Posts Tagged ‘divine communion’

Of What Value Is Your Love for God?

January 22, 2011

Reading this inspiring anecdote in Finding the Joy Within You, a collection of talks given by Sri Daya Mata, the longtime president of Self-Realization Fellowship, was an excellent reminder of the power of reframing and the importance of practicing what you preach.

Some years ago, shortly after becoming president, I spoke at a function at one of our Self-Realization Fellowship temples. During the banquet that preceded my talk, a woman I had never seen before was seated near me. She was not a Self-Realization member, but had decided it was her duty to be the critic of our society and its administration.

All evening my mind had been absorbed in the joyous love of Divine Mother. Suddenly, though, this person caught my eye. It was an absolute shock to see what was in her gaze. I realized, “This person hates (more…)

Divine Communion and Dairy Products

January 11, 2011

I’ve long admired Paramahansa Yogananda‘s talent for creating vivid, colorful analogies to get his points across. Here is a delightful example from the book Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda.

Milk poured into water mixes with it; but butter, churned from milk, floats on top of water. Similarly, the milk of an ordinary person’s (more…)

Begin Again, as Often as Necessary

April 17, 2010

Many people are intimidated by meditation because they fear they cannot sufficiently quiet their mind. During meditation, do not be discouraged if your attention drifts and worldly thoughts intrude. Simply begin again as if you had just begun.

If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its (more…)