Inspiration, Spiritual Teachings

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 not. The question is, in this tango of the intertwined, who is the one who leads when the tune is called? Is it I or Other? In the ballroom … Read More

Community, Inspiration, Meditation, Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Teachings, Swami Kriyananda

Community of Souls

There is a place on this earth where friends come together, live side by side, and support each other in their individual search for God. Not a cloistered monastery or ashram only for those who renounce the world, a place for everyone. In fact, there are several such places. I have the great good fortune of being born into one … Read More

Community, Inspiration, Meditation, Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Teachings, Swami Kriyananda

The Custodians of Religion

In my early life lexicon, the term “custodian” referred only to the janitor at my elementary school. Later, in my early adult life, I read perhaps one of the greatest spiritual books ever written, The New Path by Swami Kriyananda. In Part II, Chapter 33: Original Christianity,  the author emphasizes and expounds an important message from Paramhansa Yogananda: “The saints … Read More

Community, Inspiration, Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Teachings

The Trumpet Call of Friendship

The greatest joy and growth, pain and sorrows in this world all relate to our connection with others. And the highest form of connection is friendship. True friendship is a spiritual relationship of love, support and respect. Paramhansa Yogananda wrote “Friendship is God’s trumpet call, bidding the soul to destroy the walls which separate it from other souls, and from … Read More

Community, Inspiration, Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Teachings

Atomic Resolutions

Now is the time of resolutions, a time for making promises that are notoriously broken within weeks. Here in Portland, we’ve had an epic ice storm to contend with as we try to maintain ours! New Year’s resolutions are not simply a social construct. In fact, they are a natural expression of what is happening for us on an energetic … Read More

Inspiration, Spiritual Teachings

Enthusiasm Be Thy Engine

To live an uplifting life, enthusiasm is a quintessential quality to have, and when we’re on a roll, it is easy to come by. We can hardly wait to be with that special person or to hear that whatever we want to happen is happening. But what about those other times when the future doesn’t look so rosy? Where’s our … Read More

Community, Inspiration

Giving Blood, by Nayaswami Hanuman

Hi Friends, I have been donating blood ever since I was 19 years old in the Army. It has been a way for me to give back to my community, my country, and all those who have given their blood to help others.  I would like to start a blood drive here at our temple. It is easy set up, … Read More

Inspiration, Spiritual Teachings

In Surrender Lies Victory

Sunday talk in Portland, October 1, 2023 In this busy workaday world, there is nothing quite so welcome as time off, and in particular time spent somewhere on vacation. We think of vacation as a time of renewal, when we can relax, maybe travel, and lift our spirits with the kinds of experience that add meaning and joy to our … Read More