All the way up the winding staircase on the fifth floor of a brownstone townhouse in Boston, I sat in my dorm room reading about Kriya Yoga in Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi. This book has been called the spark of the spiritual revolution this past century: My father had given me his copy of the Autobiography when I was home on … Read More
All the way up the winding staircase on the fifth floor of a brownstone townhouse in Boston, I sat in my dorm room reading about Kriya Yoga in Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi. My father had given me his copy of the Autobiography when I was home on winter break, worried about my health—physically, mentally, and spiritually. I had … Read More
Were we to perceive the underlying oneness of all beings, rather than what makes us different, so many of the problems that we face would be eliminated. The same light dwells at the core of every being and each one of us can share that light with all.
What we need now is a guide to help us enter into the light more completely—a unique spiritual teaching for the world that shows the underlying oneness of all true religions.
The lights went out at Ananda Laurelwood. It was about 5:00pm when we realized that the Internet wasn’t working. The quiet humming noises in the background were silenced by the power outage. Wind speeds had been over 40 miles per hour. We had just had a strong gust come through Laurel Valley. My husband, Yogesh, and I decided…
During my first days in North Carolina, I often found myself in the crossfire of distrust between my father and aunt. Although my grandfather was now facing serious challenges, their unresolved feelings toward each other made it difficult for them to agree on how best to help him.
This past (August 2014) Spiritual Renewal Week (SRW) Nayaswami Jyotish encouraged us to memorize and repeat the poem, “God, God, God” by Paramhansa Yogananda, put to lyrics by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple: From the depths of slumber, As I ascend the spiral stairways of wakefulness, I will whisper: God! God! God! Thou art the food, and when I break … Read More
I had seen Divine Mother in moments of beauty and joy. Now She was showing me that even in my darkest moments, She remained with me. I didn’t need to hide anything because, in Her great compassion, She loved me unconditionally.
One year ago Swami Kriyananda was speaking to a group of youths at Ananda Village. During this satsang, he suggested that the next generation of Ananda focus on “outreach.” As Swamiji’s successor, Nayaswami Jyotish, has since explained, “outreach” in its deepest sense means “to share”: Sharing the teachings of our path from our own center of experience and from our … Read More
After being told the story of Grandfather Tree’s power in the oak forest here at Ananda’s Meditation Retreat in Nevada City, California, I became enthusiastic about going to visit and meditate with this soul. Sometimes I would walk past Grandfather Tree on the way to my cabin, and hear him call to my heart. A friend of mine once told … Read More