Out of the Fog

  You found in me purpose, and I found in you glory, while forgetting commitment was only half of the story – and as time continued to whittle away at our moments, there would be no forgiveness, there would be no atonement –   – you dragged me out of contentment and threw me into …

Her Lines – A Song For the Mother

        Each time we tell ourselves we know what we’re getting into, but then we can’t breathe, can’t form the words to bring back the meaning into – when the world doesn’t flow to our beat anymore and the darkness carries on, we must remember why we stay strong – I walk …

From Darkness to Light Day 31 by Sarayu

From Pride to Prasad by Sarayu   I went to college on a basketball scholarship. After 4 years of playing my favorite sport, with fantastic teammates and partying like most normal college kids, I found myself sitting in the church during our graduation mass, thinking to myself, “what am I going to do now?” I …

From Darkness to Light Day 4 by Anita Jung

Finding Meaning in It by Anita Jung   They met on a rainy day. Marlene was walking in a little village up in the mountains; the only noise was the rain failing on the leaves. The sound calmed her, as did the smell of the wet soil. The green mountains were presently taken by the …

Forgetting Everything Else by Kannan

The following is a talk given by Kannan at Amma’s San Ramon ashram, April 2017, weeks before Amma would arrive for her US tour.     Om Namah Shivaya Sisters and Brothers One of the perks of living in the ashram for many years is that you get copied on many emails whether you are …

That Time I Got Left on the Side of the Road

I looked out into the dark and there was only traffic speeding by. I didn’t quite understand what I was seeing. I looked further up the street and saw a parked lorry similar to the one I had just hid behind to take a pee. I thought, “Oh, is the bus in front of that …

On Living and Dying Day 26 by Arati de la Roziere

Recognizing the Gift  by Arati de la Roziere of Dancing to the Words   In May, 2015, I moved from the house I had lived in for 8 years to a condominium. My new place is up a flight of 18 steep steps. I soon noticed I felt uneasy, hesitant going down the stairs, and became very mindful, …

Science of Compassion

A Documentary on Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi     This new documentary on Amma is amazing.  It’s worth it just to listen to the sound of her voice.  Director and artist Shekhar Kapur’s freedom with Amma in their conversation is very touching.  And if you’ve never been to Amritapuri, then it is a must …

Your Tropical Paradise Comes With Calluses

Amma’s Indian Tour Recap:  A cook’s perspective Eleven buses, three big rigs, twenty cars, one ambulance, and one camper.  That is how many vehicles it takes to haul all the necessities, including volunteer staff, for an Amma tour in India. While all who come for the programs are immersed in the bliss of Amma’s embrace, …

My Journey

My first journey to India was in 1992.  I was 17 and the trip would set in motion the roller coaster that would be my life.  But as in any amusement park ride, you have to wait in line.  That trip to India lasted only two weeks.  I stayed the whole of the trip in …