Nayaswami Diksha

The Holy Trinity

The Indian scriptures say that creation is cyclic: the universe comes into being, stays for a time, and then is dissolved. Furthermore, they say that these three phases of universal existence are in operation at all times: The universe is constantly being created, constantly being preserved, and constantly being dissolved again. These three forces co-exist;…

Heaven and Earth

Paramhansa Yogananda came to the West to show us how we can attain the state of yoga-union with God. He taught that our true home is not the mud of this earth, but the light of heaven. He described earth as that which is finite, fleeting, temporary, and giving pseudo-happiness, and heaven as that which…

God’s Zone

What is God’s zone? His zone is superconsciousness. He is Infinite, and the infinite Source of answers to all of life’s challenges. Paramhansa Yogananda said: “God is omnipresent. Man’s soul, made in His image, has in it the seed experience of omnipresence. That omnipresence is hidden in the little soul as a tree is secreted…

Rest in God

Most of our waking hours we live in the senses, identified with our human nature. Meditation gives us an opportunity to identify with our divine nature, Spirit — God. Meditation gives us a respite, where we enter into the realm of spirit. Paramhansa Yogananda said: “Meditation is the inner switch that you turn on to connect yourself…

I Am Spirit

Paramhansa Yogananda writes in his book, How to Have Courage, Calmness, and Confidence: As a devotee on the spiritual path, give little weight to the trials that beset you. Be even minded. Walk with courage. Go forward from day to day with calm, inner faith. Eventually, you will pass beyond every shadow of bad karma,…

The Joy of Heaven

Swami Kriyananda offered a number of “secrets of meditation.” This one has recently been very helpful to me: “Pray not as an outsider to heaven, but as one whose true home is heaven.”  Especially when life is busy and it’s easy to become identified with the projects and the to-do lists, I have been trying…

Stay Close to ME

Yogananda was once asked how much free will do we have. His response was, “Our free will exists to this extent: to think of God or not to think of God.” In this seemingly simple choice lies the path to inner freedom: The more we attune our individual will to God’s will, the more we free…

The Journey Home

The practice of meditation can be described as a journey back home, back to our native land, as Paramhansa Yogananda called it. As we practice meditation, we find that the journey is not always easy. At the end of summer 2014, my husband and I went to Squaw Valley in California, to relax in nature.…

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