In 1952 Paramhansa Yogananda entered mahasamadhi, a master’s conscious exit from the body at the time of physical death. That same year brought a worldwide epidemic of polio, a serious disease of the spinal cord, which often brought about paralysis and permanent disability. It especially affected children, and I was one of them, at age 9. The disease begins with … Read More

Sri Yukteswar and Yogananda

Surrender, When You’re Trying Too Hard

Recently I was meditating and not doing a very good job of it. My mind was wandering, and no matter how often I tried to bring it back into focus, it quickly resumed its wanderings. Plus my body was, shall I say, “not interested” in sitting still. After quite a long time of frustrating reminders, I gave up trying and … Read More

Karma and Reincarnation

The Light that Binds Us

For several years when I was younger, an image often came to mind of small girl, about 3 years old, with blond hair in pigtails. I didn’t give it much thought at the time, as all of us probably have images and memories that occasionally float through our minds. Some years later I married Jayaji and we had a daughter. … Read More