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Fire of Truth

Master

When the Fire of Truth burns in the heart,

It purifies the heart.

When its spark comes out of tongue,

It is vibrant with life.

Lo, it falls upon the ear that is not closed to the subtle, spiritual sound,

like far-distant music,

Rousing the soul to a new world.

Fire of Truth,- When it burns in heart,

It purifies the heart.

When it burns in the mouth, it purifies the mouth,

It purifies mind, body, and glorifies the soul.

~ Swami Paramananda

If all the Gods are wroth

O my Guru! If all the Gods are wroth, and yet thou art satisfied with me, I am safe in the fortress of thy pleasure. And if all the Gods protect me by the parapets of their blessings, and yet I receive not thy benediction, I am an orphan, left to pine spiritually in the ruins of thy displeasure.

O Guru, thou didst lift me out of the land of bewilderment into the paradise of peace. My slumber of sorrow is ended, and I am awake in joy.

~ Paramahansa Yogananda, “Whispers from Eternity”

Tranquil Harmony

Covet not pleasure.

Shrink not from pain.

Stand firm on the balancing rod of life.

He who seeketh pleasure can ne’er escape pain;

For they are coupled,- the inseparable twins.

Let thy soul live in tranquil harmony

Amid pleasure and amid pain.

~ Swami Paramananda

I want to ply my boat…

I want to ply my boat, many times,

Across the gulf-after –death,

And return to earth's shores from my home in Heaven.

I want to load my boat

With those waiting, thirsty ones who are left behind,

And carry them by the opal pool of iridescent joy

Where my Father distributes

His all-desire-quenching liquid peace.

~ Paramahansa Yogananda, “ Man’s Eternal Quest “

Love

Love! Great immensity!

Unfathomed mystery!

Sacred current of life!

Vibrant resplendent flame

that burneth eternally,

Consuming all our imperfections,

Healing all our wounds,

And bestowing peace upon our turbulent heart!

Hail to Thee, Thou holy Spirit!

Hail to Thee again and evermore,

Thou Giver of pure sight!

Let me lie in Thy protecting arms

And sleep in the warmth of

Thy bosom,

And in waking behold

Thy beneficent face

That never changeth its tender mercy.

To Thee I turn my face.

And on Thee I fix my eager gaze

Now and let it be through eternity.

~ Swami Paramananda

Rhythm of Life

~ Swami Paramananda

Walk in the rhythm of life;

Your limbs will not tire.

Sing with the rhythm of life;

Your voice will gain sweetness.

Your feet will not touch the ground.

Breathe in rhythm.

Think in rhythm.

Talk in rhythm.

Walk in rhythm.

sing in rhythm.

Dance in rhythm.

Dance in rhythm.

Let rhythmic be your life.

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