St Theresa Story (Part 2)

Saints are the way showers. If we investigate their lives, they are the ones who can encourage us and inspire us to keep going on the path to oneness with the Divine. Through the example of their lives, we gain insights that can help us as we struggle to overcome the attitudes and energy blocks that keep us from loving … Read More

St Theresa Story (Part1)

This is Nirmala telling stories from St Theresa of Avila’s life during our Kirtan and Stories on October 30, which was interrupted several times by power outages. The first roughly 9:30 of the video was streamed live during the Kirtan. The last part we added after we were able to get our live stream working again, though very few probably … Read More

The Final Exam

Swami Kriyananda would often speak of death as “The Final Exam.” In this video Nirmala discusses the Soul behind this temporary body, and how we can prepare—even on a daily basis—for that “Final Exam.” What do we leave behind? What comes along with us for the soul’s journey onward?

Warriors of Light

In these times, we are called upon to raise our energy: to overcome any negativity we perceive in ourselves or the world around us. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve been practicing the “Warrior of Light” affirmation: “God’s light is within me and around me. With the sword of faith in my hand, with the love of God in … Read More

“New” Niyama: Repeating the Name of God

Instead of allowing our minds to focus on worries, doubts, and fears, we could instead be practicing the purifying art of “Japa,” repeating the name of God. Which is appealing? Would you rather feel nervous, unsteady, and suspicious? Or, would it be better to feel trusting, centered, and hopeful? Japa can help you to face life with courage.

Discussion of the Niyamas: Devotion (Part 4)

We can’t advance on the spiritual path without awakening the heart’s natural love. In today’s video, learn how to adjust the focus of our love so that we can begin to feel and see God’s love in those around us.Is it possible to view everyone in our lives as aspects of God?! If so, it will be so much easier … Read More

Discussion of the Niyamas: Devotion (Part 3)

What is the connection between inspiration and devotion? Nirmala addresses the need to follow our own true inspiration and keep checking in with God along the way. She shares the story of the humble devotee Sabari, who received the visit of Lord Rama–and suggests how we can do the same.