Author Articles: Nayaswami Anandi

Worshiping Our Mistakes

In the early days of Paramhansa Yogananda’s work in Los Angeles, a small group of disciples lived with him at his Mount Washington ashram. Despite this blessing, one young woman was drawn to leave the ashram and marry. After a … Continue reading

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Peace and Harmony Prayer

“My fellow teacher is asking me to do her work and then complaining to co-workers that I’m to blame for her problems. I am so angry at her that I can’t sleep, I can’t even acknowledge her presence when I … Continue reading

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The Power of God’s Messengers

In 1986, my husband and I had the great blessing of going on Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Though Jerusalem was much less crowded 30 years ago, still, the Stations of the Cross on the way to the site of … Continue reading

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Meditation Is Not Easy

I think this link can be important for both meditators and meditation teachers. It describes a study done on high school science students. One group was told of the many important scientific breakthroughs of Albert Einstein. A second group was … Continue reading

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How to Feel God’s Presence

Recently at Ananda Village, in a study group on The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita by Paramhansa Yogananda as remembered by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda, we read this: “The unenlightened man sinks back, at death, into the negative sleep state…. … Continue reading

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What Are You Thinking?

Yogananda made an amazing statement in Autobiography of a Yogi: “Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted.” I have found this statement so valuable. We can release the idea that our thoughts are ours personally. Instead, our thoughts reflect the … Continue reading

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The Cure for Regret

When a loved one dies, we are likely to feel both the sadness of loss as well as grateful memories of many happy experiences together. Sometimes, we also feel regret: why wasn’t I more patient or understanding or insightful? We … Continue reading

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How to Pray

C.S. Lewis said, “Many people want to serve God. Usually in an advisory capacity.” Sometimes it’s easy to think we know better than God how this world should be—He certainly has allowed a lot of suffering. Perhaps he needs our … Continue reading

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The Slenderest Ray of Light

There’s a passage from Yogananda that has been very helpful for me in overcoming challenges and tests: “Never allow your courage, or your quick wit in the face of difficulties to become paralyzed. When unexpected problems overwhelm you with avalanchine … Continue reading

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Developing a Habit of Meditation

I had a funny experience has helped me in my work as a meditation teacher. My chiropractor gave me an exercise to relieve some neck pain. I was to hold a certain position for about 3 seconds, and repeat this … Continue reading

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