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The only goal of the guru is to awaken those still lost in pain and ignorance.  There is no other motive – not building an institution, not amassing followers and a big bank account – there is no “I” left to desire any of it.

  It was more than 30 years ago that Swami Nirvanananda, an Italian student of agriculture and music, traveled to Puri, India, after having read the book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ by Paramahansa Yogananda. A book that transformed his life’s direction with Guru Yogananda Paramahansa serving as an inspiration and inner teacher. In India he met Father Marian, a survivor of the Nazi death camp of Dachau, who had started a village… Read More

How can we be fully attentive when our lives are cluttered with so many possessions, so many attachments, so many desires?

What we are experiencing now as a global community is the breaking down of old patterns and the beginning of the formation of new ones. This is a painful process.

by Elizabeth Austin Asch “It is only for the purity of the animals themselves that we [humans] are allowed to still live.” ~ Salvatore Gencarelle Popular media like the New York Times contains an ever greater number of articles about animal sentience. Most recently, on January 29, 2016 Sally McGrane wrote “German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too.”   The evidence is everywhere: much more goes on in the minds… Read More