I was in my 20s, sitting in the sun in Boston Common, when a Hari Krishna fellow explained to me that God had hidden Himself in little bits in all of us - and that our task was to find our way back to wholeness in Him. I thought, “That’s it, isn’t it! There it is. That’s the truth.” I haven’t changed my view on that since.
It is a foundational thought that leads to many others. One is: That means that God is in everyone. Part of my finding my way back home will be through recognizing God in everyone else. Ananda folk often say, “God is the doer.” That means God is the doer through others - not just through me!
If I recognize that everyone is at his or her core an expression of God - how can I be anything but loving and compassionate? Look for God in their eyes, as Yogananda has taught us.
We all have noticed that once we understand someone's story - we understand why he or she acts as they act. Knowing the stories always seems to make it easier to be understanding. If we could expand this to recognize that everyone does have a story that explains why they behave the way they do - could we just move straight to compassion for all? When it's hard to do this, we can practice by imagining what that person's story might be. You may actually be able to intuit it. Even if you don't get it exactly, you will have reached a point where you can feel compassion.
We are all children of God, living out our karma. Let's love one another as all the great ones have taught - so that we can sooner reunite as One.
Blessings on your path,
The Expanding Light Presents
A Conference on
The Yuga Cycle of the Ages
Our Awakening Consciousness
In partnership with Ananda College
Higher education for higher consciousness
May 25 - 27, 2012 - Memeorial Day Weekend
With an astonishing lineup! Speakers include:
Swami Kriyananda, disciple of Yogananda, who is a
disciple of Sri Yukteswar, internationally recognized
author and teacher, founder of Ananda Worldwide.
Joan Borysenko, famous lecturer and author on the
intersection of mind/body science, positive
psychology, and spiritual exploration.
Dr. Amit Goswami, famous theoretical quantum
physicist and noted writer and speaker on Quantum
Physics. Award winning film “The Quantum Activist”
Christopher Dunn, master craftsman, engineer and
author of the best selling book on the pyramids,
The Giza Power Plant.
Robert Schoch, anthropologist, geophysicist
and geologist well known for recasting understanding of theGreat Sphinx and the Pyramids.
Claude Swanson renowned MIT & Princeton physicist
who presents on unified field theory, exploring
the universe into the mysteries of consciousness.
Walter Cruttendon, Director of the Binary Research
Institute, author of Lost Star of Myth & Time, writer/
producer of PBS documentary, The Great Year.
Uma Krishnamurthy MD an internationally noted
presenter over the last 10 years on the topic of Yoga
Psychology and Classical Indian Dance.
Joseph Selbie, co-author of The Yugas: Keys to
Understanding Our Hidden Past. Teacher/lecturer
on Eastern philosophy for 30 years.
David Steimmetz, co-author of The Yugas.
Teaches at the Ananda College in the yugas,
ancient world cultures, astronomy, and physics.
Discounted attendance fee for early registrants! Learn More. Learn more:
Inspiration from Yogananda
“A good rule to follow in life is to be other-minded. Here is what I mean:
No matter what you behold, try to be conscious of that other, greater reality behind what you are beholding. “No matter with whom you are speaking, imagine that other One, communicating
with you through that person’s words and gestures. Whatever work you are doing, feel that other Presence nearby, watching you, guiding you, giving you strength. When looking into peoples eyes, see God there, touching you through their consciousness. With every event in your life, watch it as it unfolds. Ask yourself, What is God trying to teach me through this experience?”
From: From The Essence of Self-Realization
Restorative Yoga for Women
Mar 2 - 4, 2012
You'll feel deep-seated tensions melt away during two long, guided sessions of Restorative Yoga on Saturday. The weekend is primarily experiential, designed to include a Saturday afternoon free for a long walk and/or a massage at Center for Radiant Health.
Inspiration from Swami Kriyananda
Consideration for Others
“.. by unkindness we can never please God, who is all Kindness itself. Sensitivity to others is a way of self-expansion. One truly achieves freedom in himself when he can respect their realities, because he is wholly at peace with his own.”
Divine Mother, I worship Thee in all Thy forms, both ignorant and wise. Finding Thee within, may I behold Thee enshined in omnipresence.
From: Affirmations for Self-Healing
How to Be Happy All the Time
Feb 29 - Mar 4, 2012 - A 4-day weekend
With Nayaswamis Anandi & Devi
A How to Be Happy testimonial:
"I have joy in my heart that I had forgotten could exist. I have a new appreciation for my life. I have changed forever and while I am grateful, I wish I had done this long before now. Nothing will ever be the same. Thank you!" - Nancy, Wa.
Meditation Therapy for Health and Well-being
March 9 - 11, 2012
Don't miss this chance to be with and learn from Ananda Worldwide's Spiritual Director! Feel a sense of inner self-mastery and deep well-being.
March 9 - 11, 2012
Mandalas help us shift our awareness, connect the internal with the external, and take us to a deeper place within. They are used for healing illness, clearing spiritual blocks, and focusing our devotional practices.
Walking with William the Conquerer
- Experience Yogananda's Past Life in France
June 17 - 24, 2012
In the Footsteps of the Masters
- A Pilgrimage to India
October 5 - 24, 2012