Nayaswami Surendra, Ananda Portland Temple and Teaching Center
Inspiration

Noble Is As Noble Does

In the years I managed our Ananda Pune ashram, the workday began after meditation and breakfast with a morning circle. Tushti and I, with our staff and guests, would discuss the day’s projects and assignments, and then we would all affirm together, loudly at first and then more inwardly, “I will do my work thinking of Thee, Lord. I offer … Read More

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
Inspiration

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
Inspiration

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