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  • Portable Paradise | Expanding Light
    Truth as pillars for divine bliss love and peace Most of us are just slow on the uptake we sigh whine and stamp our feet when faced with the challenge of doing the work It takes ENERGY and it s so much easier to sleep in work a half day and watch some television Furthermore the old cantankerous vices of judgment guilt and self abasement creep in to exacerbate these symptoms This world is like a barren desert supporting no lasting life and projecting only the mirage of outward reality constantly testing our desires and attachments Whether we reside in or flit about community rural or urban environments each of us is presented daily with opportunities to serve selflessly and devote ourselves to the spiritual search If with each moment and breath we remind ourselves and indeed one another who we are and why we re here with renewed strength of heart and mind we can choose the right attitudes energies and disciplines Finally wherever life may lead us the portable paradise of our hearts will blossom with the ripened fruits of divine love and blessings for all This entry was posted in Sustainable Living Bookmark the permalink Comments Pierre Forest says April 16 2014 at 1 33 pm Hello Badri nicest said this note about portable paradise And it is so true that for someone who seriously intend to dive into it one must have the daily tools Yoga and meditation to support these nice intentions Once we know well our natural human behaviors we also know that some counter intentions are right there at the next corner and it is so easy to fall back into the walk sleeping mode that you describe here work half day and watch TV Being supported by a strong discipline of daily exercise is the way to carry this portable paradise within one self and most importantly show the way to other who struggle trying to find it but they will find it eventually Keep smiling Pierre Reply Badri Matlock says April 17 2014 at 5 28 pm Thank you Pierre yes isn t it true eventually we all get there Here s hoping it doesn t take us too long Blessings to you friend Reply Sambhava says April 17 2014 at 1 23 am Beautifully written Badri May others feel the inspiration flowing from this blog and seek that Portable Paradise within aum aum aum Reply Badri Matlock says April 17 2014 at 5 27 pm Thanks Sambhava joy to you Reply Josette says April 21 2014 at 8 48 pm Thanks Badri Portable Paradise whoa what a concept I love it Master Rocks as usual I have of late been amazed at the calm centeredness I feel with my daily practice It truly is a paradise within and we can all achieve it That s the exciting part It s not just a theory do it and you get the results The energy it takes to maintain it is minimal

    Original URL path: http://www.expandinglight.org/blog/superconscious-living/sustainable-living/portable-paradise/ (2016-02-01)
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  • Reservation Rides at the Expanding Light
    2016 Time at Airport between 1 15 and 1 45 pm Location at arrivals curbside Sacramento Airport If there are delays you cannot rely on the van waiting for you We MAY be able to wait up to 20 minutes for delays But you MUST book a flight that will allow you time to get curbside on time if on schedule Cost Per Person 85 Per Couple 125 Driving time

    Original URL path: http://www.expandinglight.org/reservation/reservation-ride.php?pickupID=403 (2016-02-01)
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  • Reservation Rides at the Expanding Light
    2016 Time at Airport between 1 15 and 1 45 pm Location at arrivals curbside Sacramento Airport If there are delays you cannot rely on the van waiting for you We MAY be able to wait up to 20 minutes for delays But you MUST book a flight that will allow you time to get curbside on time if on schedule Cost Per Person 85 Per Couple 125 Driving time

    Original URL path: http://www.expandinglight.org/reservation/reservation-ride.php?pickupID=474 (2016-02-01)
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  • Never Give Up | Expanding Light
    effortlessly coasting but when we not only have to engage our dynamic will but also draw on Divine will in order to survive and thrive We learn to pick ourselves up and try once more The only true failure is when we stop trying Swami Kriyananda gave a talk for the Way of Awakening television shows called Developing Strength Through Spiritual Tests In telling of the many spiritual tests he has experienced he says I eat persecution for breakfast It is not that he did not feel pain during the tests It would not be a test if the devotee felt nothing But he never gave up and continued to tune into God s guidance and put out effort in the direction he was guided to the best of his understanding After much experience with challenges he grew to understand that tests are necessary for us to open windows to greater joy When he knew this in his own heart he could actually feel joy in the midst of the suffering Think about the last time you felt thwarted in your efforts toward a goal discouraged by the outcome hurt by others words or actions toward you challenged by circumstances beyond your control Did you find yourself reacting possibly suffering and possibly wanting to give up Instead call your loving parents Divine Mother Heavenly Father and the Guru Demand their guidance and their help and then renew your efforts Yogananda encourages us A saint is a sinner who never gave up This entry was posted in Superconscious Living Bookmark the permalink Comments Mandy says August 31 2015 at 5 27 am Thank you and God Bless 3 Reply Jill says September 19 2015 at 7 15 pm Thank you dear Mukti and for reminding me that I have Mother Father and guru to turn to always In joy Jill Reply Linda says October 4 2015 at 3 01 pm Thank you for this hopeful message At times of stress or unhappiness in life I feel very unspiritual and think that I don t deserve God s grace and love I will change my thoughts and remember to ask Divine Mother for her presence peace and comfort Reply April says October 6 2015 at 9 35 pm Thank you Mukti Sometimes it s good to hear about the struggles of devotion as well as the happiness and bliss because the dark times do come and they are very very hard It s actually a comfort knowing that Swamiji had so much to overcome and he was able to do it with the grace of God and Guru Reply Nayaswami Brindey says October 10 2015 at 7 33 pm Dearest Mukti this was perfect for me today I laughed out loud when I read where Swamiji said I eat persecution for breakfast Beautifully written Thank you Muktiji Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Have posts you are

