It is always hard to lose a great soul. Even though one mentally understands that the soul simply leaves the body as we all change the clothes at the end of the day, it is still very sad to say good bye to a great friend. I first got in contact with Maria through e-mails when I started helping Ananda … Read More
As a nod to the Halloween season, with its focus on the unusual, I thought to share a couple of dreams that featured my spiritual guide — and instrument of my guru, Paramhansa Yogananda — his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. When I was a young man I used to dream that I could fly. I enjoyed these nocturnal experiences, and after setting foot on … Read More
Surrounded by a lovely, expansive garden, willow branches swaying in the breeze and brushing against the water of a large shallow pond just behind us, we watched the couple approach. Both American, they had met while attending College in Delhi, India. The decorations were festive and Indian, and the couple, their attendents and family, had all graciously donned Indian dress. … Read More
Dear Friends, It has been 8 months now since I first wrote the blog, Faith is My Armour:Tears a Rite of Passage, in which I describe the discovery of my sister Helen’s terminal ilness. Well, I am now able, to truly tell you with joy, that she made a very peaceful transition to the astral plane. I am not writing … Read More
My husband and I returned to live at Ananda Village in March of 2009 after living at Ananda Sacramento, California for the last 23 years. There we served as the Colony Leaders and Spiritual Directors. Ananda Farms today… We are now working with the young adults at Ananda Village and working with some of them on the Ananda farm. As … Read More
It has been a busy summer here so far. And in the midst of it all we took a breath and celebrated the marriage of two dear friends. Peter & Hassi planned their wedding for July during a time when Ananda is typically very hot. And it was. However, when the wedding started and the sun began to dip behind … Read More
A few weeks ago we were talking with a guest at The Expanding Light who had recently suffered severe losses in the Stock Market. He went on to tell about his first meeting with Swami Kriyananda twenty years ago. At a pool party at Crystal Hermitage, Swamiji sat down next to him, and without any preamble, said, “The real treasures … Read More
Always avoid the evil of selfishness. It is the root of all troubles, whether individual or national. Selfishness caused the 1930 depression in America. Businessmen and industrialists, by their indifference to the needs and sufferings of others, broke the spiritual law of equal supply. Thus, the richest nation on the globe suddenly became poor.
If we understand that, by loving, it is God’s love we express, He will surely flow through any barrier we erect of ego and self-interest, and uplift significantly the consciousness of the world.
In my relationship with Master, I have found that I’m the most in tune with him when I don’t have the thought of what I’m getting from him, but dwell rather in the thought of what I’m giving to him.