This concise book brilliantly encapsulates the essential keys to spiritualizing your daily life 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 starting their day. This potent guide to spiritual development will help readers tap the well-spring of joy and inner peace within them, and to share it throughout their day.

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 spiritual living, 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 on happiness, love, friendship, and more. 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.

Contents

Suggestions for Using this Book

Secrets of Happiness

Secrets of Love

Secrets of Friendship

Secrets for Women

Secrets for Men

Further Explorations

Introduction

How to Get the Most Out of This Book

This book offers a valuable alternative to the usual volume on techniques of better living. Such a work typically devotes a chapter, or more, to the exposition of a single thought. Many readers, consequently, end up feeling vaguely perplexed. The reasoning followed was not at every stage that which they themselves would have followed. The examples given were not always relevant to life as they themselves lived it.

In the present booklet, the reader is given the opportunity to supply his own explanations and corroborate them by his own experience. Central concepts, each of which might have
been made a chapter in a book, are presented succinctly, and simply enough to be self-evident. The rhythm of these sayings is designed to penetrate beneath the undergrowth of mental restlessness, and to sink roots deep in the subconscious. The sayings have, therefore, the potential to influence the reader’s entire outlook on life.

A seed thought is offered for every day of the month. Begin a day at the appropriate date. Repeat the saying several times: first out loud, then softly, then in a whisper, and then only mentally. With each repetition, allow the words to become absorbed ever more deeply into your subconscious. Thus, gradually, you will acquire as complete an understanding as one might gain from a year’s course in the subject. At this point, indeed, the truths set
forth here will have become your own.

Keep the book open at the pertinent page throughout the day. Refer to it occasionally during moments of leisure. Relate the saying as often as possible to real situations in your life.

Then at night, before you go to bed, repeat the thought several times more. While falling asleep, carry the words into your subconscious, absorbing their positive influence into your whole being. Let it become thereby an integral part of your normal consciousness.

Sample Chapter
(excerpt)

Day One
The secret of happiness is the innocent enjoyment of simple things.

Day Two
The secret of happiness is seeing one’s work as service.

Day Three
The secret of happiness is a smile of comfort to the sorrowful.

Day Four
The secret of happiness is a heart kept open to the stranger.

Day Five
The secret of happiness is working with other people’s realities, with their natures as they are, and not trying to force them into a mold of one’s own making.

Day Six
The secret of happiness is including other people’s happiness in one’s own.

Day Seven
The secret of happiness is understanding that friendship is more precious than mere things, more precious than getting one’s own way, more precious than being right in situations where true principles are not at stake.