New Year, New Thoughts – The World is Bright

New Year’s Eve, a time to reinforce new and beneficial habits and thoughts into our psyche as we move into 2021. In this seemingly bleak time, what light do we have to cling to? Perhaps much more than we might normally believe! This rising age, Dwapara Yuga, is bringing in new waves of upliftment and inspiration, even amidst the seeming … Read More

Master needs warriors and Heroes (“In Divine Friendship” Class 19)

Of what value are religious institutions versus altering spirituality to each individual? If hierarchy and work are balanced with the importance of the individual, institutions can offer clarity and coherence, community, support, ritual, and living examples—which can help us experience God in ourselves. The key is inspiration and the individual’s responsibility for attunement. At last, spirit is formless, and it … Read More

Going Beyond Human Love — “In Divine Friendship” (Class 17)

Swami and Asha have discussed human relationships of many sorts, but now dive deeply into the realm of parenting. How much influence does a parent have on the consciousness of their children, and how best to go about it? As St. August said regarding his mother, St. Monica, “Never underestimate the power of the devout mother’s prayer.” Asha also covers … Read More

Chakras in Daily Life ⋆ Working With Our Energy ⋆ Class 5

In the culminating class Asha discusses how energy flows through the entire astral body, and how attachments and desires create vrittis (whirlpools) of feeling. These vrittis can cause us to forget the true source of our happiness, tricking our chakras into pursuing fulfillment in outer pursuits, rather than in God alone. How can a greater understanding of the chakras, vrittis, … Read More

Chakras in Daily Life ⋆ Fiery Third Chakra ⋆ Class 3

The energy of the first two chakras can be unified and brought to a focus by their “older brother”, the third chakra; center of fiery self-control in the body. In this class, Asha talks in greater detail about the interrelationship of the first two chakras, and their corresponding spiritual disciplines, and how proper utilization of our vital willpower can potentiate … Read More