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Inspiration from Ananda’s pilgrimage to Israel

On my way to the pilgrimage, in the airport, I was listening to Swami Kriyananda’s audiobook ‘Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography‘. I remembered a passage when someone said negative things about Yogananda to his disciple Dr Lewis. Guruji intuitively knowing this had happened, crossed the city to see his beloved disciple. As soon as he entered the doctor’s office he asked: … Read More

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How I found Ananda and how it changed my life

Before I met Ananda I was Buddhist. Meditation to me was a very mental practice that rarely engaged my heart. I knew I should meditate and that it was good for me but it was intellectual rather than experiential knowledge. I had heard about kriya yoga and how it is the fastest path to ascension. I researched it online and … Read More

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When the student is ready, the teacher appears

Have you heard of these quotes – “Ask and you shall receive” and “When the student is ready, the teacher will show up“? These quotes are related to my story about finding the Autobiography of a Yogi (AY) and they have appeared in many discussions I had with other ‘teachers’. I started practicing meditation and yoga since 1992 with a … Read More

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Astrological Bangle Cleaning

Does your Yogananda astrological bangle need cleaning? Is it dirty and discolored? Not sure which strand is copper or silver? Then you’ve come to the right place. We have two simple quick methods to return your bangle’s luster and shine all while leaving the bangle in place – no need to stress the metals by bending and removing. Use this … Read More

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Meditation and Exercise: a Common Power Source for Self Mastery

Meditation and physical exercise may not seem to have much in common but my experiences in both have shown me that quite the opposite is true. The Great Masters past and present have all said in varying ways that deep meditation is the way to truly unite (while still in a body) with the Infinite. Well respected, science and medical … Read More

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Subway Practice

Walking through the open doors and seeing no seats available I stand, soon surrounded by 30 complete strangers. Yes, there really are 30 people within a six foot radius, I counted. Then the familiar “Stand clear of the closing doors please – bing bong” and the subway continues its rush hour journey into Manhattan. What to do for the next … Read More

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India Pilgrimage to Places of Yogananda

A few short years ago, if you told me I would make a priority of going on a pilgrimage to India I would have laughed. But reading Autobiography of a Yogi changed everything for me. What follows is a description of the first AOY stop on pilgrimage. We arrived to the hotel in the early evening – the sun having … Read More