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

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

Christmas Miracles

What Child Is this? Sitting at my computer, I was looking for inspiration, Christmas music (classical and peaceful!) playing and the lighted tree standing before me. What occurred to me is that there are so many blessings during this time of Christmas, it is hard not to be inspired. I began to think back to my pilgrimage in Israel, remembering walking … Read More

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

Listening to Christmas Music and Feeling Deep Joy!

O Magnum Mysterium! The music this time of year is some of the best. Of all time. It can be transforming! Really and truly. Oh great mystery. We sing of the mystery of the Lord born to a young woman. Walking through the streets of Nazareth, seeing the well where Mary was approached by the Archangel Gabriel. Realizing that this young … Read More

Nayaswami Surendra, Ananda Portland Temple and Teaching Center
Inspiration

How Reasonable Is Reason?

Reason Driving Development Hundreds of years ago, as we slowly emerged from the Dark and Middle Ages, reason became the engine for driving our development. From the 17th century onward, great strides were made in the sciences and mathematics. Modern philosophy was born, based on rational thought and logical methods of discovery. Rene Descartes declared from inspiration, “I think, therefore … Read More

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

Is It Really Time to Prepare for the Holidays?

Amazingly enough, it is that time of year. Again. It seems that every year we hear about it a month earlier. I think this year it was around October 20th or so! Too early. Happening upon it during one’s weekly household shopping excursions. Those that dared to display the holiday wares, and autumn had only just begun. And one cannot … Read More