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Paramahansa Yogananda on Courage in Times of Adversity

April 01, 2020

Inspiration from the April Newsletter

This month we share quotes from Paramahansa Yogananda about how we can fill ourselves with powerful thoughts of courage and cultivate a deeper awareness of divine protection during these challenging times.

[SRF/YSS President Brother Chidananda recently used many of the following statements of truth in the video “A Meditation Led by Brother Chidananda: A Message of Spiritual Assurance”— helping all those looking for balance and strength at this time to fortify themselves with the practical and encouraging wisdom of Paramahansa Yogananda.]

Everything the Lord has created is to try us, to bring out the buried soul immortality within us. That is the adventure of life, the one purpose of life. And everyone’s adventure is different, unique. You should be prepared to deal with all problems of health, mind, and soul by commonsense methods and faith in God, knowing that in life or death your soul remains unconquered.

Never let life beat you down. Beat life! If you have a strong will you can overcome all difficulties. Affirm, even in the midst of trials: “Danger and I were born together, and I am more dangerous than danger!” This is a truth you should always remember; apply it and you will see that it works. Don’t behave like a cringing mortal being. You are a child of God!

Most of all I emphasize that you should get busy seeking God through meditation....Just beneath the shadows of this life is His wondrous Light. The universe is a vast temple of His presence. When you meditate, you will find doors opening to Him everywhere. When you have communion with Him, not all the ravages of the world can take away that Joy and Peace.

Fear comes from the heart. If ever you feel overcome by dread of some illness or accident, you should inhale and exhale deeply, slowly, and rhythmically several times, relaxing with each exhalation. This helps the circulation to become normal. If your heart is truly quiet you cannot feel fear at all. Affirm: “I am ever safe in the fortress of Thy loving care.”

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In addition to Brother Chidananda’s video mentioned above, SRF offers many other online resources that can help us to connect with the Inner Source of security and reassurance, especially during the current difficult world situation. These include live online group meditations, weekly streamed inspirational services conducted by SRF and YSS monastics, and much more. To conveniently access these, and current messages from Brother Chidananda, please use the links provided in our recent Blog post “Resources on Our Site To Help You Cope With the Current World Situation.”

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