Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda

“Lord, I offer up the little light that is in me into Thy blazing light of Infinity. Grant me the grace to know Thee, and make me ever-increasingly a pure channel of Thy Love to all.”

— Swami Kriyananda, prayer from
The Festival of Light

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What Is the Importance of Community in Spiritual Life?

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A point that my great Guru emphasized repeatedly in his lectures and writings was the importance for devotees of living together in community, sharing their spiritual aspirations.
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The Hidden Reality Within

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This article is excerpted from a talk in which Swami Kriyananda speaks about how the emerging discoveries of the new age can help us find the hidden realities of our own being.
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Selections from: Do It Well !

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The sayings in this book consist of lessons I myself have learned in life, whether by experience or through trial and error; sometimes by deep pain or disappointment; many times through an inner joy almost unbearable. What I've presented here is the fruit of many years of thoughtfully directed living.
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The Devotion of a Master

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When Paramhansa Yogananda was a mere boy, he cried for the Divine Mother's love as few men cry even for worldly possessions. Whole days he would spend in thinking only of Her. When he could, he remained by himself, meditating long hours. After meditation, he silently and lovingly offered every action to God.
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The New Path: Chapter 31

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“A new scripture has been born!” Master spoke ecstatically. His commentary on the Bhagavad Gita had been finished. In three months of unbroken dictation he had completed 1,500 pages. “I told Miss Taylor the pages numbered that many, but she carefully counted them to make sure I was right!”
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Turn Failure into Success

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When we discuss the subject of success in general terms, one key aspect is using our will power to accomplish our goals. But we must also remember that there's such a thing as success in failure, in being able to go through life's difficult periods and come out stronger.
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Devotion: Your Protection in Difficult Times

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When devotees feel overwhelmed by difficulties and trials, it’s mostly because they’ve allowed themselves to slip away from devotion. In difficult times, the most important thing is that you love God. That is your best astrological amulet, your most secure protective curtain. And if you love Him, then why be afraid? If you’re afraid, for that moment you’re losing that love.
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The World Is What You Make It

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THE WORLD IS a mixture of all kinds of qualities and opportunities—good, bad, and indifferent—and it’s up to us what we make of them. In his book, Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda tells the story of the time when Sri Yukteswar was disturbed because most of the sadhus at the Kumbha Mela, a large religious gathering, weren’t very spiritual.
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What is meditation?

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Meditation is to religion what the laboratory is to physics or chemistry. Whether one follows the outward forms of religion depends more or less on personal taste, but whether one seeks in his life some of religion's practical, inner benefits is a matter of life or living death.
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The Rubaiyat: Quatrain 1

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AWAKE! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight:
And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught
The Sultan's Turret in a Noose of Light.

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Excerpts from In Divine Friendship

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This extraordinary book of nearly 250 letters from Swami Kriyananda, written between the mid-1970s and the present, responds to practically any concern a spiritual seeker might have.
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We Can Change the World

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From a talk at the celebration of Paramhansa Yogananda's Mahasamadhi in New Delhi, India, March 12, 2006
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Excerpts from Revelations of Christ

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Surveys of present-day Christians show that a high percentage of them feel shaken in their faith by scholarly claims that challenge the very authenticity of the Gospels.
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Learn to Flow with Life

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To flow with life means being able to adapt to everything that happens. When you live at your center, you can flow with life.
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The Christmas Mystery

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Thirty-five years ago this month, I wrote a very special song, one that has remained for many people a favorite among my compositions. I still recall repeatedly wiping away the tears that I might see to write. It was a carol, and I gave it the name, "The Christmas Mystery." The refrain went:
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The Importance of Attunement

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Edgar Cayce, the famous American seer, said that he saw many people in his lifetime who had been with Jesus. For all of them, even those who didn't have close contact, that single experience shaped all of their subsequent incarnations.
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The Pilgrim Meets His Guide

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I arrived in Los Angeles on the morning of Saturday, September 11, 1948, exhausted from my long journey. There I took advantage of the first opportunity I'd had in four days to shave and bathe, then continued by bus one hundred miles south to Encinitas, the little coastal town where, as I had read, Yogananda had his hermitage. In the fervor of first reading it had somehow eluded me that he had founded a world-wide organization.
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Conversations with Yogananda

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The Master summoned Clifford Frederick, a disciple at Mount Washington, to his desert retreat. Clifford came, but was privately worried about the duties he was neglecting by his absence.
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Paramhansa Yogananda - The Power of Divine Love

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We're here this evening to pay homage to the life of one of God's children—an enlightened being with the humility of a child who was one we call "Master." We use this word not in the sense of our being his servants, but because he was master of himself.
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The Promise of Immortality

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One of the most urgent needs in the world today is for the major religions to be presented from a perspective of the truths they have in common, and not of the teachings which, their proponents insist, make them unique.
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Work vs Meditation

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"Master once taught me a good lesson on the attitude we should hold toward our work." Mrs. Vera Brown (now Meera Mata), an advanced older disciple whom Master had made responsible for training some of the newer ones, was sharing with me a few of her experiences with our guru.
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How to Chant

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The art of chanting correctly is, first, to practice it with full awareness of its inner purpose. That purpose is not to awaken sentiments or to stir up the emotions. It is to focus the heart's feelings and raise them toward superconsciousness.
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Technique for Tuning in to Higher Guidance

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Whenever you need special guidance but find none forthcoming, try following these suggestions
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The Essence of Self-Healing

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Paramhansa Yogananda taught that there must be a two-way exchange of energy between the doctor or healer, and the patient, for true healing to take place. We must be more than just passive recipients of energy, but should dynamically engage our own will and magnetism to draw the healing we need.
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The Secret of Devotion

