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Make Me Fervent For Thee

by Narayan Romano May my fervor for Thee increase Like the silent snow on a winter night’s storm Like the hush rush of wind through trees Unheard but known by Thee. May my fervor for Thee explode! Like a supernova after trillions of years collecting devotional dust Into a brilliant shooting star Ever moving towards  …read more

Higher Inner Relaxation

by Dharmadevi Romano Back in 2010, Narayan and I were manning a booth for Ananda LA at a popular book fair. There was quite a mix of people and exhibitors. On one side of us was a horror book that had just been self-published and the other side was a feisty cancer awareness advocate who  …read more

The Heart’s Natural Love

by Narayan Romano After one of our recent classes, a student said to me, “Why was I crying when we were chanting? Is something wrong with me? I’m just talking about the music now and I’m getting choked up.” I responded, “You’re remembering your devotion. You’re remembering that you are a lover of God.” Through  …read more

Real Problem Solving or Attuning to Grace

by Keshava Betts I recently had an experience whereby I was confronted with an intense emotional challenge. As I dealt with it, I realized I went through three stages. First, I could feel myself drawn downward into a spiral of subconscious, reactionary emotions. Anger, blame, self-pity, and a slough of other unsavory feelings swirled in  …read more

The Importance of Being Unimportant:

Supportive Leadership by Dharmadevi Romano One day I was meeting with Swami Kriyananda while he was living in LA and he said to me, “When you are in a position of leadership people won’t necessarily like you.” I thought that was an interesting statement since I wasn’t in a position of leadership at the time,  …read more

“He Is The Cleverest…”

by Narayan Romano I recently began to re-read The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis. If you have not read it you are in for an inspirational treat like none other. Paramhansa Yogananda had given this book to Swami Kriyananda and others for Christmas. When Swami Kriyananda thanked his Guru, the Master said, “This  …read more

Speed Limit Driver

by Kathy Varie If you are driving in LA you probably don’t want to be driving behind me. I drive the speed limit – well, almost absolutely. I may go 5 miles or so over (in this case it was 4). But I’m really committed to not getting a ticket, and to being a safe  …read more

Willing to Be Right

by Dharmadevi Romano Last week we attended Spiritual Renewal Week at Ananda Village. It was a week filled with inspirational talks each morning by speakers who have dedicated their lives to Self-realization. Each evening was a unique expression of divine art – from a concert of Swami Kriyananda’s music to a performance of his play  …read more

Granddaughter’s Visit

by Kathy Varie After a wonderful visit this summer, my granddaughter, Maya went back home to South Carolina and a very big challenge began for me. I am aware of having a very strong desire to be close with my family. It’s an attachment and a very strong one which causes me great discomfort and  …read more

Tenderest Mercy

by Keshava Betts I had the supreme blessing to meditate in Swami’s apartment while I was at Ananda Village for Spiritual Renewal Week. My meditation was very nice, the spiritual vibrations in the apartment were clearly tangible. After I finished my techniques, I was sitting in the silence, offering my love to God. Normally I  …read more