From the talks and writings of Paramahansa Yogananda…
When you know God as peace within, you will realize Him as peace existing in the universal harmony of all things without.
Meditation opens wide all the closed inner doors of your body, mind, and soul to admit the surge of God’s power. Your whole body and entire being changes when you practice meditation regularly. When you really contact God, all things become harmonious; all things melt into an ocean of peace. But you have to practice meditation earnestly, consistently, and continually, in order to have the full consciousness of that supreme force.
Through meditation, and acting in harmony with divine law, you link your individuality to Cosmic Intelligence, and become one with that Intelligence in the tiniest atom and the farthest star — and in Infinitude, whence universes come and whither they return.
God is not partial. His spirit is as fully within you as it was in Jesus and the great Masters. Find it by making your mind more transparent, more receptive. The more you meditate and remember that image of God, the more you will feel God’s harmony uniting all things. Meditation and holding on to God’s presence in that inner calmness all day long is what is necessary.
Affirm divine calmness and peace, and send out only thoughts of love and goodwill if you want to live in peace and harmony. Live a godly life yourself and everyone who crosses your path will be helped just by being with you.
Let us live as a great divine family in a United World of Oneness, knowing within and without the harmony and bliss of Spirit.
If you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, we encourage you to view the recent talk by SRF/YSS President Brother Chidananda that was released as part of our weekly online inspirational service series: “Attuning Our Lives With God’s Plan.” In that talk, recorded at the 2009 SRF World Convocation, Brother Chidananda delves deeply into Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings on identifying with our soul-nature in order to bring harmony into our lives, surmount the difficulties of the world, and be able to realize for ourselves that, as Paramahansaji relates in Autobiography of a Yogi, “a divine universal plan exists and…it is beautiful and full of joy.”