A Place Called Ananda, Spiritualizing Relationships

Happy Ending

Except for a couple of trips to the emergency room, my ninety-two-year-old mother thought she was doing just fine living on her own in her big house in St. Louis, Missouri — even though none of her children lived nearby. My siblings, both medical professionals, live hours from St. Louis. I live in California. “She is an accident waiting to happen,” my … Read More

Divine Love, Spiritualizing Relationships, Thank You, God

Everything Comes from God

As a small child in the 1940s, I was each year taken by my mother to buy a birthday gift for my father. She would help me make a selection, hand me a dollar to give to the cashier, later wrap the present, and, during the actual presentation, would exclaim, “look, Wally, what little Jimmy has for you!” I was … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Parenting and Education, Spiritualizing Relationships


I always assumed I would have children, probably four, the same as the family I grew up in. My first marriage ended quickly in divorce, and my second marriage didn’t start until my late twenties. My new husband was ambivalent about becoming a father. Then I went to medical school, and suddenly I was thirty-nine. For the next twelve months … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Divine Love, Spiritual Growth, Spiritualizing Relationships

Becoming Receptive

A number of years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the home of Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi for the first time.  I happened to notice a large picture on their meditation altar of Swami Kriyananda with a garland around it. Having been brought up, spiritually speaking, to feel that our lineage contained strictly Jesus, Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswar, … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Spiritual Growth, Spiritualizing Relationships

Judge not!

I was 22 when I found the spiritual path, and it was great despair and disillusionment that compelled me to embrace it. Like many of the great souls I have known in this life, I came to a point where the anguishing monotony of “normal” human existence was too much to bear. My cries for help led me to Paramhansa … Read More

Clarity Magazine, Daily Life, Spiritualizing Relationships

A True Divine Friend

Even as Asha never wavers in showing the heroism required of the spiritual seeker, so also does she show her profound faith that God Himself is always there, reaching down to lift up that seeker, to help him or her through whatever comes.

A Place Called Ananda, Spiritualizing Relationships

Happily Ever After

By the time I was thirty, I had already been married and divorced. In the decade after, I married and divorced again, and two other serious relationships started and ended. You would think at that point I would have given up and become a nun! My spiritual path supported that alternative. But in my heart I knew my desire for … Read More

Clarity Magazine, Overcoming Challenging Karma, Spiritualizing Relationships

Just Say, “I Love You”

There I was just another speck of humanity, unnoticed and left alone on the corner of 39th street and 6th Avenue in New York City, having a divine experience that profoundly changed my life. From that moment on, calmness descended upon me, and I knew that every minute of my life had unfolded perfectly.

Clarity Magazine, Spiritualizing Relationships

Soul Mates and the Journey to Perfection

Rightly understood, the search for the soul mate is a demanding and ultimately divinely rewarding path to freedom. The merging of twin souls leads finally to transcendence of their separate egos and a perfecting of their love in God.

A Place Called Ananda, Spiritualizing Relationships

Refreshing Our Love

Every so often, Divine Mother blesses our lives with something that opens wide the door of our hearts. My earliest memories of awakening in Love are with my mother. Though I knew nothing of higher states of consciousness, the love that was poured into me through my mother seemed to bring me into an immensely enjoyable and secure state of … Read More