Prayers – Yogananda
Making Prayer Effective
“Prayer is a demand of the soul. God did not make us beggars; He created us in His image.…A beggar who goes to a rich home and asks for alms receives a beggar’s share; but the son can have anything he asks from his wealthy father….”Therefore we should not behave like beggars. Divine ones such as Christ, Krishna and Buddha did not lie when they said we are made in the image of God.”
— Paramahansa Yogananda
“The ancient scientist sages of India discovered how to experience an overwhelming communion of joy with a loving God. Paramahansa Yogananda teaches us how we can have this same direct experience of the Divine: “I prefer the word ‘demand’ to ‘prayer,’ because the former is devoid of the primitive and medieval conception of a kingly tyrant God whom we, as beggars, have to supplicate and flatter. There is a great deal of beggary and ignorance in ordinary prayer…Few know how to pray and touch God with their prayers.”
“You have a divine right inherited from God to demand from Him; and He will respond to you because you are His own. If you constantly call to Him, He cannot escape the net of your devotion. If you pray until the ether churns with the light of your prayer, then you will find God.”
Prayers From Metaphysical Meditations
by Paramahansa Yogananda
O Spirit, make my soul Your temple, but make my heart Your beloved home where You would dwell with me in ease and everlasting understanding.
Divine Mother, with the language of my soul I demand realization of Your presence. Thou art the essence of everything. Make me see You in every fiber of my being, in every wisp of thought. Awaken my heart!
O Bestower of unceasing bliss! I will seek to make others truly happy, in gratitude for the divine joy You have given me. Through my spiritual happiness I will serve all.
Heavenly Father, teach me to remember You in poverty or prosperity, in sickness or health, in ignorance or wisdom. Teach me to open my closed eyes of unbelief and behold Your instantaneously healing light.
O blazing Light! awaken my heart, awaken my soul, ignite my darkness, tear the veil of silence, and fill my temple with Your glory.
Heavenly Father, charge my body with Your vitality, charge my mind with Your spiritual power, charge my soul with Your joy, Your immortality.
Heavenly Father, Your unlimited and all-healing power is in me. Manifest Your light through the darkness of my ignorance.
O Eternal Energy, awaken in me conscious will, conscious vitality, conscious health, conscious realization.
Heavenly Spirit, bless me that I may easily find happiness instead of becoming worried at every test and difficulty.
Father, teach me to include the prosperity of others in the pursuit of my own prosperity.
Heavenly Spirit, Teach me to feel that You are the power behind all wealth, and the value within all things. Finding You first, I will find everything else in You.
Invincible Lord, teach me to use my will unceasingly in the performance of good actions, until the little light of my will burns as the cosmic blaze of Your all-powerful will.