"The answers you seek do not lie in the past; they lie precisely in the flow which is inside you now." Swami Chetanananda
Volume 19.0
July --  2016
From the Cushion
Swami Chetanananda
Connecting to Higher Forces

During a trip to India in 1972, Rudi met with an astrologer he knew named Professor Thomas. Professor Thomas told him that if he came back to India in the fall, he could possibly meet a very old man, someone 750 to 1000 years old. Rudi believed him. So, he went back to India in September 1972. 

During that trip, he had an experience of a very ancient spiritual being who came into his environment and for three days came in and out of his body. It was very intense. At the end of the experience, when that spiritual being had settled in Rudi's own energy field, it remained there for the duration of his life. [read more]

Practice & Inspiration
Sadhvi Parānandā


I heard a statistic that totally stunned me the other day.  A report came out stating that "Obesity greatly increases your risk of dying."  Wow. Who knew?!  I thought everyone's risk of dying was 100%. 
Of course the missing word is dying prematurely.  But, kidding aside, all of us are born with expiration dates.  It is the nature of life.  We all are on this earth for a time, in this place, for a purpose.  We get to live in this body, this house, for a while, then we move out to another neighborhood.

When we truly realize that our time on this earth is limited, hopefully our appreciation for the gift of every single day changes our view about how we spend our time. [read more]

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Restorative Heart Chakra Yoga
I would like to invite you to take a moment to be with your heart. Release your day, your surroundings, and have a one on one with your golden compass. Notice your breath and begin to gently draw your breath in more deeply, exhaling slowly. Relaxing your body, become aware of what it feels like to breath... [read more]

The Fire of Sweetness

A havan, also called homa or yajna, is a ritual that involves worship through the use of fire. The practice began thousands of years ago, dating to the time of the earliest Vedas. Swamiji performs havans regularly for the benefit of all of us as part of his personal practice. During the July retreat, he will perform the ceremony in a setting where we can all be present and participate. [read more]

July is a big month here at TMC. We celebrate our guru's birthday ... immerse ourselves in spiritual practice at the retreat ... and revel in the diverse and talented community of practitioners who gather from near and far. What better way to celebrate our rich inner and outer life than with poetry? This month we offer a special treat-poems by one of our own. [read more]