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God-Given Powers

“Do you have any powers?” This question is sometimes posed to Ananda teachers in India, as if to ask, “Have your yogic practices given you any supranormal abilities?” Once, when a student asked this question during an introductory meditation class, the teacher replied, “I can’t say that I have any powers.” After a moment’s reflection, he then added, “But perhaps … Read More

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Three Questions

We recently did an interview with Richard Dugan for a program called Tell Me Your Story. At the end of his interviews, he asks his guests these three questions: Who are you? What gets you up in the morning? What was your best day? What interesting and deeply spiritual questions! Of course, everyone will answer in their own way, and … Read More

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The Goldsmith and the Jeweler

There’s a wonderful story that occurred when Paramhansa Yogananda visited his guru, Sri Yukteswar, on his return to India in 1935. Seeing a latent interest in spirituality in the West, our line of gurus had sent Yoganandaji to America in 1920 to bring the teachings of India there. After fifteen years of strenuous effort on his part, thousands were practicing … Read More

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Do the Right Thing

Every day we’re faced with dozens of choices. Some are large ones requiring thoughtful decisions, but many are so small they never even register on a conscious level, but come more as feelings and reactions. In all of these choices, be they mental or emotional, there is an option that expands and lifts us, and one that contracts us into … Read More

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The Generosity of Light

There is a pivotal incident in Autobiography of a Yogi in which Yoganandaji’s guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar, encourages him to get involved in organizational work. Seeing his disciple’s reluctance, Sri Yukteswar says with a stern glance, “Could you or anyone else achieve God-contact through yoga if a line of generous-hearted masters had not been willing to convey their knowledge to … Read More

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God-Powered Steering

A friend recently shared an analogy that not only gave me a good chuckle, but provided a completely new meaning to the term “divine guidance.” Usually we think of this as intuitive answers or inner guidance. But he compared it to the GPS (Global Positioning System). When we’re travelling, the first step is to enter our destination into Google Maps. … Read More

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The Charioteer

The battle in all its intensity waged relentlessly around the great warrior. On the battlefield lay the wreckage of twisted chariots and broken bodies; the screams of wounded men and animals filled the air. All this and almost impenetrable clouds of dust created a maelstrom that would have overwhelmed the most valiant warrior. Yet he fought on. It seemed that … Read More

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Moksha Day

Swami Kriyananda left the body on April 21, 2013. Since then, we’ve called the anniversary of his passing Moksha Day, moksha meaning spiritual liberation, or, literally, “to cut through delusion.” At Ananda Village we honor it with a six-hour meditation at Swamiji’s home, Crystal Hermitage. This is also peak season for the tulip gardens that he so loved, and this … Read More

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The Mountain or the Marketplace?

In a vision he had as a boy, Paramhansa Yogananda found himself standing in a crowded, noisy marketplace in an Indian village. The day was hot and dusty, as people crowded into dirty stalls and elbowed out with their purchases. From time to time, someone would pause and gaze wistfully up at something in the distance behind Master. Then they … Read More

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Children of the Light

When Swami Kriyananda wrote the Festival of Light, a ceremony we read each Sunday at Ananda centers, he included an allegory depicting the journey of the soul. It ends with these thrilling words about the purpose of life: [Evolution] had but this for its design: The birth of life, And, with life’s birth, the dawn of self-awareness: Passage through dim … Read More

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The Nail in the Board

All of us have habits or tendencies that bring us suffering. Though repeatedly we may try to change these patterns, they follow us around like a cloud of gnats. This is the result of the law of karma: Every action we take is a cause that has an effect, an effect that sometimes follows us even from lifetime to lifetime. … Read More

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How Swami Kriyananda Worked with People

It is not easy these days to find models of righteous leadership. We see plenty of negative examples but few that truly inspire us. I thought it would be helpful to write about Swami Kriyananda, the most uplifting example of leadership that I’ve ever encountered. Not only did he teach principles of good leadership but, more importantly, he modeled them … Read More

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In My Guru’s Ashram

“If I entered the hermitage in a worried or indifferent frame of mind, my attitude imperceptibly changed. A healing calm descended at mere sight of my guru. Every day with him was a new experience in joy, peace, and wisdom.” So Paramhansa Yogananda describes the years he spent in the ashram of his guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar. There is so … Read More

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The Web of Life

It’s always a joy to share inspiring events that come into our lives, especially when they come unbidden and filled with “education and entertainment”—the purpose of all our life’s experiences, according to Paramhansa Yogananda. A few days ago a friend shared an article written by the well-known writer Jean Houston, describing her “chance” encounter with an older gentleman and how … Read More

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“I Remember!”

I read an intriguing article recently about scientists that are doing cutting-edge research on how memory works. Their focus is not the typical one on why memory loss occurs, but rather on why memory exists at all. In other words, these researchers are trying to discover what the mechanism is that holds and releases our memories. We’ve all had the … Read More

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The Yearning of the Soul

Every soul yearns for the light, and will find a way to grow toward it. No matter what the obstacles, the soul will find its way upward just as a blade of grass will sometimes grow through a slab of concrete. What follows is taken from the journal of a young woman who lives in an area where it is … Read More

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Finding Your Dharma

This week we’ve been having a wonderful gathering for Inner Renewal Retreat, whose theme has been “Embrace Your Dharma—Your Path to Liberation.” The Temple of Light here at Ananda’s Expanding Light Retreat has been packed with several hundred residents and guests; another three thousand five hundred people are enrolled online. (If you’re interested in watching the classes and other events, … Read More

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Embrace Your Dharma

This year’s Inner Renewal Retreat theme is Embrace Your Dharma—Your Path to Liberation. We’re delighted to announce that for the first time we will be streaming all of the classes free of charge. Over 2,000 people have already registered. We hope that you too will join us.   Throughout the week, Devi and I will be exploring the profound and multifaceted … Read More

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Be the Big Picture

There are times when life seems to bear down on us. It’s difficult then to remain positive amidst the challenges in our life, and that we see in the lives of others, and in the world at large. Yet in this world of duality, the alternating waves of joy and sorrow are a constant. It’s how we deal with them … Read More

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One at a Time

In such a chaotic world it is easy to feel overwhelmed. How do we cope with the pressures and demands? It helps if we break things down into small steps. Mary Kretzmann, the head of our Healing Prayer Ministry, related how difficult it is to keep staff over a long period of time. People get overwhelmed by the many tragic … Read More