Return to Simplicity

Dharmadevi and I have been talking about a new class series for couples titled, “Tiny Home, Expansive Marriage – How to Grow Closer Literally and Figuratively.”  Where did we get this playful idea? Recently we put a tiny home on our Ananda Desert Retreat. The Ananda Desert Retreat also has a 3 bedroom house on 30 acres in the high desert for personal and group seclusions. We visit “Sunshine” (the name of the tiny home) as a getaway from the … Read More

The Festival of Gratitude

What are you grateful for?  It’s been said that if you have one prayer in life, “Thank you!” would suffice.  Even though this year has been one of the most difficult globally and for many people personally, we still can find the hidden joy and secret of gratitude amidst the worst circumstances. Swami Kriyananda said, “Suffering is a result of delusion, not of outward circumstance. There have been people in the darkest dungeons and people suffering the worst diseases who … Read More

Spontaneous Willingness

Dharmadevi and I were trimming trees at our Ananda Desert Seclusion retreat this past weekend.  We were making kindling from some of the desert trees that needed tending for Navaratri – a nine day celebration to Divine Mother. When it came to clipping the big branches or breaking limbs in two, I was quite energetic and enthusiastic about our project. I used clippers and bare hands to create bunches of branches together. It was satisfying to clean up the retreat … Read More

Dwapara 320

What is happening to our planet? A pandemic, economic fallout, social unrest, and general chaos have seemingly become our new normal. What’s next? Civil war and/or world war? Why has this period been so polarizing and transformational at the same time? Cultural creatives (like you) want the world to change for the better. And there is no doubt we are on the eve of a titanic transformation. Will it be clean and easy? I think you know the answer to … Read More

Lesson Learned in a Parking Lot

This is a simple story about a late-night moment, but in every moment lies a lesson. It’s almost 2am and I am writing this on my iPhone while sitting in my car in the parking lot of a 24-hour pet emergency center. I’ve already been here for almost two hours while my dog, Aashi, waits inside to be checked by the on-call vet. Due to Covid, I am not allowed to enter the building. So when I arrived I checked … Read More

It’s All Good

Maybe you’ve used the expression “it’s all good,” when you’ve wanted to convey to someone not to worry about something they may have said or done wrong or for an unfortunate situation. It’s a bit like “Hakuna Matata” for any of you Lion King fans out there.  I was recently reflecting on the “Creation Story” from the Bible. In it, God is manifesting the different aspects of our physical reality. He takes a pause between creating the sky, the water, … Read More

Is Joy All Nature’s Theme?

During my first pilgrimage to India I had the great blessing of going with a group of Ananda devotees led by Nayaswamis Durga and Vidura. Having never been to India before, I was deeply grateful to have their divine friendship throughout our travels. Our pilgrimage began at the Ananda Gurgaon Ashram and a satsang with Swami Kriyananda. Swamiji gave our pilgrimage group the advice, “Close your eyes and open your hearts to India’s spiritual vibrations.” Taking the spirit of Ananda … Read More

When We Sang for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican

One of the most memorable times of living at Ananda Assisi was when the World Brotherhood Choir sang at the Vatican on Wednesday, March 8, 1989. After celebrating Paramhansa Yogananda’s Mahasamadhi Anniversary on the previous day, the Ananda Assisi community felt a deep blessing as we caravanned to Rome to share Master’s and Swami Kriyananda’s songs as a vibrational-offering for the Spiritual Unity of All Mankind. It was a historical time for us at Ananda Assisi as we shared our … Read More

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