Archive for February, 2011

Flames of Our Own Making

February 12, 2011

As they breathe their last, sinners and scoundrels are not consigned to burn in hellfire for all eternity. Hell is not a physical reality; it is a delusionary state of consciousness produced by our belief that we are separate from God—and the reflection of that consciousness in the life we create for ourselves here on earth.

I like the way that Paramahansa Yogananda got that point across to a man who had fundamental views about heaven and hell. This story is from the book, Finding the Joy Within You, by longtime Self-Realization Fellowship president Sri Daya Mata.

Master was once talking to a man who had very dogmatic notions about truth. He said to Master, ” Do you not believe in hellfire and damnation?”

Guruji said, “No, except that man creates a hades right in the here and now. He makes out of this world and his own life a heaven or hell, depending upon his behavior; and this is where we suffer.”

The man persisted with his dogmatic arguments. Guruji was very intuitive; he changedthe subject, andthen after a while he said, “Isn’t it true that you have a son who is (more…)

Love Will Find a Way!

February 11, 2011

Is there a special someone in your life whom you yearn to be with but can’t get past all the obstacles? Don’t give up hope! If you’re a romantic fool like me, you will enjoy this epic tale of romance that was two continents and seventeen years in the making.

The radio program that featured this uplifting story of love and longing is This American Life on NPR. Click here to sign up for their free podcasts.

Click on the audio player below to listen to the thirteen-minute (more…)

Thanks a Million!

February 10, 2011

Hi, everybody! I am happy to announce that, as of today, my (more…)

Even When the Heart Feels Dry

February 9, 2011

What does it take to lead a God-centered life? Only everything you’ve got. This insightful, inspiring explanation is from the book, Finding the Joy Within You, by longtime Self-Realization Fellowship president Sri Daya Mata. By “Guruji,” she is referring to Paramahansa Yogananda.

Guruji often said to us that no matter what the world is doing, no matter what it is passing through, you keep your mind fixed in God. If you want to know God, the mind must be with Him at all times. Keep on working toward it, and you will see that it will come. You must nourish that wanting, that yearning, with meditation. Nourish it by practicing the (more…)

Untold Treasures and Endless Mysteries

February 8, 2011

Nine o’clock at night. I just returned from doing energization exercises on the beach—standing there in the dark, not another soul in sight, the waves rolling in, engulfed by the ceaseless roar of the ocean, awed by the magnitude and magnificence of the view. The miles and miles of water in front of me concealed worlds upon worlds, all of them throbbing with life and brimming over with untold treasures and endless mysteries. How can anyone gaze upon this sight and feel anything but reverence?

Tomorrow night will find me on the sand once again. I could get used to not (more…)

Angels Point the Way

February 7, 2011

From the moment it first pierces your awareness, your calling is as much a part of you as your heartbeat. As you come into alignment with your life’s work, you will be given glimpses of what heaven expects from you.

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.
Viktor Frankl

If your intent is pure and your trust in the universe complete, you will be intuitively guided to take the steps necessary to bring your vision to fruition.

Vision is not enough, it must be combined with  (more…)

It Is Time to Begin

February 6, 2011

When you are ready to know your life’s purpose, it will reveal itself by taking up residence in your conscious mind.

[Profound change] may be initiated . . . not through an agonizing decision-making process but by a sudden realization or recognition: This is what I have to do. The decision arrives ready-made, so to speak. It comes through awareness, not through thinking.
Eckhart Tolle

Even as your destiny comes into focus, the path (more…)

Far Away There in the Sunshine

February 5, 2011

Clues to your destiny are scattered all around you and within you. If you do not see them, you have work yet to do: study, reflect, explore. As awareness grows, the vision of who you were born to be comes into sharper focus.

Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Take inventory every so often. Ask yourself, Am I (more…)

This Little Penguin Went to Market

February 4, 2011

Ho-hum. Just your basic “penguin goes  (more…)

Hidden Histories

February 3, 2011

A few days before I left Minnesota for California late last year, I was lying in bed in the basement of my mom’s house, the house we moved to when I was thirteen. I was looking at the photos and miscellaneous itms that adorned the walls, thinking that at some point in the future, another family would live in this house, with photos and mementoes of their own, and that absolutely everything in this house would one day be replaced by another family’s possessions, just as we replaced the family that lived here before us. The new family will know nothing of our family, of the years we spent in this house, or that we even existed. Just as the people living in the house where I grew up in a St. Paul suburb know nothing of our lives, and care not that my parents built the house they now call home.

I’m not the only one to have such thoughts. In her new book, Bird Cloud,  Annie (more…)

Be Like Steel Inside

February 2, 2011

From my earliest memory, I was a people pleaser. I naively thought that if someone didn’t like me, they would realize the error of their ways once they got to know me better. Their misperception of me would then be corrected and all would be well.

Foolish, foolish me.

I’ve learned that if you are unfailingly kind, compassionate and generous of spirit, offer a genuine smile of goodwill to all, and treat others as honorably, respectfully and reverently as you would like to be treated yourself, there will always be a certain percentage of people who will think you are a lousy excuse for a human being.

Such is life.

I also learned that unreasonable people do (more…)

Step to Your Own Music

February 1, 2011

Destiny has been waiting patiently for you to gain clarity about your place in the world.

Everyone has a special purpose, a special talent or gift to give to others, and it is your duty to discover what it is. Your special talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with your talent is your gift to God.
Gautama Chopra

You are under contract to contribute to the world in your own unique way. Until you (more…)