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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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Isolation and Connection

Isolation and Connection

A couple hundred years ago, the central valley of California was lush with life. It would be hard to find another place on the planet that was so teeming with life. It was a beautiful place to settle and thrive. The gold rush of the 1850s in California drew a lot of...

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Spiritual Intention

Spiritual Intention

Welcome! We are in the fourth day of our Transformational Training. When I was asked to say something towards the end of Dharmachakra today, initially, I had hesitation. Then, a flood of ideas and thoughts came in, mainly because this has been a very rich experience....

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Struggle is the Essence of Life

Struggle is the Essence of Life

Around the full moon in May 1959, Shrii Shrii Anandamurti famously said that “struggle is the essence of life.” He did not say this to glorify struggle, or just to give a positive spin on the challenges of life. Rather, was a statement made to provide a clear...

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