It’s All Good

Maybe you’ve used the expression “it’s all good,” when you’ve wanted to convey to someone not to worry about something they may have said or done wrong or for an unfortunate situation. It’s a bit like “Hakuna Matata” for any of you Lion King fans out there.  I was recently reflecting on the “Creation Story” from the Bible. In it, God is manifesting the different aspects of our physical reality. He takes a pause between creating the sky, the water, … Read More

Is Joy All Nature’s Theme?

During my first pilgrimage to India I had the great blessing of going with a group of Ananda devotees led by Nayaswamis Durga and Vidura. Having never been to India before, I was deeply grateful to have their divine friendship throughout our travels. Our pilgrimage began at the Ananda Gurgaon Ashram and a satsang with Swami Kriyananda. Swamiji gave our pilgrimage group the advice, “Close your eyes and open your hearts to India’s spiritual vibrations.” Taking the spirit of Ananda … Read More

When We Sang for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican

One of the most memorable times of living at Ananda Assisi was when the World Brotherhood Choir sang at the Vatican on Wednesday, March 8, 1989. After celebrating Paramhansa Yogananda’s Mahasamadhi Anniversary on the previous day, the Ananda Assisi community felt a deep blessing as we caravanned to Rome to share Master’s and Swami Kriyananda’s songs as a vibrational-offering for the Spiritual Unity of All Mankind. It was a historical time for us at Ananda Assisi as we shared our … Read More

Liquid Peace

Have you ever gotten your feelings hurt? Or you’ve even tried to act like you didn’t when you did! I’m sure we can all relate to something someone said or did that pushed a certain reactive “ouch” button in our consciousness. Maybe you’ve experienced it on a physical level if you’ve ever had an injury. What happens if someone touches an injured area of your body. Don’t you instinctively recoil? We have similar sore spots in our consciousness that need … Read More

Love Without Limits

I’ll admit, sometimes, I think it would be nice to be able to shrink Narayan down and put him in my pocket. To carry him around with me wherever I go and keep him all for myself. Such an idea might make for an interesting (or more likely disturbing) romance novel but it certainly wouldn’t make for a very good life for Narayan! When he was 18, leaving home and moving off to college, his father said to him, “I … Read More

Beware of “Don Spirituale”

One of the pitfalls on the spiritual path is self- importance. Or as Swami Sri Yukteswar called it “pride of pedigree” or “pride of nationality.” In modern day parlance, you could think of it as the “Don Spirituale” complex. What do I mean by “Don Spirituale?” “Don Spirituale” is when our egos want to feel important and acknowledged. Don’t we see this in our world today? Rather than leaders cooperating and working together, competition seems to be another, perhaps more … Read More

Going Inside: What’s Going On In There?

“You had a difficult childhood to make you independent.” I had never thought of my childhood as difficult until I heard these words from a Nadi reader in India. Maybe I was in denial or maybe I just chose to focus on the positive. In any case, upon reflection, I could see how growing up with an alcoholic father was difficult. Unpredictable at best and downright scary at worst.  So, I can relate to children and adults who don’t necessarily … Read More

Harmony, the Greatest Miracle

Some things are easier said than done. Creating and maintaining harmony in our relationships – with our significant other, friends, family, and coworkers – is probably one of the most difficult tasks given to the spiritual aspirant. If you disagree, you are advanced beyond the need to read further! Harmony is a two-way street. Or is it? It requires effort from both parties. Or does it? Think back to when you’ve gotten into an argument with someone. Did the other … Read More

Ups and Downs

“Mrs. Romano, I’m going to have to do a lumbar puncture on you.” The ER doctor at St. John’s hospital was kindly warning me – something was coming that wouldn’t be pleasant. Not having had a lumbar puncture before, I thought to myself, “How bad can it be? She’s just going to stick me in the side to get some fluid.” What I didn’t realize is that a lumbar puncture is when a needle is put into your spinal column … Read More

Make It Happen for Him!

Growing up in the American Northeast, I met a lot of characters (some were members of my own family!). When I was in high school, my soccer teammates and I trained during the summer for the upcoming fall season. Part of our training included weight lifting so we looked for a local gym. Before becoming members, we went to check out a prospective fitness studio where we met John Helane — a sales consultant whom we would never forget. He … Read More