Overcoming Addiction through Addiction to God

Do you know someone who has successfully overcome addiction? What were the keys to their success? I suspect one central ingredient to overcoming addiction is surrender to a Higher power as outlined in AA’s 12 step program. It occurred to me we can all be part of another therapy group called “EA” or “Ego-holics Anonymous.” We are working on overcoming the addiction to our egos! I can see an introduction in “EA” going something like: “Hello, my name is Narayan …

Who Goes There?

Knock, knock. Who’s there?  [insert punchline] Good old knock-knock jokes – we’ve all heard them, and many of us probably spent our ninth year on this planet trying them out on anyone who would listen. Lately a knock-knock joke has been knocking on the door of my consciousness, over and over, while I’m trying to meditate. Is it Divine Mother’s joke, or just my inner child being a nuisance? Who knows. Anyways, I’m releasing it into the ether in a …

Interest in God & “The Godfather”

About ten years ago I was visiting my parents on the east coast. Because I was jet lagged from the flight, I couldn’t sleep and got up at 2am. I went to the family room and to my surprise my father was awake watching ”The Godfather.” Well, this wasn’t a total surprise as he had watched it many times! “Dad, why is Michael Corleone going to Miami at this stage of the story?” Although it was late at night, he …

Patient-Endurance Leads You to Victory

  Impatience leads us to believe that contentment is passive. How can I be happy when things are not as they should be? Wouldn’t it be complacency to accept things as they are? I used to think this way. I would tell myself (self-righteously) “But I have to make something happen. Things aren’t going to change themselves.” It’s true that we have to put out dynamic energy in a positive direction in order to enact change in our lives. It’s …

The Royal Road of Realization

Have you ever used voice-to-text? I’m a big fan as I’m old school and don’t like to chicken peck text. I’ve found freedom in voice-to-text. Though, everything comes with a price. And with voice-to-text the price is transcription errors! Actually, my phone has a creative interpretation of my voice. For example, one time I said, “Dharmadevi” and it came out “Army Baby.” Close to the truth as her father was in the Navy! I tried Narayan which was transcribed as, …

Interiority Simplex

“My Lord, my God, my all!” Saint Francis on his knees prayed with simplicity, fervor, and a deep wellspring of devotion. Bernard, a wealthy businessman, had invited Francis to his home to discover if he was truly a saint. At first Bernard was skeptical of Francis. However, when Bernard spied Francis late at night praying with such intensity and enthusiasm over and over, “My Lord, my God, my All…” he then realized Francis was a true man of God. He …

“You Won’t Have to Fear Anything Anymore…”

“Christ!” I woke myself up again screaming the Lord’s name. No, this was not in vain, but a desperate call for help. I’m not exactly sure why I do it. I’ve startled my wife Dharmadevi so many times she’s become immune to the shrieking surprise. It feels like I’m being tortured and I wake myself up calling out to Christ for help when the pain gets to an unbearable threshold. Do I really need to understand exactly why this happens …

Be Real, and Accept Your Awesome Reality!

Dharmadevi and I took a seclusion between Christmas and New Years. What, you may ask, did I gain from spending time in silence with longer meditations and periods of introspection? Well, one thing that became clear; I have a long way to go! “God,” I thought (more in exasperation than in prayer!), “I’ve got a lot of faults to work on. I’m never going to get there!” I tipped the balance from self-awareness to self-absorption (not absorption with the infinite …

New Year Message

The New Year has come to greet you with new hopes, new determination, new will-to-achieve, new activities. In the Temple of the New Year renew your reverence for the unlimited hidden power of God within you. The trails of trials and the yawning chasms of woe have been left behind in the dark night of the past — now you are entering the daylight of a new-born hope of the New Year. Cast off the coil of the decayed thoughts of the …

Why Celebrate Christmas?

Is it right to use the birth of Christ for material rejoicings involved in decorations, Christmas dinners and the exchange of gifts, or is it right to worship the coming of Christ only in Spirit? Christ is only suggested in social Christmas festivities, but He is seen and felt as an everlasting, ever-joyous fact in the cradle of divine ecstasy. Unless you make the effort to really get acquainted with the ever-living Christ, born as new wisdom and new happiness …