The whole universe is really consciousness, not matter, and the spiritual practices he taught are meant to detach us from the ego’s delusion that this material plane is the ultimate reality. To find the beauty that lies both within and without, we must calm the mind, the emotions, and ultimately the breath.
Yogananda wrote, "Come out of your closed chamber of limitation. Breathe in the fresh air of vital thoughts. Exhale poisonous thoughts of discouragement, discontentment, or hopelessness. Never suggest to your mind human limitations of sickness, old age, or death, but constantly remind yourself, ‘I am the Infinite, which has become the body."
The above excerpt was taken from "You Have No Idea how Beautiful You Are", an article written in the newsletter A Touch of Light by Nayaswami Jyotish and Devi, the spiritual leaders of Ananda Sangha Worldwide, and Swami Kriyananda's successors. Subscribe at http://www.atouchoflightletter.com/subscribe/.
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Albert Einstein stated: " We experience ourselves “as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of…consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to use our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty…”Albert Einstein, New York Times , March 29, 1972
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