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God’s Light Has Descended

“A soldier I saw weeping Beside a dying friend. My officers had said I must hate him till the end. But seeing his grief, I knew we were brothers.” Dear Friend, December, 1914: Five months into the fifty-two months of the first world war, more than a million young men had died. The Western Front stretched from the Franco-Swiss border … Read More

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Mother of Us All

“Those whose hearts are torn with anguish Lack the pow’r Your name to call! Heal their wounds, Ma, soothe their sorrows— You, the Mother of us all.” In Ananda’s early days, still in the midst of the Cold War, we often thought of those who served heroically as God’s hands and feet, as Divine Mother’s secret agents in the Cosmic … Read More

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The Noble Taper of Inner Communion

“High in the Himalaya, eyes filled with divine love, Jesus appeared to the great master, Babaji. “ ‘The lights on the high altar of my church,’ he said, ‘have been growing dim. Though still lit on lower altars of good works, the noble taper of inner communion with the Lord burns low, and is ill attended. Let us together, united … Read More

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To Learn Great Lessons From Life

Leo Tolstoy, in the last decades of his life, went through a time of intense introspection that led to his mature spiritual vision: a simple life lived close to nature; love and service to mankind; kindness and forgiveness in the face of cruelty and injustice—attitudes that profoundly influenced the spiritual life of Mahatma Gandhi. Out of Tolstoy’s spiritual awakening came … Read More

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All the World Is My Friend

In 1913, as world anxiety mounted with the rising international tensions that were to explode into the Great War, a children’s book was published, and so seized the public imagination that a million copies soon sold and social clubs dedicated to practicing the book’s simple teaching sprang up. The human heart, confronted by darkness on so vast a scale, turned … Read More

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“Open Your Heart to Me”

In this time of necessary quarantine, how we have missed coming together for the Purification Ceremony—a practice so personal, so intimate that no way to share it on-line has been found. While the strictures of physical distancing remain in place, we practice inwardly and alone, perhaps with even greater intensity of self-offering for lack of a formal channel. The ceremony … Read More

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“Thank you, God”

When the boy was four years old, his uncle would go daily for a long walk with him, moving as the boy wished, seeing the world through those clear and unclouded eyes. On their return, they would watch Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and together absorb the truth of kindness, friendship, goodness, the innate value of every soul in God’s creation. It … Read More

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All The World Is My Friend

Two third-century physicians—Damien and Cosmas—were brothers by birth as well as in their service to mankind. Following in the footsteps of their master, Jesus Christ, they practiced their healing arts without charge, seeing all people as equally God’s children—all equally deserving of compassion and comfort. Refusing to renounce their faith during Diocletian’s persecution, the brothers went joyfully to their martyrdom—their … Read More

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How to Build Faith During Uncertain Times

Dear Friend, A profound opportunity for spiritual growth exists today. The spiritual practice of tithing is one of the foundational faith-building principles in this world.  The secret of Ananda’s survival has always been the simple practice: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you.” God is the great Giver.  To receive the … Read More

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“Many Hands Make a Miracle”

Just after the end of World War II and a month before Easter, five young friends met on a street corner in Paris. For five years they had often been together in the air raid shelter below the street whose name translates as The-Cat-Who-Goes-Fishing. It was only natural that the children named themselves The Gang of The Cat-Who-Goes-Fishing. These young … Read More