It seems like yesterday that I entered the meditation gardens at Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades – Los Angeles – California. Somehow I feel that I never left the place since these first days. During 25 years I did frequently visit and could call it ‘home’. There I did discover the magic world of high spirit and divine fellowship besides much more.
Lake Shrine is only one of the wonderful locations of Self-Realization Fellowship with its Headquarter at Mount Washington – Los Angeles. Craig Marshall was already a monk there when I started to meditate and somehow I never lost sight of him. I always wondered if our paths had crossed before, maybe in Egypt or during the days of Richard Wagner, as he is an ardent admirer of both fields.
Since life is somehow unpredictable, Brother Mitrananda left the ashram after 35 years of dedicated service and became Craig Marshall again. But he remained the strong personality, sharing – also as a ‘private’ – his positive charisma and unending compassion and understanding as coach and consultant with so many people around the globe. That’s why I do publish these two interesting interviews which do give the reader a more profound glimpse into his cheerful personality.
A chapter out of the new book Four Stages of Yoga, by Nischala Cryer, sharing with us valuable insights and fascinating stories that help us understand the dharma of each chapter of life, as we mature from “students” to “sannyasis”.
The second article does give a more private glimpse into his complex life story.
Photos and articles with the courtesy of Craig Marshall
Copyright Midou Grossmann 2018