How to Overcome Dry Spells in Meditation

Have you ever experienced a dry spell in your meditation practice? Recently, I started to notice that my meditations were becoming increasingly difficult.  What was the problem? I didn’t realize until I found the answer. One day before meditation, I randomly opened up The Essence of Self-realization to this excerpt: “While meditating, don’t concentrate on the results of meditation. Meditate, rather, to please God. If you seek results, you will be disappointed if they don’t come. “In the Bhagavad Gita, … Read More

Overcomplicating Simple Living

Swami Kriyananda tells a story in The New Path about how he traveled to Mexico in his youth in hopes of connecting with a simpler way of life. He learned to make do with only ten dollars a month! He shares what foods he ate in order to save money and even how he rationed portions of dessert to not feel deprived.  A big lesson he shares through this experience is that we can over-complicate even simple living. He was … Read More

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

Nayaswamis Narayan & Dharmadevi

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

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

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

Nayaswamis Narayan & Dharmadevi

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

The Last Word of Swami Kriyananda: “Anything”

Swami Kriyananda, one of the last living direct disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda, left us with a parting gift—the gift of his last word: anything. This simple word exemplifies the attitude towards life which Swami Kriyananda lived by, and which he set as an example for all of us as truth seekers on the spiritual path. Within this word are two qualities characteristic of Swamiji as a disciple: willingness and courage. These qualities are especially relevant to all of us as … Read More

Perfect Understanding

“The Guru knows every thought you think… can you imagine? But… he understands you perfectly!” I will never forget hearing these words from a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. They were (and still are) so comforting. Yes, the Guru knows all of our faults, all of our stupid actions, all of our negativity, BUT he knows exactly how we got to where we are and exactly how we will get out of this mess of delusion. In a letter of … Read More