    Original URL path: http://www.expandinglight.org/blog/superconscious-living/1176/ (2016-02-01)
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  • Spiritualize Your Marriage
    the spiritual life together for many years helping to direct Ananda communities in Dallas Seattle Portland and Palo Alto They have also traveled and taught together around the United States and in India Krishna Das and Mantradevi radiate loving kindness and joy With a playful and engaging spirit as well as profound understanding and wisdom they assist couples in experiencing a depth of love in relationship that goes far beyond the ordinary Mantradevi says Spiritualize Your Marriage weekends are some of our favorite retreats to lead They re a wonderful mixture of deep connections both with one s spouse and one s own inner spirituality and joyful playfulness Husbands and wives grow closer to each other often working out kinks in their relationships The group wedding ceremony and candlelight dinner brings us all deep into Spirit From Weekend Participants This is the second time we have attended this class That speaks for itself how much we enjoyed it I would recommend this course to any couple wanting to re energize their relationship and bring God into it Not enough can be said about Krishna Das and Mantradevi Their love and strength is priceless The skills they have shared will travel with us for a lifetime S S and S S Washoe Valley NV After attending this class once before we were so excited to take it again and found our expectations were exceeded in the material presented as well as in the beautiful spirits of both the attendees and the presenters Practical instruction and reference material were in abundance and my wife and I have already planned how to incorporate wht we ve learned Krishna Das and Matntradevi were not only wonderful knowledgeable positivve teachers but their partnership and obvious soul conection were an inspiration S A and E A Dallas TX This was exactly what I needed to re set my energy in my marriage I feel deeply connected to my husband after this and I know now that my spiritual foundation if it is centered will make me a better partner EM Texas I came here with my wife we were in serious disconnect After we feel lots of love has been injected into our life We have taken marriage classes before and those were set up to make money This actually is set up to enrich and enlighten your soul D LA Krishna Das and Mantradevi were perfect teachers providing warmth insight and humor as they artfully imparted their wisdom and experience on this topic SZ Texas I absolutely loved Mantradevi Krishna Das You feel as if you have known them your entire life within minutes of meeting them D LA Blessed to have thee beautiful teachers and would take more classes retreats with them in future A C Santa Clara CA We cannot put into words how much our weekend together at The Expanding Light helped our marriage We see each other in a different light now a radiant loving light We try to put one

    Original URL path: http://www.expandinglight.org/program/?programID=SPYM (2016-02-01)
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  • Creativity and Your Chakras | Expanding Light
    energy in the tip of our little finger to light up Chicago for a week He also talked about how energy in the spine has to express itself Our job is to learn how to continually channel it in an uplifting soul enhancing direction Chakras are energy centers in the spine They impeccably record and reflect our level of consciousness which then dictates how we express ourselves Each chakra carries attitudes and qualities that enhance or inhibit our ability to rise spiritually and be positively creative Energy does not in itself have an opinion on how it is expressed whether positive or unconstructive It simply goes in whatever way we direct it The thing is we ve been developing and grooming certain traits for lifetimes Some are energy enhancing others block the flow in the spine Most of them have become so habitual that we are not even conscious of them They are however in every moment affecting everything we think say and how we act Swami Kriyananda came out of his office one day while in the midst of writing music for Christ Lives an Oratorio Obviously still totally absorbed he gazed abstractedly at Devi for a moment Noticing this she quipped You look like you re trying to figure out if I m an E sharp or B flat He later told a group that there was a bit of truth in the statement he was so completely immersed in the project that he related to everything around him in terms of the language of music Swamiji s creativity has brought joy and upliftment to thousands in this world We can harmonize and increase the energy flow in our spine by learning to tune in to the chakras and use techniques to release detrimental blockages Generating the positive energy of our chakras gives access to great amounts of creativity Swami Kriyananda is a constant example of taking both to the highest level He has used God s creativity and boundless energy in limitless ways founding communities writing books plays songs teaching singing lecturing counseling and creatively being a disciple and friend to all The secret He puts full focused energy into everything he does with no holds barred Devi and the b flat is an amusing anecdote but Swamiji has for years shown us these principles in myriad ways We all have this infinite potential within A woman in a chakra class I taught commented This is the first time I feel as though I understand how my energy moves through my body Awareness is the first step in consciously accessing the creative source The experience in Dallas made me realize that creativity isn t about me my talents or lack there of It s all about God s energy flowing through me My choice is to cultivate the highest level of consciousness I can and stay alert as to how He wants to use that energy Affirmation Within me lies the energy to accomplish all that I

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  • Reservation Rides at the Expanding Light
    request it when making the reservation by phone If you have already made a reservation and would like to add a ride log into your account select Current Reservations and click Add under Ride You can also call us during business hours to add a ride Drop Off Date March 20 2016 Time ride leaves the Expanding Light 1 15 Time at Airport between 3 20 3 40 Location at

    Original URL path: http://www.expandinglight.org/reservation/reservation-ride.php?dropoffID=415 (2016-02-01)
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  • Reservation Rides at the Expanding Light
    2016 Time at Airport between 1 15 and 1 45 pm Location at arrivals curbside Sacramento Airport If there are delays you cannot rely on the van waiting for you We MAY be able to wait up to 20 minutes for delays But you MUST book a flight that will allow you time to get curbside on time if on schedule Cost Per Person 85 Per Couple 125 Driving time

    Original URL path: http://www.expandinglight.org/reservation/reservation-ride.php?pickupID=428 (2016-02-01)
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