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

Chakras in Daily Life ⋆ Higher Chakras ⋆ Class 4

The heart center; so often proclaimed as a pivotal chakra in the body. Whether our energy predominately moves upwards or downwards in the spine rests in large part to how we direct this powerful center. Upwards, it can lead us to expanded love, moving into the higher throat chakra of deep inner calmness. Downwards, it can scatter our life force … Read More

Chakras in Daily Life ⋆ 1st & 2nd Chakras: Earth and Water ⋆ Class 2

The first and second chakras, often notorious for their downward pulling effects on man’s consciousness, how can we utilize their energies to their highest potentials? When directed properly, the first chakras capacity for the elemental quality of earth provides the necessary fixity for true understanding and accomplishment. Similarly, too, the second chakras fluidity, far from being merely the cause of … Read More

Freedom from Desire ~ Essense of the Bhagavad Gita, Verses 4:09-4:16, Class 44

Desire, attachment, and fear are some of man’s greatest enemies, driving us continually to suffering and sorrow. In these wonderous verses of the Gita, Krishna describes how a yogi may overcome these sorrows and unify his consciousness with the infinite, impelling us no more to incarnate. Asha expands these ideas with practicality, offering pathways to deeper understanding and soul-freedom.

Chakras in Daily Life ⋆ What Are the Chakras? ⋆ Class 1

In this first class, Asha Nayaswami lays the stage for a deeper foundational understanding of the chakras. Far more than just swirling colors and sounds, the chakras are the storehouses of all of our vrittis and karma (past tendencies and actions). Understanding that the pursuit of higher consciousness is the surest way to happiness is an essential cornerstone to transmuting … Read More

True Teaching is Individual (A New Dispensation #23)

Would you like to join this family of Self-Realization? If so, how can you do so? First you can attune and join inwardly, in your own heart; then, if you feel inspired, affiliate with others on this spiritual path and find ways to serve this ray. Swami Kriyananda offers the following advice: “Go where you find inspiration. If you follow … Read More

A New Dispensation, Part 20 – Transmitting the Light

“The instrument is blessed by that which flows through it,” has become an often quoted saying of Yogananda’s. What does it mean to be blessed by acting as the instrument of God, as a beacon of light? Do devotees who discipline themselves soley, or those who offer themselves as willing instruments of the divine light, progress more rapidly? Read A … Read More