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Whatever Your Circumstances, Withdraw into Your Center (With Swami Kriyananda)

Swami Kriyananda
April 11, 2023

Swami Kriyananda encourages us to be equitable and loving in all of our relationships, both positive and challenging. He shares his personal experience of rising to meet this test and receiving a surprising blessing as a result. Kriyananda says that we live not for approval and acceptance from others – we live for God. Peace is a domain that we can have and access from within.

It is helpful to seek quiet places and surround ourselves with positive people whenever possible, but in many circumstances it is just not feasible. It is, however, possible for us to find happiness no matter where we are. Kriyananda reminds us, “Your body is your temple, your heart is your hermitage.”

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Season 2. These talks are based on the book: The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita by Paramhansa Yogananda as remembered by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Rarely in a lifetime does a new spiritual classic appear that has the power to change people’s lives and transform future generations. This is such a book.

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda shares the profound insights of Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi, as remembered by one of his close and direct disciples, Swami Kriyananda. This revelation of India’s best-loved scripture approaches it from an entirely fresh perspective, showing its deep allegorical meaning and also its down-to-earth practicality.

The themes presented are universal, including how to achieve victory in life in union with the divine; how to prepare for life’s “final exam,” death, and what happens afterward; and how to triumph overall pain and suffering. This book is itself a triumph. Swami Kriyananda worked with Paramhansa Yogananda in 1950 while the Master completed his commentary.


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