Soul Culture Journal - Summer 2009



Paramahamsa Prajnanananda


Kriya Yoga News

Greetings to all:

July 4-7, 2009 the Mother Center celebrate Guru Purnima with Swami Samarpanananda, Swami Atmavidyananda, and Yogacharyas Elizabeth Tackenberg, & John Thomas Lopategui. Guru Purnima is an age-old tradition of celebrating the birthday of the great guru and compiler of scriptures, Maharshi Shri Vyasa Deva. Sage Vyasa was born on the full moon day in the month of July. Full moon in Sanskrit is called Purnima. Sage Vyasa's birthday is dedicated to all masters, as a day of remembrance, love, and offering to the guru-preceptors. We will celebrate with a three-day intensive seminar, dedicated to honoring our beloved Gurudev Baba Hariharanandaji.

On July 7, in honor of Guru Purnima, this year we will celebrated by having a special worship and homa to commemorate Gurudev Baba Hariharanandaji's fiftieth anniversary of his monk's initiation. This is an opportunity to honor his selfless service to humanity. A homa is a sacred fire ceremony, conducted according to Vedic scriptures, in which forms of the Divine are invoked in a sacred fire. Sanskrit mantras are chanted while special offerings are given into the fire. These mantras and the energy of the fire purify the environment and all who are present. It can also purify negative karma and bring forth powerful healing along with spiritual upliftment.

The Benefits of Sponsoring a Homa

When one's negative karma is offered in the form of a financial donation, the power of the homa ceremony destroys the negative karma and replaces it with positive karma. If a person is suffering from difficulties, sponsoring a homa helps to lessen the suffering. Sponsoring a homa is very auspicious, because the homa greatly benefits not only all who attend it but also the entire world and all its creatures. Helping others in this way enhances the sponsor's positive karma, which paves the way for leading a better life.

Among the many beautiful benefits of becoming a sponsor that have already been mentioned, let us not forget the gift we receive when we are given the opportunity to be in the presence of holy people and receive their blessings.

In August, Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji's Golden Jubilee was celebrated.


Dear Divine Ones,

Today is a special day — the fiftieth birthday of Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji.

“The beauty in human life is to be grateful and thankful. Offering thanks and gratitude not only makes a person humble but it helps us deal with ego nicely. Humility is the very foundation of spirituality. We should always be grateful to God and God’s creation, and we should offer this loving gratitude to our parents, family members, and, above all, humanity. Let us also never forget to be grateful for all the saints, sages, and divine incarnations of all times, places, and religions. We should extend this feeling of gratitude to everyone we come across in our lives and offer our humble thanks to all of them.

Remember: God did not give you this life to live only for yourself; He gave you this life to love and serve humanity. The beauty of life does not come from selfish living; the real beauty manifests in caring and sharing with others. We have not come to this world to just live as animals ordinarily do, fulfilling sensory needs and desires; we have come to live with love, compassion, and understanding — and to help make God’s creation a better one. We all are children of God and we should live in that spirit, day and night, with every breath.” – Paramahamsa Prajnanananda

These are but a few of the many beautiful teachings of Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji that we should remember and contemplate upon today. He has emphasized again and again the importance of regular meditation, study of scriptures, and maintaining deep love and loyalty to the masters. Let us try to practice this divine wisdom in our daily lives, and let our efforts serve as a token of our love and offering to him on his fiftieth birthday.

At a time when the world is filled with so much falsehood, suffering, and unrighteous living, we feel especially blessed to have a realized master who shines his light upon our path, helping us discover the true purpose of our lives. Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji has dedicated his entire life to serving God, his master, and humanity. His life, which is filled with constant activity for our betterment, serves as a beautiful example of discipline, balanced living, and unconditional love. By following his footsteps, his disciples learn how to be in this world but not of this world. We are infinitely grateful to God and gurus for bringing him into our lives and giving us the opportunity to be with him.

