Paramahansa Yogananda encouraged all meditators to expand their consciousness during the Easter season by attuning it to the infinite Christ Consciousness — the projected consciousness of God immanent in all creation; the universal consciousness, oneness with God, manifested by Jesus, Krishna, and other avatars. Following is one of the meditations he gave:
Christ is risen. He is risen from the limitations of the physical body, the astral body, and the causal body into Omnipresence. One with omnipresent Christ Consciousness, Jesus is risen in the heart of every flower, every ray of sunshine, every noble thought. He is risen in the atomic age, and all its devastations will not hide the birth of his spirit of new life, new humanity, rising from the cradle of wisdom and universal love.
He is risen in our minds, our hearts, our souls — there is no separation between him and us. He is walking in the garden of our love, in the garden of our sacred devotion, in the garden of our meditation and Kriya Yoga.
He is risen in every atom and cell, he is risen in the clouds, he is risen in all planets. He is risen in the universes and the wandering radiations around the universes, and in the cool light beyond. He is risen from the universes into the quiet of Cosmic Consciousness. And he will rise again in you, through your devotion and Kriya Yoga. When your wisdom shall awaken, you will behold the resurrection of Christ within you. And through your meditation and divine communion you shall be resurrected with him, from the sepulchre of the body and mortal consciousness into the ever blissful infinitude of Spirit.
“O Christ, thou art resurrected in Spirit. We rejoice in thy resurrection, and in its reassurance of thy promise: that as children of God, having descended into the sepulchre of flesh, we too shall reascend into our Father’s kingdom. On this Easter, all our devotion, all the cries of our hearts, all the perfume of goodness within us, we lay at thy feet of omnipresence. We are thine, receive us! Through the Christ Consciousness, resurrect us with thee in the Eternal Spirit. Keep us in that kingdom of Bliss ever and forever.”
Prayer and Affirmation for Easter Morning
“Heavenly Christ, saturate our consciousness with Thy consciousness. Give us a new birth in Thee.”
Affirm and feel:
“Heavenly Father, awaken me in Christ Consciousness.
Christ and I are one.
Joy and I are one.
Peace and I are one.
Wisdom and I are one.
Love and I are one.
Bliss and I are one.
Christ and I are one. Christ and I are one. Christ and I are one.”
“A Meditation on Resurrection” is from The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You — A revelatory commentary on the original teachings of Jesus by Paramahansa Yogananda