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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Searching for Answers

Swami Kriyananda

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

Swami Kriyananda

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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