Compassion for All

This past weekend around the country, a population largely still in self-isolation came out to protest a long-standing issue of our nation. When the protests turned to looting and violence in many of our cities, including Los Angeles, the question many of us asked was: what can I do? A few years ago, Nayaswami Jyotish shared a story about Indu Bhan, a key assistant and good friend of Swami Kriyananda. Mahavatar Babaji would come visit Indu Bhan’s mother Rani and … Read More

There’s No Place Like D-Om

“Natural is the way nature permits.” Buckminister Fuller, the renowned visionary and inventor who championed the geodesic dome, shared this insight on his unconventional view of the world. He called it “Synergetics.”  What is “Synergetics?” When you observe nature, he said, you begin to realize that there are no right angles or squares. What you find are curves, triangles, and dome-like shapes. We live in a spherical world or what Bucky called “Spaceship Earth.” However, most “modern” architecture has not … Read More

The Kriya Yoga Conspiracy

There are a number of conspiracy theories swirling around the global pandemic. Here are some I’ve heard: Some people are calling it the “plan-demic” – a pre-programmed communist propaganda campaign to conquer America. The technocratic elite are trying to dominate and own the mind of the little man by using the media to induce tacit compliance. 5G-Coronavirus connection in Wuhan and the WHO trying to vaccinate the masses and trim down the world population. And, you know, there may well … Read More

“By All Means!”

Over ten years ago, just a few months after we were married, Dharmadevi and I attended an informal satsang with Swami Kriyananda. It was held at his home at Ananda Village, the Crystal Hermitage. We were in one of Swami’s first homes at the hermitage — a geodesic dome which lends itself to expansive and creative outside-the-box thinking.  During the discussion with Swamiji and a small group of about twenty people, the subject turned to the Bodhi Tree bookstore in … Read More

I Am Free in Thy Joy

When I visited Ananda Assisi last year, I befriended a young Italian man named Anthony. He never met Swami Kriyananda in person as Swamiji had left the body before Anthony visited Ananda Assisi.  He did however have a heart-to-heart meeting with Swamiji’s spirit. During his stay at Ananda Assisi, he meditated in Swami’s bedroom shrine. Swami left the body in the bedroom of his home just outside the Ananda Assisi retreat. As part of their retreat, visitors have the opportunity … Read More

Love is Effortless

Years ago, when Rammurti and I had our bookstore, I used to do the bookkeeping. Each day, after counting the previous day’s cash drawer, I would walk a few blocks to the bank to make a deposit. One day as I stood in line at the bank, I noticed that, as some customers got to the head of the line, they stepped aside allowing the next person to go ahead. It soon became obvious that those customers were waiting for … Read More

The Royal Road of the Cross

Let’s face it, this is an excruciatingly painful time period for the world. We can spout spiritual sayings, but they fall flat in the face of the depression we are now facing. Along with the pandemic, the economic fallout and consequent loss of jobs, confidence, and hope threaten our livelihood just as much if not more than the virus itself.  Is it any coincidence we are facing these tests during Holy Week leading up to Easter? What better time to … Read More

Reverential Distance

In response to the global pandemic, Ananda Sangha Worldwide is initiating a “Be a Warrior for the Light” campaign. Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, our spiritual directors and divine friends, are leading us through this crisis with the “sword of faith in our hand” and “the love of God in our hearts.” Part of the “Be a Warrior for the Light” initiative will include weekly prayers for the world, online meditations, a new online community, and practical resources to help us … Read More

Exponential Self-Realization

We’ve been hearing a lot about exponential growth these days. Unfortunately, it’s not the kind of growth we would like to see. I had a conversation about this kind of growth before the global pandemic erupted. It was of a very different nature – the exponential growth of a particular company’s stock!  Mind you, though I am married to a man who worked on Wall Street, I have absolutely no interest in the stock market. I was, however, fascinated by … Read More

Thou Mother of Flames

Dear Friends,  For as long as I can remember, my nighttime dreams have been a way for spirit to give me guidance, especially during turbulent times. Last night I had such a dream, which I feel inspired to share with you right now.  In my dream, I had just finished running a marathon. After crossing the finish line, I stepped into an elevator in a parking structure with two other women to get back to my car. As the elevator … Read More