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Articles in the Spiritual Practices Category

by Nayaswami Gyandev (Spiritual Practices)
What Is Spiritual Yoga?

Now, with spiritual hunger growing worldwide, more and more people are asking, “How can Yoga help meet my spiritual needs?” They suspect that spiritual experience can be cultivated through Yoga practices—and they’re right.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Practices)
The Priest Who Jumped into a Well

Being ignorant, the bigoted Hindu priest did not like to be questioned as to his beliefs and statements. He especially disliked intelligent disciples because his untested dogmas melted like butter before the flame of their bright minds.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Development, Spiritual Practices)
Make God More Real in Your Life: Five Key Practices

We are never separate from the Guru, just as we are never separate from God, but we must realize the Guru’s inner presence by opening our hearts to him and asking for his blessings.

by Nayaswami Bharat (Spiritual Practices, Spiritualizing Daily Life)
The Sky and Earth Touched Me

When we walk through a forest, nature’s benevolence flows into us as sunshine flows into trees. Beneath soaring pines and giant, spreading oaks, one’s thoughts naturally turn expansive and harmonious.

by Swami Kriyananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Practices)
Paramhansa Yogananda Brought a New Style of Chanting

Paramhansa Yogananda brought to the world a whole new style of singing to God. His chants are not like traditional Indian chanting. We are disciples of a new ray, and within that ray a new kind of music has been produced.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Practices)
Three Steps to Deepening Your Meditations

Without concentration, which helps interiorize the life-force, any time spent supposedly meditating is largely ineffective. In very deep meditation the prana becomes completely focused at the spiritual eye, and the body’s need for oxygen and breath ceases.

by Nayaswami Anandi (Spiritual Practices)
Living in the Presence of the Guru

A lot of times instead of going up the mountain of God-realization, we’re going down and we can’t even remember where the peak is. We hit some of those walls of pain, confusion, or stress and we can’t maintain the same level of intensity in our spiritual practices.

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 Brahmacharini Surana (Spiritual Practices)
A Guidepost for the Aspiring Saint

Just as my meditations have deepened from focused repetition of the poem, so also has my ability to gain insights into any dilemma or problem I might be facing.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Practices)
The Wishing Tree

When standing beneath the almighty wishing tree of your will power, always be careful to wish for good things.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Practices, Swami Kriyananda)

The essential attitude for correct meditation is one of listening. The mind must be kept receptive.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Practices)
The Five Aspects of Effective Prayer

Prayer helps us to open our consciousness to the flow of God’s grace. By praying, we make a conscious connection with God that otherwise wouldn’t be there, and thereby attune ourselves more fully to Him.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Practices)
The Man Who Became a Buffalo

Despite his guru’s request, the disciple would not come out of the room. “How can I get through that narrow door?’ he rumbled. ” My horns are too big and my body is too large.“

by Nayaswami Jaya (Sidebar, Spiritual Practices)
In the Footsteps of Babaji

The smooth, black stone in the Badrinath temple has upon it, in relief, an image of a yogi sitting in meditation pose. The image looks strikingly similar to the drawing of Mahavatar Babaji — in our Kriya Yoga tradition, an incarnation of Lord Krishna. It is said that the stone is not carved and that the image on it occurred naturally.

by Clarity Magazine (Sidebar, Spiritual Practices)
Are You a True Friend?

Wherever there is a lonely heart or a weeping brother by the wayside, and your heart goes out to that soul, you have expanded your consciousness toward true, infinite Christ consciousness.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Practices)
How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality: A 10-Point Guide

Man has the independence and free will to live in the house of life with its three windows open or closed. When man closes the windows of life, he shuts out the three divine rays and finds himself living in the darkness of physical disease, mental disquietude, or abysmal soul-ignorance.

by Nayaswami Jaya (Sidebar, Spiritual Practices)
Understanding Ganesha

Ganesha, the elephant-headed God, is honored throughout India and has come to be one of the most universally recognized images of Hinduism, a symbol of cultural identity and a force for unity in a land of disparities.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Quotations, Sidebar, Spiritual Practices)
How to Relax

People often talk of relaxation, but few know how to achieve it. Complete mental relaxation is voluntary withdrawal of consciousness and energy from the entire body and identification with one’s true nature in Spirit.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Development, Spiritual Practices)
Five Things That Hold Us Back Spiritually

The ultimate culprit that holds us back spiritually is the non-use of Paramhansa Yogananda’s techniques. The failure to use the spiritual tools given by the Guru puts us out of attunement with him.

by Nayaswami Savitri (Sidebar, Spiritual Practices)
Time Out for Seclusion

There is no question that seclusion, as Yogananda says, “is the price of greatness.” Greatness of spirit comes only with an increasingly closer walk with God—with feeling God’s presence within and all around you at all times.

by Nayaswami Devarshi (Spiritual Practices)
Three Ways to Deepen Your Spiritual Life

Taking an attitude of positive expectation into every meditation is very important because the truth is: God could come to us at any time. We don’t know how much or how little karma we have left.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Sidebar, Spiritual Practices)
Affirmation for Psychological Success

I shall feel Thy energy
Flowing through my hands in activity
Lest I lose Thee
I shall find Thee in activity.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten M.D. (Spiritual Practices, Yoga and Science)
Meditation and Emotions: Their Impact on Your Brain and Health

Because the authors included in their book studies of a wide range of different religions, they were able to show that the positive effects of religious beliefs and practices on the brain are not tied to any specific religion or belief system.

by Nayaswami Jyotish (Sidebar, Spiritual Practices)
When Worries Howl at You

The repetition of this mantra will begin to drive out all other thoughts and desires, until your consciousness begins to rotate around that single phrase, “God, God, God.”

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Practices)
How to Overcome Suffering

Our own bad karma allows the entry of darkness and suffering into our lives, but with our will and determination we can overcome its power.

by Nicole DeAvilla Whiting (Spiritual Practices)
Lessons in Surrender

Once again I was “burning the candle at both ends,” but now I was asking the Divine to flow through me instead of trying to do everything by the power of my own will. I was acting as a channel for God’s will, not my own.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Practices)
Breath: Secret to Control over Life Itself

To learn to interiorize one’s awareness completely can take many years, but even small progress in breath control can mean a great deal. The corresponding improvement in mental control could help you stay calm amid severe trials, to heal others with peace and kindness, and to concentrate successfully on your work.

by Dr. Bryan Coleman-Salgado (Spiritual Practices, Yoga and Science)
The Healing Power of Ananda Yoga: The MS Study

The study showed that Ananda Yoga helps people with a significant chronic disease to be more uplifted, to be less depressed, to be less at risk of falling, to be much less fatigued, and to be more socially active because they feel less noticeably disabled.

by Gyandev McCord (Spiritual Practices)
Free Yourself from Emotional Reaction

What is it to “concentrate a new way”? It means focusing your mind in a new direction, and putting a lot of energy behind your re-focused mind. But there’s another important aspect, one that I learned through experience.