Today, January 5, we celebrate the birthday of Paramhansa Yogananda, who brought to earth the spiritual power to uplift humanity. In one of the most amazing passages in Autobiography of a Yogi, he describes his experience of cosmic consciousness: “A swelling glory within me began to envelop towns, continents, the earth, solar and stellar systems, tenuous nebulae, and floating universes. . . . I cognized the center of the empyrean as a point of intuitive perception in my heart.”

Finding Your Spiritual Power New Years Resolutions for 2018

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If the center of the universe lies within us, then there is a reservoir of strength we can draw on! We can access it by developing, through deep meditation, our inner connection with God—the source of all power. The stronger this connection grows, the more our fears and anxieties melt away.

Spiritual power is not ours to grasp or own, but will flow through us if we act in accordance with God’s will. It isn’t about controlling others, or defeating and destroying them—that is the realm of worldly power.

When Jesus Christ was taken by the Roman soldiers to be tried and crucified, his disciples drew their swords to defend him. He stayed their hands, saying, “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?” Certainly he had the power to destroy his attackers, but he chose to use his strength to do the will of God.

Yoganandaji said that every test we face in life is a test of our will power, and that we are never given a test that we don’t have the ability to overcome. Once we understand these two points, we are armed with powerful weapons to lead us to victory.

Spiritual power also enables us to become a source of strength and hope for others. In his life Swami Kriyananda was faced with test after test, but with a strength drawn from his faith in God and attunement with his guru, he was able to overcome every obstacle in his path. The creation of Ananda, and the hundreds of thousands brought to Yogananda’s path through it, are ample testament to what spiritual power can accomplish.

Once, after Swamiji had gone through a particularly difficult period, I said to him, “I don’t know if I have the strength to endure what you’ve had to go through in this lifetime.”

“I didn’t know that I had the strength,” he replied, “but faith is my armor.” So powerful was this statement that I used it as the title for a biography of his life—Faith Is My Armor—that he asked me several years later to write.

Recently I read an essay called, “We Were Made for These Times.” It concluded with the words: “When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.”

So as you embark on the voyage of 2018, whatever obstacles may lie before you, remember to draw on the examples of the great spiritual warriors. Like them, develop your own spiritual power so that you can sail safely through all of life’s storms, and steer your soul ship to the shores of God-consciousness.

Wishing you a blessed New Year,

Nayaswami Devi

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  1. Dear Nayaswami Devi, Thank you, Thank you for these wonderful words that feed our heart, soul and mind and our all, too hard to express the unfathomable beauty of God’s Love, Mercy and Grace and that His Power is ever with us to draw from and hopefully inspire others knowing we also have the Blessed help from Master Paramhansa Yogananda, Happy Blessed Birthday. Joy and Blessings to you Nayaswamis’ Devi, Jyotish and all at Ananda for all your lovely articles.

  2. Oh Devi Ma – Thank You!
    This is so inspiring!!!

    We ARE so much stronger than we believe we are…we have to be, right?!
    We are after all, Children of God!

    Thank you for being an example for us and for the world, of strength, femininity, compassion and love!

  3. I read this article once. Then read again and again. It gives me such a strength and peaceful feeling that I cannot explain. Thanks for such a wonderful lesson.

  4. Thank you deviji
    So blessed we all r
    Master loves all n wants to protect from evil things by given spiritual path

  5. Thank you….may this new year be filled with the power of more meditation and deep prayer for others in need,and
    for this country and other countries in need of healing and protection from all evil.

  6. Dear Devi, thank you for reminding me of God’s power and that it flows through me. That will be my mantra today on Master’s birthday and through out the challenging times we are experiencing. Joy to you, Mary Jo

  7. Just the words I needed to hear! Heartening and strengthening. No doubt many others will feel the same.
    Happy Birthday Dear Paramhansaji! Thank you for being our Beloved Guru! We are always and ever your beloved devotees.
    Thank you Dear Nayaswami Devi for your inspired words!

  8. Dear Nayaswami Devi Ji,

    Thank you for the wonderful blog 🙂 Sincere thanks and beloved Pranams to Swamji and Ananda for introducing us to our Guru Paramhansa Yogananda. We are so blessed to be part of this great Spiritual family 🙂


  9. Pranam Jis

    Thank you for the Guidance to Sail Through 2018 Blessed with The Help of Raised Sprituality 2018.

    With Gratitude
    R Sundararajan

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