Let us all meditate and pray sincerely and live with more love and joy in every moment.

Let us enjoy the blessings of God and gurus on this special day.

With heartfelt gratitude,
Devotees and Well-Wishers


Also in August the Mother Center held a weekend intensive focusing on deepening meditation practices with Swami Atmavidyananda and Yogacharya John Thomas Lopategui.

August 27- 30, 2009, the East Coast Regional retreat was held with Swami Atmavidyananda and Yogacharyas John Williams & David Strassner in Rochester, New York.

Tattendorf Foundation Day

In September the Tattendorf Ashram celebrated its foundation day.

Loving and Divine Soul,

God bless you all. I bow to you and send all my love, best wishes, and prayers.

Today is the foundation day of our Kriya Yoga Centrum in Tattendorf. Eleven years have passed since its birth. The twelfth year begins. In India it is thought that a period of twelve years is a complete cycle. During this time many people have come, meditated, and experienced a lot of changes in their lives.

The path of yoga implies a universal family. We all belong to one family; we are not strangers. We are each other’s relatives. This relationship is not by blood; it is a relation of love and divinity. We are never alone. God is always with us. He is the head of our family. To live a life of God consciousness, we should try to cultivate a few divine qualities. In India, several hundred years before Christ, a great philosopher lived whose name was Chanakya. He was a very elevated being and his teachings are a timeless treasure. In one of his books, the Chanakyaniti, he described a family that we should all try to live with:

satyam mata pita jnanam dharmo bhrata daya sakha
shantih patni kshama putrah shadete mama bandhavah
– Chanakyaniti

“Truth is the mother and knowledge is the father. Righteousness is the brother and compassion is the friend. Peace is the wife and forgiveness is the son. These six are my family members.”

How beautiful the world would be if we lived with values such as truthfulness, knowledge, righteousness, compassion, peace, and forgiveness. But how? It requires a good deal of strength, courage, prayer, and meditation. With these qualities we can be more loving, divine, kind, and compassionate.

Let us all meditate sincerely and pray from our hearts. Let our lives be examples of great yogis who lived not only for themselves, but for the entire creation.

On this special day, I am praying for all of you so that you all can make this ashram a temple of peace, love, and harmony.

Again, I am praying for you all.

With Love


Miami Ashram Foundation Day and Autumnal Equinox

September 22, 2009 also in September the Miami Ashram celebrated its foundation day:

Loving and Divine Soul,

On the occasion of the foundation day of our beautiful ashram I send my best wishes, love, and prayers to all of you. This is the sacred abode where Gurudev lived his last years of divine play. He not only lived here for the last five years of his life, but he inspired and motivated countless devotees all over the world on the path of Kriya Yoga. Kriya Yoga teaches us to see God within and everywhere, and it is not just a teaching, it is a practical experience.

A great spiritual master lived in India named Swami Madhusudana Saraswati. He was a great yogi, advaita vedantin, and a devotee. He wrote a beautiful explanation of the Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit. He also composed many prayers to the Lord. In one of his prayers he sang the following song:

harireva jagat jagadeko harih
harito jagato nahi bhinna tanuh
iti ysya matih paramarthagati
sa naro bhava sagaram uttarati
– Swami Madhusudana Saraswati

“God is indeed the universe, and the universe is God. There is no difference between the universe and God. One who understands this attains reality, and that person crosses the ocean of the world.”

Gurudev taught that God is omnipotent: He created the universe, and having created everything, He permeated His entire creation. With eyes closed, spiritual seekers experience God within themselves, and with eyes open they perceive the presence of God in each and all. Through this experience they feel intense love for God and His creation. This universe is the universal temple of one heavenly Father.

On this special day let us resolve to meditate nicely so that we will be able to experience God within and everywhere. When our lives change, it will bring real change everywhere. I am praying that God will make this ashram a source of spiritual illumination in our lives. Please meditate sincerely and enjoy the blessings of God and gurus.

