Godly Qualities — A Checklist

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In a recently published article, Yogananda gave us one, suggesting that we develop twelve Godly qualities as a means of overcoming the ego: 1.   Fearlessness and non-attachment 2.   Absence of self-conceit 3.   Purity of heart: no malice towards others 4.   Perseverance (in the acquisition of wisdom and the practice of meditation) 5.   Sattwic charity (including … Read More

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

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Now, more than ever, it is important to remember the principles upon which America was founded, and to uphold the vision for a new kind of nation set forth by the enlightened men who created it. Never before in recorded history had a statement like this been made: that all people are equal; that they have a divine right to … Read More

Global Warming

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Paramhansa Yogananda predicted that the model of the “United States of America” would spread and there would be a “United States of Europe,” then a “United States of Asia,” and, finally, a “United States of the World.” We are already seeing some of these predictions come to pass. How can we, as individuals, support this process? Our challenge, and responsibility, … Read More

The Nature of Divine Love

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In Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramhansa Yoganandaji describes his meeting with the great woman saint Ananda Moyi Ma in this way: “She seated herself with a childlike smile by my side. The closest of dear friends, she made one feel, yet an aura of remoteness was ever around her — the paradoxical isolation of Omnipresence.” On April 21, 2017, we honored the … Read More

50 Years

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Today is the fourth anniversary of Swami Kriyananda’s leaving his body. Ananda Worldwide celebrates this occasion with what we call “Moksha Day,” a day dedicated to Self-realization, or spiritual freedom. We start the day with a six-hour meditation at the Moksha Mandir, where Swami Kriyananda’s body is enshrined. This is an especially beautiful time of year at Ananda Village, with … Read More

50 Years

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Today is the fourth anniversary of Swami Kriyananda’s leaving his body. Ananda Worldwide celebrates this occasion with what we call “Moksha Day,” a day dedicated to Self-realization, or spiritual freedom. We start the day with a six-hour meditation at the Moksha Mandir, where Swami Kriyananda’s body is enshrined. This is an especially beautiful time of year at Ananda Village, with … Read More

Look to the Mountaintop

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The faces of the young couple were radiant as we led them in their wedding ceremony in the chapel at Crystal Hermitage. The late-afternoon light illuminated the chapel’s stained-glass windows, but the light shining from within the bride and groom was more luminous than the sunlight. Read full blog.

Is Happiness a Choice?

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I would like to ask you to take a moment, close your eyes, and answer this question in your own words: What is happiness? Now that you’ve formed your own idea, here is what Wikipedia says: “Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Happy mental states … Read More

Who Are You? Truth vs. Facts

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Have you ever been awestruck by a great work of art or a scene of natural beauty? The power of Michelangelo’s “David”; the mystery of Leonardo’s “Mona Lisa”; the perfection in architecture of the Taj Mahal; or the cosmic grandeur of the Aurora Borealis: I’ve looked at all of these, and felt deeply uplifted.

Four Keys to Deeper Meditations

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Our true meditation room is our consciousness, so the trash I’m referring to is those negative, downward-pulling thoughts such as anger, greed, lust, or worry. Sister Gyanamata, one of Master’s most advanced disciples, said, “We are not responsible for the first thought that comes into our mind, but we are responsible for the train of thought that follows.” When an … Read More

Seeing the Possibilities

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When we look at the challenges we face in our life or in the world at large, it’s easy to feel discouraged, or perhaps even hopeless. The secret to navigating rough water, however, is to be aware of the rocks in your path, but look for where the currents are flowing freely. Where others see only obstacles, train yourself to … Read More

My India

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As I write these words it’s March 7, the 65th anniversary of Paramhansa Yogananda’s mahasamadhi (conscious exit from the body). He left this earth in a dramatic fashion. At a banquet in Los Angeles in honor of the visiting Indian ambassador, after a short and very sweet talk, the great master recited his poem, “My India.” As he read the … Read More