Immaculate Silences

Upon a jumbo boulder I sat, immersed in the art and science known as: “Thou Art That.” Lifted heart, high time… Dropped back to earth  like one of the heavy boulders, due to a noisy mind. While Dharmadevi and I have been in the high desert, we have frequented one of the most beautiful places on earth, Joshua Tree National Park. The jumbo boulders which make up the ancient and otherworldly landscape have become my new favorite place to meditate. … Read More

One-Pointed Focus

Tyagi Ram’s wife Dikshini passed away on January 23, 2021 at the Ananda Meditation Retreat. She had been in decline since before Thanksgiving and the entire Ananda LA Sangha and community had been praying for her. During these months, Tyagi Ram was faithfully by her side, always so heartbreakingly positive in his updates to us, including after their arrival at the meditation retreat. In their most difficult and painful time, both Ram and Dikshini conducted themselves with the same dignity … Read More

The Lighthouse of God

Have you heard that old maritime legend?  A battleship was on an exercise at sea in bad weather. The captain was on the bridge. It was foggy. Just after dark the lookout spotted a light on the starboard side. The captain asked if it was steady or moving. The look out replied the light was steady meaning they were on a direct collision course with that ship! The captain ordered the lookout signal to the other ship: “Change course 20 … Read More

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