God Must Have Created the Bad Along With the Good

Running through the muggy night air with a mason jar and lid, chasing fireflies with all the neighbor kids. We wear big, crazy smiles, alternately giggling and screaming. Tomorrow all the fireflies will be dead at the bottom of the jar. Diving into the blue water at the deep end of the swimming pool and sitting on the bottom with my best friend, Julie, playing tea party until we bolt to the surface,...

Film Depicts Yogananda’s Struggles

The documentary film, “Awake, the Life of Yogananda,” made it seem as if the great Indian sage didn’t enjoy his life very much. Yogananda, who came to the United States in the 1920s and made a splash with his exotic spiritual teachings, is most well-known for his famous book “Autobiography of a Yogi.” Yogananda was drawn to spiritual things from an early age. The first page of his book tells...

Reporter Stunned by Interest in ‘Guru’ Story

CNN reporter Jessica Ravitz traveled to Rishikesh in Northern India to write a feature story about gurus and the thousands of spiritual seekers from all around the globe who flock to the city, which was first popularized by the Beatles in 1968. Her story ends up being as much about her own spiritual journey as it is a fascinating account of teachers and seekers in an exotic place. When a woman in a...

Shiva ‘The Destroyer’

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A beautiful Shiva posture is that of Nataraj, the cosmic dancer (pictured), signifying the full cycle of birth, life and death. Most commonly, Shiva is thought of as “The Destroyer,” which sounds a little scary, but actually refers to the cycle of life. Brahma is the creator and Vishnu is the preserver. But dissolution is necessary so the cycle can start all over again. It’s been said that the...