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“I’ll end what I set my thoughts to do earlier than leaving it for one thing else. My phrase is my bond. So is also my decision.”

(from Affirmations for Self-Therapeutic by Swami Kriyananda)

My Mum’s Perseverance

by Nayaswami Pushpa

Mum, 2008 age 89

My mom was a powerful, tenacious girl. When she set her thoughts on one thing, she didn’t surrender till she had achieved her objective. Perseverance is a top quality she modeled effectively for me, and he or she was an instance of Swami Kriyananda’s adage: “By no means say that you just failed; say as an alternative that you just haven’t but succeeded.”

When she was in her early fifties, she determined she wished to study to drive. She took a sequence of driving classes. She needed to study to drive utilizing a stick shift; and Wales, the place my dad and mom lived, had extraordinarily steep hills. Her two areas of issue have been stopping and beginning on a steep hill, and making a three-point flip.

The primary time she took her check, she didn’t cross!
She took extra driving classes. The second time she took her check,
she didn’t cross!
She took extra driving classes. The third time she took her check,
she didn’t cross!
She took extra driving classes. The fourth time she took her check,
she didn’t cross!
She took extra driving classes. The fifth time she took her check,
she handed! 

She was 65 years outdated when she lastly obtained her license. It had taken her greater than ten years. She threatened to give up a few instances, out of frustration and embarrassment, however she at all times got here again to it. She by no means gave up! She was such a shining mild. Her many examples of energy have served me effectively in my life and on the religious path.

“Although the sirens of distraction name me to show apart and calm down the sternness of my dedication, maintain me steadfast on my path, Lord. My objective in life is Thee!”
(from Affirmations for Self-Therapeutic by Swami Kriyananda)

“Hold Calling Him”

This stunning tune by Maitri Jones was tailored from a poem by Paramhansa Yogananda.


by Nayaswami Pushpa

One of many traits of profitable individuals is that they’re keen to do the issues they don’t like doing which are important to their success. They aren’t ruled by their likes and dislikes. They’re keen to simply accept with equanimity the challenges that confront them.

Once I was recognized with Parkinson’s illness in 2013 my neurologist gave me one piece of recommendation. He stated, “There can be blips alongside the best way. Bear in mind: they’re simply blips.” It was sage counsel, as a result of “the best way” is The Path, and there are blips of assorted sizes all alongside The Path designed to furnish us with particular person alternatives to strengthen our weaknesses.

It’s like coaching for a marathon. You must get robust sufficient so that you could go the gap, no matter any surprising obstacles which will pop up alongside the best way. There may be completely no profit to whining, whenever you’re midway alongside, “No person advised me it was going to be this troublesome!” 

It’s not essential what number of instances we fall down, solely that we stand up another time than we fall. We simply have to take the blips in our stride and persevere. As Lahiri Mahasaya used to say, “Banat, banat, ban jai!” (“Doing, doing, eventually, completed!”)

Earlier than she acquired very sick, Sister Gyanamata—Yogananda’s foremost girl disciple—obtained this message from God, “Endure what I shall ship. That can be sufficient.” These phrases have consoled me many instances. I consider God needs us to indicate up and do our greatest every day, consider our actions on the finish of the day, and add what we’ve realized to tomorrow’s effort. He doesn’t care if we turn out to be bedraggled and weary. He waits with longing to welcome us residence into His loving presence.


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