

Daily Meditator, Meditation

The Vibrant Peace Walk

Dear meditator, Paramhansa Yogananda said, “Most people live in the past or the future. When you can be truly happy in the present, then you have God.” This month’s Daily Meditator features The Vibrant Peace Walk, a meditation designed to help you experience the vibrancy and power of the eternal now. Swami Kriyananda once told me, “When I was a … Read More

Daily Meditator, Meditation

Technique for Embracing Your Karma

Dear Meditator, I would like to share with you a marvelous visualization we have been using at Ananda Village for lessening (and even transcending) the intensity of karmic challenges. This visualization was inspired by our study of Swami Kriyananda’s course, Success and Happiness Through Yoga Principles. Since Ananda members have found this visualization so beneficial, I thought you might find … Read More

Daily Meditator, Meditation

The Highest States of Meditation

Dear Meditator, “True meditation begins only after the mind has been interiorized.” –Swami Kriyananda. In this month’s Daily Meditator, we offer excerpts from Swami Kriyananda’s book, Awaken to Superconsciousness, where he describes the deeper states of meditation. His description of them is a valuable reminder of where, ultimately, we’re trying to go in meditation. Last week I was studying Paramhansa … Read More