Madhavi Eby, member of Ananda Portland Sangha at the Temple & Teaching Center
Inspiration

In the Garden of Gethsemane

A Deep Stillness in the Garden The walls are lit up at night. They are brightly illuminated, throwing the rest of the city into relief. The gardens, dark and silent at near dawn. Such a beautiful site. It was a blessing to be a part of that pilgrimage, walking in all those places Jesus walked. Such a blessing. Sitting in … Read More

Nayaswami Surendra, Ananda Portland Temple and Teaching Center
Inspiration

Working Through the Wobblies

Mark Twain once declared that he loved work so much, he could sit and watch it all day. His remark always draws a chuckle from me as I picture him in a rocking chair on the porch of a stately hotel, savoring his favorite cigar, lazily appraising the bee-like business around him. I suspect, however, the remark did not really describe him except … Read More

Nayaswami Surendra, Ananda Portland Temple and Teaching Center
Inspiration

Dare To Be Different

Acts of bravery, important discoveries and extraordinary events are celebrated by all. But who bravely celebrates with enlightened awareness his own many mistakes? More often we greet them with moodiness, denial, excuse, embarrassment or even self-defense. A mistake should be an overture to progress. We grow as we correct what fails to work. Yet, as everyone knows, the reversing of slips … Read More

Madhavi Eby, member of Ananda Portland Sangha at the Temple & Teaching Center
Inspiration

Give Me a Light to Light My Way!

Just Having to Deal with It We seem to be getting many opportunities to deal with all kinds of situations. Like the weather. The first couple of snow storms…yay! But after too many snow-days later…ugh! Then there’s that pressing feeling that makes you wonder if it’s ever going to get back to normal. Many of the teachers from our Living … Read More

Inspiration

I and Other

Life is a dance. You’ve heard that before. Every moment offers a new set of rhythms and flows to interpret. Sometimes the dancing is done with beauty and grace, and sometimes it is not. The question is, in this tango of the intertwined, who is the one who leads when the tune is called? In the ballroom of human relationships, the pairing of … Read More