God! God! God!

Achariya Ajay Bauer
Speaks on "God! God! God!"
Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 11:00am

At the conclusion of each session of the Kriya Series we offer the beautiful prayer of Swami Yogananda Paramahansa God! God! God!, a sublime and inspiring prayer of God-Consciousness. The philosophy of God-Consciousness is also expounded in the Isha Upanishad which enjoins: Whatever exists in the phenomenal universe should be perceived in the light of the supreme Self, Isha, God, Consciousness-Existence-Bliss Absolute. Why is “God!” repeated three times in the title of the prayer and in each stanza? What is the significance of it having seven stanzas? This Sunday we will meditate on the message of this profound prayer.

—Acharya Ajay

 From the Gurus and Swamis:  AUM

The light of the whole universe is the light within me. At the center of my earthly life is God, the Center of the Universe. The perfection of God emanating from the heart of the whole universe is the foundation and the root of my self-consciousness and self-existence.

I exist in the universe of God, and the universe of God exists within me. What a sublimely beautiful realization!

—Swami Kamalananda, “The Mystic Cross”
The attributes of God are infinite, eternal and universal. They are all-pervading and ever-present. They are transcendental and absolute. By its meditation upon these attributes of God mind receives in endless abundance all the qualities of virtue and righteousness wherewith to build our inner life and make it a mystic temple of wisdom to reveal the truth and power that enable us to follow the spiritual ideal, and the peace that offers joy amidst all the undulations of life's journey through this world.

—Swami Premananda, “The Blessedness of the Inner Life”

In waking, eating, working, dreaming, sleeping,
   serving, meditating, chanting, divinely loving,
My soul will hum, unheard by any:
  God! God! God!

—Swami Paramahansa Yogananda

Noble Thoughts: ("Let Noble Thoughts come to us from all sides." —Rigveda)

"Man should desire to live the full measure of his life in this world; always with the ideal of self-perfection. Thus, his mind will not become a slave to sensory impressions."
—"Isha Upanishad, Philosophy of God-Consciousness,"
translated by Swami Premananda

"The way of yoga followed here has a different purpose from others, – for its aim is not only to rise out of the ordinary ignorant world-consciousness into the divine consciousness, but to bring the supramental power of that divine consciousness down into the ignorance of mind, life and body, to transform them, to manifest the Divine here and create a divine life in matter."
"Be conscious first of thyself within, then think and act."
—Sri Aurobindo

"Love is the perfection of consciousness. For love is the ultimate meaning of everything around us. It is not a mere sentiment; it is truth; it is the joy that is at the root of all creation. It is the white light of pure consciousness that emanates from Brahma."
—Rabindranath Tagore