Spiritual Growth

The Devil Made Me Do It — Truer than We Thought?

Throughout the ages, many intelligent people have tried to explain how this life works. They’ve proposed religious, philosophical, psychological, social, and scientific explanations. And while some of their ideas haven’t been particularly valid at any level, many have been valid on at least some level. Someone recently asked me what I thought of the teachings […]

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Divine Love

Jesus’ Message of Redemption

Because I was born Jewish, there have been many times when I’ve had to talk with folks who’ve come to Yogananda’s teachings from Jewish roots, only to find themselves thoroughly befuddled by the picture of Christ on our altars. If you’re Jewish, you can handle images of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha, far better than […]

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Music and the Arts

Art & Creativity as Spiritual Practice

During a class at Spiritual Renewal Week, someone asked me a question that I didn’t have time to answer as fully as I’d have liked, so I’ll answer it now. The question was, “In the course of our spiritual lives, we sometimes feel the need to blow off steam – and how can we blow […]

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Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth

How Can We Grow Spiritually?

When Paramhansa Yogananda came to America in 1920, he spent fifteen years working extremely hard to get his mission started, while facing many difficult tests along the way. When he felt that it was on a firm foundation, he returned to India to see his guru, Sri Yukteswar, and his many Indian friends, disciples, and […]

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Clarity Magazine, Spiritual Growth

Learning about Magnetism: A Personal Journey

My slowly deepening understanding of magnetism and the part it plays in our successes and failures involved many experiences with Swami Kriyananda. Generally speaking, everyone’s faults are their virtues taken to an extreme. I’m a very enthusiastic person. I love becoming engaged in a project, but sometimes I overdo it.