When We Need You, You Descend

I was desperate. After finding “success” through a job on Wall Street, what I really found was my life became increasingly restless, empty, and devoid of deeper meaning. At the time my life reflected Saint Augustine’s saying, “Our hearts are restless, Lord, until they find their rest in Thee.” Through the grace of God a thought entered my mind, “You should learn to meditate.” It was soft, simple, and clear. Thankfully, I followed this whisper from my soul. While in … Read More

New Year Resolutions

Upon realizing we are steadily approaching January 1st, I hurried to the nearest Target to buy a 2021 planner. I love planners as much as I love blank journals! I thought how wonderful it would be to ‘plan’ my whole year, or at least the next three months. It’s rather giggle-worthy when you consider how many people “planned” for 2020 and were thrown the ultimate curveball.   As I was shopping for a planner the initial excitement and urgency started to … Read More

Spanglish Lessons

Last week while I was at our Ananda East LA center, a woman walked to our front door and began to knock. Like most of Southern California we are closed to the public due to the pandemic so I was surprised at her presence. I opened the door and asked her from a distance how I could help her. I noticed she was holding a box that said “DoTerra” on it. I know about DoTerra essential oils because Dharmadevi has … Read More

Bliss in Motion

Around 2010 Swami Kriyananda had a profound dream. In this dream, he saw many people, some of them greedy businessmen, some of them were criminals. He realized that all of them wanted just one thing: the bliss of their own being! Swami described the dream: “Some of them were capable only of understanding that concept on a lower octave: happiness, or pleasure, or even revenge. But everyone on earth really wanted, no matter how mistakenly they sought it, the same … 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

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

“Use Both Your Hands!”

My grandfather, Phil Maita, was old school. Urban legends surrounded him like conspiracy theories around the current pandemic. For example, years after my grandfather had passed away my father picked up Dharmadevi and me from the airport. As he was driving my Dad pointed out an old industrial building we were passing. “Philip, you see that building…Your grandfather couldn’t read or write and he walked in there and gave them an estimate of how much pipe they needed within a … Read More