I had the great honor of going to the Amrit Yoga Institute in Ocala, Florida. The Institute is a beautiful spiritual oasis tucked away in the vast Ocala National Forest. Thousands of sincere spiritual seekers go there every year to perform yoga, rejuvenate their spirit, and regain their health. Amrit Yoga is headed by Amrit Desai, a legendary yoga teacher from India, who has taught tens of thousands about the process and value of yoga. My wife and I were fortunate enough to spend some time with Amrit Desai and take advantage of his vast knowledge and expertise in the field of yoga. He is one of the oldest living masters of this ancient art. Of course, at 86 he looks better than most 40 year olds, undoubtedly due to a life lived purely and in harmony with the body and mind.
I met many wonderful yoga practitioners who live near the ashrama. They are endeavoring sincerely to follow the spiritual path. I gave a seminar on astrology, meditation, and bhakti yoga. I believe the event went really well and the people loved the interaction. They loved hearing ancient stories from Indian scriptures, we did a very deep and beautiful guided meditation, and ended with an amazing kirtan. Our dear friend Rasamrita, her 10 year old son Kunja Bihari, and our two beautiful daughters Radha and Janaki came with us and helped with the kirtan. Kunja is expert on the mridanga drum and Radha is a natural musician who expertly played the harmonium.
The next morning I did astrological readings. After the seminar, my schedule became full! More people sign up for a reading than I expected. We were busy with reading from 8am to 5pm, but I didn’t mind at all. People were thrilled with the accuracy and insight that I was able to give them through their reading. I never get tired of doing astrological readings. It’s energizing everytime I see the readings help someone at the deepest levels of their life.
We left that evening to be invited back on a monthly basis to conduct more seminars, kirtan, and astrological readings. We will definitely go back to share the message of love, bliss, and internal satisfaction that comes from following the path of bhakti yoga.