March 2012 Newsletter

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Were my Dad still alive, he would have celebrated his 89th birthday recently. He went to the astral plane in 1993. His birthday caused me to think fondly about Andrew, who was a wonderful, caring person and positive influence on many. When I was grown, he and I shared a great friendship. We went on vacation in Paris and London together. We rented a house on Cape Cod in the winters for a few years. I loved to call him to share good news.

I certainly was blessed to have such a good role model and constant friend. I banged up his car in an accident when I was a teen. I called him to tell him. "Are you okay?" was what he wanted to know. "Was anyone hurt?" was his only other concern. What a lesson for me in love and non-attachment. It still brings tears to my eyes.

When he was older he said that he prayed constantly. You wouldn't know it. He didn't project a somber piousness or anything like that. He just was constantly talking to God!

As he approached his death he told me that he was ready to go. He'd had a good life. I, and all the rest of his big family, had time with him. His passing was a wonderful time, when I was together with my siblings and other loved ones. We sent him on his way singing "Just a Closer Walk with Thee" among other songs and stories. Of course I felt grief; but it was deeply beautiful and uplifting.

I have realized, similar to the loving example of my father, that God - the Father of us all, is likewise there for us. He wishes us only the best. He provides support when we ask. He sees the highest in us. He loves us without reservation. He is always our friend.


Thank you Dad. Thank you God.

Please listen to a recent talk by Devi, which includes a similar story - and came to the same realization. There is lots more of great value, too, in her Sunday Service talk.

A Celebration of Women's Spirituality -
A Women's Retreat at Gaia House

Apr 13 - 15, 2012

Devi and Shanti

Join Devi, Shanti, Carianne, and other teachers for this weekend dedicated to the celebration and expansion of all that is unique to living this life as a woman, learning how to free ourselves to become all that we were meant to be. A special Gaia House event.

Inspiration from Yogananda

 The Essence of Self-Realization

“Through your parents He cares for you, supports you, and protects you. Through your friends He shows you that love is a fee sharing without any hint of compulsion. Through the beloved He helps one to find the selfless intensity of divine love.

“Countless are the forms in which God comes to man. In each, He seeks to teach man something of His infinite nature. The lessons are there, for anyone whose heart is open to receive them.

“For the devotee, it is natural therefore to worship God in some human aspect; as his Divine Mother, for example or as his
Heavenly Father.”

From: From The Essence of Self-Realization

Swami Kriyananda's Birthday Weekend

May 17 - 20, 2012

Swami Kriyananda

Our dear Swamiji is expected to arrive back in the United States early in May, and to join us for his birthday weekend celebration. Make your plans now, and join your gurubais in paying respect to a truly dedicated disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.

Inspiration from Swami Kriyananda

 The Essence of Self-Realization

“The trust of saints is not externalized. It is born not of the expectation of finding the world good, but of their realization that GOD is good They are childlike in their openness and trust, not because they haven't known disillusionment, but because they are no longer susceptible to being disillusioned.

“In fact, those who know god have no illusions left! Clear vision, however, does not leave them bitter. Quite the contrary, it fills them with joy! The saints know everything in essence to be eternally good, because all things are manifestations of the divine.”

From: Rays of the One Light

Make Sure Your Wedding Day is Joyful & Uplifting

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- where you can also have an inside or garden reception.

Crystal Hermitage Garden Reception Gaia House Interior

The wedding party (up to 12 people) can stay at nearby Gaia House (shown below), receptions of 48 (inside) + can also be held here.

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How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality

May 20 - 25, 2012

Find increased wellness and joy in your life!

Radiant Health Triangle

© copyright 2012 Expanding Light - all rights reserved

This is an extraordinary opportunity for anyone and everyone interested in taking charge of their own health. You can do this!

The Expanding Light Presents

The Yuga Cycle of the Ages & Our Awakening Consciousness

In partnership with Ananda College

A 3-Day Conference: May 25-27, 2012 - Memorial Day Weekend

A list of great speakers include:

Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda, disciple of Yogananda, who is a
disciple of Sri Yukteswar, internationally recognized
author and teacher, founder of Ananda Worldwide.

Joan Borysenko

Joan Borysenko, famous lecturer and author on the
intersection of mind/body science, positive
psychology, and spiritual exploration.

Amit Goswami

Dr. Amit Goswami, famous theoretical quantum
physicist and noted writer and speaker on Quantum
Physics. Award winning film “The Quantum Activist”

Joseph Selbie

Joseph Selbie, co-author of The Yugas: Keys to
Understanding Our Hidden Past. Teacher/lecturer
on Eastern philosophy for 30 years.

Discounted attendance fee for early registrants! Learn More. Learn more:


This is a SAMPLING of upcoming programs.

See Calendar
for complete program listings for the year.

Personal Retreat
- almost any time, for as long as you wish

Special Events      

Apr 5 – 8,
The Spirit and Healing Power of
Jesus - An Easter Retreat

May 25 – 28,
The Yugas Conference 2012

Teacher Training  

Mar 14 – 20, 2012
Principles of Yoga Therapy

Mar 11 – 14, 2012
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Mar 23 – Apr 1, 2012
Meditation Teacher

Apr 1 – 29, 2012
Ananda Yoga® Teacher


Mar  23 –  25,
Apr  20 –  22, 2012
Learn How to Meditate

Spiritual Growth    

Mar 15 – 18, 2012
How to Have Courage, Calmness, and Confidence

Mar 16 – 18, 2012
Treasures Along the Path

Mar 23 – 25, 2012
Enlightened Aging

Mar 30 – Apr 1

Apr 8 – 13

Apr 1 – 6
Fingerprints: Discover
Your Life's Purpose

Apr 15 – 20
Explore Your Creativity

Apr 24 – 26, 2012
How to Be Happy All the Time
- 2 day midweek

Apr 27 – 29, 2012
Developing Intuition Retreat


Mar 8 – 11, 2012
The Deeper Practice of Yoga

Holistic Health      

Apr 13 – 15
An 11th Step Retreat

Apr 25 – 29
Practical Ayurveda for Self-Healing


Jun 17 – 24, 2012
Walking with William
the Conqueror
in France

Oct 5 – 24, 2012
In the footsteps of the Masters:
Pilgrimage to India

     See calendar for
      complete listings.

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Recipes for March

Vegetarian Cooking
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Sweet Corn Muffins Recipe

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are light, and without
dairy or sugar.


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