The Most Important Work

“I had no idea what you were doing was so important!” This message came to me shortly after my mom left her body in early 2020. Recently, after a year of battling Lyme disease, I was able to recommit to co-leading our spiritual community in Los Angeles. During meditation, I felt Paramhansa Yogananda say, “I’ve got big plans for you.”  “You have a big work to do here.” Swami Kriyananda said these words to me three times while he was … Read More

A Hong-Sau Takeover

When Dr. Lewis first met Paramhansa Yogananda, the guru said to his first kriya yoga disciple in America, “Will you always love me as I love you?”  Even though Dr. Lewis was meeting Yogananda for the first time, he felt an irresistible divine love and attraction to the young Indian Swami. Dr. Lewis said, “Yes, I give you my unconditional love.” Rubbing his hands together, Yogananda replied, “Good, now I can take charge of your life.” What does it mean … Read More

Increasing the Light

  As we emerge from isolation and begin to hug and embrace each other again without masks, I wonder what other masks have been dropped as well in this past year. The tragedy of too many shedding their mortal coil from this invisible and silent scourge has left behind tremendous grief, at times unrelenting. This coming face-to-face with death and the fragility of life has forced many of us to reassess how we wish to lead our lives. Witnessing quite … Read More

Clearer Reception

Forcefully, a paw will unexpectedly pat one of my legs, back, forearms, hands, sometimes with affectionate kicking to follow!  Bibi, our tabby cat with piercing green eyes, makes it clear if she wants attention, even though she gets an equal amount with her two male siblings Boris and Max.  Companionship, closeness, reassurance, playfulness; clearly, we are not the only species that display these needs. Indeed, the yoga master Paramhansa Yogananda taught that soul friendships are great blessings and wishing goodwill … Read More

The Magnet of Us All

A humble magnet call, A whisper by the brook On grassy altar small– There I have my nook. -Paramhansa Yogananda   Similar to Paramhansa Yogananda’s above poem, one of my first experiences with God was on a “grassy altar small.”  My first trip to Ananda Village was for Spiritual Renewal Week twenty years ago. I camped out at the Expanding Light, the meditation and yoga retreat at Ananda Village in Northern California where SRW is held.  At the end of … Read More

When Yogananda Speaks Let’s Listen

“In deep meditation, this painting comes to life.” These words were spoken to me during a visit to the home of Tulsi Bose, who was the boyhood best friend of Paramhansa Yogananda. They came from the mouth of Tulsi’s daughter, a saintly woman, Hassi Mukherjee, regarding a painting of Krishna that adorned her living room altar. I don’t remember what amazed me more – that she knew what I was seeing or what I was seeing! It was as though … Read More

How to Finish Your Desires

My mother used to say, “Be careful what you wish for, you just may get it.” She was expressing a deeper truth — every desire must be fulfilled. Desire, Paramhansa Yogananda taught, directs our energy.  When I first heard Yogananda’s voice on a recording, I remember him thundering, “You must finish your desires!”  As I was new on the spiritual path, I thought, “Goodness, how in the world can I finish my desires?!” It seemed like an insurmountable task to … Read More

The Nearest Temple

Breezes of peaceful energy, like I never had felt before while doing physical exercise, wisped through my nervous system. As I lay on my back in Corpse Pose, muscles seemed to unclench after years of tension. Paradoxically, I was alarmingly more aware of the business of my mind, which was like a virtual talk radio doing play-by-play commentaries!   I recall this vividly from the first time I stumbled into my first yoga class in a Los Angeles gym in the … Read More

Discipleship Is Joy

Dharmadevi and I watched a movie the other night called, “The Disciple.” It’s a story about a young Indian man who has a passion for Indian classical music. He learns from his father growing up and then his teacher who he considers his guru.  There are some soul stirring scenes and you can feel why India considers the voice to be the most beautiful instrument. The voice conveys subtle aspects of feeling and when used in attunement with the Divine … Read More

A Lover and A Biter

You may have heard the story of Paramhansa Yogananda visiting a man who was complaining about his son and certain of his eternal damnation to hellfire. Well, in case you haven’t, basically, Yogananda tells the man to tie up his son and throw him in his oven next time he comes home drunk. After the man expresses his total outrage and disgust at the suggestion, Yogananda makes his point – if you, a human father couldn’t bear the thought of … Read More