Spiritual Teachings

Raja Yoga Is a Powerful Tool on the Spiritual Path

“I’ve had the blessing of studying, exploring and sharing the Art and Science of Raja Yoga since the mid-1980s. These teachings are central to my daily life, and sharing them is one of the greatest joys I know.”—Nayaswami Davia “I love working with the students over several months. As they become inspired by the teachings, I become inspired in turn, … Read More

Spiritual Teachings

You Can Change Your Life by Changing Your Magnetism

I Used to Mentally Label Magnetism as “woo-woo” Grounded, practical, real—these are words I would be inclined to use to describe myself and those spiritual teachings that I am attracted to. Magnetism, or some strange spiritual power of attraction, didn’t fit my down-to-earth mentality and therefore was condemned to the woo-woo category. But luckily, my hasty judgements are often revoked … Read More

Nayaswami Surendra, Ananda Portland Temple and Teaching Center
Spiritual Teachings

Really, Maybe, Not

We see, and we believe. Isn’t that right? We see a chair. It’s right over there. Yup, that’s a chair, all right. We can see it and sit in it too. But is that enough to say that its physical reality is real? Real or not, it would be extremely unwise to ignore the possibility that chairs and other perceived … Read More

Nayaswami Surendra, Ananda Portland Temple and Teaching Center
Spiritual Teachings

The Incredible Me!

Nothing blows me away more than the realization of who I am. I don’t mean “me” as a set of self-definitions; I mean that now and forever, this being who occupies the corpus that I presently carry around, is someone that only I can be. There is no option here. I cannot trade my consciousness, my karma or my future … Read More

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

It’s Time to Stop the Mind Games

The mind is a tricky business. You catch something out of the corner of your eye and, depending on your state-of-mind, you could have yourself believing all kinds of things about what you thought you saw. A person can lose an arm or leg for any number of reasons. And yet they will still feel its presence. Whole, unharmed. A … Read More