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

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

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

Where Has My Love Gone?

We visited the Emergency Room for the third time in four weeks. Dharmadevi’s body has been going through some type of karmic cleansing period. A week ago, her fever began to spike (yet again) and she was having severe abdominal pains. Out of precaution we went back to the ER.  One of the nurses said to her, “Oh, I remember you…you were so kind the last time you visited.” Apparently, ER nurses are part of Dharmadevi’s new ministry! Even though … Read More

Love is Effortless

Years ago, when Rammurti and I had our bookstore, I used to do the bookkeeping. Each day, after counting the previous day’s cash drawer, I would walk a few blocks to the bank to make a deposit. One day as I stood in line at the bank, I noticed that, as some customers got to the head of the line, they stepped aside allowing the next person to go ahead. It soon became obvious that those customers were waiting for … Read More

Death Is Immaterial

I was dumbfounded. Four years ago Dharmadevi invited her mother to join us on a pilgrimage to India. Why was I taken aback? Jackie, Dharmadevi’s mom, was in the middle of battling cancer. At the time she seemed to me like the last person that could handle a trip to India. Divine Mother, of course, laughs at our logic. Dharmadevi had an intuitive feeling that it would be a blessing for her mom and us to have her join our … Read More