Talk by Swami Kriyananda

Leadership

The structure is much less important than the spirit. I haven’t really paid much attention to structure. The reason for that is that when I was in SRF, that was the monastery I was in for 14 years, and I was in charge of all the monasteries in the world and quite naturally I tried to create a system of … Read More

Talk by Swami Kriyananda

Ananda’s Role in Master’s Mission

So what is the purpose of Ananda? We have a beautiful community and people say well then, we must make a more beautiful community. Maybe and maybe not. Honestly, it wouldn’t matter if we were in mud huts and walking on mud roads if we all meditated and loved God individually. The purpose of Ananda is not to create a … Read More

Prayer
Devotion and Prayer

Effective Prayer Requires Affirmation, Not Petition

A classic book by Arthur M. Abell, Talks with Great Composers, published in 1955 by Philosophical Library, reports fascinating conversations Abell had with a number of nineteenth-century composers on the question of how they got their inspirations. Johannes Brahms stated that he received his inspirations, always in a prayerful state. During those times of inner upliftment, he said, he felt … Read More

Woman with Balloons
Health & Healing

The Virtue of Disease

We know that disease is an obstacle on the path to God. It is very hard to find God when the body is aching and we feel all kinds of physical disharmony. Disease, further-more, is of a threefold nature, just as man is a triune being. Man has a body; man has a mind; and man has a soul. Disease … Read More

Lord Shiva
Yoga Philosophy

Shiva, the Great God

In wild and lonely places you may find him even now: Shiva, the Great God. Usually he is absorbed in deep meditation. And you won’t be likely to mistake him for anyone else. Well, at first glance he does look something like a beggar. His skin is covered with wood ash. His clothing is poor and skimpy. Beggar-like, too, he … Read More

Young Swami Kriyananda Reading a Book
Discipleship

A letter to Fellow Disciples

(I wrote this letter years ago as a Christmas present to my fellow disciples in the monastic order of Self-Realization Fellowship, in Los Angeles. I have been uncertain whether to adapt this letter to the general reader, or to offer it to him substantially as I wrote it, asking him rather to adapthis mind to what might impress him as … Read More

Book Cover Bhagavad Gita
Bhagavad Gita

Bhagavad Gita (5:27,28)

In the Bhagavad Gita (5:27,28), the Lord says: “The muni controls his senses, mind, and intellect, removing himself from contact with them by neutralizing the currents of prana and apana in the spine, which manifest as inhalation and exhalation in the nostrils. He fixes his gaze in the forehead, at a point midway between the two eyebrows. Such a one … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda Side
Stories of the Masters

Sweet Compassion

Andy Anderson worked as a foreman on several of Yogananda’s construction projects. Swami Kriyananda narrates the following story. During the months while Andy supervised our work at India Center, he developed a deep love for Master. Master, in return, was touched by Andy’s devotion, and by his simple, kindly nature. As Christmas 1950 approached, Andy took pains to buy his … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda with Turban
Spiritual Community

Spiritual Communities

Some of my most impressive memories of Master are of his public lectures. While they lacked the sweet intimacy of talks with the disciples at Mt. Washington, they rang with the spirit of a mission destined, he told us, to bring spiritual regeneration to the world. I remember especially how stirred I was by a talk he gave at a … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda
Stories of the Masters

Yogananda  and the Boston Skeptic

This is an excerpt from ‘The New Path’. One day in Boston, Massachusetts, Paramhansa Yogananda received a letter criticizing him for ‘sponsoring’ Jesus Christ in the West. ‘Don’t you know that Jesus never lived?’ the writer demanded. ‘He was a myth invented to deceive people.’ The letter was left unsigned. Yogananda prayed to be led to the writer. About a … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda Instructing Hatha Yoga
Stories of the Masters

I know Every Single Thought you think

One day, after a gathering in Beverly Hills, I had been invited to perform yoga postures at a Jewish Bar Mitzvah. Afterward, a materialistic Jewish psychiatrist cornered me and challenged my beliefs. I defended them as reasonably as I could, and then, to clinch my argument, spoke of certain miracles to which I’d been a witness. It did no good … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda in American Suit
Stories of the Masters

The Hamburgers

An incident narrated by James Coller to Swami Kriyananda James Coller, another disciple, visited us at about this time from Phoenix, Arizona; Master had appointed him to be the minister of our church there. James, though deeply devoted to God and Guru, had a tendency to be a little casual about hermitage discipline. ‘I was driving from Phoenix to Encinitas … Read More