Articles by Swami Kriyananda

What India Can Teach Us

The waves of many cultures are rolling toward our shores. Many countries and many cultures have already shown that they have something to teach us. Among these, the genius of India, particularly, offers insights into human values and consciousness which presently concern the very future of our civilization.

What Is True Integrity?

Integrity implies much more than honesty and truthfulness. It involves the full integration of your whole being with your higher aspirations and beliefs. Integrity thus includes fearlessness, kindness, inner relaxation, and cheerful acceptance of whatever comes.

The work you do, considered in light of the goals of the spiritual path, should be that which can help you to grow, spiritually. The attitudes fostered and strengthened by your work are more important than any specific thing you do.

The more you walk hand in hand with God, the more you will experience the peace of knowing that no matter how difficult life becomes, in the end, everything works out.

Where your own work is concerned, remember that Maya (delusion) will always try to trick you into seeking self-gratification by ego-affirming means. The way to defeat Maya’s ego-narrowing argument is to remind yourself constantly that happiness and fulfillment come through self-expansion.

Belief directed with energy is the secret of all spiritual success. Seek by outer reminders and by an inner expansion of awareness and sympathy to manifest your belief in God.

Sri Yukteswar described those obstacles that prevent us from uncovering the heart’s natural love as the “meannesses of the heart.” There are eight such obstacles.

Why Put God First?

If you’re a devotee, your priority is finding God, not the work you’re doing. Losing the thought of putting God first, and thinking in terms of other priorities, can easily be the first step away from attunement and the spiritual path.

Not every marriage is made in heaven, theological claims to the contrary notwithstanding. When a duty conflicts with a higher duty, it ceases to be a duty. Mankind’s highest duty is to seek God, and truth.

Many are the ways of misrepresenting the Truth. True saints respect and honor one another. Instead of crowding forward like children zealous for acclaim as the finders of a “new” truth, they bow before the Truth itself.

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