A: My nature is of artist/dancer. I have participated in tap dance with LaVaughn Robinson and was a member of the Mill Creek Cloggers and Vardar Macedonia Dance Ensemble. I taught tap at Temple University and a performing arts college in Philadelphia, retiring at age 40. After my career in the world of dance, I became the secretary of the South Asia Regional Studies department at the University of Pennsylvania and then worked at the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy. I have studied art and continue to draw.
Q: How did you find the Himalayan Institute?
A: Studying Sri Aurobindo, in the Mother’s work, this statement appeared “If you can’t go any farther using my words as motivation for action then you must find a living teacher”. On my quest, I attended a symposium on mind/body in King of Prussia, PA and was handed a program guide to the Himalayan Institute. That was what I was looking for.
Within each of us are all the best qualities of mankind.
Q: What inspired you to join the community?
A: Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and the teachers here educate and guide from experiential knowledge. The campus grounds put one in touch with nature. The environment is quiet and encourages self-reflection. One has the opportunity to be around others who are walking the path of self-transformation.
Q: What have you learned during your time here?
A: I have learned:
Not to compare my progress with anyone else.
Look at the motivation behind my action.
Be wise, cheerful, thankful and inclusive.
Use specific techniques to fulfill spiritual goals.
That within each of us are all the best qualities of mankind and we can manifest them, through work and dedication, to make a better world.
Q: If there was one thing you could share about the Himalayan Institute, what would it be?
A: I would like others to attend seminars here and experience the teachings of this tradition.