Friday, October 21, 2016

"Change your consciousness and know that you are the Infinite Spirit …
Reverse the direction of you concentration from the little body to the vast 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.


So when you ask me: "How do we face the 'doom and gloom' in this world?" I say to you: Don't accept it! It doesn't exist as such unless you allow it to exist as darkness in your own consciousness. Make the effort to change the center of your awareness. How often each day do we think of God? How often do we turn inward to God? It is so wonderful to live always in the consciousness of His presence, to live always with the thought, "I love You, my God." What a thrill that is. "I love You, and because I love You first, I feel love for all mankind. I can forgive those who misunderstand me because I love You. I want only to do good in this world because I love You." That is the way we ought to live our lives.

Don't be discouraged by this "doom and gloom"; it will pass. In this world many civilizations have come and gone. There have been unnumbered crises like those we see today — more than we could possibly know or remember, though our souls have traveled through many such periods during our long journey of incarnations. But this is not all there is. There is something better for us beyond, in that other world. The more we take our minds away from the body's attachments to this sphere, the more we can lift our consciousness into that divine kingdom.

We begin by trying to spiritualize the senses. Look only to the good, try to think only good. It doesn't mean we become Pollyannas; it means we have the will, strength, devotion, and faith within us to say: "My God, I am Yours. And I will do whatever I can in my little corner of the world to cheer and uplift others — whether it be my family, my neighbors, my community, whomever I can reach. I will do the best I can, even though I myself may be struggling."

Our Guru often said: "Real saints are those who, even in the midst of their own sufferings, bring cheer and healing into the lives of all who come to them." That is the attitude of a true lover of God. No matter what he or she is going through, no one who comes to that individual will go away feeling downtrodden, discouraged, a failure. We are all God's children; and we have, each one of us, that power by which we can conquer life's difficulties. But we must believe in it, we must exercise it — and we must strive always to be cheerful.

"A saint that is sad," Paramahansaji quoted, "is a sad saint!" He himself was most joyous, all the time — even in the midst of the tremendous struggles he went through to build this work of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society. To serve God isn't easy; in this world, life isn't easy! But let us live with joy, with cheerfulness, and with the determination that we will conquer, we will be all right, because the Divine is behind us.

Don't ever be a moody person; don't ever be one who spreads negative thinking. Remember: This world is created through the law of duality; there are two sides to everything — a positive and a negative — and each human being has the choice to align his consciousness with one or the other. No one wants to be around a stinkweed. It is negative and depresses us. But, as our Guru used to say, everybody loves to gather around a rose, which gives off a sweet fragrance. Be a positive human rose.

Make up your mind to be positive, to be cheerful, to be joyous. I promise you that if you do that, you will find good coming your way, because thought has the power to attract. If our thoughts are habitually negative, we attract negative circumstances. If we live and think positively, we attract positive results. It's as simple as that: Like attracts like.


At the end of that vision I described, the darkness threatening our world was pushed away by the spirit of God through increasing numbers of individuals living according to spiritual principles. Spirituality starts with morality, the rules of right behavior that are basic to every religion — such as truthfulness, self-control, faithfulness to marriage vows, noninjury to others. And we must straighten out not only our behavior, but also our thinking. If we persist in thinking a certain way, those thoughts eventually become actions. So to change ourselves we have to begin with our thoughts.

Thought is a force; it has immense power. That is why I believe so deeply in the Worldwide Prayer Circle that Paramahansa Yogananda began. I hope you are all involved in it. When people send forth concentrated, positive thoughts of peace, love, goodwill, forgiveness, as in the healing technique used by the Worldwide Prayer Circle, this generates a great power. If the masses were to do this, it would set up a vibration of goodness that would be powerful enough to change the world.

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(To Be Continued)

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