“Did You Hear That?”

“No, I didn’t.” Keshava was asking me if I heard how I added a note to a solo I was practicing from Swami Kriyananda’s Oratorio, Christ Lives! Subconsciously, I was adding a note or two that were not written in the piece. I did not even notice the tendency until Keshava called it to my attention. Though it was evident to Dharmadevi and Keshava who were listening, I couldn’t hear it. Why couldn’t I hear it? I’m not a trained … Read More

Courage to Battle Indifference

–Paramhansa Yogananda Have you ever been in a conversation with a friend or associate and found yourself talking in a way you didn’t like? When you find a fault within yourself, the tendency can be to think, “Well, that is just who I am, I can’t change my personality.” Yoganandaji said, “You can change yourself in an instant.” He also taught to make every breath a new incarnation. He didn’t just mean we could change our bad habits. He was … Read More

Oh, My Remembrance of Thee!

A few weeks ago a friend of mine lent me a number of books to read. She is a reading enthusiast. Well, that’s putting it lightly. She is on two library boards and she’s pretty much memorized the library of congress classification system. Not to mention she’s taken a speed reading course twice! After she lent me the books, she was joining us for our Raja Yoga class. I joked to her during the class that you could have all … Read More

Heart Over Mind

In the early morning hours, when the veil between the material world and the other worlds is thin, I often awaken with phrases from Master’s chants, affirmations, poems, and other writings running through my mind. It amazes me how perfectly his words attune with whatever is going on with my life situation at the time. These spiritual experiences remain vivid and comfort me in times of need. My most recent experience occurred a few days ago. Recently I have been … Read More

Kindness

The lunch bell rings and kids nationwide suffer through the social turmoil of finding friends and feeling welcome at a lunch table. Lunch time each day on campus can feel like a pit of despair filled with isolation and rejection. I recently heard a story on CBS about a young man whose simple generosity, a smile here, kind words there, is changing lives. Denis Estimon is a Haitian immigrant who arrived in the US as a first grader. At school … Read More