Nayaswami Maria


You Don’t Have to Try

“You don’t have to try” played on the speakers as I sat in the dentist’s chair recently. Although in all fairness the song was about not trying to be someone else, it concerned me to hear those words. Because “You don’t have to try” was the repeated refrain of the song, it seemed to me that these words would be the ones to stick in the mind of the listener and possibly exert a negative influence. I thought to myself how important it is to try — even to try very hard.

Question from Rehan: Is there amplification of emotions from the subconscious during the practice of meditation and outburst of repressed feelings?

Question from Jim: How simple should our lives and spiritual practice be?

Nothing is Wasted - My Autobiography of a Yogi Story

Nothing Is Wasted

I grew up in the Los Angeles region, Pacific Palisades specifically. I wanted to learn to meditate  while in college at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon in 1976.  I was directed to Ananda as a legitimate place to learn how to meditate.  People at Ananda, I was told, meditated as a way of life,…

Condensation & Concentration

Question from Vivian: Paramhansa Yogananda talked about “Condensation” – By concentration you can condense each experience and garner whatever wisdom is to be…

Some years ago, our friend Garrett was diagnosed with a glioblastoma tumor on the brain. He underwent a rigorous regime of chemotherapy and radiation which culminated in the administration of a “trial drug.” When it too showed no positive effect, his condition rapidly finished out its destined course. Garrett passed with freedom in his heart…

Overcoming Negative Circumstance

Question from S: Most people seem to put up a lot with ehat drains them..the current job,certain people, a certain lifestyle and so…

Friendship

Question from victoria: A question on synchronicity. 5 years ago I saw a guy I know from my High school. From that encounter…

When I was a little girl I used to wait at the corner bus stop for the bus that would take me to school. There were buses that took students to grade school, junior high school, and high school. Sometimes the older kids would be talking about their classes, a test, math problems. I used…

Question from Arpit patel: Sir/mam,I have been practicing hong sau technique for almost last 1.5 months. I meditate twice a day. I feel strong…