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Beloved Children
On Love
On Prayer

Yogacharya Kripalvananda


"Beloved children, do not give up virtuous conduct and self-discipline, even in the face of death. Keep unflinching faith in the holy lotus feet of the Lord and continue to practice mantra japa, bhajans, chanting His name, meditation, pranayama, postures, observing holy vows, fasting, moderation in diet, studying scripture and other disciplines."

May everyone be happy
May everyone be healthy
May everyone be prosperous
May no one be the least bit unhappy
My auspicious blessings to you all
Sayings of Swami Kripalu by Richard and Dann Faulds


from Darshan, Guru Purnima, 1980


Truly, the wise proclaim that love is the only path, love is the only God, and love is the only scripture. Love flowing in another's life is the source of our happiness, and the love flowing in our life is the source of another's happiness.  This is a universal law.

When any living being opens the doors of his or her heart to satisfy another's thirst for love, the doors of the recipient’s heart also spontaneously open. The path of love is very ancient.  When I was born, I received the initiation of love . . .  Now, with the same love, I initiate everyone else. Love is my only path.  I am, in fact, a pilgrim on the path of love ... In love, there are no barriers raised by language, no costumes, no egos, no distinctions of any kind. Until one becomes attracted to sadhana, one will never be eager to begin practicing it. The sadhak must contemplate the principles of yoga in depth. Such contemplation is the provision for the spiritual journey.




This world is full of many types of people. Whenever any of them are in a difficult situation, they experience the need for an invisible divine power. Great saints call this divine power God. God is the Creator, the Sustainer, and the Maintainer of the universe. He is the well wisher of all. When someone accepts the existence of God firmly, he can ask or beg for help when he finds himself in difficulty. This asking for help or begging is called prayer. The success or failure of the prayer cannot do any harm to almighty God. God is the solace of everyone. Only He is wealth, friend, beloved, fame, supremacy, and strength. Prayers to Him or remembrance of Him always give happiness. God is the only route to happiness, peace and bliss. Anyone who can do true prayer becomes deserving of God's supreme grace. The cause of all unhappiness is separation from God. The cause of happiness is reunion with God. The nature and purpose of prayer or remembrance is reunion with God. Prayer is the first step of Yoga. Just as the earth is the cause of the evolution of the trees, so prayer is the cause of the evolution of individuals. Prayer can be done through the tongue and the mind. God is omniscient. Even when the tongue will not move and the mind will not think, prayer is always there. Prayer is the silent speech of love. God listens very carefully to the prayers of illiterate people. God is almighty so prayer offered to God is never useless. God gives without asking not according to the asking. He takes first what is offered in his hand and only then does he listen to the prayer with a smiling face. Prayer is the light of love. Prayer is the only eternal path that leads us from untruth to truth, from darkness to light, from death to immortality.


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