Kriya Yoga practice removes all obstacles to Self- and God-realization. —Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 2.2 When Paramahansa Yogananda came to America in 1920 with the blessings of his guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar, his mission was to […]
Literacy of the Heart, a mixture of mystical poetry and masterful fiction, gave us Yogacharya Ellen O’Brian (The Moon Reminded Me) and award-winning author (think most recently of And the Mountains Echoed and previously, The Kite […]
At the official launch of Yogacharya O’Brian’s newest book of mystical poetry, The Moon Reminded Me, a mesmerized audience sat under a hanging silver moon created just for the event, near a living tree that […]
How to Connect Your Spiritual Heart and Your Activist Feet Without Losing Your BalanceThe heart of yoga is mysticism, the universal experience of conscious communion with God or ultimate Reality. Mystics arise in all religions […]
Wondering What to Do After the Election? Start Here: Inaugurate PeaceEven those who avoid getting too involved in politics have not escaped the pervasive tensions in the U.S. To say it is a time of […]
Thoreau’s call to “simplify, simplify” resonates deeply with me; I have contemplated it often. When I first encountered his words, I wondered why he repeated the phrase.
The gift of Satyagraha that Mahatma Gandhi gave the world—the revelation of the nonviolent force for good that is born of truth and love was, and continues to be, illuminated by his life.
In response to the question, “How does the desire for eternal life arise?” the great sage Ramana Maharshi replied, “Because the present state is unbearable. Why? Because it is not your True Nature.”
Life can be a perpetual search for happiness in its myriad forms—pleasure, security, success, contentment, joy. Ever notice that we look for it and find it, only to lose it again? Or want more from wherever it seemed to come from?