Articles on Swami Kriyananda

When we can accept equably whatever suffering comes to us, we are able to remove ourselves from the sphere of pain altogether. Remember these words of my Guru: “Circumstances are neutral. They seem good or bad, happy or sad, depending entirely on our reaction to them.”

Tulsidas realized that this “gentleman” was really a thief. But he also realized that his fear of losing the gold utensils had attracted the prophet Rama to materialize and lovingly guard the temple treasures for him.

Lest anyone doubt the terrible power of delusion to draw people into actions that are diametrically opposed to everything they most deeply believe, the fate of Judas must stand forever as a salutary, even a terrifying, lesson.

In humility and with a desire to remove his ego from the picture, Swamiji always understated himself and what he did. I knew him for almost forty years and I never saw him try to draw people to himself.

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.

The ways of God are ever rooted in godliness. God may on occasion be a “refining fire,” destroying evil and restoring virtue to its proper place in order to bring back a balance again to the affairs of the world, but His vengeance is never motivated by wrath, hatred, or vindictiveness.

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.

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.

The sincere seeker, whatever his natural inclination, will find in “The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita” the essential teaching he needs to follow the path to God. That central teaching, Paramhansa Yogananda explained, unites all paths “even as subsidiary streams unite in a larger river.”

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.

Swamiji stood with one hand on my husband’s shoulder, and the other hand on my spine. His fingers were right where the karma was lodged.

To this day I am profoundly grateful to Swami Kriyananda for so lucidly making available to all of us the essence of Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings on Raja Yoga. If you I want to know God, these lessons lay out with crystal clarity how to achieve that goal.

I want to do more than urge you to make inner peace your priority. I want to show you how, by preserving that peace, you will succeed better at whatever you do than if you were always on the job.

According to Pentecostals, yogis like Swami Kriyananda were going to Hell. But all my prayers brought nothing. Kriyananda produced.

The Essence of Clarity

Sharing the Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda


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