Going with the Flow

It was my first time kayaking a few weeks ago. The day was perfect, sunny and bright, and the water smooth, reflecting the sky. We saw dolphins in the early morning, and were hopeful to see some more. My friend Lauren and I set off as her brother and niece sat on the pier fishing. Being an experienced kayaker, Lauren paddled ahead while I took my time drinking everything in. Drifting leisurely, I looked over to catch a little dolphin … Read More

Mother Nature Is Calling

As I’m writing this blog, Narayan and I are having a day of silence before leaving the Ananda Desert Retreat. As you read this blog, we will be beginning a two-week camping trip in Sedona, Arizona. Our campground has no cell reception or WiFi.  We talked about going camping a number of times but this time, Divine Mother was calling us. “Unplug. Let my silent beauty restore you.” I’ve noticed, since the pandemic began, that many are feeling the call … Read More

The Wayshower

“Guruji, I have just been invited to address a religious congress in America. Shall I go?” “All doors are open for you,” Master replied simply. “It is now or never.” “But, sir,” I said in dismay, “what do I know about public speaking? Seldom have I given a lecture, and never in English.” “English or no English, your words on yoga shall be heard in the West.” I laughed. “Well, dear guruji, I hardly think the Americans will learn Bengali! … Read More

Liquid Peace

Have you ever gotten your feelings hurt? Or you’ve even tried to act like you didn’t when you did! I’m sure we can all relate to something someone said or did that pushed a certain reactive “ouch” button in our consciousness. Maybe you’ve experienced it on a physical level if you’ve ever had an injury. What happens if someone touches an injured area of your body. Don’t you instinctively recoil? We have similar sore spots in our consciousness that need … Read More

Love Without Limits

I’ll admit, sometimes, I think it would be nice to be able to shrink Narayan down and put him in my pocket. To carry him around with me wherever I go and keep him all for myself. Such an idea might make for an interesting (or more likely disturbing) romance novel but it certainly wouldn’t make for a very good life for Narayan! When he was 18, leaving home and moving off to college, his father said to him, “I … Read More

Beware of “Don Spirituale”

One of the pitfalls on the spiritual path is self- importance. Or as Swami Sri Yukteswar called it “pride of pedigree” or “pride of nationality.” In modern day parlance, you could think of it as the “Don Spirituale” complex. What do I mean by “Don Spirituale?” “Don Spirituale” is when our egos want to feel important and acknowledged. Don’t we see this in our world today? Rather than leaders cooperating and working together, competition seems to be another, perhaps more … Read More

Going Inside: What’s Going On In There?

“You had a difficult childhood to make you independent.” I had never thought of my childhood as difficult until I heard these words from a Nadi reader in India. Maybe I was in denial or maybe I just chose to focus on the positive. In any case, upon reflection, I could see how growing up with an alcoholic father was difficult. Unpredictable at best and downright scary at worst.  So, I can relate to children and adults who don’t necessarily … Read More

Harmony, the Greatest Miracle

Some things are easier said than done. Creating and maintaining harmony in our relationships – with our significant other, friends, family, and coworkers – is probably one of the most difficult tasks given to the spiritual aspirant. If you disagree, you are advanced beyond the need to read further! Harmony is a two-way street. Or is it? It requires effort from both parties. Or does it? Think back to when you’ve gotten into an argument with someone. Did the other … Read More

Ups and Downs

“Mrs. Romano, I’m going to have to do a lumbar puncture on you.” The ER doctor at St. John’s hospital was kindly warning me – something was coming that wouldn’t be pleasant. Not having had a lumbar puncture before, I thought to myself, “How bad can it be? She’s just going to stick me in the side to get some fluid.” What I didn’t realize is that a lumbar puncture is when a needle is put into your spinal column … Read More

Soul Confirmation

“You won’t be confirmed, Philip!”  My mother was appalled at the thought that I might not become a member of the Catholic Church.  What happened?  At the age of sixteen, I missed some of the Church classes required for confirmation because I had gone on a ski trip. Because of my absence, the local priest threatened I would not be confirmed. “So what?” I responded to the priest and my mother. Certainly, I could have been more respectful in my … Read More