Swami Yogananda (d. 1952)

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Swami Yogananda (d. 1952)

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A major influence for Interfaith movement. The Kriya Lineage from Babaji & Lahiri Mahasay had their best known advocate in Swami Yogananda. His Autobiography of a Yogi has been inspiring countless aspirants. Here is a sample of his many teachings, this one on the value of Mediation:
FOREWORD: LEARN TO MEDITATE

Meditation is the science of God-realization. It is the most practical science in the world. Most
people would want to meditate if they understood its value and experienced its beneficial effects. The
ultimate object of meditation is to attain conscious awareness of God, and of the soul’s eternal oneness
with Him. What achievement could be more purposeful and useful than to harness limited human faculties
to the omnipresence and omnipotence of the Creator? God-realization bestows on the meditator the
blessings of the Lord’s peace, love, joy, power, and wisdom.

Meditation utilises concentration in its highest form. Concentration consists in freeing the attention
from distractions and in focusing it on any thought in which one may be interested. Meditation is that
special form of concentration in which the attention has been liberated from restlessness and is focused on
God. Meditation, therefore, is concentration used to know God.

In response to the love of exalted devotees, God has manifested Himself in various cosmic forms. He
also manifests Himself in truth, in divine qualities, in the creative power and beauty in nature, in the lives
of great saints and avatars (divine incarnations), and in the soul of every human being. Thus meditation on
any of these concepts brings a deep realization of the omnipresent Absolute, of Him who is ever-existing,
ever-conscious, ever-new Bliss. And because meditation gives direct perception of God, it raises the
practice of religion above the differences of dogma.

In this book are meditations of three types: prayers or loving demands addressed to God, affirmations
about God or truth, and spiritual guidance and inspiration to be directed to one’s own consciousness.
Select a meditation that meets your present need. To help focus your mind on that spiritual thought,
practise the following meditation instructions: Sit on a straight chair, or in a cross-legged position on a
firm surface. Keep the spine straight and the chin parallel to the floor. With eyes closed, gently focus your
gaze and concentrate your attention at the point between the eyebrows. This is the seat of concentration,
and of the spiritual eye, or divine perception, in man. With the attention fixed at this centre of calmness
and concentration, practise the meditation you have chosen. Audibly or mentally repeat the words slowly,
concentrating on them intently until you become absorbed in the inner meaning. Meditate until you feel that
the concept on which you are meditating has become a part of your own consciousness.

The first proof of God’s presence is an ineffable peace. This evolves into joy humanly inconceivable.
Once you have touched the Source of truth and life, all nature will respond to you. Finding God within,
you will find Him without, in all people and all conditions.
From his Metaphysical Meditations.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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Yogananda Brought many people to Christ and Krishna, as well as bridged many Spiritual Gaps. He was by Far Enlightened and His approach reminds me of Thich Nhat Hanh's Perspective on Buddhism as His own's on Vedanta and the study of Ancient Indian Spirituality. Everyone I run into who is a proponent of Yogananda's Teachings has a shining Light to them that stem from His works. The world is greatly endebted to such a Great Spiritual Master. Om.

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The habit of being inwardly in the calm presence of God must be developed, so that day and night that consciousness will remain steadfast. It is worth the effort; for to live in the consciousness of God is to be done with enslavement to disease, suffering, and fear. Just be with God; that is the be-all and end-all of life. If one resolves never to go to sleep at night without meditating and feeling the Divine Presence, into one's life will come happiness beyond all expectation. Effort is necessary, but that effort will make one a king enthroned in the kingdom of peace and joy. Time spent in the pursuit of extraneous material things is a waste of man's precious opportunities to know God. I am telling you this from my heart: Blessed is he who makes up his mind never to rest until he has found God.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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Fearlessness is the impregnable rock on which the house of spiritual life must be erected. Fearlessness means faith in God: faith in His protection, His justice, His wisdom, His mercy, His love, His omnipresence.

Do you ever think that you have been completely unsettled by circumstances — ruffled, shattered, whipped, lacking power? Banish such thoughts! You have power; you do not use it. You have all the power you need. There is nothing greater than the power of the mind.

Under no circumstances let fear take control of your mind and will. Whenever there is a fear, look at it squarely in the face: Try to remove the outer cause and take steps to embolden the mind to overcome that trepidation.

Constantly cultivate the soul’s immortal power by meditation and God-contact, and use that power in all difficulties.

Fear comes from the heart. If ever you feel overcome by dread of some illness or accident, you should inhale and exhale deeply, slowly, and rhythmically several times, relaxing with each exhalation. This helps the circulation to become normal. If your heart is truly quiet you cannot feel fear at all.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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In a few minutes Yogananda shows how to replace sorrow & worry with happiness:

Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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