Monday, September 26, 2016

"Seek refuge by meditating on the oneness of the little self with the almighty Spirit."

Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda
Welcome To
Richmond Meditation Circle

This group is composed of devoted members and friends of the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF).

For more than 85 years, SRF has been dedicated to carrying on the spiritual and humanitarian work of its founder, Paramahansa Yogananda, widely revered as the father of Yoga in the West.

SRF is a worldwide religious organization with international headquarters in Los Angeles. As expressed in the Aims and Ideals formulated by Paramahansa Yogananda, the society seeks to foster a spirit of greater understanding and goodwill among the diverse peoples and religions of our global family, and to help those of all cultures and nationalities to realize and express more fully in their lives the beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit.

Guidance from Ma

Compilation of talks given by Sri Daya Mata that
were originally printed in Self-Realization magazine.


We are the creators of the conditions that confront us. They are the sum total of immoral behavior and the decline of ethical standards in all walks of life.

The survival of civilization depends on observance of standards of right behavior. I am not talking about man-made codes that change with changing times, but about timeless universal principles of conduct that promote healthy, happy, peaceful individuals and societies — allowing for diversity in a harmonious unity.

It is sometimes hard for us in our ordinary consciousness to grasp the immensity of the truths behind God's structured universe. But those ultimate verities do exist, and there can be no compromise with the exacting laws by which the Lord upholds the cosmos and its beings. Everything in the universe is connected. As human beings, we are related not only to each other, but to all nature as well, because all life comes from one Source: God. He is perfect harmony; but the wrong thoughts and actions of man have a desultory effect on the manifestation of His harmonious plan in this world. Just as when you try to tune in a radio station, static may prevent you from receiving the program clearly, so man's "static" misbehavior disturbs the harmony of the forces of nature. Wars, natural catastrophes, social turmoil, and the other problems we are facing today are the result.


We must change. That was the message of Paramahansa Yogananda; that is why this work he founded will grow on and on and on — because it can and will help people to change.

Afflicted by suffering, people commonly say: "Why did God do this to me?" He didn't do it to us. We must take responsibility for ourselves, for our own actions. When we hit a stone wall, the wall doesn't mean to hurt us; but we may break our knuckles, or our head! We cannot blame the wall for that. We may lament, "But I didn't know that wall was there; otherwise I wouldn't have run into it!" That is why God created divine laws and set them forth as guidelines in all the great religions of the world. To each of us He is saying, "My child, these are the absolutes you must follow." He knew that we were weak; He knew that we were frail. He knew we had lost contact with Him — and that our vision and discrimination had been clouded — by our becoming too much immersed in this material world. So he gave those laws through the prophets and rishis to help us know when we are doing wrong. We suffer when we transgress those eternal divine principles.

We must get back to them. We must realize, as Christ said, that our kingdom is not of this world. It is beyond this mundane kingdom — it is where the divine ones are, where the great saints and masters are. How many times I saw Paramahansaji in his room suddenly become very quiet and withdrawn. Some of us were privileged on those occasions to sit at his feet and meditate with him. After he had opened his eyes, he would speak of that other world: "You see this finite world? It is so imperfect. If you could only see, as I see, that great world beyond this one — filled with God's light and joy."

My dear ones, your kingdom, too, is not of this world. Let us not lose our awareness of our real kingdom; let us not spend all of our time and attention on the things of this world, because one day we must leave it.

  gold lotus rule 

(To Be Continued)

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