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Centre Poetry

gather me now gather me nowfriendsmay we break breadwith our palmsscattering sacred crumbs likesnow across the landscapeof our shared heartsbeatmay we gatherin sacred unityunder sacred Babajishare our meal& spreadacross the landscape of our collectivehungermay we gather now& be fedunder the swinging maple treespreading deeplyour shared seeds thatflow beneath our soulssoilinto our shared horizongather me nowwith […]


The Inner Battle

As we make our way through this strange adventure called life, hoping things will turn out well for us, we don’t really know what will happen. We want all the things we think will make us happy and sometimes that works for a while. The problem is we get other things too – all those […]


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Staying centred in the midst of life’s turmoil

We are all familiar with stress in its many manifestations. Why do we get so caught up in the drama of life and in our habitual reactions? Sometimes life seems to flow along smoothly, and we are calm, open, loving. Then something happens – and boom – we’re right back into our old patterns, even […]


Stand in the world bravely 

This is life. It includes pleasure, pain, good, bad, happiness, depression. There can’t be day without night. So don’t expect that you or anyone will always be happy. Stand in the world bravely and face good and bad equally. Life is for that. It takes effort and practice to accept all the faces of life. […]


Making Space for Miracles

Interview with Alex Smith by Courtenay Cullen I’m sitting with Alex in the Nature Conservancy, in the fading golden light of a summer’s evening, at his favourite bench. He spends many quiet evenings at this place, and we all know he can often be found here after dinner, in quiet contemplation. I tell him it […]


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Guru Purnima – Honouring the Teacher

Guru Purnima is an opportunity to honour and celebrate all spiritual teachers. At the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga this is especially a time to honour Babaji and the many gifts and blessings he has given through his teachings, spiritual practices, and the inspiring example of his own life.  We have many teachers throughout our […]


Hanumān Jayantī

by Yogeshwar Humphrey On Thursday, April 18th a small group of intrepid Hanumān bhaktas gathered at the Centre to celebrate Hanumān Jayantī, or Hanumān’s birthday. The date traditionally falls on the full moon of the lunar month of Chaitra in the Vedic calendar, which usually winds up being sometime between late March and late April […]


Living a Balanced Life

We live in uneasy times. Perhaps it has always been so, but with global news at our fingertips we’re aware of disturbing events as they happen. How can we live a balanced and peaceful life in the midst of the turmoil of the world? Whatever we do in the world, our primary job is our […]


Questions & Answers with Babaji

Q: Is there a way to see God in our emotions when the emotions are what is clouding our vision of God? B: God is not seen because God is not an object; it means experience. When one is restless, one can’t experience God or Pure Consciousness, unless the emotions are caused by devotion to […]


Śhiva-Rātri: The Night of Śhiva

The warm days of summer are long past, like a distant, half-remembered dream. The crisp and golden days of autumn are also gone, and even the brightness and cheer of December and the holidays seem ages ago. Winter is here in all its fullness, and it stretches on and on through long, dark nights and […]


Glimpses of Going Deeper

🎶When God is lovedand constantly rememberedThat is meditation 🎶 These words from Babaji repeat often in my mind as a result of the angelic musical prayer that Anand Brian Darsie poured out from his heart as we lay in shavasana pose in the soft candle light. This was one of the uncountable precious moments that […]


The world is not a burden

The world is not a burden. We make it a burden by our fears, responsibilities, duties, etc. We get pain, pleasure, sadness and happiness because in our mind there is separateness: my house, my wife, my religion, my country. When this ‘me’ and ‘mine’ drop out then there is only one reality, which is God, […]


Seeing the Best in Each Other

Imagine what the world would be like if we could all see the best in each other. Seeing the best in others doesn’t mean we wouldn’t see their weaknesses and shortcomings, but we’d see them through the lens of compassion and love. When someone is stuck in a negative state, we’d understand that they’re suffering. […]


A Devoted Life: Will Pegg

March 21, 1959 – September 26, 2018 by Raven Hume   A satsang brother – a great, great satsang brother – has left his body, and I find myself compelled to say a few words. Will Pegg and I met in the tomato patch at the centre when Dan, Su and I were busy planting […]


Reflections on the Guru

By Yogeshwar Humphrey Over the past month or so, my thoughts have turned repeatedly to Babaji and to the idea of the guru. Following his passing, it felt like a tremendous wave of energy and emotion passed through me and many others here at the Centre. The tarpaṇam and śhrāddha rituals, along with other events […]