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

Guru-Disciple Relationship

Living with Yogananda: A Modern Saint

I had the good fortune to live for three and a half years with one of the greatest channels of our times. He was not widely known as a channel, perhaps because he didn’t need to go into unconsciousness, nor into any abstract mental state, to give utterance to what came through him. He simply “tuned in,” and the answers … Read More

Guru-Disciple Relationship, Spiritual Growth

Three Questions Answered by Swami Kriyananda

Years ago an Italian yoga magazine sent three formidable questions to Swami Kriyananda: What does God want of us? What does God give us? Who is God? Soon he sent an article back to them, stimulating as always. It is now kept as a precious keepsake with his handwritten corrections on it. Here is what Kriyananda wrote: What does God … Read More

Guru-Disciple Relationship, Yoga Philosophy

Magnetism: The Power to Change Your Life

Paramhansa Yogananda’s book, Autobiography of a Yogi, is a work that continues to touch the lives of millions of people even 73 years after its publication in 1946. Its power was illustrated to me during a recent visit to China. Walking past a bookstore in Guangzhou, a lady I know glanced at the front-window display of newly released books. Her … Read More