Swami Kriyananda defines devotion as the ruling passion of your life. Devotion to God and Gurus comes naturally when you want God as a drowning man wants air or as a thirsty man wants water. We all truly thirst for a heart full of love for God, even if we don’t know it. But if you know it enough to ask how to increase your devotion and to awaken the natural love of your heart, then that’s got to put you a long ways towards achieving it.

Stillness + Inner Absorption = Transcendence

Stillness + Inner Absorption = Transcendence – every time! This formula underlies all spiritual experience — and anyone can put it to use. No matter what teachings you are drawn to you will find meditation or intensive prayer at the heart. Learn to become ever more still, ever more absorbed, and you will find your heart-mind awareness gradually expanded, uplifted, transformed — and ultimately transcendent.

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How Can I Have an Experience of Babaji?

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Sharath Kutty: Sir, I so much want to have an experience of Babaji. I mean, I believe in them very much, but I don’t have any experience. Please let me know how I can have a great experience of Babaji. Please suggest to me any mantras or chants to him.

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Anxiety

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Richard: For just over a year I have been experiencing high anxiety for no reason at all what so ever. ( I think it’s anxiety) . It never leaves me alone. Nervous from nowhere, ringing ears comes and goes , stomach problems , other strange feelings. The thing is my 2 brothers are going through the same thing. One for over … Read More

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How to Awaken Devotion in Your Heart

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Ioney: Joy to you. I having being doing Kirya Yoga (MASTERS)for 14 years loves it could not live without it.It has help me in so many different ways. However how to balance head and heart. I have strong feelings in head How to concentrate on heart and feel more love. And what is love how is it different from joy. Thanks … Read More

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Why Doesn’t God Fulfill Our Needs and Guide Us Clearly?

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Pavan: Hi, I feel there is no free will. I can quote you in Ramakrishna’s teachings: “Nothing can occur against the will of God.” If God is our own mother, why can’t She fulfill our needs? At least why doesn’t She at least tell us yes or no. She may show various hints indirectly, but what is the point if we … Read More

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How to Balance Devotion and Mental Activity

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Kailash: So joyous am I to contact you again. My question is, how can I remember God when I have to do something like learning engineering and keep myself blissful? I feel terrible to have to learn engineering when thinking of God. At other times, I may be so engrossed with the subjects that I forget Him. If I’m not interested … Read More

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Living with Master

Nayaswami Dharmarajan

Question from Kailash: Hello and a very Happy New Year to all the 1,000 or more saints at Ananda! My question is what is the best way to offer everything I do at the feet of God and Master this year (and all years)? How can I be more devotional in thought as well as action? What should I do to stay focused … Read More

Devotion as a Habit

“The most important quality on the spiritual path is deep, selfless, heartfelt devotion and love for God.” “The power of habit is specially important in the spiritual path.” —Paramhansa Yogananda People usually think of habits as things that we do, rather than as thoughts and attitudes. But even our habitual actions have their origin in the mind and heart. Just … Read More

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Meditation Instead of Sleep?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from marlo: When I first read Autobiography of a Yogi, I was inspired to know that some saints had transcended the need for sleep and were able to use their nights instead for communion with God. That sounded so delightful to me and I decided I would try to use my nights for meditation instead of sleep because my days are so … Read More

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Which Is Better: to Pray Out Loud, or Silently?

Nayaswami Sabari

Question from John C: Namaste. I presume that the Spirit/Soul is more subtle/fine/powerful than the mind, which in turn is more subtle/fine/powerful than the body. Does this mean that mental prayers/chanting are more powerful than physically audible ones because the consciousness/attention is more interiorized? Or the physically audible ones are more powerful because they automatically carry the mental thought behind them in addition to … Read More