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Why Devotees Rise (With Swami Kriyananda)

ABOUT SWAMI KRIYANANDA In 1948 at the age of twenty-two, Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) became a disciple of the Indian yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda. Yogananda is best known for his spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. Yogananda moved to America and developed the energization exercises and taught the meditation techniques of Hatha Yoga and especially Kriya Yoga. At Yogananda’s … Read More

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Are Demons and Fallen Angels Real?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Maya Day: Are demons/fallen angels real? If so, what actually are they and how do we better protect ourselves from their deceptive influence on our spiritual walk to have more confidence and trust in what we are doing? Also, what is the accurate interpretation of Hell? What is it, really?

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Mother-in-Law Problem? Ask a Yogi

I received a letter from Africa from a young mother whose mother-in-law seems to upset her infant child. What do we do about relatives who are not a good influence on our young children? (with Nayaswami Hriman)

Daily Meditator, Meditation, Spiritual Practice

Meditation — Going Beyond Thinking

In meditation, try to go beyond thinking. As long as thoughts enter the mind, you are functioning on the conscious level. When dreaming, you are in subconsciousness; then you are more aware in the astral body. When your consciousness withdraws still more deeply, into superconsciousness, then you are centered in bliss, in the spine. In that bliss-state you are aware … Read More

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When Should I Take My Astrological Bangle Off?

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Chris: I’m so excited for my new bangle but am aware that, with summer approaching, I have a lot of travel/days in the sun planned. This means, for me, lots of airports, sun protection lotion, and ocean time. I’m cognizant this means I’ll likely have to take my bangle on/off a lot more frequently than I’d like (airport security) and there … Read More

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Paramhansa Yogananda’s Vision for the Future: Communities (Part 2)

Nayaswami Jaya continues this series about one of Paramhansa Yogananda’s important aims and ideals during his lifetime. Yogananda shared his dream of spiritual communities many times, especially in the original edition of his most famous work Autobiography of a Yogi. His direct disciple Swami Kriyananda was able to fullfill this important aspect of Yogananda’s mission. Nayaswami Jaya, a founding member of one … Read More

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Why Does God Permit Suffering? Part 3 – Prod to Pride

In Part 3, we discuss how the individual can respond to challenges and suffering from the viewpoint of the soul. It may be said that what happens to us is the result of our own actions: our past karma. But that is both hard to take and even harder to prove (usually). More important is how we respond in the … Read More

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Past Memories

How important are past life memories? What can I do to distill the importance of their appearance in my thoughts and mind? We have lived countless lives. Memories are therefore beyond measure. If an image, memory of flashback has a meaning meditation can help us distill their message. But most probably do not. (Talk by Nayaswami Hriman)