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There is a story of a little girl who had to perform in a school recital. All the parents were there and, as you can imagine, she was very nervous. Then someone shouted from the audience, "Don't worry, Lisetta, we are all your friends!" That gave her the courage to continue.
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Our Modern Crisis

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Twentieth-Century science has showered mankind with blessings. It has brought him material ease, and expanded his mental horizons. But it has also brought him great mental uneasiness, and a gradual loss of focus on familiar ethical and spiritual guidelines—"truth, honor, and justice"—which have been the bulwark of every great civilization of the past.
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The Astral World

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The physical world is a pale imitation of the astral—a projection of it, but into a grosser medium, rather as if one were to print a brilliantly colored oil painting onto dull, cheap-quality paper.
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The Mission of Paramhansa Yogananda

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I had the opportunity to meet and live with a great Master from your country. I'm sure that many of you have read Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda. I read it when I was a young man of 22 in New York. I'd been seeking truth in all possible ways except the right one. I looked for it in science, in the arts, in political systems.
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What is True Wealth?

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Money, we've all heard, is the root of all evil. This piece of folk wisdom is due, no doubt, to the fact that so many people mistakenly imagine that money is the source of all good! For when we expect too much of anything, we eventually find, as with idol worship, that the object of our dependence is not competent to answer our prayers, nor capable of fulfilling our expectations of it.
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How to Achieve Peace of Mind

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It would be relatively easy to control the mind, were our conscious thought processes all we had to deal with. Unfortunately for this wished-for ease, the conscious mind is only the tip of a vast iceberg of consciousness. Buried in the subconscious, too deep even for conscious recognition, is a vast realm of unfulfilled desires and unresolved tendencies, which often militate against anything we try consciously to undertake.
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The Deeper Meaning of Christ's Birth

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St. Francis and Theresa Neuman both testify to visions of Christ's birth. They state that He didn't undergo birth in the usual way, but manifested as light. In other words, Mary was pregnant, but when it was time for Him to be born, He didn't pass through the birth canal but appeared in the manger as a manifestation of light. Do you think these were true visions of the actual birth of Christ? Is it possible that this is the way other avatars such as Krishna and, possibly, Yogananda come into this world?
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Dealing With Fatigue

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Fatigue is one of the most widespread ills of our age. It is not due to overwork (modern man does not work nearly so hard as his ancestors did), but rather to a scattering of our forces. Ours is not a "focused" age. Countless influences pull upon us in conflicting directions.
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How to Tune in to Intuitive Guidance

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The superconscious, conscious, and subconscious minds all operate from different parts of the brain. By practicing the exercise we've learned in the last chapter, we can become more aware of which part we're using while doing different activities.
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Who is Divine Mother?

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First of all, we need to understand that Divine Mother is not a separate thing or person, but is the feminine aspect of God. There's really only one reality-the Infinite Consciousness that has produced all the different manifestations we see. But there can be different expressions of the Divine that appeal to people according to their own natures.
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The Purpose of Marriage

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The purpose of marriage is mutual growth and expansion. To cling to a marriage solely because one feels one must is to defeat that very purpose. It amounts, usually, to covering under a blanket of artificial flowers the naked but actual reason for remaining in a dead relationship: pride. Such people cannot acknowledge that they have made a mistake, and cannot allow others to perceive them as having erred.
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Searching for Answers

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Is not joy, I asked myself, what all men are really seeking, in their heart of hearts? Why, then, do so few experience it? And why is it so common for people to suffer in the very pursuit of happiness?
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Be a Channel for Inspiration and Inner Strength

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In one sense, living with a great master like Paramhansa Yogananda was a normal experience. He was human like you or me. In another sense, though, it was not at all normal. I was always amazed in his presence, because he made us believe that we each had the potential to become like Jesus Christ.
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Supportive Leadership

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Genuine leadership is of only one type: supportive. It leads people: It doesn't drive them. It involves them: It doesn't coerce them. It never loses sight of the most important principle governing any project involving human beings: namely, that people are more important than things.
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The Importance of Right Diet

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Go into any supermarket and examine the labels on the countless attractive packages. Look to see what the ingredients are, and note the various chemicals that are added to preserve the food, to make it tastier, to add color, etc. Still the whole story has not been told.
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Education Should Be Experiential, Not Merely Theoretical

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You've heard that familiar, but time-dishonored, rationalization: "The end justifies the means." Everyone knows that this saying has been offered by "true believers" in multitudes of causes as justification for their violent deeds. A bad tree, however, as Jesus Christ pointed out, produces bad fruit. Evil means lead to evil ends.
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The Paths of Yoga

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Yoga, literally, means "union." This union can be understood on different levels: philosophically, as that of the relative, limited self with the absolute Self; religiously, as that of the individual soul with the Infinite Spirit; psychologically, as the integration of the personality-a state wherein a person no longer lives at cross-purposes with himself; emotionally, as the stilling of the waves of likes and dislikes, permitting one to remain in all circumstances complete in himself.
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Expansive Marriage

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One of the false expectations with which couples approach marriage is the fond belief that they will forever be all in all to each other. I can't imagine any two people being that to each other-unless, perhaps, they are exceptionally stupid! No one person can ever help you to learn all your lessons in life. No one person can fulfill your every need.
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Why Meditate?

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Think how many things you do with the hope of attaining a condition of rest, once you've done them.You think, "Let me buy that zippy red sports car, or that shiny white compact model, or that beautiful big station wagon for the whole family. I'll never rest until I get it!"
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Ten Questions on World Events

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What do you feel is the single most important thing people can do to help the world crisis situation?
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