#3. Dada Gunamuktananda

From medical student to self-sufficient homesteader to a dedicated member of Ananda Marga, the man called Dada Gunamuktananda has been a quest to discover his true self. In our conversation, we spoke about his personal story as well as the beliefs and practices of Ananda Marga. Based in the teachings of P.R. Sarkar, the society teaches a two fold path of personal and social excellence through practical means. Literally "the Path of Bliss," Ananda Marga mixes the oldest traditions with the latest information to produce what its followers believe to be the maximal expression of living.

While we didn't get to all the questions I had in our time, I think there's a lot here to think about. Dada was also kind enough to lead us in a guided meditation. I hope you enjoy. 

Dada left us with some links to more information on Ananda Marga, if you're interested:

A link to the Ananda Marga meditation course:

http://www.anandamarga.org

Ananda Marga's eBooks Page:

http://www.anandamarga.org/store/ebooks

A link to the meditation that Dada guided:

http://www.anandamarga.org/ideology/self-realization/meditation

Some Ananda Marga mantra singing:

http://www.anandamarga.org/ideology/self-realization/kiirtan

And, if you enjoyed it, the background music to the guided meditation provided by Dada:

https://www.sendspace.com/file/4xlcms

 

#2. Philip Carr-Gomm

The chosen chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, Philip Carr-Gomm is also trained as a psychologist and a Montessori educator. We spoke about his journey into what it means to be a contemporary druid, nature as religion and his infatuation with Mystery.

Philip has written or contributed to a variable mountain of books on druidry and other topics. In the podcast we mentioned his excellent collaboration with Richard Heygate, The Book of English Magic.