This concise book brilliantly encapsulates the essential keys to meditation with seed thoughts for each day of the month. Each affirmation is presented in a straightforward manner that allows the reader to repeat and remember it before meditating. This potent guide to meditation will help readers tap the well-spring of joy and inner peace with them.

This little book can change your life. Open it to any page to unlock the hidden power within you.

In this collection of pithy and profound sayings, readers will find wise guidance and key insights to the practice of meditation, and secrets for bringing the peace of meditation into the trials and clamor of their daily life.

Drawing on his bestselling Secrets book series, Swami Kriyananda offers sage advice for going within. This lovely edition offers speedy counsel and enlightenment, on the spot. A treasure trove of uplifting affirmations, it is a book to be dipped into and savored again and again.

The inspired secrets are contained in one small miracle of a book—perfect as a gift, or as a cherished addition to one’s own bookshelf.

Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters, 1926–2013) was a direct disciple of the great spiritual master Paramhansa Yogananda (author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi), a bestselling author, and an internationally known lecturer and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.

In 1968 Kriyananda founded Ananda Village in Nevada City, California, dedicated to spreading the spirit of friendship, service, and community around the globe. Ananda is recognized as one of the most successful intentional communities in the world, and more than 1,000 people reside in Ananda communities in the US, India, and Italy. The European retreat and community located in Assisi, Italy, also serves Ananda meditation groups in Europe and Russia.

Ananda Village is home to The Expanding Light, a world-renowned guest retreat facility where thousands visit annually for renewal or instruction in many aspects of meditation, yoga, and the spiritual life. The nearby Ananda Meditation Retreat, located on Ananda's first property, functions both as a retreat and as the site for Ananda's Institute of Alternative Living.

An advocate of simple living and high thinking, Swami Kriyananda's more than 140 books cover a wide range of subjects emphasizing the need to live wisely by one's own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas.

A composer since 1964, Kriyananda wrote over 400 musical works. His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting. Many of his later albums are instrumental works with brief affirmations or visualizations. Chuck Dilberto of Awareness Magazine wrote, “[His] words and music are full of his life and light. His sole intention is to heal, something we could all use during these chaotic times.”

Through Crystal Clarity Publishers, his works have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than 25 languages.

To learn more, visit the Swami Kriyananda website.


Suggestions for Using This Book

The contents of this book consist of three sections.

The first two sections—Secrets of Meditation, and Secrets of Inner Peace—are seed thoughts for meditation. They are listed as daily readings, and it may be useful to follow along with one reading from each section for each listed day of the month. Alternatively, you may prefer to pick a reading at random. Either approach can be effective.

We recommend absorbing a selection from Secrets of Meditation just before meditation—these seed thoughts are ideal for deepening meditation—and a selection from Secrets of Inner Peace at the end of your meditation these affirmations are geared toward extending the peaceful aftereffects of meditation into your daily life.

In addition, the following pages offer guidelines for the optimum use of the readings for both of these sections.

The last section of this book, “Be Still and Know,” is an article by Swami Kriyananda on the importance of meditation and the best attitude for success in going within. It ends with brief meditation instructions.

We hope that this book will bring you ever-deeper insights and inspiration. And we wish you profound success in your meditations.

—Crystal Clarity Publishers

Sample Chapter

Day One

The Secret of Meditation is
relinquishing outward attachments, and affirming divine freedom within.

Day Two

The Secret of Meditation is
sitting upright with a straight spine; feeling that your strength emanates from your spine rather than from the muscles of your body.

Day Three

The Secret of Meditation is
holding your body perfectly still; gradually freeing yourself from the compulsion to move.

Day Four

The Secret of Meditation is
deep relaxation: Inhale, tense the body; throw the breath out and relax. Release into the surrounding atmosphere, like wisps of vapor, any lingering eddies of tension that you feel.

Day Five

The Secret of Meditation is
to feel space in the body, and gradually expand that feeling from the body outward, into infinite space.

Day Six

The Secret of Meditation is
to focus your gaze and attention at the Christ center between the eyebrows— the seat of ecstasy in the body.

Day Seven

The Secret of Meditation is
to pray with deep faith—not as an outsider to heaven, but as one whose true, eternal home is heaven.