Again, I am praying for you all.

With Love


In September the fall retreat at the Mother Center was held with Paramahamsa Prajnanananda on the subject of the Bible and the Gita.

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Invocation To The Guru

Manobuddhyahankara cittani naham
na ca srotra jihve na ca ghrana netre.
na ca vyomabhumir na tejo na vayuh
cidanandarupah sivo ham sivo ham
- Nirvana Shatkam

"I am not the mind or the intellect. Neither am I the ego nor the memory. Nor am I the ear, the tongue, the nose or the eye. I am not the sky, the earth, the fire or the wind. I am the Bliss of Consciousness – I am Siva and Siva I am."

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Message from the Master

The Deathless Soul - April 2009 issue of Sthita Prajna

You should lock your five sense telephones and watch that your five sense organs are functioning from one mind, from one soul. So you are enjoying from the center at the top, as all other centers function from the center at the top of the head. The world is full of temptations and vicious. So you should practice more, and maintain alertness.

A child has to be always watched. The mind is like a naughty child. So watch your mind to avoid mistakes.

asariram sariresu anavasthesu avasthitam

"Your soul, your invisible soul, is abiding in your visible body."

If you watch that deathless soul is activating and working through you, then you are immortal soul. To get the taste of God, you require two things. Constantly watch the mind and when you meditate identify yourself with the Gurus as you practice. Automatically you will hear sound and your thoughts, your qualities will disappear. You will feel the quality of the Guru and the sound, light, vibration, calmness, and liberation. You will never see the turbulent mind, thought, intellect, and ego. They are transformed into knowledge, consciousness, super-consciousness, cosmic consciousness, and wisdom.

This is your liberation. This is called integral yoga. This is Knowledge.

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An Excerpt from the Book ‘Kriya Yoga’

Paramahamsa Hariharananda

Chapter IV – The Theory of Kriya Yoga   pg 92-94


In the Upanisads it is said:

soaknayata bahu syam prajayate.

"It was the desire of God to become many."

so idamsarvan asrjata tad idam kinca tat srstas tad eva anupraviset.

"Having created all this, He entered into the creation. However insignificant something may be, it is He."

Inside the spine there are six centers. The sixth center is called the sat-cid-ananda-svarupa. Above this center is the fontanelle (sahasra-dala-padma). This is also called the cortical center. All perfect reasonings are stored there in the cerebrum and cerebellum. By the help of the kriya yoga technique a person can remain in the reasoning center, can withdraw all his worldly sensations, thoughts and anxieties and can constantly perceive the union of the visible and invisible body within the gross body. That state is called savikalpa samadhi or samprajnata samadhi. That means superconscious samadhi. After this, a man can also attain the turiya samadhi, that is, nirvikalpa samadhi. In that stage the kriya yogi remains in the divine rhythm.


In this universe there is no existence without air. Plants cannot grow without air, animal beings cannot live and grow without air, food cannot grow without air. Therefore, air is the supraelectronic force that is called life force. The air is the second creation of the Lord. It is invisible. The sky is the first creation of the Lord; it is also invisible. From the sky we get divine sound, which is invisible; from the air we get touch sensation, which is also invisible.

Five types of air (prana) are constantly passing through the spinal canal, which the human being can use by magnetizing his spine to transform his life force into all-accomplishing radiant divine force. In the scriptures it is said: Ayur-vayur, balamvayur, vayur dhata sarirena vahuh sarvan idamvisvam vayuh pratyaksa-dvata. Ayur-vahuh means that everyone is alive because they are taking inhalation. Balam-vayuh means that oxygen is coming through the inhalation. This is why the blood does not clot and why there is strength in the body. Vayur dhata sarirena means no human being survives if he does not inhale air. Vayuh sarvam idam visvam means that we know that air is present all around us. Vayu pratyaksa devata means that is why the air is called the living power of God.

