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An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)

Scientific research shows that meditation, by improving our body’s handling of stress, not only slows the aging process but, in some instances, reverses it. We now have a readily available way of measuring the effect of meditation on the aging process.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Directions and Trends)

Is it possible to love everyone? The more we feel God’s presence, the more impossible it becomes not to love everyone.

by Nayaswami Prakash (Book Reviews, Directions and Trends, Spiritual Development)

Even as Asha never wavers in showing the heroism required of the spiritual seeker, so also does she show her profound faith that God Himself is always there, reaching down to lift up that seeker, to help him or her through whatever comes.

by Nayaswami Prakash (Book Reviews, Directions and Trends, Spiritual Practices)

Bharat invites us all to reconnect with the natural world and to share our connection with others. From a profound immersion in the natural world, the reader comes to the highest purpose of nature awareness—the experience of the still, joyful center of his own being.

by Swami Kriyananda (Directions and Trends, Swami Kriyananda, Wisdom in a Nutshell)
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San Francisco in the 1960s was the center of an extraordinary number of “New Age” movements. Perhaps this was why the Divine Mother placed me there.

by Swami Kriyananda (Directions and Trends, Swami Kriyananda)

The dream of too many people in the “New Age Movement” is of a heaven on earth without God, without humility, and without devotion—a “heaven” in which mankind reigns supreme, holding in his own puny hands the power of the universe.

by Nayaswami Sadhana Devi (Directions and Trends)

Although India is racing to adopt the material efficiency of the West, many of the old traditions live on. Businessmen and women, doctors, servants and laborers set aside their work and take this time to honor these loved and revered saints.

by Nayaswami Jyotish (Directions and Trends, Swami Kriyananda)

With the death of Swami Kriyananda, a remarkable light has passed from the world, and we will not see its like again during our lifetimes.

by Nayaswami Jyotish (Directions and Trends, Swami Kriyananda)

We have a responsibility to do our best to become more powerful channels for the ray of divine grace that Swami Kriyananda channeled, and there’s a wind of grace that will help us do that.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Directions and Trends, Swami Kriyananda)

The highest octave of joy is bliss, which was Kriyananda’s state of consciousness in these last years. Many times he would say privately, “I feel so much bliss I can hardly stand it.”

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Directions and Trends, Swami Kriyananda)

Kriyananda came into this life with an unusually high level of spiritual realization and a very clear sense of his duty to God and Guru.

by Swami Kriyananda (Directions and Trends, Swami Kriyananda)

The thought that this world can ever be perfected is one of man’s greatest delusions. What this world is, simply, is a school, through which the soul passes on its upward evolution.

by Swami Kriyananda (Directions and Trends, Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

During the early years of Christianity, the importance of inner communion and a personal relationship with God were particularly emphasized by the Gnostics, a school of early Christians who were eventually suppressed.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Directions and Trends, Paramhansa Yogananda)

Occasionally one reads dire pronouncements regarding an imminent “end of the world.” No earthly dissolution is in sight. The earth is currently on an ascending cycle and eventually the world will become a better place.

by Byasa Steinmetz (Directions and Trends)

During the last 70 years, the sun has entered a period of higher activity. Our electronics-based society is far more vulnerable to even relatively minor solar outbursts than humanity ever has been.

by Nayaswami Prakash (Book Reviews, Directions and Trends)

“A Fight for Religious Freedom” is all the more gripping for being a true story—the story of a small group of dedicated souls fighting for the right to serve their Guru and his mission, against seemingly impossible odds.

by Usha Dermond (Directions and Trends)

Having taught in public schools, I knew something was seriously wrong with the traditional approach to education but I didn’t know how to bring about a change.

by Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Directions and Trends)

Scientific evidence shows that your brain will cooperate with whatever goals you set, even if your goals seem well beyond your present capabilities. The brain doesn’t recognize limits.

by Joseph Puru Selbie and Byasa Steinmetz (Directions and Trends)

Imagine a world in which everyone could perceive the thoughts and character traits of those around them.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Directions and Trends, Spiritualizing Daily Life)

As we move more fully into Dwapara Yuga, we can see the first glimmers of a global shift from competition to cooperation. How can we become agents of change, especially at work where competition is still highly rewarded?

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)

The most promising new treatment is known as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a type of therapy that sends short bursts of highly focused magnetic energy pulses to the areas of the brain affected by depression.

by Cliff Kushler (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)

There are times when it’s not always clear what is the dharmic thing to do, and trying to see the dharmic way has not always been easy. Over time I have come to know that the best thing I can do is to try to become quiet, to meditate, and try to hear what Master is whispering.

by Swami Kriyananda (Directions and Trends, Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

What everyone needs is to calm his emotions, and thereby to develop intuitive feeling. Without feeling of any kind, the intellect can justify any conclusion, even the most monstrously evil.

by Swami Kriyananda (Directions and Trends, Spiritual Development, Swami Kriyananda)

Seldom has a great master come into the world with such an outwardly commanding and heroic role as Jesus.

by Dr. Mary Jo Cravatta (Directions and Trends)

In my practice I try to present the deeper aspects of Ayurveda in a way that helps people see the connection between their attitudes and the “imbalances” that lead to illness, and how their attitudes relate to their karmic lessons in this lifetime.

by Clarity Magazine (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)

Vaastu is the science of bringing Spirit into physical manifestation in the form of a building. A building designed and constructed according to Vaastu principles becomes “alive” with prana or life force. The building functions much like a radio that can only receive and transmit beneficial energies, and cosmic energy bathes the entire building.

by David Lewis (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)

To understand human origins, a true scientist must not only evaluate the tangible evidence gathered by archeologists and other experts, he must also study consciousness, without which he neglects the most basic human capacity — the ability to think creatively and aspire spiritually.

An Interview with Peter Van Houten, M.D. (Directions and Trends, Yoga and Science)

Scientific knowledge is at the point where we now understand that many physical properties of the universe had to be exactly right for human life to exist. Today there are so many examples of these unique “life-friendly properties” that science can no longer dismiss all of them as mere chance or coincidence.

by Nayaswami Jaya (Directions and Trends, Sidebar)

I don’t like to generalize but I am coming to agree with others who have said that the Indian psyche is primed for mysticism whereas the Western mind is primed for practical efficiency, due to the influence of culture and training.

by Walter Cruttenden (Directions and Trends)

Hardly a week goes by without an announcement that some ancient structure or astronomical artifact has been found, or that some civilization is discovered to be older or more advanced than previously thought. Consequently, a greater effort is underway to find out exactly how much the ancients knew and how far back their knowledge might date.