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Sunday Meditation Service – March 19th

Divine friends, What is this consciousness flowing through my brain? Can it be other than divine? What is this life flowing through my veins — Can it be other than divine? I am one with the infinite aum! This chant and the quote above highlight the physical and metaphysical crossroads of our human body. Sometimes we feel our physical body is a hindrance to our … Read More

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What is Perfect Joy? – A Story from Saint Francis

Paramhansa Yogananda often called Saint Francis his “patron saint.” Here, Saint Francis teaches one of his most advanced disciple, Brother Leo, about “True” spiritual progress, which consists, not of experiencing “phenomena”. but of achieving the state of unshakeable joy. Yogananda called this the ability to “stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds.” The intensity of St. Francis’ joyous renunciation … Read More

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Sunday Meditation Service – March 12th

Dear Friends, While Asha Nayaswami was visiting us and speaking at the Texas Yoga Retreat last October, she also did a podcast with a student group from UT called the Polymath Club — students who design their own degree plans from various disciplines they are interested in. This podcast series is charmingly called “The Unfinished Mind” and here is the link to their 30-minute … Read More

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“Will Power” stories from Paramhansa Yogananda’s Life

From the Chapter “The Guru’s Reminiscences”, The New Path by Swami Kriyananda Talk turned one evening to the attributes of success. “Will power,” Master told us, “is more important to success than knowledge, training, or even native ability. Some people, when you shake them, reply with a groan, ‘Don’t bother me; I’m sleeping.’ Others wake up a little bit, but if you … Read More

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Sunday Meditation Service – March 5th

Dear Friends in the Light, I’ve been listening to the talks Asha Nayaswami has been giving around the world after she left  Austin last October. As she did here, she has been inspiring others with her deep insights and warmhearted eloquence. In Mumbai she spoke about “How to know and trust your inner guidance” linked here. It’s a good question that … Read More

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Signs of Spiritual Progress

One of the most common mistakes on the spiritual path is to equate progress with psychic phenomena of various kinds. Visions, voices, and other mental or psychic phenomena are no sign in themselves of genuine exaltation of consciousness. The basis of all true progress is right attitude. If you are becoming more kind, more self-giving, more calm, you may be … Read More

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Sunday Meditation Service – February 26th

Namaste, Friends! During these times of accelerated pace and rapid changes (are you feeling it, too?), we crave those practices that affirm who we truly are (I know I do!). Though we are in this world and must perform our roles effectively, let us remember our true essence is an unchanging, ever-new bliss. Daily, solitary soul moments keep us going, … Read More

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Hide and Seek: Find the Mountain Lion

Hi everyone, I was somehow led to this wonderful post from the Fish and Wildlife Service, where they ask you to locate the hidden mountain lion. https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=442895464547722 I couldn’t locate it until I received a hint or two (or more!), and then, there it was! Once I saw it, I wondered how I’d missed it. It reminded me of the … Read More

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Sunday Meditation Service – February 12th

Dear Friends, Peace be with you! How busy is outward life — buzzing with activity! Drive here, do that, prepare  this, be brilliant for that. All the while, a tape is running through our minds, occupied with past scenarios or future provisions. We are aware of the need to turn away from it all and replenish ourselves with the ultimate self-care of … Read More

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Sunday Meditation Service – January 29th

Dear Friends, Let us take a break from the cares and responsibilities of our lives and rejuvenate ourselves through “deeper, thirsty, guru-given meditation”. No matter where in your meditation journey you may be, you are welcome and encouraged to join us for an hour on Sunday morning for gentle energization exercises, inspirational readings, heart-opening chanting and 30-40 minutes of meditation. … Read More