The yoga scriptures teach that the four types of air that human beings constantly use in their bodies are:
(1) Püraka, the incoming breath,
(2) Antah-kumbhaka, the breath held inside after inhalation without locking the nose,
(3) Recaka, the exhalation or outgoing breath and
(4) Bahir-kumbhaka, the breath held outside after exhalation without locking the nose.


It is also written in yoga sutra of Patanjali: prachardanavidharanam pranasya. This means that, if you want to cool down your mind, you should take deep inhalation and exhalation. If a person under the guidance of a good kriya yoga Master can practice this properly for fifteen minutes, then he must get three divine qualities in him. After this practice, the kriya yogi reaches another stage of kriya which is called niscale niscalo bhavet. This means that he will forget his body sense, mind sense and worldly sense. At that time he does not keep any attention on the breath and almost gets the breathless stage, which is the deathless stage. In this stage the heart beats very slowly and thus, gets rest. By the help of this kriya, people can get long life. In this divine state, people get real purification. This is real meditation. At this time people can only perceive three things: (1) illumination throughout the universe, light is the third creation of God; (2) a sensation of serpent-like movement from the high heaven to the earth, which is the perception of all pervadingness and also the movement sensation of the soul throughout the gross body-this is called the hamsa-sadana; (3) the divine sound, the om sound, can be heard in any of its varieties- as a rumbling sound, bumblebee sound, mosquito buzzing sound, roaring sound, church-bell sound, gongbell sound, storm sound, violin sound, flute sound, conch-blowing sound or sometimes a combination of all melodious and harmonious sounds at the same time.

Kabir, one of the great yogis, described the condition of one absorbed in meditation:

rash gagan gufa me ajhar jharay bin baja jhankar uthi yaha, samaja pade job dhyana hdare.

When a monk is absorbed in the super-conscious stage, then the sweet divine nectar rolls down from the fontanelle and he hears the violin, flute and other melodious sounds.

When a kriya yogi practices kriya proper, then his whole body and spine are magnetized, his life force is changed into divine force and he feels the greatest energy throughout all his activities. By the help of this technique he gets physical, mental and intellectual regeneration and rejuvenation. Kabir also said:

Binu chanda urjari darasaya yaha tanha jyotir najar pare.

When a person practices jyoti mudra, the last technique of kriya, the five sense telephones are introverted and he sees the moonlight, bluish light and white light in front of his forehead. After that when he sits like Lahiri Baba with his forehead wrinkled, then he can see divine light all over the universe. The light is the living presence of the soul. In the Upanisads, it is written in several places that fire is the real soul and soul is the real fire and the air (oxygen) is the life of the soul. If you keep a candle lit and cover it with a jar, then, within a short time, the light will be extinguished. Similarly, soul fire is remaining in the cranium and the life force in the form of air is carrying oxygen that is allowing the soul fire to remain in the body. If you hold your breath for five minutes, then surely your fire, that is, your soul, will not remain in the body.

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Go to the Top - From Sthita Prajna

There was a king. He was a good ruler, ambitious and looked after his subjects well. But the king did not have any children. As he grew old he was concerned about who would be his heir and designed his own test to choose a successor.

He constructed a huge seven storied palace. He filled each of the floors with treasures of different kinds. The first floor had silver coins, the second gold, and the third precious gems and so on. What was on each floor was kept a secret.

Then he made an announcement to the people “anyone could come to this palace and collect anything they could. It is all open and free. But you are allowed to come only once.”

Now, people started coming to the palace with bags to collect what they could. Some stopped on the first floor when they saw the silver coins and started filling them. They did not want to take a chance of going to the second floor as they do not know what was there. Some were a little more adventurous and took their chance and went up to the second floor. But none was taking the chance of going all the way, as they did not want to waste time.

But one young man kept going to see what was next and finally reached the seventh floor. To his surprise the king was sitting on the seventh floor. When the king saw the young man he was happy that he had the eagerness to find out what was next and did not easily give up his quest. The king declared, “This young man will be the crown prince, he will be my successor.”

