Inspiration

Food for Thought

In the summer of 1990, during the annual Mozart Festival in Salzburg, Austria, my wife and I were staying with a new friend in his apartment. Richard had lived in Salzburg for many years, retired from his long-time career as the personal secretary to Herbert von Karajan, the famous Berlin Philharmonic conductor. Aristocratic society had been his world, but now … Read More

Nayaswami Surendra, devotee of Yogananda
Inspiration

Willingness and Faith

Nature is a fountain of boundless inspiration. Every plant, every creature, offers a message that speaks to us directly. As we tune into its wonders, we understand more of ourselves. Consider the lowly caterpillar as it transforms into a butterfly. Is there a more miraculous image of relevance to our own lives? The caterpillar goes within, secluded in its cocoon … Read More

Nayaswami Surendra, devotee of Yogananda
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What Comes Around

Does talk of death make you a little uneasy? Most people look for ways to change the subject. Everyone since childhood has been aware of death, but as long as we’re alive, death is that which happens only to others. We tend to ignore its presence until, in failing health, we end up cramming for peace of mind just as … Read More

Nayaswami Hanuman Baughman, Light bearer and minister of Ananda Portland, founder of Ananda House Progressive Elder Care
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Conscious Living for Conscious Aging

Tools for Conscious Aging This body is 66 years old. It has served me well and I appreciate its concern for my soul’s existence while traveling through this earthly plane. But I also realize that both this body and mind are only tools given to me by God for a finite period of time. Like any other tool, it wears … Read More

Madhavi Eby, member of Ananda Portland Sangha at the Temple & Teaching Center
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Happy Birthday Swamiji!

91st Anniversary of His Birthday Swami Kriyananda, J. Donald Walters, was born on May 19, 1926. Swami spent more years of his life in search of God and in the development of his attunement to God and Guru. Reading The New Path is a wonderful way to get close to Swami. Or listen to the music of Ananda, to know … Read More