The writings and audio content you find on this site are the insights and personal experiences I’ve had through traditional study of Yoga (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras/Ashtanga Yoga), Vedanta (the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita) Kashmir Shaivism, Tantras, and Buddhism (Tibetan, Theravada and Zen). In the early years, my study was under the direction of my spiritual master, Swami Muktananda, and various teachers and pundits he directed me to study with. I’ve extended my study over the last 10 to 15 years by immersing myself in the ever-growing body of research on meditation, neuroscience, mind-body-spirit intersections and contemplative neuroscience, a term recently coined by the Dalai Lama.
In 1971, I left my childhood home in the Panhandle of Florida, to attend college in Gainesville, FL. The following year I was initiated into the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM). This experience started me on the path of inner discovery which has led to an uninterrupted daily practice of meditation for more than 45 years.
The 60’s and 70’s were a very socially tumultuous time, and I inadvertently positioned myself at the center of the cultural revolution and consciousness movement. After reading Ram Dass’s book, Be Here Now, I decided that I needed to travel to India to find a Guru like the one I had read about in the book, the renowned Indian saint, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately called, Maharaji.
Though I was practicing TM, and meditating twenty minutes, twice a day, I also had developed a keen interest in Tibetan Buddhism. I was intrigued by the extraordinary spiritual experiences of the Buddhist meditation masters and the adventurous travel experiences of the early Western explorers beginning to emerge from the Lost Kingdom of Tibet and bordering countries. Being a young and adventurous 19 year old, with a lot of energy and an insatiable curiosity for mystical experiences, I couldn’t contain myself any longer. When a friend returned from Nepal with pictures of the Himalayas, Tibetan lamas, and unending tales of life in this mysterious land, I had to go see it and experience it for myself. In December of 1972, I booked the next plane to New Delhi, India, then to Kathmandu, where the adventure began. I celebrated the New Year on January 1, 1973 in Kathmandu hash houses, with mostly Europeans, who were rapidly making it their second home.
My travels took me through Nepal, India, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Laos, and Southern China and Hong Kong. I lived in monasteries and visited holy sites throughout all these regions. It was all very exciting and interesting, but I was still unfulfilled. I still had not found my Guru. Returning home and enrolling back in college, I continued reading books on Eastern philosophy, Indian and Buddhist saints, and I stayed committed to my daily practice of meditation.
Finally, in April 1974, I traveled to California to meet my Guru, Swami Muktananda, who was arriving for the early leg of his second world tour of the USA. I had been reading his autobiography in the months prior to this meeting. I met him in person for the first time a few days after my 21st birthday, just before his first public lecture in San Francisco. From that first meeting, I never left him or looked back. As I write this, it has been 44 years since that first meeting and my initiation into the great Siddha Meditation tradition.
In 1978, at the age of 25, I was initiated in India, into the Saraswati Order of Sannyasa, through a traditional seven-day ceremony including yagna (fire ceremony) attended by thousands of people. The inner evolution that his initiation ignited has continued to unfold in me to this day. The energy, awareness, and wisdom continue to expand in my mind, heart, and soul.
Until his death in October, 1982 I dedicated 100% of my time and energy in his service. With other devotees and students, we organized, managed and built an extensive global organization dedicated to teaching the meditation practices taught by him through the Nityananda meditation tradition.
Under his direction, I founded two residential meditation centers in Florida and served on the management and teaching staff for half dozen centers worldwide including our Indian headquarters in Ganeshpuri, in the State of Maharashtra. He also directed me to begin teaching meditation in the prison system in the US. This has evolved into one of the largest prison projects teaching meditation in the US.
During the six years before his death, we developed a very powerful two-day intensive program designed to be the vehicle for transmitting the experience of meditation through direct transmission, called Shaktipat. To this day, Shaktipat or direct transmission is the unique specialty of the meditation practices taught by me and my colleagues worldwide. The practice and the transmission is as alive today as it was 50 years ago.
There is a meditation revolution happening now in the United States. This revolution was started in the late 60’s and early 70’s. The Meditation Revolution 2.0 is happening now, and it is a more colossal and far reaching consciousness shift than at any time in US history. This shift is creating a transformational inward focus that is the other side of the technological, cultural and political disruption that is pulling our awareness and focus outward.
My mission, and that of this site, is to facilitate the inward journey of ever-increasing awareness, mindfulness, and compassion. Love is my religion, compassion is my practice. Daily meditation and mindfulness is the vehicle.
I sincerely hope you will join me in building critical mass, to affect a seismic awakening of love and gratitude through the power of meditation. I welcome you all with all my heart.
"I have no desire for prestige anywhere. It is furniture required in courts of kings. I am a servant, and a servant is in need of love, not prestige. That (love) is assured to me as long as I remain a faithful servant." - Mahatma Gandhi