Message: Do not be satisfied with smaller riches that the world offers. Keep striving to reach the top, the abode of the Lord who created us and inherit the divine kingdom.

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An Excerpt from the Book ‘River of Compassion’

Paramahamsa Prajnanananda

Chapter-7 The Company You Keep   pg 172-175

Vishwa Kavi and Vishwa Guru

By coincidence, the great poet laureate of India, Rabindranath Tagore, and the young brahmachari had the same name, Rabindranath (rabi—sun, Indra—Lord, Nath—God; the king, soul, and sun). Rabindranath Tagore (1861—1941) was one of India’s most celebrated modern poets. Besides being a writer, he was also a philanthropist, reformer, educator, and the founder of the famous open university at Shantiniketan, which means the “Abode of Peace.” For a good period of time, Rabindranath Tagore and Shri Sanyal Mahasaya worked together on the formation of this university, and though Shri Sanyal Mahasaya eventually left, their friendship continued.

When Shri Sanyal Mahasaya lived in Benares, the poet Rabi Thakur (as he was popularly called) came there to visit; both friends were very happy to meet again after a long time Rabi Thakur expressed the desire to see a real saint and spend some time with him. Sanyal Mahasaya asked, “Do you want to see monks who put on an external show or a true elevated soul, hiding himself from the crowd, but always merged in a blissful state?” The poet wanted the second. Then Shri Sanyal Mahasaya took him to a disciple of Shri Lahiri Mahasaya, who was always absorbed in cosmic consciousness, and he was extremely happy to see such a saint.

Rabi Thakur was honored as a world poet (vishwakavi) and awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize in 1913 for his work Gitanjali, an anthology of religious lyrics. He was the first Asian to receive this prize. Gitanjali was originally written in Bengali, but later he translated the book into English himself.

Admiring the work of Rabindranath Tagore, Brahma Bandhav Upadhyaya (1861—1907) wrote in an editorial in his journal, Sophia, on the 1 September 1900: “If ever Bengali language is studied by a foreigner, it will be for the sake of Rabindra. He is a world poet. He is like devadaru, which has its roots deep down in the lowland but which threatens to pierce the sky—such is his loftiness.”

His poems compiled in the book Gita Vitan (“Melody of Songs”) are famous for their soul stirring rhythm, melody, and meaning. A true spokesman for modern India, he composed not only the songs, but also the music, and created a new era in music known as “Rabindra Sangeet.” These songs were translated into many languages, but very few people fully understand the deep meaning contained in each word, each line, and each stanza of the songs. Each song is rich with deep spiritual truths and philosophical ideas. All the disciples and audiences of Swami Hariharananda were thrilled when he explained the spiritual importance of the songs of Tagore, and all were spellbound when he sang those songs with his beautiful, melodious voice at spiritual gatherings. He never forgot to carry a huge volume of Tagore’s Gita Vitan with him whenever he went to Europe or America. Vishwa kavi (“world poet” Rabindranath Tagore) and vishwa guru (“world teacher” Rabindranath Bhattacharya [later known as Hariharananda] were like the two feet of one person complementing each other along the path to divinity.

Swamiji had deep spiritual insight into the writings of Rabindranath Tagore. The songs of Gita Vitan, especially from the section Pooja (“the worship”), were often on his mind. He sang and even taught his students to sing these songs. While listening to the songs of Tagore, he would fall into a trance. His melodious voice could thrill the hearts of listeners, and his interpretation of the metaphorical songs still resounds in the ears of his devotes.

