Celebrations

New Year Thoughts

New Year Thoughts . . . Forget the past, for it is gone from your domain! Forget the future, for it is beyond your reach! Control the present! Live supremely well now! This is the way of the wise…” ―Paramhansa Yogananda Living in the present moment has always been a key part of the great spiritual traditions. We are counselled … Read More

Christmas

Christ Lives!

Christ Lives! “Christ’s Light that shone on earth from heaven, opened for us the inner door; to all who love the gift is given, joy and freedom evermore.” “Jesus Christ is born this day, hallelujah! Born to drive our night away, hallelujah! Joy on the mountains, joy in the valleys, joy to the nations, Christ has come.” —Swami Kriananda, from … Read More

Christmas

The Christmas Truce

The Christmas Truce “Do whatever you do with the thought and peace of Christ. This Christmas behold Christ born anew in the beauty of all Nature, in your awakened wisdom, in everything which wears true beauty, and in everybody who saturates himself with the fragrance of Christ’s qualities.” – Master Inner Culture magazine, December 1932 In the Bible the story … Read More

Spiritual Growth

The Substance of Things Hoped For

The Substance of Things Hoped For My first job, upon arriving in Rome, was in real estate. The employer was a posh American lady, in her late sixties and as tough as nails, working in partnership with her ambitious, competitive daughter. In the Eternal City, the two ladies had been able to smell an opportunity in the business of selling and renting houses and apartments to the international community of … Read More

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Ananda’s Colony in Europe

Ananda’s Colony in Europe My wife Lahari and I have had the privilege of serving in many of the ashrams Ananda has established around the world. Since our arrival in the 1980’s, we had 15 years at Ananda Village, 2 in Portland, 2 in Ananda Ashland, 3 in Palo Alto, 1 in Ananda Rhode Island, 2 in Sacramento, 5 in … Read More

Meditation and Kriya Yoga

The True Signs of Progress in Meditation

The True Signs of Progress in Meditation As the journey of one’s existence progresses, one finds by deeper insight into the soul that the quest of life is “Who am I; why am I here?” The animal has no power to analyze its condition and its environment; only man has that rational capacity.  As such, man is meant to use … Read More

Peace

The candle of peace

The candle of peace Take the bowl of my mind and fill it with Thy understanding. Take my bottle of emotion and fill it with Thy mercy. Take the empty basket of my Soul and fill it with Thy Fragrant Wisdom. Use my life’s vessel to dip cupfuls of Thy Love and pour them into the desire-parched throats of others. … Read More

Peace

Poem by Master:
Peace

Poem by Master: PEACE I obey Thee in the Temple of Discipline. I love Thee in the Temple of Devotion. I worship Thee in the Temple of Love. I touch Thy feet in the Temple of Stillness. I behold Thy eyes in the Temple of Delight. I feel Thee in the Temple of Emotion. I fight for Thee in the … Read More

Music & Art

Music As Meditation

Music as Meditation “Where has My Love Gone – A Mystical Love Song” As a child, my mother encouraged us towards the arts. I played the flute, the oboe and took piano lessons for less than a year when I was just 7 years old. I never really learned how to read music, I mostly played by ear and I … Read More

Prayer and Devotion

Love: Human And Divine

Love: Human And Divine How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true, But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face. – William Butler Yeats Americans often finish their phone calls with relatives by saying “Love you!” These two words, or three (“I … Read More

Spirituality in Daily Life

Three Things I Learned From Swamiji

Three Things I Learned from Swamiji Everything I know about Paramhansa Yogananda, is a result of knowing Swami Kriyananda. I realise my own reading and practice have helped me to know Master also, but Swamiji’s life, teaching and his discipleship have profoundly informed all aspects of my spiritual life. Out of the many, many important things I have learned from … Read More

Prayer and Devotion

Mother Of Us All

Mother Of Us All Our neighbor’s car door was badly scratched. The householder, a dentist, had sandpapered the damaged area on the driver-side door, but that had only served to highlight the need for the whole door to be repainted. The little boy I was at that time, normally inattentive to concerns about cars, couldn’t help but notice the big … Read More