A Place Called Ananda, Ananda Writers Group, Guru-Disciple Relationship, Spiritual Growth

Swamiji Guides My Relationships

Before I moved to Ananda, I worked for a fledgling sports magazine, Runner’s World, with its offices in Mountain View on the San Francisco Peninsula. I discovered Ananda and Swamiji in 1974 through his book Cooperative Communities – How to Start Them and Why, found while browsing in a bookstore in nearby Palo Alto. Ananda seemed the answer to a … Read More

Guru-Disciple Relationship

The Imitation of Yogananda

When I first began to study Swami Kriyananda’s lectures and writings, I was struck by his supreme emphasis on a disciple’s attunement to the guru if the disciple is to attain the state of Self-realization. In his wonderful book Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography, (around which this article revolves), Swamiji writes about the importance of attunement as follows: One difference I … Read More

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Discipleship: The Path to Self-Transcendence

Join Asha for a two hour deep dive into discipleship as a path to self-transcendence. Asha takes the vow of discipleship line by line, showing the incredible inspiration latent within every word. Read the prayer and vow of discipleship here.

Guru-Disciple Relationship, Spiritual Growth

Similarities Between Attaining Self-Realization and the End of COVID Lockdown

I have always wanted to know the exact date that I would become Self-realized just as we would all love to know the exact date the coronavirus lockdown is going to go away. This made me come up with a delightful analogy: If we think of Self-realization as the ending of the BIG lockdown — the soul being locked up … Read More

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Master Works in Mysterious, Miraculous Ways 

Paramhansa Yogananda was a monk, yogi, and guru who introduced the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga to the West through his U.S. organization known in the East as the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India. Yogananda’s global mission was to spread the teachings and practices of Self-realization to uplift humanity. Yogananda is often referred to as “Master” and he traveled … Read More

Guru-Disciple Relationship

When I Am Only a Dream

I come to tell you all of Him, And the way to encase Him in your bosom, And of the discipline which brings His grace. To those of you who have asked me To guide you to my Beloved’s silently talking mind, Or speak to you through a gentle significant glance, Or whisper to you through my love, Or loudly … Read More

Guru-Disciple Relationship

A Mahasamadhi Miracle from Master

In 1952 Paramhansa Yogananda entered mahasamadhi, a master’s conscious exit from the body at the time of physical death. That same year brought a worldwide epidemic of polio, a serious disease of the spinal cord, which often brought about paralysis and permanent disability. It especially affected children and I was one of them, at age 9. The disease begins with … Read More

Guru-Disciple Relationship

Miracle of Love — Remembering Ram Dass

I first encountered Ram Dass when I bought his newly published book Be Here Now in January 1971. A man was selling copies of it out of the back of a van parked alongside the San Jose State College campus. I had very little idea about who Ram Dass was at that time, but the book looked interesting, and I … Read More