April 12, 2015

Much more is needed - what are YOU writing?


Yoganandaji began his mission in the US in 1920 (Dwapara Yuga 220) with nationwide lecture tours and lessons by mail, the height of media savvy at the time. This lasted thru the founding of Mount Washington in 1925 (DY 225) right up to the trip to India in 1935 (DY 235).

There followed a quiet period, focused locally on the buildings, small congregations and smaller still monastic communities that they served in the immediate Los Angeles area.

This ended with the Encinitas Golden Temple sliding physically and symbolically into the sea in 1942 (DY 242). 1946 (DY 246) saw the release of the Autobiography and from there to his Mahasamadhi in 1952 (DY 252), Yoganadaji concentrated on writing, in order to reach the masses of that era, reaching the whole US, worldwide and most importantly down to us in coming generations.

With that, he was  breaking barriers of space and time, in tune with the Dwapara Yuga archetype.

This was in ways that were not necessarily clear to many of the high ranking devotees of the era, who had the strong affinities, blinkered horizons  and likely sanskaras associated with Kali Yuga tinged religious models from Mormonism to the Catholic Monasticism of the Middle Ages.


It was in that final phase of Yoganandaji's life mission that he told the then young Kriyanandaji that his work would be “lecturing and writing".  Kriyanadaji was surprised that anything else needed to be written.  Yoganandaji responded “Much yet remains to be written."

Kriyanandaji wrote and also lectured prolifically, prior to his own passing in 2013 (DY 313), complimenting the somewhat meager written releases from SRF and its return to being an inward facing and regional church focused in the LA area.


Disciples still incarnate such as Joseph Selbie and Richard Salva are writing great material prolifically.

Good writing from eBooks to movies inspires, with Star Trek a good case in point.

Yoganandaji said, “If you read for an hour, write for two hours; and if you write for two hours, think for three hours; and if you think for three hours, meditate all the time.”

Why be a passive bystander?  Why not write something YOURSELF - a new expression of that mission?

February 22, 2015

7th laptop donated to children in the developing world

All profits from the Dwapara Yuga blog, associated apps and books are donated to the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) Foundation.
For the author, access to the Apple ][ personal computer decades ago was a gateway to knowledge, from technology, to modern business and modern spirituality, an opportunity that OLPC today affords to children in the developing world.

January 22, 2014

Chakras summary, Dwapara 314

Uno, dos, tres.  Un, deux, trois.  Uno, duo, tres.  Ek, do, tin.  Eka, dvi, tri.    From English, to Spanish, French, Latin, Hindi and Sanskrit, the same inner meanings are expressed in various outward ways across different ages and cultures, like a pure light filtered thru a stained glass window.
Top of head

+ Between the eyes
Five pointed star
Super ether
+ Leo
- Base of the brain Medulla oblongata
- Cancer
+ Virgo 
- Gemini
Rushing waters
Breath control
+ Libra 
 - Taurus
+ Scorpio
 - Aries
Self purification
- Pisces
Base of the spine
Moral code
+ Capricorn
- Aquarius
Bumble bee

  • Ida, Rahu, Moon’s North Node, Dragon’s head.   Kundalini, Dragon.  Pingala, Ketu, Moon’s South Node, Dragon’s Tail
  • Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted; a truth cannot be created, but only perceived. The erroneous thoughts of man result from imperfections in his discernment. The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may mirror the divine vision in the universe – Autobiography of a Yogi (Dwapara 246)
  • The only scientific attitude one can take on any subject is whether it is TRUE. The law of gravitation worked as efficiently before Newton as after him. The cosmos would be fairly chaotic if its laws could not operate without the sanction of human belief – ditto.
  • I wonder if Western scientists, patiently enlarging the realms of knowledge for the practical good of mankind, are not more pleasing to God than idlers who profess religion but concentrate on alms –ditto.
  • My Very Easy Method Just Shows Us Nine Planets -- the Sun followed by Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, then Uranus (discovered Dwapara 81), Neptune (Dwapara 146) and Pluto (Dwapara 230)
  • Richard of York Gave Battles in Vain -- Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet
  • The physical spine is pictured.  In the context of Chakras, it is just another way of presenting the same information.   We can say heart, or we can say dorsal, Latin for "back", and so on.  To this author, it is the ideas and their applications that are important, not hiding behind Latin or Sanskrit terminology.
  • This summary and particular emphases are drawn with much gratitude from the Gita, Bible, Yoga Sutras and other commentaries of Paramhansa Yogananda, his disciple Sri Swami Kriyananda, and works by Sri Satyaki Brockschmidt, Shrimati Savitri Simpson and Sri Jean Lin.  Any errors or misstatements are mine

