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by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

The more a person gives generously of himself, to God and to life, the more karmic law supports him in return. Always keep a generous attitude even if you haven’t the financial means to be generous in more material ways.

by Swami Kriyananda (Directions and Trends, Swami Kriyananda, Wisdom in a Nutshell)

San Francisco in the 1960s was the center of an extraordinary number of “New Age” movements. Perhaps this was why the Divine Mother placed me there.

by Nayaswami Prakash (Book Reviews, Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

Rightly understood, the search for the soul mate is a demanding and ultimately divinely rewarding path to freedom. The merging of twin souls leads finally to transcendence of their separate egos and a perfecting of their love in God.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)
Are Self-Definitions Holding You Back?

You are not your body, male or female. You are not your personality. The body you take on is just the product of all the things you’ve done and the reactions you’ve had over many lifetimes. These experiences have molded your face, your personality, your likes and dislikes, and have become your self-definitions, but you are none of those things.

by Swami Kriyananda (Directions and Trends, Swami Kriyananda)
The Challenge of the New Age

The dream of too many people in the “New Age Movement” is of a heaven on earth without God, without humility, and without devotion—a “heaven” in which mankind reigns supreme, holding in his own puny hands the power of the universe.

by Swami Kriyananda (Swami Kriyananda)
Impatience: An Obstacle on the Spiritual Path

Impatience is an obstacle on the spiritual path. It creates leaks in one’s flow of energy, leaving too little power at the end of the wire for constructive use.

by Swami Kriyananda (Swami Kriyananda)

Ask yourself, “Am I giving my full support to everyone at work?” If the answer is no, identify the individuals from whom you’re withholding your energy.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)
Common Obstacles on the Spiritual Path – How to Transcend Them

Laziness is the inertia that impedes a person’s attempts to progress. He wakes up in the morning and thinks, “Oh, let me lie here just a little longer, before getting up to meditate.” Or he thinks, “It would be good to discipline myself, but let me just wait until tomorrow!”

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Swami Kriyananda)
Does Everyone Have a Special Life Purpose?

The truest way to discover your own life purpose is to attune yourself in meditation to the silent promptings of your inner soul. By this practice you will be subtly guided in the direction that you should take.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Swami Kriyananda)

1. Calmness: Develop the mental habit of centeredness: Remain always centered in your spine; stand and sit upright; keep your emotions calm by not reacting emotionally to anything.

by Nayaswami Jyotish (Directions and Trends, Swami Kriyananda)

With the death of Swami Kriyananda, a remarkable light has passed from the world, and we will not see its like again during our lifetimes.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

As we contemplate the rays of Dwapara Yuga, it should be clear that love alone will help us fully to absorb their beneficial energies.

by Nayaswami Jyotish (Directions and Trends, Swami Kriyananda)

We have a responsibility to do our best to become more powerful channels for the ray of divine grace that Swami Kriyananda channeled, and there’s a wind of grace that will help us do that.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

It’s people who make communities, and more than that, it’s people in tune with a state of divine consciousness. This state of consciousness is something given to us by God, and it’s this consciousness that makes Ananda what it is.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Directions and Trends, Swami Kriyananda)

The highest octave of joy is bliss, which was Kriyananda’s state of consciousness in these last years. Many times he would say privately, “I feel so much bliss I can hardly stand it.”

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Directions and Trends, Swami Kriyananda)

Kriyananda came into this life with an unusually high level of spiritual realization and a very clear sense of his duty to God and Guru.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

The simple truth is: no human being can make the leap from ego-consciousness to cosmic consciousness by merely believing in that infinite consciousness.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

The stronger the family, spiritually speaking, the greater its attractive pull on new souls that may still be wandering in search of an identity of their own.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

All of us are products of God’s bliss. How could anyone not want—each according to his own understanding—to reclaim that bliss?

by Swami Kriyananda (Directions and Trends, Swami Kriyananda)
Social Activism: Change the World or Change Yourself?

The thought that this world can ever be perfected is one of man’s greatest delusions. What this world is, simply, is a school, through which the soul passes on its upward evolution.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Practices, Swami Kriyananda)
A Practice to Heal the Planet

It is important not only to draw what we can from nature, but also to give back to it, by praying to God through the devas, those subtle entities who create and sustain plant life, and by loving them and showing them gratitude.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Practices, Swami Kriyananda)
How to Grow Closer to God in a Busy Life

Much of our daily life is spent in work or in other outward activities, and our minds often become engrossed in what we are doing at the expense of the thought of God. Some sort of exercise is needed to help us form the habit of feeling His presence in everything we do.

by Swami Kriyananda (Swami Kriyananda)

An Exercise for Every Day of the Week

by Swami Kriyananda (Directions and Trends, Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)
Why the Early Christians Changed Christ’s Message

During the early years of Christianity, the importance of inner communion and a personal relationship with God were particularly emphasized by the Gnostics, a school of early Christians who were eventually suppressed.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)
Turn Enemies into Friends

Ahimsa is seen by most people as the last hope of the underdog. Yet ahimsa, rightly understood, is the “ultimate weapon” of a strong man; it turns one’s enemy into a friend, thereby banishing the possibility of further conflict.

by Swami Kriyananda (Swami Kriyananda)

If we want to find God, it is important that we strive to look at everything differently from how we are accustomed to doing.

by Swami Kriyananda (Swami Kriyananda)

The secret for bringing peace on earth is to remember that whatever peace you bring must begin on that little piece of earth where you live.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)
The Journey to Enlightenment: The Final Challenge

Truth seekers must understand that finding God is not like the supreme effort required, say, to climb Mount Everest. Finding God is the simplest, most obvious, and most supremely natural thing to do in the world!

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)
Should You Ever Cut Corners with the Truth?

When we are truthful, we have support from reality itself—from the universe. And with that support, everything will always come out for the best. But without it, things cannot but fall apart, sooner or later.

by Swami Kriyananda (Swami Kriyananda)

That is what teaching should mean—not telling people what they should do or know, but offering the fruits of one’s own living in the humble hope that what one says will in some way prove useful in their lives.