Thought Bite: Spiritual Community

Originally posted in 2014, this is a message I felt bears repeating.

Linda Johnsen's article Spiritual Loneliness touches an important subject that is well known to many people on the path of Yoga-meditation. I know from personal experience how challenging it can be to find like-minded community when one's interests and life-style are so different from the main stream.

As a practitioner of Yoga-meditation advances on the path, s/he may feel an increasing pull to seek joy and nurturance from an inner-source rather than from the worldly pleasures that others enjoy. But turning away from the world and seeking inner joy is not easy when the entire world is headed in the opposite direction. It's hard to go against the tide.

This is when the company of like-minded others is most needed and helpful to those on the meditative path. The great Yoga-meditation teacher, Yogananda, the founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship, said that "Environment is stronger than will power." He knew that we need a supportive environment of like-minded people to lend us strength and courage to go forward and live our values and spiritual inclinations.

Yogananda's advice for his followers was to "Gather together, those of you who share high ideals. Pool your resources. Buy land out in the country. A simple life will bring you inner freedom. Harmony with nature will bring you a happiness known to few city dwellers. In the company of other truth seekers, it will be easier for you to meditate and think of God." (Quote excerpted from The Path--My Life With Paramahansa Yogananda, by Swami Kriyananda).

Being part of such a community is one of my cherished dreams.


19 Dec 2021;
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Full Moon Meditation 2020