Which Side Wins?

I had an interesting dream the other night. In it I was visiting a spiritual community and two of my friends were leading the work there. One was Drupada a long time member of Ananda and vedic astrologer. I went up to him holding his hands and bowing my head and received a blessing through his presence. Then the scene shifted to an amphitheater similar to the one at Ananda village if you’ve been there. There was an Indian woman … Read More

The Guru As Divine Light

When I started meditating I learned an important lesson: the Guru is not who we think he is. I was studying the Ananda Course in Self-Realization and my teacher was very helpful, knowledgeable, and was available to answer my questions from afar (I was living in Georgia at the time), for which I was extremely grateful. I was meditating one night and in my mind’s eye, I saw my teacher. I was happy to see him and smiled inwardly. He … Read More

Proper Tidyarian

Have you seen “Tidying Up” with Marie Kondo? She is a beautiful Japanese woman who exudes a contagious joy. Her medium of sharing joy is through teaching people how to tidy up their homes. It’s a real blessing that she is entering the mainstream. She helps people understand how to let go of things that are holding them back. Not only that but also she invites them to keep only the items that spark joy. Her simple advice is to … Read More

‘Is​ ​Yogananda​ ​My​ ​Guru?​ ​Is​ ​Krishna?​ ​Is​ ​Jesus​ ​Christ?’

A guru is a teacher. In general parlance he can be a school teacher, someone high up in the financial world, or somebody looked up to as an authority in virtually any sphere of activity. The original meaning of the word, however, derives from the Sanskrit, gur: ‘to raise or uplift.’ In ancient spiritual tradition,guru means more even than a wise teacher. In the highest sense, it refers to the satguru: one who has reached oneness with God, is empowered by God to bring people … Read More

Sincere Succession of Disciples

After visiting Ananda, someone remarked to Swami Kriyananda about a number of inspiring souls they had met during their stay. Swamiji responded, “If you meet one or two people like that, you can say they’re special. But when you meet an entire community of people, it’s what they’re doing that makes them special.” I’ve often thought what are people at Ananda doing? If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be: discipleship. To me Ananda Sangha … Read More