Meditation, Spiritual Growth

Self-Offering: The Doorway to Freedom

The entire spiritual path consists of offering up the ego to God for purification, and of receiving His grace (kripa) in return. Only thus can one eventually attain oneness with God. – Swami Kriyananda In the Indian tradition, yagya is an outward fire ceremony but on a deeper level, yagya is a practice of self-offering to God; offering our actions, … Read More

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“Meditation Can’t Wait” (Guided Meditation with Sita)

“Meditation Can’t Wait” – guided meditation with Sita “Everything else can wait, but your search for God cannot wait.” —Paramhansa Yogananda Words to chant: “You fill my heart with music; I dance through life with Thee. I sing your song and sorrow’s gone, In joy I live ever free.” (words by Nayaswami Asha, music by Swami Kriyananda)

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Guided Meditation: Wellspring of Peace Within

“Wellspring of Peace Within,” guided meditation with Sita Have you ever been upset and someone said to you, “Calm down!” Did it help? Probably not. Once the energy is moving in the direction of being upset, it’s nearly impossible to ‘think’ our way to a better mood. The moody energy has a magnetism of its own. Using the breath helps … Read More

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“A Meditation on Love” – Guided Meditation with Sita

“A Meditation on Love,” guided meditation with Sita “Praise the Lord!” Whenever I hear that expression, I think of God as a rich, pampered lady! “He doesn’t want our praise. He wants our love.” ~The Essence of Self-Realization, The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda, by Swami Kriyananda “One finds love not by ‘being’ loved, but by loving. We can never know … Read More

Happiness, Meditation, Yoga Philosophy

The Psychology (and Secret) of Happiness

The Peaceful Secret “All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.” — Pascal It was quite an eye-opener when I first heard this quote. What if everyone had the ability to sit with themselves for hours—free from any distractions that their surroundings had to offer? If everyone could be at peace with themselves, … Read More

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Guided Meditation with Suryadas

Ananda Sacramento Online Guided Meditation with Suryadas and Chandi Suryadas and Chandi will lead you through the process of relaxation, breath control, inner concentration and expansion of consciousness. The practice of meditation brings us peace of mind, stress reduction, and a deeper sense of well being. These guided meditations are well suited for people who are new to the practice … Read More

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“Calm the Heart Effortlessly,” Guided meditation with Sita

“Calm the Heart Effortlessly,” guided meditation with Sita “Should one thank God for His gifts? a student asked. “Thank Him, rather, for His love,” replied the Master. ~The Essence of Self-Realization, Swami Kriyananda “Door of my heart, open wide I keep for Thee. Will Thou come, will Thou come? just for once come to me? Will my days fly away … Read More

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Meditation & The Vagus Nerve (With Dr. Peter Van Houten, M.D.)

On July 16, 2017, Dr. Peter Van Houten, M.D. presented the informal talk “Meditation & Vagus Nerve” at the Ananda Community, Mountain View, California. Dr. Peter Van Houten founded the Sierra Family Medical Clinic. He has served as the Clinic’s Medical Director continuously since its opening in 1982. Through his leadership and the staff, the Sierra Family Medical Clinic serves … Read More

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How Kriya Yoga Affects the Brain

Peter van Houten, M.D. talks about how meditation, and Kriya Yoga in particular, affect our brain and thought processes. This recording is excerpted from Dr. van Houten’s presentation for Spiritual Renewal Week of August, 2016. The following is its transcript: You know, Yogananda said a very profound thing: “The road to God is through our own nervous system.” He actually … Read More