Unleash Your Superpower of Kindness

A friend of mine came to our temple this week near tears. “What’s wrong?” I asked her. She told me she had just come from a funeral and was down in spirits. As she was parking before our meditation, a man angrily yelled at her that she was in his parking spot. Since she was dealing with a lot of stress at the time, this man’s aggressive behavior pushed her over the edge into tears. How different it would have …

The Joy of Seclusion

“What do you do for fun?” This question was posed to me by a friend during his visit to Los Angeles. I found myself grasping for an answer to not seem totally boring, “Well… we go to the movies sometimes, umm… and we play tennis every now and then…” I was at a loss. I hadn’t stopped long enough to think about what I did for fun but now that it had been brought to my attention, it was getting …

“I Am The Slide!”

  Has one of your family members ever sold you on a multi-level marketing product? Perhaps you’re currently using a magic lotion or potion that “will change your life.” My father sold me some interesting products over the years. Everything from magnets to water purifiers. I actually sold some of the magnets too! I remember wearing them all over my body and feeling like iron man (perhaps it was from attracting metal to myself!). I recall one time I was …

In This World Mother, No One Can Love Me

Not even 2 months into our relationship, Narayan and I took a trip to the East Coast to visit his family. It seemed perfectly normal to me because I had a pretty good idea we were going to get married, however, I can see now why it was a bit odd to his family. They were only hearing about me for the first time, along with his announcement, “She’s coming with me in April!” We carried a harmonium with us …

Overcoming Likes and Dislikes

I received an email last week from someone saying, “I don’t like you.” I can understand where they were coming from! There have been times when I haven’t liked myself. Yet, self-deprecation is not humility. Forgetting our little self by loving God and serving Him in all leads to true humility. Simple, but not always easy to do! The next day someone told me, “I didn’t like when you said…” They felt I had not heard their point of view. …

The Power of Positive People

By Narayan Romano I recall one time I had a question for Swami Kriyananda, but when I came into his presence I couldn’t remember the question. His positive magnetism uplifted me into a higher level of consciousness where there were no questions. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger said in Kindergarten Cop to the young boy, “There is no bathroom!” When you’re living in the superconsciousness, there are no questions. The conscious mind is problem oriented, whereas the superconscious mind is solution oriented. …

The Gift of Giving

By Keshava Betts. About eight years ago I had the blessing to witness first hand the principle that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Though that concept can be hard to grasp, it is easy to feel. When I entered junior high school I began volunteering once a week at a nearby special-needs classroom. For two hours I’d help them learn math, english, and other classroom topics. I really enjoyed my time there, due to the outpouring …

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 …