In 1941 Brahmachari Rabinarayan had a strange dream in which the poet-saint Rabindranath Tagore gave him a set of books he had written, saying, “My dear child, I am going—my work is finished. Now I give this responsibility to you because you know the real meaning and interpretation of my writings, especially my songs and their metaphysical truths. You will spread this truth through your life and activities. I am leaving.” He woke up from his sleep early in the morning at about 3:30—4.00 a.m. It is believed that an early morning dream is a premonition, and Brahmachari Rabinarayan felt in his heart that the greatly loved poet, Rabindranath, had left his body. He mentioned this to Swami Sevananda in the ashram, who could not believe it, saying, “No, no, that old man (Rabi Thakur) should not go now. He should live much longer.” Later that day they heard on the radio that Tagore had breathed his last.

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An Excerpt from the Book ‘Path of Love’

Paramahamsa Prajnanananda


Once when Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was talking to some disciples, a devotee came in, in a state of agitated confusion, and explained that he had just had a quarrel with someone because he was speaking badly about his Guru. Ramakrishna calmly exhorted him to do as follows, “God who gave you ears, also gave you two feet to walk away if you could not tolerate what was being said. There was no need to quarrel.”

Rama entreats us not to find fault with others, even while we dream. During our dreamtime we use our subtle body. The gross body is active during the day, the subtle body functions in the dream state, and the causal body is present in the deep sleep state. Rama is really asking us to be free from all the negative qualities in life and to be always submerged in God- consciousness. Dreams are not normally under human control, but a person who is God-oriented will have pleasant, peaceful dreams.

9. Navama sarala sana sab chalhina mama bharosa hiya harasha na dina

To be pure and simple, fully dependent on God, always cheerful at heart and devoid of all narrowness.

Rama indicated that the ninth step to the Path of Love could only be reached by a simple person, devoid of hypocrisy or deceit, whose life depends entirely on God, and whose every action is performed in God- consciousness, without any variation between extreme joy or depression.

Two brothers, Rama and Lakshmana, were sitting by a lake, when they saw a white stork walking very gingerly on the water, careful not to disturb the fish underneath. One brother observed,

pasya pasyare lakshmana baka parama dharmika

"Look how humble and divine that stork is."

The other brother replied, “Appearances can be deceptive. If you want to know more about that bird, you should ask the other aquatic beings in the pond. A vulture eats carrion, but a stork swallows living prey. How cruel this is.”

In the Path of Love there is no outward show. The inside and the outside should be transparent like a crystal. There must be a deep awareness that God resides permanently inside and is manifested outside, throughout creation. God knows every single thought that passes through our minds, we can never hide anything from Him.

In the Bible (Psalm 139) it is written,

0 Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, 0 Lord, thou knowest it altogether
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was non of them.
How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, 0 God! How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, 0 God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
Do not I hate them, 0 Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. Search me, 0 God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

The goal is to be straight, simple and open in our outlook, understanding and behavior, as fresh, pure and transparent as a child. Everyone loves a child. Every child is beautiful, because they reflect Divinity. As the child grows, the pressures from the environment, from his peer-group and from former tendencies and propensities will come into play and obscure that Divinity. He/she will start to be pulled down by his/her lower chakras and it is only through self-discipline and introspection, that this lost innocence can be recovered. In essence, the life of a person following the Path of Love should be like that of a young child. Examine yourself with the eyes of an outsider, to see what negative qualities you posses. When you speak the truth, do it sincerely but carefully.

The Manu Smrti (IV:138) warns us,

“Speak the truth but not that which is hurtful to others.”
Not everyone is ready to accept the truth. Be gentle, and do not persist if the other person is not receptive. People become hypocrites because they think one thing, and say another. Love does not mean ignoring mistakes. When a child needs discipline, the mother has to be strong. As an Economics teacher, I had to be very strong sometimes. This was also an expression of my love for those who needed that type of treatment. Be strong and gentle at the same time.

Rama urges us to depend on God. Remember that no matter how grown up we might be, we are still the children of God. We are all His children, playing with toys like a house and a car. All these are nothing but toys and we buy them, and break them like children. Our job and our family are all play and we can play our roles well only if we listen to the prompting of God. Keep a prayerful attitude, ‘You are in my every breath, Oh God, whatever good or bad comes, it is only through Your grace.’ If you are truly sincere, your feeling of closeness with God will never leave you.

