Jack Wallace


As my partner, Ken, faced imminent death some years ago, I suggested he make a videotape, saying “I love you, and goodbye” to his family and friends. Forty minutes long, it was the highlight of his funeral! I determined to make one myself some day. Isn’t that what’s been missing from every memorial service you’ve…

Popular Music at Ananda

With few exceptions, only Swami’s music is played at our Sunday services, The Expanding Light, Crystal Hermitage and Master’s Market. Though, in fact, other music does sometimes rear its head, the typical Ananda visitor comes and goes hearing little of it. “What’s the deal?” many have wondered. “Is other music banned?” Well, yes and no.…

Being Gay at Ananda

When the Supreme Court heard arguments in two same-sex marriage cases this March, Facebook surged with expressions of solidarity, some from Ananda folk. Rachel Andersen superimposed an equals sign over her profile picture, prompting me to say “thanks.” “It just makes sense,” she said. Bhagavati equated gay marriage with the civil rights movement. “You don’t…

The Divine Romance

“Apprentice Village” in August, 1979, sat surrounded by a white rail fence on Tyler Foote Road at what has become Ananda’s entrance. A small farm house and converted garage hosted classes and meals for folks like me, young and eager the lot, attracted by two “Joy Tours” Swami and his merry band had made cross-continent,…

My Friend Garrett

“Go see Garrett today,” my inner voice urged. I had been putting it off. In fact, I’d felt uneasy around Garrett ever since he’d come down with brain cancer a year ago. It had happened so quick! One minute we were cooking corn for 4th of July, the next, he was in the hospital. Now…

Edit Your Life

Inner Renewal Week, a month ago, focused on life, death and rebirth, viewing our ultimate transition as a “final exam” we might prepare for now. One tip, for me, stood out:  Review your life, but focus on the happy memories and experiences. Since going through hospice with my partner Ken in 1998, I’ve been a…

Getting on the Path

The summer I turned 24, life fell apart. I lost one job, and my closest friendship crashed and burned. My parents didn’t understand me, and I considered giving up on them, as well. “Wait,” I thought. “Have you tried explaining yourself? It would be dumb to give up without having done your part. Besides, if…

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About Jack Wallace

Jack met Swami Kriyananda in 1979 and came to Ananda Village, where he lives today.  In addition to sharing insights on the spiritual path and living in community, he teaches piano, transcribes for Ananda’s medical clinic and cooks at The Expanding Light, Ananda’s meditation retreat. He welcomes your questions and thoughts.

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