Energization: A Year of Energy

A little more than a year has passed since I began practicing Yogananda’s Energization Exercises six times a day. Just recently, when a friend asked me, “What do you feel you’ve gained from the practice?” I was unable to answer, because how could I begin to list, or even comprehend how this practice had transformed my life? Finally, lacking a better response, I said, “What haven’t I gained?” I don’t mean to imply that I don’t have any work to … Read More

People Are More Important Than Things

“Too many rules kill the spirit.” Paramhansa Yogananda once said to the then young monk Walter (now known as Swami Kriyananda). Yogananda had put Walter in charge of the Monks and was giving him this advice on how to organize the monks. This simple phrase was the only outward advice his Guru gave him. Swami Kriyananda found that asking willing cooperation of his brother monks was a key way to organize them in a spirit of brotherhood and divine friendship. … Read More

Overcoming Nervousness and Fear

God doesn’t mind asking His devotees to serve in ways that are uncomfortable to our egos. In fact, I think He gets a kick out of seeing our little selves squirm! Needless to say, when we consciously embark upon the spiritual path, we are asking God and Guru to help us transcend the ego. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised by some obstacles – or as Paramhansa Yogananda referred to them – opportunities for further growth. One such opportunity is overcoming … Read More

“In Joy and In More Joy …”

On Saturday, April 29th, we celebrated our first annual Yogananda Fest. Yogananda Fest is an inspiring day-long festival celebrating and sharing the teachings of the great Master, Paramhansa Yogananda. If you weren’t able to attend, it’s okay, we already have it scheduled for next year! Saturday, April 28th, 2018. We were trying to think of how to describe the day. Words from one of Yogananda’s chants come to mind… “In joy and in more joy…” Paramhansa Yogananda described God as … Read More