I didn’t have any religious experiences when I was growing up, but I always felt like there was something more to life. So when I started at Colorado College, I wanted to study philosophy and religion. I would go to a different church every Sunday, and in the summers I would farm at various New Age Communities.
A friend from college first brought me here to the Ashram. After I graduated, I biked here from Denver and stayed for the summer. I felt a strong connection to Babaji internally and it was very joyful. Later that summer I had a dream with Yogananda talking about how special Babaji was as a spiritual teacher.
My experiences with Babaji and the Ashram put me on a course to find a living spiritual teacher. I didn’t want to follow the regular path of finding a career, house, car, etc. I was young and I had to keep experiencing things, and so I left the Ashram.
I went to a Krishna Temple in Denver and then I went to live at the Krishna Temple’s farming community and Ashram in West Virginia. I stayed at this Ashram for five years and I met my physical guru there.
Later on, I moved to Colorado Springs and stayed connected with the Krishna Temple in Denver. I met my wife, Gita, at this Krishna Temple.
I regularly attend Kirtan and Festivals at the Krishna Temple in Denver, but I also come to the Crestone Ashram for several days at a time to reconnect. In the Vedas, they talk about the path of adding on and the path of letting go. My first experience at the Ashram put me on this path of letting go