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Overcoming Spiritual Blocks

Overcoming Spiritual Blocks

What I’d like to talk about this morning is how to break through things that hold us back.  A number of us have difficulty breaking through things that hold us back.  It’s different for each of us; for each of us have an amalgam of issues and experiences from our past...

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Shaoca and Aparigraha

Shaoca and Aparigraha

    Lately, I’ve been exploring the yamas and niyamas, the ethical guidelines laid out in the firsttwo limbs of Patanjali's eightfold path of yoga. I chose to focus on one yama and one niyama that seem so intertwined, they couldn’t be separated one from the...

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The Benefits of a Quiet Mind

The Benefits of a Quiet Mind

It has been about two to three months shy of 50 years since I read the book Autobiography of a Yogi, leaving a lot of time to forget. Among the few things that I remember, there is one incident that was recounted in the book involving a situation with Yogananda’s guru...

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Hare the Thief

Hare the Thief

A little earlier, the question came up as to the meaning of the word “Hare.” And I think the answer left a couple people a little puzzled, [the answer] was not fully complete. [Many] of you know of the Law of Karma.   Just to review, when a human being [completes] an...

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The Individual and the Collective

The Individual and the Collective

  Forty years ago in 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected to be the president of the United States. This marked a sort-of consolidation of power by neoconservative forces in America, which is something that, more-or-less, remains with the country since. On his...

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The Path of Happiness

The Path of Happiness

Around the year 1991, I was in Russia, where there was an upsurge of energy and interest in spirituality, which had long been suppressed. But the Russian soul, as many have observed, has a strong streak of mysticism to it. At any rate, I was talking with several young...

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LESSON FROM THE MAHABHARATA

LESSON FROM THE MAHABHARATA

I suspect that many of you have been tuned in enough to the political dynamics of our country to have concern. As spiritual people, I think we are called upon to have a little perspective on the world’s situation that can be helpful in collectively creating a pathway...

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Creating a Positive Psychic Force

Creating a Positive Psychic Force

Perhaps you have had the experience that, if you go to the Oregon coast, you feel a strong presence of life energy there. The environment is fresh with prana. And if you were to go to places in central Oregon, you would not have that [same] feeling. The ground is kind...

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Glimpse the Unitary Consciousness

Glimpse the Unitary Consciousness

Good morning, everyone. Yesterday, there was a program that we have had going at Ananda Seva for some time, but it took a fresh approach. The topic was neohumanism, and neohumanism in everyday life. At the end of the program, a community member asked a very...

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Let Us Move Together

Let Us Move Together

  One of the harsher places to live is in the vast steppes of south-central Russia. The winters are long, and the frigid winds blow across the open ground. Very harsh conditions exist, and there, amidst those conditions, a culture arose many thousands of years ago...

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Ending Exploitation, War, and Poverty

Ending Exploitation, War, and Poverty

A few days ago, Anandam came by and picked up a few of these cards that Madhu has printed on the practice of neohumanism. He wanted to bring them to a house concert that he and Kirana would be giving, and I would like to say something about the significance of these...

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