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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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On Supra Aesthetic Science

On Supra Aesthetic Science

Before the pandemic so disrupted routines in our lives, many in this community used to go twice a year to the Oregon Coast for a sort of spiritual vacation.  And on one of those occasions, I took the opportunity to drive up a little north of Yachats, which is 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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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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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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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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Black Elk and Neohumanism

Black Elk and Neohumanism

Some of you may have read the book “When Black Elk Speaks.” It is a book that contains the transcriptions of conversations between anthropologist Joseph Meade with the great Sioux shaman Black Elk in the late 1930s. The book was one of the many influences on the...

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Be Great

Be Great

  I recently wrote to a friend that I haven’t been in touch with for many years, though I had once been quite close with him and we [were] colleagues together, taking up some form of idealistic work. He wrote back right away, and in his greeting, said “Namaskar...

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Healing With Surrender

Healing With Surrender

People need to be comforted and inspired. Primary discomfort comes from mental and emotional disturbance, and this is cured with surrender.

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