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 fourth anniversary of Swami Kriyananda’s passing by holding a six-hour meditation at Crystal Hermitage, his home at Ananda Village. Many devotees meditating felt his living presence very powerfully that day.
One friend told me afterwards, “There was a particular way that I always felt blessed whenever I was around Swamiji. During the meditation, I felt that very strongly.”
As the hours passed during the meditation, I, too, felt the essence of how he related to me: It was mainly impersonal, but personal also in the sense that it touched my own soul nature. As I began to hold onto that feeling, I went deeper and deeper into stillness.
I began to understand that this is the gift of divine love: It is a love directed towards our soul, and by deepening our awareness of it we are guided towards the heart of God.