“You must stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds!”Paramhansa Yogananda
It was Paramhansa Yogananda, the great modern mystic and author of Autobiography of a Yogi, who issued this soul-stirring exhortation.
How do we follow his great example and become Warriors for the Light?
Stand Unshaken! offers inspiration and practical guidance on how to live courageously during these turbulent times. Each secret of living fearlessly (one for each day of the month) is paired with a beautiful painting by Nayaswami Jyotish. This creates an environment in which you can absorb each message in a more receptive and uplifted state of consciousness.
Awaken your power to live in joy whatever your outward circumstances, and to bring that joy to others. Stand unshaken and you will be a light unto the world.
Behind the Book
The quotations for each secret within this special edition gift are taken from Jyotish and Devi’s weekly blog, now entering its sixth year, A Touch of Light. The poem at the end, later adapted by Paramhansa Yogananda into a well-known chant, was written some hundred years ago by one of India’s great spiritual emissaries.
Each page includes a secret, followed by a painting, and can be left opened as a focus for each day, to raise the consciousness of your sacred space.
The time for fearless living is now. Co-author Nayaswami Jyotish shared in his recent letter, “This may be the most important period of our life. We are under pressure from multiple sources: a worldwide pandemic, a troubled economy, and now, a global call for sweeping social change. Tests provide opportunities. How we react to these challenges will determine our future karma, certainly for this lifetime, and perhaps for many incarnations to come.”
“Be kind, be strong, be a source of Light, and
‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’”
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi are dynamic emissaries of Paramhansa Yogananda, and UN Global Peace Ambassadors.
As Spiritual Directors of Ananda, Jyotish and Devi are living examples of spiritual values in action, travelling the world sharing Yogananda’s teachings, and blessing people with the practical and heart-opening path of Kriya Yoga.
Swami Kriyananda, Ananda’s founder, designated Jyotish as his spiritual successor.
“Now is the time for each of us to learn to live without fear! Fear crushes the spirit of joy and expansion within us. Living fearlessly offers us great strength and courage, whenever and wherever we need to have it.
This is a graphically beautiful book! Each day’s “Secret of Living Fearlessly” is followed by words of wisdom that clearly explains its deeper meanings—these quotations were composed or chosen with ultimate care by two great souls, who continue to inspire us all in the ways they always “walk their talk!”
In addition, what makes Stand Unshaken! such a very special book is the inclusion of the dozens of color-filled, spiritually-themed, original paintings by Nayaswami Jyotish.”
—Savitri Simpson, author of the Treta Yuga Trilogy, including: Through Many Lives, Through the Chakras, and Through the Gates of Death—and Beyond.
“This beautifully rendered book is alive with vibrant life force as though the pages themselves are breathing. The subtle dance of text and paintings makes it a jewel for any home and heart. Thank you, Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, for this valuable source of support through upliftment.”
– Lila Devi, founder of Spirit-in-Nature Essences and author of The Essential Flower Essence Handbook, Flower Essences for Animals, and more.
“This is the perfect book for living without fear in the midst of current catastrophic events. Jyotish and Devi’s wise words offer a daily reminder that will uplift your thoughts and provide an anchor of truth during troubled times. This comforting book is also beautifully designed, ideal for gift-giving.”
—Nischala Cryer, author of the Amazon best-selling book, The Four Stages of Yoga
“Jyotish and Devi’s words of wisdom, inspiration, courage, and strength lift us up every day, reminding us of our true potential, to be warriors in the light, to live without fear, and to take deep joy in God’s empowering presence. Jyotish’s paintings, full of heart and Light, compliment the beauty of their words.”
—Joseph Selbie, author of The Yugas and The Physics of God
The Secret of Living Fearlessly is…
Day 1) Meditation
Day 2) Never to compare
Day 3) Acting as a warrior for the Light
Day 4) Surrendering to the Divine Will
Day 5) The practice of gratitude
Day 6) Remembering your true potential
Day 7) Asking, “Who’s in charge here?”
Day 8) A balanced life
Day 9) Acceptance of what is
Day 10) Offering kindness to others
Day 11) Stillness
Day 12) Focus
Day 13) Cultivating compassion
Day 14) Reflecting the light
Day 15) Self-discipline
Day 16) Genuinely forgiving others
Day 17) Staying solution-oriented
Day 18) Feeling your unity with all
Day 19) Letting only love remain
Day 20) Lifting up your gaze
Day 21) Sharing
Day 22) Embracing your fears
Day 23) Cooperating with grace
Day 24) Training yourself to see opportunities
Day 25) Finding calmness in the midst of activity
Day 26) Controlling the reactive force
Day 27) Releasing old hurts
Day 28) Dissolving the ego
Day 29) Discovering the joy within you
Day 30) Doing what you can
Day 31) Standing unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds!
The quotations that follow are taken from Jyotish and Devi’s weekly blog, A Touch of Light. The paintings are by Nayaswami Jyotish. The poem at the end, later adapted by Paramhansa Yogananda into a well-known chant, was written some hundred years ago by one of India’s great spiritual emissaries.
The secret of living fearlessly is meditation.
Now I am entering the inner Temple of God communion. Let this time be sacred.
The secret of living fearlessly is never to compare.
Gyanamata, Yogananda’s most advanced woman disciple, was once faced with a severe test. When she prayed to God, she felt it was not His will that she be spared that experience. Immediately she knew the prayer God would receive: “Change no circumstance of my life. Change me.”
The secret of living fearlessly is acting as a warrior for the Light.
God’s light is within me and around me.
With the sword of faith in my hand,
with the love of God in my heart,
I am a warrior of light.
I join my brothers and sisters everywhere
to overcome fear with faith,
hatred with love,
and disease with health.
We all are warriors of light.
We fill the world with God’s light.
by Swami Rama Tirtha
No, no one can atone me.
Say, who could have injured,
And who could atone me?
No, no one can atone me.
The world turns aside
To make room for me;
I come, Blazing Light!
And the shadows must flee.
I come, O you Ocean!
Divide up and part;
Or parched up and scorched up,
Be dried up, depart.
O Mountains, beware!
Come not in my way;
Your ribs will be shattered
And tattered today.
O Kings and Commanders!
My fanciful toys!
Here’s a Deluge of fire,
Line clear! My boys!
Advisers and Counsellors!
Pray, waste not your breath.
Yes, take up my orders,
Devour up, ye, Death.
Go, howl on, O winds,
O my dogs! howl free.
Beat, beat, Storms!
O my Bugles! blow free.
I ride on the Tempests,
Astride on the Gale,
My gun is the Lightning,
My shots never fail.
I chase as an huntsman,
I eat as I seize
The hearts of the mountains,
The lands and the seas.
I hitch to my chariot
The Fates and the Gods.
With Thunder of cannon
Proclaim it abroad:
Shake! shake off Delusion,
Wake! wake up! Be free,