Formula For Success (Part 1)

If I could boil down what I’ve learned as a disciple to one sentence, it might look like that. Three elements that when combined, have the power to transform a life. Having a guru is a supreme blessing. He is so precious. He will see you through all difficulties. He knows your every thought, and knows every detail of your past life, and he loves you unconditionally. Think about that – he knows our every weakness and fault, and yet … Read More

The Vibrationless Original

Nayaswami Jyotish shared during Spiritual Renewal Week that God took part of his vibrationless Spirit and put it into motion. I believe he was quoting Lahiri Mahasaya when he said God took 1% of His stillness and like a tuning fork began to vibrate Himself to create the universe. Everything in this world is of dual nature. We cannot have creation without duality. As Paramhansa Yogananda said, “the law of relativity is necessary to divide the One into the many.” … Read More

Timelessness Is of the Essence

During my first visit to Ananda Village in Northern California in 2007, I had an experience of timelessness I’d like to share with you. I was sitting at the South Fork of the Yuba River, which, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful places in the world. There are huge boulders everywhere, interspersed with tall pine trees. The water is crisp, cold, and clear. As I was sitting alone, my feet in the cool water, I lost myself … Read More

The Swell of Gratitude

“What are you grateful for?” There is a restaurant in LA called “Cafe Gratitude” where the waiter asks you this question (or another thought provoking one) during your meal. Their menu item names are quite ambitious: “Immortal,” “Liberated,” “Pure,” “Enthusiastic,” etc. What makes it even more fun is when they bring your order they affirm your soul quality through the dish’s name. Your waiter exclaims with the verve of a veganatic, “You are Enthusiastic!” If you’re not feeling all that … Read More