Ananda's Blog

January 31, 2019

Out beyond the mind and intelligence, lies the soul. It can be touched by sacred sound. One only has to listen well.

Listening can be hard. The mind, intelligence and false ego get in the way. Arjuna wasn’t joking when he said the mind is ‘harder to control than the wind...

December 11, 2018

Chanting Krishna’s name in mantra meditation is a concentrated effort. Although we remember Krishna here and there throughout the day, japa is a focused and full immersive experience in hearing the holy name.

The invitation to japa is to listen. To listen to the sound of...

December 5, 2018

Until we leave our body we are in our body, and that's the foundational balance we live into. When we say 'we are not this body' or 'we are more than this body'  two things happen - we are reminded of who we are, the living force within, and reminded to balance out the...

October 28, 2018

As my bare feet hit the cold marble floor of the altar during the early morning service hours I whispered, ‘Oh, so cold!’. My fellow pujari turned and smilingly whispered back, ‘Austerity!’

It wasn’t the first time I was reminded that there is a sweetness to doing someth...

October 13, 2018

The first red leaf greeted me this morning

Among the dull colors of the other fallen leaves

It’s redness smiled a reminder of time passing

A reminder of cycles of birth and death

Of leaves separating from the tree

As the body separates from the soul

We stand and watch the lea...

August 18, 2018

Humility sits in quietness

not needing nothing

Being content

It takes up less space

On the outside

For it’s large and beautiful self

Owns all the rooms

On the inside


July 15, 2018

There is a great connection between stillness and listening. “Don’t move” we say when we hear some noise around the house in the middle of the night. In yoga we hold the body still in order to hear the breath. We will hold the shoulders of our child while we tell her so...

June 22, 2018

Last week I heard the phrase ‘japa heaven’ and immediately added it to my list of inspirations for a better spiritual practice. Being in ‘japa heaven’ I learned, is a great way to communicate that we don’t want to be disturbed during our meditation on the maha-mantra.


June 16, 2018

This morning at the temple, a father had his 6 year old daughter lead the singing. I appreciated his fathering. He started her off on each line and then let her go on alone. When she found her voice and rhythm, he stayed quiet. When she wobbled, which was only once, he...

June 2, 2018

Driving along as the storm gathered I appreciated the dark clouds, the deepening greens, and the atmosphere of melancholy. Then the rain came down so fast and so hard that cars slowed, blinkers flashed, and we could barely see. I held the steering wheel tightly, chanted...

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