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.