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Interest in God & “The Godfather”

“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.

The Three Qualities of the Universe The ancient yoga teachings stated that the food a person eats affects his state of consciousness. Paramhansa Yogananda (author of the world-renowned Autobiography of a Yogi), in his wide range of teachings, explained that specific spiritual influences are inherent in certain foods. Such influences include cereal for strength of…

After work at the end of the day I know that there are things I should do: exercise, fix a healthy dinner, and do spiritual practices. But those aren’t the easy things.…

Shivaratri, 2018. The community gathered in Hansa Temple for a nightlong celebration in honor of Shiva, the supreme yogi. Chanting together, meditating, giving and receiving divine love and divine joy, we moved into a realm of Spirit, our own true home. The light of a candle was offered before the altar, offered to each of our Masters, then held up in offering before a devotee.

Last week, at Inner Renewal Week at Ananda Village, meditators shared inspiration and practical tips about what helps their meditation practice. Some of the suggestions come from newer meditators and some came from people who have been meditating for decades. I found their advice both helpful and inspiring and hope you do, too!

Successful Inner Renewal Week

Last week we had a very successful and inspiring Inner Renewal week at Ananda Village. New ministers were ordained, new connections made, and hearts uplifted. Videos of some of the events will be posted soon. View pictures.