What are you grateful for? 

It’s been said that if you have one prayer in life, “Thank you!” would suffice. 

Even though this year has been one of the most difficult globally and for many people personally, we still can find the hidden joy and secret of gratitude amidst the worst circumstances.

Swami Kriyananda said, “Suffering is a result of delusion, not of outward circumstance. There have been people in the darkest dungeons and people suffering the worst diseases who have known only joy. . . Joy and suffering depend entirely on attitudes of the mind.” 

Inspired by Swami Kriyananda’s “Festival of Light”, I wrote the below “Festival of Gratitude.” Note: I plagiarized from both Swami Kriyananda and Paramhansa Yogananda. It was delightful. Not to steal their words, but their divine magnetism. 

I hope you enjoy it!

Nayaswami Narayan

The Festival of Gratitude

Let us lift up our hearts in a song of unceasing gratitude. The essence of this melody emanates from your sacred heart center.

“Love is the song of the soul singing to God,” Paramhansa Yogananda said.

Alas, we abandoned our song. Our notes fell flat with indifference and apathy. Under the weight of delusion and desires we became fettered by attachments and fear. 

Our song was lost and forgotten. Our voices became thin and fragile, backed only by ego “intelligence” and self-will. 

We squandered our divine inheritance as children of gratitude and gave way to a complaining attitude — “Why me?” and “What’s in it for me?” became our mundane hollow reveries. Our song became a dirge – the death of our true Self through ego’s urge.

“Guide us, Lord, out of the fixation borne of ego-consciousness to perfect Self-realization. Awaken courage in our hearts that we may lift them in strength once more knowing that soon our boat will come to your divine shoreless shore!”

{Sing if you feel inspired Swami Kriyananda’s Song: Lift Your Heart in Strength}

As our soul call rang true, our hearts remembered their tune anew.

From the cask of silence our lips of faith drank deep from Thy well of bliss. With one drop of this immortal nectar imbibed, our hearts resonated once again with the only song we ever could sing…

The one prayer of simple, sincere, self-offering.

Our melody, though unique and its own, expressed Thy eternal harmonic tone: a song of unceasing gratitude and bliss.

“Lord, may we always remember our part as your little ones and play it well. With divine delight in our hearts igniting the resistless fire of smiles, burning all delusions and desires may we light all in our path with your ‘love more ancient and bliss eternal.’”