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It’s not what’s happening – it’s how you respond

Babaji has written, “Accepting the present is happiness.” Although we may understand  this on some level,  some of the time, very often we want things to be different from how they are right now. If it’s unpleasant, we want it to stop or go away; if it’s pleasant, we want more of it or we […]


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Connection from a Distance

While we’re still in the midst of Covid restrictions, we continue to sing, study and practice online by zoom. There are weekly Yoga Sutra and Bhagavad Gita study opportunities as well as morning meditation offered by the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, the Vancouver satsang, and Mount Madonna Center. These classes have brought the extended […]


Accepting our Limitations

We human beings like to think we can control what happens in our  lives, yet there is so much that is not in our control.  Each of us comes into the world with certain tendencies. We can’t change our height, our body type, the colour of our skin, our age or the family patterns we […]


Turning towards the light

by Broderick Rodell PhD, ND, E-RYT Within each us we have the potential for darkness and light, and we have the choice to pursue either. If we choose to turn towards light, we will realize that it is an ongoing, never-ending process so long as we are embodied beings on this planet.  Darkness represents ignorance, […]


The Wilderness Without, and Within

By Courtenay Cullen There is a remembering that happens outside. “Outside.” Even the word is designed from the perspective of an “inside” being. That being “in” is somehow our natural place, and being on the “outer” side of “in” is somehow the atypical state. That somehow we have always been sitting at the window, looking […]


Ode To Theota Sudha Soleil

by Greta Chandrika Happy birthday to my dear friend afarLike sisters we were and sisters we still areYour quick wit and laughter and very keen mindAlways so gentle, always so kind You liked to sing with your lovely voiceSongs of kirtan and you would rejoiceIn the spiritual oneness of all creationAnd the blessed event of […]


Unpacking Aparigraha

The practice of non-possessiveness on all levels including thoughts and deeds.  I am the queen of downsizing in our family. I actually need to downsize, declutter, get rid of things. It seems to calm my mind which quite frankly, needs all the help it can get. As a visual artist, when surrounded by excess clutter for […]


The Magic of Santa Claus Explained with Yogic Philosophy

The ideas of Santa Claus are not so far fetched as some grown-ups or non-believers may assume. There are many legends of Santa Claus from countries all over the world and origin stories that can be researched on Google. Many contest that Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas was at some point either ordained a saint […]


Living a small, peaceful life

Though the term derives from the Buddhist tradition, right livelihood has evolved to refer more broadly to any meaningful, fulfilling work that makes a positive contribution to the world and expresses a compassionate or sacred intent. For some people, right livelihood takes the form of a career devoted to social change, ethical business practices, and […]


This Whole Vast Family

Dan Jason in conversation with Mahavir When I arrived at the centre, I was blessed to be able to serve with Dan Jason.  He was among my first few mentors in the life of the center, and a true living example of the power of selfless service. There are stories of Babaji teaching the importance […]


Kindness and Understanding

This is life. It includes pleasure, pain, good, bad, happiness and depression.  There can’t be day without night. So don’t expect that you or anyone else will always be happy and that nothing will go wrong. Stand in the world bravely and face good and bad equally. Life is for that.  There are external circumstances […]



How to Live

from The Yellow Book, the sayings of Baba Hari Dass When a student asked Babaji a question about the right way to live, he said by lessening our demand, adding that demand increases desires and desire makes demand, which creates dissatisfaction. Dissatisfaction makes pain. I don’t say cut your demands altogether. There are some essential […]


Gifts from the Chalkboard

“Mind creates the outer world. You can create a miserable, frightening world, or you can create a peaceful, blissful world.You have to understand the value of human life, the aim of life, and then work on yourself.” ~ Babaji My spiritual journey actually began long before I met Babaji. When I was about 8 years […]


Celebrating Life

It’s so easy to complain about life; it doesn’t take any effort at all.  There’s always something we’re critical of, irritated by, angry about. Even if things are generally going pretty well, we can usually find something. Why do we focus on what’s wrong? It turns out we humans have a predilection for negativity. The […]