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The Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 18, Verse 11)

Paramahamsa Hariharananda
na hi dehabhrta sakyam
tyaktum karmany asesatah
yas tu karmaphalatyagi
sa tyagity abhidhiyate


Since actions cannot be given up entirely by someone possession a body, only he who renounces the fruit of actions is a man of renunciation.

Metaphorical Interpretation

Most people are extremely attached to the body. They think that they are the body. They cannot realize that they are really the soul living in the body. Body consciousness breeds many difficulties. Body-conscious people cannot perceive the importance of breath in daily life. In this verse, these ignorant people are called dehabhrit, body conscious, engrossed in activity forgetful of the indwelling Self. There are also those pseudo-spiritual individuals who present themselves as if they were rununciant monks, externally detached but internally, in their minds, they are extremely attached to the material world. They always maintain a double standard and that is not spirituality.

One must clearly understand the true principles of spiritual life. Every human being is soul living in a body house. So long as the body exist, you must work. They body needs food. You must provide enough food to nourish, grow and maintain the body. To obtain food, you must work and earn money, purchase food, and cook. This work is unavoidable. If you do not eat regularly, disease, ill health and ultimate suffering and death will come.

Ordinarily, it is difficult to completely detach yourself from work. So what should the spiritual aspirant do? He must reform his outlook. He must know the secret of work (kri and ya). Work must be worship.

While eating, be attached to the indwelling Self, not the tempting tongue. While taking food, offer each taste of food as an oblation to the divine fire for the purpose of maintaining the body. This will general inner detachment and God –Conscious higher living, making you free from fruits of action, ultimately leading to liberation.

Most people are whimsical. They are afraid of work, but for the sake of the body, work must be done. Due to laziness, some people do not even cook their own food; they purchase and eat fast food, junk food. If they persist, they will acquire diseases. You must be careful about food. It should not be rich, spicy and oily merely for the satisfaction of the tongue. Take food in moderation, only as required. In this way, during all work, with moderation, and God consciousness, you can avoid karma- phala, fruition of actions.

Inner detachment means that instead of working due to desire and ambition for achievement, you work only for the sake of the body. When you constantly search for indwelling Self while action, you perceive that you are not working, that the soul is the cause of all activity. Thsu all immoral and debauched attitudes can be avoided.

There is no need for pomp and grandeur in spiritual life. Spending a lot of money and spending day and night in extroverted religious exhibitionism will not yield the ultimate fruit. To be spiritual by developing inner calm, constantly watch the Lord in the fontanel and silently search for Him in the breath. Then you can be free from attachment; then you can experience continuous God- realization and liberation.

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Patanjali Yoga Sutra 51

Paramahamsa Prajnanananda
Tasyāpi nirodhe sarvanirodhāt nirbijah samādhih

Word meaning:

Tasya – of that
Api – also
Nirodhe – on cessation, control or suppression
Sarva – nirodhat – suppression or control of all
Nirbijah Samadhi – seedless Samadhi


When the dissolution (nirodha) of even that samskara (impression) occurs, then there is dissolution of all else and there by nirbija (seedless) Samadhi is attained.

Commentary of Shri Lahiri Mahashaya:

Gradually through elimination of this impression, everything dissolves in Brahman and ultimately nirbija Samadhi is attained. In other words, when this impression ceases to exist, one is established in purasha (indwelling spirit). That is known as pure and perfect.

Metaphorical Interpretation:

Being in this state of ritambhara prajna life saturated with truth is not enough. No doubt this is a blissful state. But still there is a trace of duality, which one must overcome. The impression arising out of this truthful experience removes all ordinary impressions of the past. Now is the time to be free from this divine impression also.

That is why after explaining in the previous four sutras about the preconditions of Nirbija Samadhi, as the light of the dawn before the sun rise.

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