Spiritual Experiences

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” I’ve often heard and thought about these beautiful words of Jesus Christ. On a visit to our Ananda Seattle community, I gained a new insight into what Jesus meant. During our travels there a few years ago, I met a man who was taking The Art & Science of Raja Yoga course. He told me how much he was enjoying his studies and, that through his practice of the … Read More

Conquer Complaining

One time while Paramhansa Yogananda was still in his guru’s ashram he began to compare their spiritual work to another organization that had a larger outward following. He expressed this disappointment to his guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar. Sri Yukteswar scolded him saying, “What our organization is, no other is; and this is the way God wants to play through you and me, and you must never compare with others.” Yogananda said he learned a great lesson that day that made … Read More

Engaging The Heart

Right after New Year’s Eve, my daughter became really ill with a virus that resulted in four weeks of coughing, congestion, and many sleepless nights for the whole family. My husband and I take a holistic approach to health, so we believe in the healing power of food and supporting the body with natural remedies. This has worked well for us given the fact that she’s never been sick in all four years of her awesome (obviously healthy) life. But … Read More

Kriya Yoga & the Tesla Coil in Your Spine

My friend recently got a tattoo of the infinity symbol on her arm. To her, it represents God within her as infinite strength. She added an arrow through the infinity symbol pointing upwards to remind her that inspiration, abundance, and divine potential come from Spirit. What an inspiring piece of body art! And she’s only 17! You’re supposed to be 18 to legally get a tattoo in California. I won’t divulge that Dharmadevi helped her (Ooops, spoiler alert!). As the … Read More

What Is My Dharma?

By Nayaswami Dharmadevi February 4, 2019 “How do I know my dharma?” This question was asked of Swami Kriyananda during an informal gathering I attended in 2008. Dharma, in this context, refers to one’s life purpose. “If you have a guru, you ask him,” Swamiji said, “and if not, you follow your heart and do that which is put in front of you to do.” Immediately, when I got home, I emailed Swami and asked him, as the representative of … Read More

Banish the Rebel-King of Ignorance

“I’m a white, male, overweight, from the South, Baptist minister. If you want to know about racism, and the product of it, look at me.” These words were uttered by a pastor during a Hindu Christian interfaith meeting I attended this past week. The room stood still with rapt attention for what he would say next. “The most defining moment of my life happened at the age of 10 years old.” Being from the South he shared that he grew … Read More

Willing to Be Right

By Nayaswami Dharmadevi Last week we attended Spiritual Renewal Week at Ananda Village. It was a week filled with inspirational talks each morning by speakers who have dedicated their lives to Self-realization. Each evening was a unique expression of divine art – from a concert of Swami Kriyananda’s music to a performance of his play “The Jewel in the Lotus.” Our week ended with a Kriya initiation, like a crescendo in the most beautiful symphony. Early in the week, my … Read More

Willing to Be Wrong

By Nayaswami Narayan Have you ever made a mistake and realized it right after the fact? I had a moment like that the other day with Dharmadevi. What happened? Soccer-ego. Allow me to explain. I grew up playing soccer since I was about five years old. I know the game well (Not that it’s all that complicated!). As my old college teammate and friend used to say, “You pass the ball, you kick the ball. It’s a simple game.” Dharmadevi … Read More


“Mother Teresa expressed sexuality.” These words hung in the air, with more than a little bit of tension, in the conservative Catholic Church in middle Georgia. I was blessed to grow up with a priest who was truly a man of God and didn’t mind stirring up the congregation to get a principle across. It was Valentine’s Day when Narayan and I happened to be visiting my mom several years ago. Father Fred invited up an older couple who were … Read More

The Ripe Use of “I”

Did you know that “I” is the most common pronoun in the English language? I (Egad, it just came out!) guess that’s not a big surprise. We like to talk about ourselves. Not only to others, but probably more so to ourselves. How do you speak to yourself? Perhaps you’ve beaten yourself up recently. I don’t mean physically, but rather some old school mental self-flagellation. You know, those kind of negative self deprecating thoughts that tell you everything that is … Read More