Nayaswami Maria

Being Inwardly Free

Each year in March we celebrate the mahasamadhis of two great masters, Paramhansa Yogananda and Sri Yukteswar. Mahasamadhi means “great samadhi” — it is the conscious, willful, final exit of a master from the physical body. Scripture states that the anniversary of a mahasamadhi is a very auspicious time and consequently a great opportunity to…

Upon reading this title, you may be thinking, “What, eight hours! I can’t possibly do that, I just learned to meditate!” Or, “After I’ve been meditating some years, maybe I can work up to that,” or, “I don’t have the time.” If these or other objections are filling your thoughts, read on!

The Divine Harvest

It is mid-August, the height of the harvest season at Ananda Village, a season that will continue for three more months. For most of each day, we pick vegetables and fruits, box them, weigh them, and get them where they need to go. By the end of the season we will have handled 26,000 pounds…

The Journey and the Goal

Once upon a time, long, long ago, there traveled three wise kings across barren, unknown lands, in search of a holy child, a son of God. Guided by a star that shone both day and night, they undertook this journey with great hope, born of a deep faith that we are all one in God.…

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