In this moving collection of pithy and profound sayings, you will find wise guidance to life’s well-worn paths, and warm comfort for its ups and downs.

Drawing on his bestselling book series, Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) offers sage words on virtually all aspects of the search for fulfillment: from success and prosperity to leadership and winning people to your ideas.

This lovely edition offers counsel and enlightenment on the spot, when you need it—no matter who you are or where you are in life. A veritable treasure trove of powerful affirmations, it is a volume to be dipped into and savored again and again.

These inspired secrets of prosperity and leadership are contained in one small volume perfect as a gift for those seeking success in life, ideal as a cherished addition to your own bookshelf.

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

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.

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This booklet 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 awhisper, 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

Day One

The secret of success is enjoying, never bemoaning, whatever effort a work requires.

Day Two

The secret of success is doing things not merely because they are popular, but because you deeply believe in them.

Day Three

The secret of success is working with things as they are, not with the way you wish they were or think they ought to be.

Day Four

The secret of success is non-attachment to results; doing your best at the moment, and letting the results take care of themselves.

Day Five

The secret of success is enthusiasm! Without it, nothing worthwhile was ever achieved.

Day Six

The secret of success is asking yourself always, not, “What do I want to see happen?” but rather, “What is trying to happen here?”

Day Seven

The secret of success is seeing your work primarily as a service to others, and not as a means of personal gain.