On Humans and Humanity

  It’s funny how we humans need not possess humanity – kinda like having book smarts but no common sense – redressing the oppressed for succumbing to providence, as if skin color or sexuality spoke to ethics or morality.   Spirituality is beyond the realm of worldly bonds and ambitions, so let the theologians get …

On Pac-Man and Making Room for the Light

Which is more devastating? For it never to occur to someone to examine their beliefs, or for them to willfully choose ignorance? I’ve got this new thing for sitting on the toilet and playing Pac-Man on my phone… We’ll leave hygiene out of the discussion… Somehow, the two things, games and poops, fit nicely together …

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 …

And to the World I Say

With eyes wide open and a mind clear of doubts, to the world I say no… ok, well, just a veggie burger and fries to go with a movie tonight so that I can fantasize about a life through their eyes, and let my dreams as I sleep be cozy and sweet, but when I …

On Living and Dying Day 18 by Sonya Kassam

Die Each Day by Sonya Kassam of Follow Your Shadow   We shall all be dead, we know that don’t we? And yet we resist, we fear. I fear to die, yes. I have no idea what is beyond my death. And perhaps…actually for sure to be absolutely honest, I don’t really want to know what lies beyond. …

On Living and Dying Day 7 by Emily Dickinson

I heard a fly buzz when I died By Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) I heard a fly buzz when I died. The stillness in the room Was like the stillness in the air Between the heaves of storm. The eyes around had wrung them dry, And breaths were gathering firm For that last onset when the …

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 …

Dungeon Prompts: Concepts of God – What are yours?

This week’s prompt is:  Concepts of God  “The yearning to know what cannot be known, to comprehend the incomprehensible, to touch and taste the unapproachable, arises from the image of God in the nature of man. Deep calleth unto deep, and though polluted and landlocked by the mighty disaster theologians call the Fall, the soul …

The Making of a Name

For the past twenty years, I have lived as a celibate monk in the ashrams of Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma), known the world over as, The Hugging Saint.  I often write love poems to her on my blog, because for all these years she has been the all and all of my life.  Many can relate …

Oh, Goodness… Guest Post: Kripa Gressel

Today’s Guest Post is from an old friend, the charming, the wise, the always slightly dancing, Kripa Gressel.  After spending this short time with her I am sure that you’ll be on the growing list of those encouraging her to start a blog.  Thank you Kripa for your words.   Oh, Goodness… When Sreejit invited …