Swami Kriyananda recently challenged Ananda members to practice the presence of God for five minutes a day. It doesn’t sound like much, but this practice has the potential to transform our lives
Why forgive one who wrongs you? Because the desire for vengeance is a karmic cage that imprisons both individuals and cultures into enduring suffering.
Most of us, when we try to meditate, have too much restless momentum in the mind and the senses, or we expect to see God with our senses.
There is a refreshing and inspiring quality of joy in the Indian culture that pops up in everyone from cab drivers to professors.
Self-offering is a natural step for the devotee when our love for God has deepened through the practice of devotion.
Visualization is a powerful method for achieving material or spiritual success.
Not everyone is for God primarily due to the power of desire. The path to freedom lies in gradually refining our desires, making them purer and more expansive.
Much of our suffering comes from two sources: the force of delusion and our own karma.
Many people stumble through life with painful slowness, their efforts blocked by lack of intensity.
If there is a single quality that society needs today, it is integrity. The worlds of business, of entertainment, of our culture in general, are crippled by a lack of morality. But, a culture is only a collection of individuals and the struggle for virtue must be personal. It begins with you.
In this age of Dwapara Yuga, true religion is seeking inner communion with God. We don’t need great cathedrals and a standard book of prayer. All we need is a quiet place to meditate, to go within.
Having fun together is vital for a happy marriage. Every day should include some merriment. Over time, a relationship can collapse from the pressures of stress, disappointment and self-involvement.
Unhealthy levels of stress usually come from trying to control the uncontrollable. As yogis we want to find release from addiction to excitement and delusion. Your power lies in choosing how you respond.
Dwapara Yuga is challenging the old thought forms of Kali Yuga. Our challenge, if we want to be happy, is to align ourselves with what God now wants for the planet.
I am grateful for my life exactly as it is.
The Christ consciousness has the power to transform our lives just as the birth of Jesus transformed the world.
To overcome restlessness, we need to make a strong, conscious effort to focus our thoughts and actions. As long as we habitually skip from one activity to the next, one thought to the next, our restlessness prevents us from experiencing calmness, the doorway to peace and happiness.
The liberating concept underlying so much of Yoganananda’s teachings is that we aren’t our habits, our personalities, or even bodies, but WE ARE ENERGY.
Brain cells get exhausted by too much worry, hard work or thinking. Relaxation is found by changing the focus of your concentration. A hobby, a sport, yoga postures, or a change of environment can all give you real and lasting relaxation.