Nature & Spirituality

The Sacred Pause

Hither and thither our mind takes us, and we spend our life’s precious moments in mundane, multifarious activities. A day’s routine may have for a student a mad rush for reaching the school or college in time, attending classes, doing homework, going for tuitions, playing with friends, watching the television whereas for an adult it may be either doing all … Read More


How can we ensure that we don’t keep slipping into negative consciousness?

Nayaswami Jyotish: That’s a good and very important question. Let’s first look at this in terms of brain physiology and the neuroscience of the brain. Paramhansa Yoganandji said that every thought is real, that it is an energy just as electricity is an energy. He said that every thought creates a little bit of a groove in the brain and … Read More

Talk by Swami Kriyananda

Attracting God’s Healing Power

Never treat your body with disrespect; it isn’t only your body, it’s the temple of God. Instead of only going on pilgrimages, make the pilgrimage to your own heart by daily meditation. Try to feel that wherever you are God is with you; wherever you are God has to come to you. He doesn’t come only by going to spiritual … Read More

Karma and Reincarnation

Reincarnation is God’s Gift

We recently explored the theme of ‘Reincarnation’ with children in our weekly online Family Joy sessions. We did it over two meetings and it was not only great fun, but also very expansive. We used play dough to understand the concept of reincarnation. How the same play dough could be fashioned into many different objects of different shapes and sizes. … Read More

Your Questions Answered

Where does the pain in suffering come from?

Most of the pain, let me say ninety-five percent of the pain, that we are feeling about any situation is not the pain of the situation itself. It is the pain of our negative reaction or our attachment to that situation. So is it fantasy to say – I can control my reaction. Is it fantasy to say – I … Read More

Right Attitudes

More Blessed to Give!

Once upon a time, there was a beginner yogi aspiring to renounce the world. He wanted to be a hermit and live in the forest nearby. One day he took a few essentials and went into the forest. It was an entire day’s walk. Practicing japa, the journey turned out to be a very enjoyable one. He reached the thickest … Read More

Nature & Spirituality

Say Yes to Life? May be not!

One morning, with a friend, we were discussing a dilemma she was facing. In the teachings there is a saying “Say Yes to life“. But in the situation she didn’t feel it was her dharma to do so. And we were wondering if it was okay to say “No”. We concluded that if for her it doesn’t feel right, then … Read More

Ego Transcendence

Change Me!

“Better change your ways for I hate the things you do!” A very familiar statement indeed, expressing disapproval over something we don’t like in someone. Many even lament about existing situations in life and expect them to change, without ever pondering at one’s own deficiencies that may actually need correction. Thinking of changing other people or situations, however, only reflects … Read More