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by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

In every undertaking, the way for the devotee to “hit the mark” of spiritual enlightenment, is to ignore every distraction and center all of your attention on the object of success. Not for the spiritual hero, the hand-wringing lament, “Oh, but think of the difficulties I face!”

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.

An Interview with Nayaswamis Savitri and Sudarshan (Spiritual Development)

When the motor scooter bucked, my body was launched into the air. Witnesses said I did at least one cartwheel, but I only remember a blur. I believe my right leg folded up under me as I hit the pavement with my full body weight. Then I rolled lengthwise several times until I was lying face up on the grass by the roadside.

by Nayaswami Seva (Spiritual Development)

Since I felt no love in my heart, I prayed to my Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, and asked him to love people through me. I hoped thereby to learn how to love.

by Nayaswami Diksha (Spiritual Development)

Suddenly finding myself in the turbulent deeper waters, the memory of my near-drowning experience surfaced. I panicked and swam back to the beach.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

There are some people who never do anything, and they’re always relaxed. Such lives may be pleasant, but they don’t advance you spiritually. You do not attain peace merely by escaping responsibility.

by Nayaswami Maitreyi (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Stories of Grace)

Beloved, we have come to a place together, where it is very difficult to leave Your presence. How difficult it was, at the beginning of this journal, to hold You for very long. You have made Yourself so delightfully delicious to me that I do not want to withdraw from You. It is easier to will myself into Your presence than it is to will myself out of it, once in.

by Nayaswami Asha (Spiritual Development)

When we fail in our aspirations and fall to the ground, we need to be able to muster the courage to get up and try again. There is always a way to go forward.

by Anna Shapiro (Biography, Stories of Grace)

I had been attending yoga classes for about two years when three men in dark suits appeared one day and arrested our teacher. Everyone knew that someone from the class had betrayed him by reporting him to the KGB. Later we learned that our teacher had been arrested for distributing the yoga literature he had translated.

by Nayaswami Janakidevi (Spiritualizing Daily Life)

Looking back, I can see where the downhill slide started – in the mind! I had embraced the thought-form so prevalent during the years I was growing up: that the retirement phase of life is the beginning of the end, and that it was “all downhill” from there.

by Nayaswami Anandi (Spiritualizing Daily Life)

The “peace and harmony” prayer is extremely potent. Its simplicity and clear focus direct the mind toward attunement with God and give us a practical way to draw God’s grace in important aspects of our life. I also believe there’s a special blessing in the prayer.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritualizing Daily Life, Swami Kriyananda)

I believe we’re on the eve of difficult times but if you have the right kind of magnetism, even if there’s a depression, it won’t be a predicament for you.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Development, Spiritualizing Daily Life)

The more energy and will power you put into changing a particular karma, the sooner that karma will dissipate and the sooner the good karma you’re now creating will start to bear fruit.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

Remember, we are all in the slippery milk pail of life, trying to get free from our troubles like the two frogs. Most people give up trying and fail like the big frog. But we must learn to persevere in our effort toward one goal, as the little frog did.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

Remember: the conscious evil force of Satan could not influence human minds if they did not allow it. It is therefore better to know all the lures of evil and the ways to combat them than to blindly deny their existence.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Development)

When we share, we are affirming our faith in God, and that we are a part of everyone. This is how we all need to live. Everything we do, we should do for Him. When we live that way, we find that whatever we give comes back to us a thousand-fold.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

You must exercise your will in every undertaking, until it drops its mortal delusion of being human will and becomes one with all-powerful Divine Will.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritual Practices)

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 Tyagini Lisa (Stories of Grace)

The drama began when my husband, Brian, phoned his longtime friend Andrew, whom he hadn’t heard from for awhile. Andrew sounded very strange on the phone, and Brian could tell something was wrong.

by Swami Kriyananda (Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

Victim consciousness puts the blame on other people. It’s the kind of thinking that says: “I have these difficulties and problems because of what people did to me.”

by Nayaswami Anandi (Spiritual Development)

Suddenly, from somewhere behind him, a dagger was thrown that pierced the heart of the Buddha. David responded with shock, anguish, and a sense of betrayal.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritualizing Daily Life)

Most of the stress and pain associated with change is the result of wishing that things were other than they are. Learn to accept life and much of the anxiety associated with change will disappear.

by Lorna Knox (Spiritualizing Daily Life)

One of the main challenges facing teens and young adults today is resisting the message that happiness can be found outside of oneself—in money, material possessions, fame, popularity, or other worldly achievements. There is so much suffering because of that idea.

by Peter Kretzmann (Spiritual Development)

It is said that being on stage is one of the greatest fears, second only to the fear of death, but to me, being on stage seemed possibly even more frightening than dying.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Spiritualizing Daily Life)

A great sense of relaxation comes as we realize that relationships are given to us primarily to help us learn and grow, especially in our ability to accept and to love. Relationships lived in this manner hold the promise of deep fulfillment.

by Nayaswami Anandi (Stories of Grace)

As early as I can remember, Mom’s greatest dread, and therefore mine, was that she would become incapacitated and have to live for many years in a nursing home.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

A luxurious material life is pleasing only to the eyes; few realize “what price material comforts.” Don’t be a slave to money or possessions. Learn to live simply, renouncing unnecessary “wants” and ever-increasing desires.

by Jyotish and Devi Novak (Spiritual Practices)

Today many people are fearful for the future. How can we stay open and expansive in this time of uncertainty and turmoil? How do we remember that God is always supporting and guiding us?

by Peter Goering (Spiritual Practices)

My son’s illness was a dramatic example of how adversity can remind us to call on God. I’ve come to see how valuable the difficult times are, and how we can embrace adversity as an impetus to remember to practice God’s presence.

by Lorna Knox (Spiritualizing Daily Life)

When I came onto the spiritual path my life became consciously God-centered. There was a feeling of restfulness and calm as I let go of anxiety about myself.