[Photo: Paramahansa Yogananda instructs Norman Paulsen in energizing yoga exercises,1948, Mount Washington.]

Today we celebrate the birthday of the great yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda, whose direct disciple, Norman Paulsen, founded Sunburst. Norman wrote:
“My teacher Paramahansa Yogananda used to say to all of us eager monks, “God is so very close; if you could only realize how close God is to you right now. You must all meditate deeply and ask God to reveal himself to you.”

Attracting Cosmic Vitality    by Paramahansa Yogananda  • 

If you continuously persist in thinking that your body is full of vitality, especially at times when it is weak, you will have started to open up a new, secret, invisible means of vitalizing yourself. Perform small as well as important duties with courageous cheerfulness and deep attention, remembering that God is guiding and stimulating every worthwhile effort you are making to achieve a noble ambition.

With the consciousness of God in your actions, and with the performance of noble actions, you will see that a flood of vitality will move through all your muscles and through your entire body.

While you are busily engaged in work, visualize a halo of God’s cosmic energy surrounding your body and feel that you can never become tired again because your tissues are being renewed, supplied with current from that energy. Hold fast to the thought that no matter how much physical energy you use up, you can bring it back by peace-born smiles.

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