Richard Salva


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…

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…

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

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…

About Richard Salva

Richard Salva works in the PR and editing departments of Crystal Clarity Publishers, Ananda’s publishing house. Richard lives near Ananda Village with his wife Vani (Laura) and his six-year-old son, William. He moved to Ananda Village in 1977, while in his teens, and has lived in or near Ananda communities ever since. Richard’s first book, The Reincarnation…

Ananda Is a Choice

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…

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