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Spiritual Laziness and Other Virtues
May 12, 2011

It’s early morning and you’re shuffling to your meditation seat. You’re feeling that peaceful anticipation that comes before a meditation. Still walking, you glance up and see your laptop on your desk. It seems to beckon to you. The thought arises, “You know, it would only take a few moments, a few keystrokes to check…

God’s Secret Agents: Playing “The Divine Romance” in the Airport
January 18, 2011

I was standing in the Baggage Claim section of the San Jose (CA) airport when I heard an unexpected sound. Someone was tentatively playing a few keys on a piano, like a tunesmith toying with a melody. Looking around a corner, I spied a baby grand situated in the middle of an open space. As…

Swami Kriyananda in My Dreams
October 18, 2010

As a nod to the Halloween season, with its focus on the unusual, I thought to share a couple of dreams that featured my spiritual guide—and instrument of my guru, Paramhansa Yogananda—his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. When I was a young man I used to dream that I could fly. I enjoyed these nocturnal experiences,…

The Boy Everyone Loved
August 2, 2010

I find that parenting is a lot like Paramhansa Yogananda’s analogy of the spiritual path: running at top speed and doing stunts along the way. I thought I was fairly well prepared for fatherhood. Many years ago I was part of Ananda’s first monastic order. Richard as a monk, working in the dairy During that…

Ananda Is a Choice
May 14, 2010

I’ve lived in quite a few Ananda communities and centers over the years. While reflecting on my experiences, the thought occurred to me that Ananda is not a place, but rather, a choice. Let me explain. My first experience of Ananda took place in 1975, when I was in my teens. I had flown to…