Category Archives: Blog

Prayer for World Peace and Harmony‏

Dear Ones, 2016 is already a year full of challenges. Worldwide events and movements, natural and man-made, indicate changes and disruptions on many levels, for now and in the near future. Recently Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, our Spiritual Directors, asked us to launch a united campaign throughout Ananda based on Master’s “peace and harmony” prayer.  …read more

“Earthen Vessels” — A Sign from God

My earthly father, Joseph Henry Romano, passed away suddenly on January 2nd. Growing up whenever someone died in our family, it was custom to ask for a sign from God that their soul was at peace. I don’t know if this was an Italian thing, a Catholic thing, or a combination. Surely, we all want  …read more

Sacred Heart!

Dharmadevi and I were visiting her Mother in Georgia over Thanksgiving. She’s a very spiritual person and a devout Catholic. Dharmadevi and I were both raised Roman Catholic and whenever we go to see her family we join her mother for Mass. At the church I was struck by a large stained glass window image  …read more

The Power of Music

There is immense power in music. It is an art form that transcends language and can affect people of all ages, from every corner of the world. “Music is the language of the soul,” it has been well said. Here at Ananda we’ve been blessed with an enormous library of music written by Swami Kriyananda  …read more

“Magnamonious” of Heart!

A few weeks ago I had a dream with Swami Kriyananda. On the surface there was no deep meaning to it. We were sitting around a large dining table with other people. Swamiji turned to me and said smilingly, “you failed english?” I responded, “actually, Sir, I majored in english.” (this is in fact true  …read more

Kriya Yoga & The “Church of All Religions”

Paramhansa Yogananda called the beautiful Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades a “Church of All Religions”. What inspires so many about Paramhansa Yogananda and the kriya yoga masters is their all-embracing universal love. And that divine love of the Masters expresses itself to devotees on a practical level through the art & science of kriya yoga.  …read more

A Smile of Homecoming

The first morning sadhana set the tone for the rest of my week at SRW, and it couldn’t have been more devotional. I sat alone with the masters, looking upon their images before the initial prayer, as is my practice, but this morning was different. For the first time ever Babaji’s image stopped me, the  …read more

“It’s from Target!”

About six years ago Swami Kriyananda was in Seattle to dedicate the Ananda Temple of Light. If you haven’t seen this beautiful shrine, please visit if you are in Seattle. It lives up to its name! At the end of his satsang Swamiji was greeting people individually as they wanted to receive his blessings. I  …read more

The Redeeming Light

The old and new testament along with other great scriptures have countless references to light, many of them not as mankind is used to seeing it. How are we supposed to understand these references to light? For example, from Matthew 6:22 “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single,  …read more