Dealing with Restlessness and Worldly Desires: The Fifth Chakra Challenge

Recently a fellow-disciple asked me, “What should we do when we feel restless, spiritually ‘dry,’ out of tune, or when we feel strongly drawn back into worldly desires?’ I will discuss in this blog what I did when these kinds of feelings first “ambushed” me, and also, what others have done when finding themselves in similar situations. For I believe … Read More

Pascal and the Poor

Blaise Pascal was an influential French scientist who lived in the 1600s. At age twelve, before he had received any formal training in geometry, Pascal independently discovered and demonstrated Euclid’s thirty-two propositions. It’s not surprising, then, that as an adult Pascal would complete important works on mathematics and experimental physics. He made important contributions to geometry and calculus, and helped develop … Read More

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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Seeing the Best in Every One

“Nothing in the world is so strong as a kind heart, and somehow this kind little heart, though it was only the heart of a child, seemed to clear all the atmosphere of the big gloomy room and make it brighter.” Walking alone into the presence of his grandfather, the formidable Earl of Dorincourt, Cecil Errol, age seven, has been … Read More

Overcoming FOMO by Going Loco for LOBO!

My next door neighbor has two dogs, Aimos and Biggie. Ironically, Aimos is bigger than Biggie! He’s a short haired Saint Bernard weighing about 150 pounds. Biggie is a smaller English bulldog. Whenever I go to pet Biggie, Aimos will butt in (literally) so he can be petted. He does not like being left out! He uses his weight and size to steal affection from us. He has what is known as FOMO (fear of missing out). I’ve realized after …

A Handbook of Discipleship by Swami Kriyananda in Hindi

You can now buy Swami Kriyananda’s book on disicpleship in Hindi online. Learn About: The need for a guru The disciple’s role Life with a spiritual master Attunement with the guru Discipleship to Paramhansa Yogananda Buy Book

The Garden of Inner Meditation

Great soul, A fruit tree produces a lot of fruit one year, but only a little the next. Meditation is similar: sometimes it is enjoyable and produces delicious fruit; sometimes there is no fruit, no enjoyment, no inner contact. Yet – fortunately so – even when our meditations are only moderately fruitful, they still produce an abundance of benefits, both … Read More

Transcending Suffering

Have you ever gotten food poisoning? After eating out the other week, I was feeling sick to my stomach. When we got home Dharmadevi gave me some Goldenseal tincture which is a healing herb. I’ll spare you the unpleasant details. Suffice it to say even though my soul wanted to march on, my body went down for the count! I hammed up my role as the sick person and jokingly started to seek self-pity. I asked Dharmadevi, “Did you tell …