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Paramahansa Yogananda on Practicing the Presence of God

April 07, 2021

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The habit of being inwardly in the calm presence of God must be developed, so that day and night that consciousness will remain steadfast. It is worth the effort; for to live in the consciousness of God is to be done with enslavement to disease, suffering, and fear. Just be with God; that is the be-all and end-all of life. If one resolves never to go to sleep at night without meditating and feeling the Divine Presence, into one's life will come happiness beyond all expectation. Effort is necessary, but that effort will make one a king enthroned in the kingdom of peace and joy. Time spent in the pursuit of extraneous material things is a waste of man's precious opportunities to know God. I am telling you this from my heart: Blessed is he who makes up his mind never to rest until he has found God.

We invite you to watch a short video of Sri Mrinalini Mata, fourth president of SRF/YSS, discussing how you can practice the presence of God by choosing a spiritual quality and striving to stay focused on it as you face the various challenges of daily life.

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