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

The Grace of the Guru

The dream started with me tied to the ground, perhaps half buried but not all the way. All I could feel was that I couldn’t move.  My gaze moved up to the top of the mountain to find an army of warriors, dressed in red and gold armor, with arrows ready to fire. I knew there was no way of getting out; their arrows were all pointed at me.  As they positioned their arms ready to fire, I felt fear … 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

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

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

The Value of Utter Desperation

There’s an old saying: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” When you desperately need an answer, the universe responds. I remember when I was working in the financial markets in New York City I experienced this value of utter desperation. My life had become increasingly busy and stressful. So much so that I reached a point of despair thinking: What is the purpose of life? How can I know my purpose and why I’m here? In response to these inner … 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

Reverential Distance

In response to the global pandemic, Ananda Sangha Worldwide is initiating a “Be a Warrior for the Light” campaign. Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, our spiritual directors and divine friends, are leading us through this crisis with the “sword of faith in our hand” and “the love of God in our hearts.” Part of the “Be a Warrior for the Light” initiative will include weekly prayers for the world, online meditations, a new online community, and practical resources to help us … Read More