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How a Star Is Born

I once saw someone wearing a T-shirt with these words printed on the front: “Be patient with me. God isn’t finished with me yet.” Spiritually we are all “works in progress,” lovingly, unrelentingly being shaped by a divine hand. The process of creation and evolution—whether for a great, heavenly body or an individual soul—has in each case a similar pattern. … Read More

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Warm Handoff

What an amazing dream God has created for us! It is engaging, intense, happy, sad, frustrating, fulfilling, and, above all, mesmerizing. And it is all of these at the same time, all of the time. Our days and weeks are so entrancing that we rarely step back to see a broader perspective. When we do so, we see that there … Read More

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What Forgiveness Gives Us

I am fortunate to have had a wise and loving mother, who taught me a lot about how to live. There were times as a child, however, when I found the wisdom she shared hard to swallow. If, for example, I’d been taunted or teased by another child (as happens to most children from time to time), and come home … Read More

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The Rest of the Story

Have you ever seen a snapshot of a child and wondered what happened to him later in life? Well, then, here is the rest of the story for one young boy. And although it may not be factual, it is true. In fact, it is the rest of the story for all of us. Swami Kriyananda told us the tale … Read More

Lift up your eyes to the point between the eyebrows, this painting depicts the journey to the spiritual eye, Devi's source
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Lift Up Your Eyes!

Life can sometimes be downright discouraging when things don’t go the way we want or expect. I’d like to share a simple practice with you that can change your reaction to life’s ups and downs. First, let’s begin with an incident from Swami Kriyananda’s life. After Swamiji had been with Paramhansa Yogananda for about six months, a period came when … Read More

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The Balanced Life

This has been a very intense week for Devi and me. We’re in the middle of our annual Inner Renewal Week, and are launching the pilot course that we hope will be a whole new way of sharing Yogananda’s teachings. The daily classes, all new, have needed a lot of thought and preparation. It has been exhilarating and exhausting at … Read More

Swami Kriyananda and Anandamayi Ma in India at her ashram
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Why We Need the Saints

“As above, so below.” These words from an ancient school of wisdom can be taken on different levels, and will help us understand the subtle laws of creation. On the highest level, it means that the universe is a reflection of the overarching Spirit that created it. On a lower level, it means that the consciousness of people who have … Read More

The Spiritual Path Overview, Krishna from the Bhagavad Gita helping devotees on spiritual journey.
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The Spiritual Path, an Overview

For the last year we’ve been working on a very important project, The Indira Institute. The purpose of the Institute is to bring the universal teachings of Ananda’s line of masters to a much larger audience. Until now, Ananda has concentrated largely on training and supporting devotees, those who want to find God. Noble though this is, there are many … Read More

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Leave It Better Than When You Came

Last week a dear friend of ours from India visited Ananda Village for the first time. What a wonderful experience it was showing her around and explaining to her the many aspects of this remarkable community. Amazed by what she had experienced, our friend quietly said, “No matter how much you told me about Ananda Village, there was no way … Read More

I Am Always With You Painting by Nayaswami Jyotish, depcition of spiritual path and guru Paramhansa Yogananda
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Two students had just arrived from India to attend high school at Ananda Village, and we were welcoming them and their teachers to our home over tea. We had known both of these wonderful, creative girls from our time in India. One of them asked, “What were the essential qualities that went into creating Ananda?” I had to think for … Read More

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Major Upcoming Interview – February 10th

This February 10th, Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi will be featured on a major radio interview show called, “A League of Extraordinary Couples,” with Amy Elizabeth Gordon. Major topics covered include tips for dissolving conflict and how to deepen your connection for a happy and healthy marriage. Recent Harvard studies show relational health as the number one predictor of longevity and … Read More

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Ten Portals to Joy

It’s not always easy to feel joy in life, especially when we’re bombarded with discouraging news and wrenching images of human suffering. Yet holding on to happiness in spite of everything is a challenge which confronts everyone. As Paramhansa Yogananda wrote: “Life is a struggle for joy all along the way. May I fight to win the battle on the … Read More

Festival of Light by Swami Kriyananda on Karma
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Beating Karma at Its Own Game

“Good karma is that which moves you closer to God, and bad karma is that which moves you farther away from Him.” Swami Kriyananda once gave this reply to a young man’s question. His answer not only clears up much of the confusion around the subject of karma, but also gives us a guideline for living: Always strive to do … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda birthday January 5
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Happy Birthday, Master!

“The closest of dear friends, she made one feel, yet an aura of remoteness was ever around her—the paradoxical isolation of Omnipresence.” In this way Paramhansa Yogananda wrote of the great woman saint, Anandamayi Ma, in Autobiography of a Yogi. This describes the dilemma we, too, face in trying to deepen our love for our Guru. It’s often easier to … Read More

My New Years Resolution is Kindness and Meditation and to Share Light
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My New Year’s Resolutions

Some years ago we were leading a New Year’s retreat in which one of the exercises was to write down your resolutions for the coming year. Afterwards one of the guests came up to Devi and said, “I find that really disappointing.” “What?” she asked. The man replied, “You’ve been on the path for so many years, and you still … Read More

The story of the other wise man who went to see baby jesus
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Who Is the Other Wise Man?

One of the intriguing accounts surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ is the story of the three wise men, or magi, who traveled from the East to bring him gifts of gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. Paramhansa Yogananda tells us that these three wise men were, in fact, Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Sri Yukteswar in earlier incarnations, and that later … Read More

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It is nearing Christmas, and next week Ananda centers will host the annual eight-hour Christmas meditation. This long meditation is a spiritual anchor for many of us, and so I thought it would be helpful to give some tips on how to deepen our meditations, especially longer ones. In order to sit for a long period of time, or even … Read More

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Thank You, Dear India

Usually we write our blogs with you in mind, dear friend, but this time I’m going to do something different. After nearly three months in India, we’ll be returning to America in a few days. Although it will be a welcome change to stop traveling and have some familiar things around, my heart is filled with profound appreciation for all … Read More

Even the sun sings the sound of aum of spiritual vibration
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Sing Your Way to Freedom

We recently read a story about Pete Seeger, the well-known singer and social activist. Many of his songs became themes for social justice, environmental awareness, and non-violence. Here is the wonderful story: In the 1970s, Pete Seeger was invited to sing in Barcelona, Spain. Francisco Franco’s fascist government, the last of the dictatorships that started World War II, was still … Read More