Years before awakening I visited the Self-Realization centre in Los Angeles, the home of Paramahansa Yogananda Ji’s teachings – how ironic, I had no idea I would come to be deeply moved by this beautiful guru years later.
It’s difficult to put into words how healing and sacred these chants are, so I won’t even try. Please find below some Yogananda chants. If you are in any way feeling you are struggling, or in need of a touch of the divine, these will uplift and soothe. They are in English – the words are below each video if you would like to sing along. I think my favourite is the first one, Door of My Heart….it’s a love song to God. Love and Light.
Door of my heart, open wide I keep for Thee.
Wilt Thou come, wilt Thou come? Just for once, come to me?
Will my days fly away without seeing Thee, my Lord?
Night and day, night and day, I look for Thee night and day.
In the temple of silence, in the temple of peace,
I will meet Thee, I will touch Thee, I will love Thee,
And coax Thee to my altar of peace.
In the temple of samadhi, in the temple of bliss,
I will meet Thee I will touch Thee,
I will love Thee, and coax Thee to my altar of bliss.
O God Beautiful; O God Beautiful;
At Thy feet, O I do bow.
In the forest Thou art green;
In the mountain Thou art high;
In the river Thou art restless;
In the ocean Thou art grave.
O God Beautiful; O God Beautiful!
At Thy feet, I do bow!
To the serviceful Thou art service;
To the lover Thou art love;
To the sorrowful Thou art sympathy;
To the yogi Thou art bliss.
Do not dry the ocean of my love
With the fires of my desires,
With the fires of my restlessness.
For Thee I pine, for Thee I weep.
I’ll cry no more, Thou mine evermore!
Thee I find behind the fringe of my mind.
Hide no more, Lord, hide no more.
Leave me not, Lord, leave me no more!
All the doors do open themselves;
All the lights do light themselves.
Darkness like a dark bird flies away, oh, flies away.