Hanalei Bay Kauii Hawaii painting by Jyotish Novak www.jyotishnovakart.com

God Goes On Vacation

Aloha! We’re currently relaxing on Kauai, one of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, on a two-week vacation that was gifted to us by many friends from Ananda. One hears “Aloha” everywhere here, because it’s a word with multiple meanings: “hello,” “good-bye,” “love,” “compassion,” and “welcome.”

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Samadhi poem by Paramhansa Yogananda, samadhi poem image

Searching for Gold

Historians tell us that medieval alchemists were continually in search of the elusive “philosophers’ stone,” that mythical substance which could turn base metals into gold. As far as we know, they never succeeded in their quest, but there is a different kind of philosophers’ stone which we have already discovered.

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Second Coming of Christ - A Touch of Light by Nayaswami Devi. Teachings of Yogananda

The Second Coming of Christ

In this Christmas season, it’s important to reflect on the deeper message of Christ’s life and birth. Paramhansa Yogananda told his disciples that it was Jesus himself who appeared to Babaji in the Himalayas, and asked him to send these teachings to the West in order to reveal the deeper meaning of Christianity. Through people’s practice of meditation, they could experience Jesus as a living reality—a being with whom they can commune, rather than merely read about in the Bible.

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Are You a Spiritual Success?

Recently while in Pune, India, I asked an old friend how he felt he’d changed spiritually over the years. He replied, “It’s hard to see change from one day to the next, but looking back I see that I’m not the same person I used to be, though my nature remains much the same. In the past I used to be skeptical about everything, but now doubt has nearly disappeared as God and Guru's presence has grown. I may still question things in order to understand them better, but I’m no longer plagued with a doubting nature.”

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The Banana Tree

As we gathered in the early morning sunlight for group sadhana in Chennai, everyone was filled with eager anticipation of what lay ahead. After months of effort, we would officially be dedicating the new Center that evening, and friends would be gathering from all over India for the event.

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My Personal Journey with “Autobiography of a Yogi”

We came into the world just weeks apart, Autobiography of a Yogi and I, born together in December 1946. Both of us were riding on waves of human hope: I was part of the “baby boomer” generation that emerged after millions of American servicemen returned from World War II. Hoping to leave the horrors of war behind, the soldiers wanted nothing more than to create a secure, prosperous life for their children.

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