Rev. Ellen Grace O’Brian is the founding minister and spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (CSE) in San Jose, California, a 30-year-old interfaith ministry and seminary in the tradition of Kriya Yoga. Rev. O’Brian was ordained in 1982 by Roy Eugene Davis, a personal disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, who brought the teachings of Kriya Yoga to the west. She is the author of several books on meditation and spiritual practice as well as CD commentaries on classic spiritual works. She is a frequent speaker on the value of meditation and the importance of ethical and spiritual awakening. Rev. O’Brian has received human rights awards from governmental, interfaith, Muslim, and Hindu communities. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Association for Global New Thought and the Executive Board of the International New Thought Alliance, and is a trustee of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.