A Gift or A Burden?

A family member recently was complaining to me that no one in the family wanted her silverware. She had spent so much money over the years acquiring it and now she couldn’t give it away. Thinking she would like someone to appreciate it, I said, “I’ve actually been thinking of buying a set of real silverware! (which was the truth) I’d love to give yours a good home.” To my surprise her response was that she needed to ask someone … Read More

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

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