Meaning of Swami means master;  striving for mastery over one’s smaller self and habit patterns, so that the eternal self within comes shining through.

In those early days I was living with several people at Stinson Beach, just north of San Francisco.  There  were two musicians or maybe three as well as my wife, at that time,  who was the lead singer.  It so happened after eating dinner I would take it upon myself to do dishes while the musicians would go practice.  I do not remember if the other women who had relationships with the men helped or how much they helped. However, I remember getting angry while the men and my wife practiced their art.

While still living in Stinson Beach, I  found out Swami Satchidanada was giving a talk at San Francisco University.  I decided to go and listen to him.  The first thing I remember when He walked into the auditorium was feeling such love emanating from him.  He had long  beautiful hair  with a twinkle in his eye.  He said, (I’m paraphrasing) “some people think that in order to be a guru one must have long hair and a beard.  The reason I have long hair is because I like it.”

And of course, He spoke of doing  dishes in a house with other people.  As I recall, Swami Satchidanada said the other people would leave the dishes and go to the movies.  He went on say, “I came to the realization I do the dishes or I go to the movies.  What a concept. 🙂

Seeing Swami Satchidanada and feeling such love helped me on  my journey of self discovery, mainly letting go.