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The Greatest Healer of All

By Lovelight Michelle Morovaty Over the last few days, I had been experiencing muscle tightness along my upper back due to a pinched nerve in my neck. These were caused by herniated disks in my cervical spine, and exacerbated by the emotional distress that came with the unfortunate news regarding two of my friends’ serious,  …read more

Overcoming Oversensitivity

By Dharmadevi Romano Los Angeles is a breeding ground for oversensitivity. In a big city, you are constantly barraged by loud noises, foul smells, and disturbing sights. The nervous system gets overloaded and we find ourselves taking out our oversensitivity on others. We may find temporary relief in believing that others are the cause of  …read more

Follow Your Bliss

Directional Development At Its Best by Narayan Romano The other day Dharmadevi and I met with a young woman who was majoring in psychology. I asked her what she found interesting about psychology. She responded, “It explains everything. It shows that everything has a reason.” Her response got me thinking; what is my purpose and  …read more

Just Say “Yes!”

Discovering my definition of success by Jennifer Duke Working on the new Thousand Oaks center, I’ve been thinking about the many ways people measure success. I couldn’t avoid these thoughts because they were closely tied to my fear of failing at this project. “Would I be able to serve purely? Am I inappropriate for the  …read more

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