October 30, 2007

Dwapara Yuga & Yogananda's message to the world

Perhaps you will agree, that the world is facing a crisis. What is the cause of it, and what is the remedy?
All nations have to follow the influence of the ascending and descending yugas. The present world crisis is due to the upward climb of Dwapara Yuga; in order for the world to become better, evil must be expunged. The forces of evil will cause their own destruction, thus assuring the survival of the righteous nations. The conflict between good and evil has been going on since the dawn of history. But as the world is moving upward through the Dwapara Yuga, the electrical or atomic age,there is greater potential not only for good, but also for destruction through the misuse of technology by those who are greedy and desire power. In keeping with the influence of Dwapara Yuga, technology is rapidly moving the general populace to higher levels of achievement. But the progress also creates a greater gap between the achievers and the nonachievers. This foments jealousies and social, economic and political troubles.
The same session continues with:

Would you like to give a message to the world?

My brothers and sisters of the world: Please remember that God is our Father and he is One. We are all His children, and as such we should adopt constructive means to help each other become physically, mentally, financially and spiritually ideal citizens of the United States of the World. If in a community of 1000 persons each individual tries by graft, fighting and chicanery to enrich himself at the expense of others, each person will have 999 enemies; whereas if each person cooperates with the others - physically, mentally, financially and spiritually - each one will have 999 friends. If all nations helped one another through love, the whole world would live in peace with ample opportunity for promoting the well-being of all.

When every soul will rise above petty divisions in true spiritual understanding, world misery will be consumed by the fire of realization of the universality of God and the brotherhood of man.

Such media as radio and television and air travel have brought us all together as never before. We must learn that it can no longer be Asia for Asiatics, Europe for Europeans and America for Americans, and so on, but a United States of the World under God, in which every human being can be an ideal citizen of the globe with every opportunity for fulfillment in body, mind and soul.

That would be my message, my plea, to the world.
These excerpts are from a 1951 (251 Dwapara) interview with Paramhansa Yogananda, reported in Journey to Self-Realization, published by SRF.

Yogananda is pictured with St Lynn, his successor as president of SRF.  Both wear crosses, emphasizing Jesus Christ as the savior of the West (... with Krishna as the savior of the East, the same messages but with different emphases).

September 23, 2007

Ben Franklin - epitome of Dwapara Yuga

Born in 1706 (6 Dwapara), the dawn of Dwapara Yuga, Ben Franklin epitomized it, a religious maverick, self-made man, great traveler (spending decades in France and England), successful businessman and scientist, ultimately that rarest breed of politician that acts for the people rather than himself and his cronies.

His life is summarized in the phrase "He seized the lightning from the sky and the scepter from the hand of tyrants" that embodies the themes of understanding of subtle energies (nature of lightning that he discovered) and breaking down of barriers (rejecting the King of England and his misrule) that characterize Dwapara Yuga. The country he founded more than any other embodies the energy of Dwapara Yuga, tempering its sometime excessive materialism with Christian values and now Yogic knowledge from India.

Franklin was a proponent of all religions. He prayed to "Powerful Goodness" and referred to God as the "infinite". He was a true champion of generic religion, seen as a Catholic by Catholics, Protestant by Protestants and Quaker by Quakers.

His self-written epitaph was "The Body of B. Franklin Printer; Like the Cover of an old Book, Its Contents torn out, And stript of its Lettering and Gilding, Lies here, Food for Worms. But the Work shall not be wholly lost: For it will, as he believ'd, appear once more, In a new & more perfect Edition, Corrected and Amended By the Author."

Thus his belief in reincarnation is his epitaph.

In 1733, Franklin began to publish the famous Poor Richard's Almanack under the nom de plume of Poor Richard. Franklin frequently wrote under pseudonyms although it was no secret that he was the author.

Franklin's Autobiography & Almanac

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