Six Strategies for Challenging Times

This article is unique in that it has been drawn from articles published by several authors: Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda, and Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi. Sources are listed at the end of the article.

Life is a Battlefield

Have you ever felt like life kicks you when you’re down? That’s because it does! Humanity is at war between the forces of light and of darkness in the consciousness of man. Swami Kriyananda dedicated an entire chapter of his book The Art & Science of Raja Yoga to this topic: Life is a Battlefield!

Transcending Physical Pain

When we can accept equably whatever suffering comes to us, we are able to remove ourselves from the sphere of pain altogether. Remember these words of my Guru: “Circumstances are neutral. They seem good or bad, happy or sad, depending entirely on our reaction to them.”

Malala: An Example of Boundless Courage

On October 9, 2012, fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the face at point-blank range by a Taliban gunman in retaliation for her public work on behalf of education for girls. Malala gave all credit for her miraculous survival to the enormous outpouring of prayer from her worldwide family of well-wishers.

The Power to Transcend All Obstacles

The more you walk hand in hand with God, the more you will experience the peace of knowing that no matter how difficult life becomes, in the end, everything works out.

Nayaswami Brindey, Warrior of Light

My friend Brindey passed away on March 9, 2016, the morning of Sri Yukteswar’s mahasamadhi. It was an fitting transition for a warrior devotee who drew such strength from Sri Yukteswar’s life and teachings. Even as she died, a photo of him was resting on her body. After spending 25 years living away, Brindey returned to Ananda Village in the … Read More

The Carping Spirit

I was chatting recently with a gentleman about my regard for someone who seemed to be a good man and well intentioned.  My acquaintance remarked, “Yes, I agree, but …..” before proceeding to air his grievances about this person, pointing out one perceived fault after another.  I reflected on why my critic friend felt such a need to counter my … Read More

How to Handle Spiritual Tests

People often talk about the strength that comes through spiritual tests. But the questions I have are: Who exactly is administering these tests? Who will be grading my test paper? And, what happens if I flunk! From my own experiences, I feel that I draw these learning experiences to me from the magnetism of my past thoughts and actions. I … Read More

Cancer and the Guru’s Grace

The phrase, “The old way doesn’t work anymore” became my new reality. No longer could I power my way through life. I had to listen to the Guru’s inner guidance and ask, “What is trying to happen here?”

Raising My Daughter: A Path of Surrender

I believe the blessing I received was a gift from Divine Mother to help me in the ongoing process of surrendering my desires and expectations in bringing up my child, and following divine guidance to the best of my ability.