We have two dear friends in Australia who are helping to lead Ananda’s growing work there. The man is a person with great openness of heart. When we spoke with them recently, his wife shared that when they’re in public, often a stranger will come up to him and ask, “Do I know you? It seems like we’ve met before.” In most cases they’ve never met, but there’s a quality about our friend that makes him feel familiar, even to strangers.

We observed the same phenomenon when traveling with Swami Kriyananda. People would often approach him, not having a clue about who he was, and ask if they might sit with him and talk. If it was possible, Swamiji would listen to them as they shared their problems, and offer what advice he could.

Why is it that people can feel so close and trusting with a stranger? There are several factors at play. First, as I mentioned about our Australian friend, his expansive heart quality touches people on some level. Through the practice of meditation and devotion, we naturally begin to project our love to everyone and everything around us. Others sense this love, and although it isn’t directed towards them personally, they are drawn to it.

A remarkable statement is attributed to Buddha: “We should try to love everyone we meet, because during the long journey of countless past incarnations, we have, indeed, known and loved each one.”

swami kriyananda song all the world is my friend stories of his kindness and divine friendshipStrangers are also drawn to us when we radiate peace, a quality which develops naturally as we learn to be more centered in ourselves. Once in India with Swami Kriyananda, we were traveling together on a crowded plane. Every seat was taken, so Swamiji sat a few rows behind us. Upon landing, as we prepared to disembark through the front of the plane, we were instructed to allow those in the back rows to exit first.

As Swamiji passed by us in the aisle, he smiled and nodded. Though he was dressed in Western clothes, rather than his customary ochre robes, an aura of tranquility radiated from him. Two Indian gentlemen standing behind us had watched him greet us and asked who he was. After we explained, one of them commented, “India needs more men like that today.” Swamiji hadn’t spoken a single word, but they could feel the peace and joy of his consciousness.

Through the regular practice of meditation, we begin to change in ways of which we perhaps aren’t even aware. A greater capacity to love, unshakable peace, and deep joy under all circumstances—these qualities and many others become a part of who we are. Others may not know us or be aware of what is causing it, but they feel better in our presence.

The American philosopher and writer, Ralph Waldo Emerson, said, “Who you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you are saying.” The greatest good we can do in the world is to fill ourselves with those qualities—love, peace, harmony, acceptance—which humanity needs so deeply now. Though we need never speak a word, our God-attuned consciousness has a great power to uplift those around us.

It’s a wonderful practice also to actively share love with everyone, whether you know them are not. Look for the discouraged face, or the lonely heart, and help them to feel that someone cares. The more we serve as channels for God’s love, the more we feel that love flowing through us. As Master said, “The channel is blessed by that which flows through it.” Let divine love flow through you unimpeded, and you will begin to awaken to your oneness with all life.

Swami Kriyananda wrote a song for children that carries this message beautifully. The words are:

All the world is my friend
   When I learn how to share my love—
When I stretch out my hand and smile,
   When I live from above.

In divine friendship,

Nayaswami Devi

Listen to Devi as she reads the blog, then expands on it, often adding special behind-the-inspiration stories and answers to common spiritual questions. Subscribe to the podcast or download the audio recording by right-clicking here. Or listen to it here (9:28):


  1. mm

    Thank you Devi. The memories of Swami you share are always so precious, and the spiritual principles always so useful.

  2. Beautiful….
    What else could I say other than I fully agree with you!
    In Master’s Love

  3. Every morning our Himalayan school campus echoes with Swamiji’s song, All the world is my friend and fills the environment with the spirit of global friendship! In divine friendship dear Devi ji! 🙏😍🎶🌹🌍 Gayatri India

  4. Thank you very much for yet another uplifting post!

    With love,

  5. O Divine Mother

    Ever new joy you bring to me
    At thy blue lotus feet I bow again and again

    Thy loving Shy Child

  6. Thanks Devi ji for beautiful memories of Swamiji and Divine Friendship 🙏

  7. This is very beautiful and a beautiful reminder of what I strive for all the time. It is by giving we receive. Blessed be.

  8. mm

    Dear Devi, I had to laugh heartily, because this morning while chanting I sang, “Tutto il mondo mi ama” – All the World Is My Friend in Italian. What inspiration Swamiji put into his seemingly simple inspired songs that are saturated with vibrations of expansive divine love.

  9. mm

    How wonderful that this blog, with such a potent message, ended with Swamiji’s children’s song by the same name as the blog title. When the children sing it at our Sunday School, along with the simple dance-like movements to engage them even more, you can feel their spirits soaring. Thank you, Deviji, and thank you Swami!

  10. Thank you Devi, Your reminders are always precious gems.

  11. There’s a ‘Treasures Along the Path’ talk where Swamiji states that friendship is one of the most important things happening in the world today. A wonderful thought and one so beautifully encapsulated in a simple, children’s song. Let us, indeed, live from above and make all the world our friend. Thank you, Devi 🙏

  12. Thank you Mata Ji for sharing this beautiful uplifting stories
    Peace and Love to everyone

  13. Respected Mataji,

    Every Friday when I see the blog and go through it I feel proud myself to be someone of yours. May be, I stay in India but the way you express your ideas and thoughts addressing me as Indranath, it seems that I am acquainted with you for long time. This is called love derived from deep meditation. Your message is also like that. Practically the whole world is my friend, wherever I go, whenever I go, no matter just try to love everyone. Definitely I will feel it if I practise meditation everyday. The satisfaction of my inner mind will show me the path.

    Thank you Mataji. May Mahabatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya bless us all so that their blessings will help us to feel the magic of oneness of this world.

  14. Dear Nayaswami Devi Ji,

    Thank you for sharing this blog.
    It was very nice to read the stories from Swamiji’s life.


  15. https://youtu.be/mh0drSN-dKY BOBO YOGA, Mind Energization Exercise

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