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

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

New Year Resolutions

Upon realizing we are steadily approaching January 1st, I hurried to the nearest Target to buy a 2021 planner. I love planners as much as I love blank journals! I thought how wonderful it would be to ‘plan’ my whole year, or at least the next three months. It’s rather giggle-worthy when you consider how many people “planned” for 2020 and were thrown the ultimate curveball.   As I was shopping for a planner the initial excitement and urgency started 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