Nayaswami Surendra, Ananda Portland Temple and Teaching Center
Spiritual Teachings

Hey, Just Get Over It!

Pain must come In sudden and chronic experience, in large and small doses, pain is bound to come. Ours is the pain planet. We were born here to feel and deal with pain’s discomfort, to endure its seemingly infinite permutations, to confront its huge force. Until we attain liberation, each turn of the karmic wheel can be counted on to … Read More

Humility of Rain Francis the patron saint of Paramhansa Yogananda
Spiritual Teachings

Learning to Forget

There’s a funny one-liner that bemoans the effects of aging: “Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.” Thank goodness for humor. It softens the blow. Uhh. . . Let’s see now. . . Where was I going with that? . . . Oh, yes. . . As some of us know already, seniors are forced … Read More

Nayaswami Surendra, Ananda Portland Temple and Teaching Center
Spiritual Teachings

In the Sway Of Peril’s Way

Do you love to shop? It’s no wonder that so many people do. In this modern world of amazing gadgets and gizmos, of got-to-have-it doodads and devices, our eyes are assaulted daily with alluring goods to have and to hold. Shopping today is America’s national pastime. Department stores, brand stores, and malls have become our culture’s popular destinations for their … Read More

Nayaswami Hanuman Baughman, Light bearer and minister of Ananda Portland, founder of Ananda House Progressive Elder Care
Spiritual Teachings

How to Take Meditation with You Throughout the Day

Meditation, in a Broad Sense It is that practice which brings you to a place of stillness where you may commune with your inner reality, your highest self. Meditation is coming to a point of stillness where all thoughts of past, present, and future are suspended in the one eternal now. This gives you the opportunity to experience a deep … Read More

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

We Let It Go. Now, We Let It Be!

Spiritual Principles Letting go is the spiritual principle of detachment, really. Allowing yourself to release the hold on things or ideas, of the way it should be, or past situations, hurts and more. Let them go. And then there is the next best spiritual principle of surrender. Let it go, then let it be. (aahhh…A Beatles tune to this one, … Read More