Opening to God’s Light

By Dharmadevi Romano. Swami Kriyananda often had us visualize the chakras, or energy centers in the body, as lotus flowers. When our energy is flowing outward through the senses the lotus flowers’ petals are facing downward. In meditation, we can consciously direct the lotus petals upward and, like a valve on a hose, redirect the energy of the chakras to flow inward and upward to the brain for higher awareness. Here’s another visualization that can be helpful: think of the …

The Heart of A Cheese Ravioli

By Narayan Romano Sometimes there are moments in life that are just too perfectly ironic that they prove the existence of God. Such was the case Christmas day during our ravioli lunch. These are not just any ravioli, they are homemade (the recipe is my great grandmother’s, by the way)! After a few years now the ravioli have garnered their own following. People come just for the ravs. What I love about ravioli is their simplicity. The pasta dough is …

Experiencing God’s Love Through Service

By Jennifer Duke One of the first changes I experienced upon entering this path was a shift in perspective surrounding death and the dying process. I didn’t “work” or think my way to this shift, it just happened. I was Divinely changed from the inside out. All of a sudden I shockingly found myself completely comfortable with my own mortality and with the mortality of others, including my children and husband. They can’t relate to this lack of emotion about …

Awaken Your Super Self

By Narayan Romano. “Out with the old, in with the new!” When the New Year comes I love the idea of a fresh start! Don’t we all? At the dawn of the new year, many of us take on resolutions to better ourselves in some way, but why do so many resolutions fall at the wayside? I recall an old soap advertisement for a brand named Calgon, “Calgon, take me away!” As if those fresh suds had mystic superpowers to …

Hong-Sau: My New Best Friend

By Dharmadevi Romano. Of the techniques our great guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, gave, I’d have to say, for me, Hong-Sau has always gotten the short end of the stick. It isn’t that I don’t like it, per say, it’s just that I’ve never felt very good at it. Here’s where I’ll offer a common-among-spiritual-aspirants excuse – I’ve spent the last eighteen years in Rahu Mahadasha! Well, at least our dear friend and extremely gifted astrologer gave me that excuse by saying …

Overcoming Oversensitivity

By Dharmadevi Romano Los Angeles is a breeding ground for oversensitivity. In a big city, you are constantly barraged by loud noises, foul smells, and disturbing sights. The nervous system gets overloaded and we find ourselves taking out our oversensitivity on others. We may find temporary relief in believing that others are the cause of our deepening oversensitivity but we can’t possibly get out of the mire of delusion until we realize that we have to change ourselves. The affirmation …