Three Lessons from the Life of Sri Yukteswar

“Guruji, I would like to hear some stories of your childhood.” “I will tell you a few—each one with a moral!” Sri Yukteswar’s eyes twinkled with his warning. “My mother once tried to frighten me with an appalling story of a ghost in a dark chamber. I went there immediately, and expressed my disappointment at having missed the ghost. Mother … Read More

Smile Forever

Smile when the roses are budding Smile when the petals of pleasure are falling. Smile when vigor is throbbing in your breast; Smile when you have dreaming wrinkles In your brow. Smile because you find happiness in peace And not in passing possessions. Smile because you are fearless, Smile because fear is ashamed to cause you Apprehension and failure. Smile … Read More

The “Ultimate Pilgrimage”

From ‘The Essence of Self-Realization‘ A Book of conversations with Paramhansa Yogananda recorded by Swami Kriyananda​ From the Chapter “The Highway to the Infinite” “My guru, Sri Yukteswar, liked a chant that I have translated, two lines from which go, ‘Pranayama be thy religion. Pranayama will give thee salvation.’ “Pranayama means control of the energy in the body, and its … Read More

The Superconscious Mind

From ‘Intuition for Starters‘ by Swami Kriyananda​ We filter what influences us according to our habitual level of awareness. The totality of our consciousness is comprised of three levels: the subconscious, the conscious, and the superconscious. These levels of consciousness represent differing degrees of intensity of awareness. As we move from one level to another, different kinds of influences will most affect … Read More

Practical Advice on Meditation

From ‘Conversations with Yogananda‘ A Book with 500+ conversations recorded by Swami Kriyananda​ ​~  ~ For meditation Yogananda told us, “Relax the body. Don’t be muscle-bound. In order to relax, first tense the body and inhale, then throw the breath out and relax. Repeat this practice several times. After that, sit perfectly still; dump your body in the Infinite!” “Don’t move a … Read More

Practical Advice on Health

From ‘Conversations with Yogananda‘ A Book with 500+ conversations recorded by Swami Kriyananda​ ​~ 101 ~ The Master’s approach to truth was pragmatic. During his early years in America, certain persons were claiming in public that they would live forever. “Study them,” the Master advised when someone asked for his opinion. “Look for a few obvious signs. Is their hair … Read More

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Spiritual Life

Celebrate The Power of Yoga

It comes as no surprise the popularity of yoga in both eastern and western cultures is booming. Within this age of information, our lifestyles are becoming increasingly rapid, bringing about more stress and less contentment. Yoga practice has proven not only to help relieve physical and emotional tension, but its deeper, more subtle, effects can revolutionize our lives. Why is … Read More