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Musings and meanderings of writer/artist Linda Hubbard Lalande on art, culture, social media, spirituality, yoga, life

Society “drop outs” find interior meaning in alternative life style as storytellers of the Indian Saints


Yoga Group

Storytellers Ganga and Tara speaking in Woodland Hills at meditation teacher Carmen Joy‘s home (center in white shawl), meeting place of great beings. I’m in the back row far right.

In these days of intense technology that allows global communication, coupled with the Western dream to have ‘the good life’ that has been exported into every culture we touch, it’s rare to meet Americans who choose to live outside of that norm. We are so bombarded with information its hard to imagine that we really DO have a choice.

I recently met a couple, Ganganath and Tara Leela, who made a dramatic decision 14 years ago to give up their jobs on Wall Street and in high tech and go rogue. They started exploring spirituality and living on the edge. Seven years ago they moved to India, and since have traveled the exotic country collecting stories of saints. They live happily hand-to-mouth giving talks about their experiences all over the world. The testament to FAITH, they move about on the grace of their path, and receive donations to keep their work going. Miracles seem to unfold before them and follow them – from plane tickets to places to stay.

They are currently in Los Angeles, conducting their free seminars on the ecstatic Siddhas of India – both living, and in those who have taken Mahasamadhi – the ultimate death into enlightenment.


Slideshow of the Siddhas

Ganganath and Tara Leela are currently offering a free seminar called “Secrets of the Siddhas – Health, Longevity and Enlightenment” that summarizes the amazing experiences they have had during the past seven years in India. It includes photos and video of many sacred places they visited and beautiful saints they met, including their trip to the 2010 Kumbha Mela in Haridwar, India. In addition to the seminar, they will also offer a series of workshops, in which they will teach powerful ancient techniques for spiritual development from the ancient Indian spiritual tradition.

This middle aged couple gave me pause to consider the choices we make every day and the things we take for granted. Having spent 4 months traveling in India in 1982, I know the hardships first hand. I could not live their lifestyle, but I question how much longer I want to be in the grind of Los Angeles, maintaining the Western lifestyle of supporting a home in Southern California and all the attendant expenses and life choices. As a writer, storyteller, and communications professional, my work can be done from anywhere. But this is where I have my roots, and so much of life seems to flow to me here in urban Los Angeles.

So here is their story in their own words.

From their website: http://www.universalfellowshipoflight.com

Ganganath and Tara Leela are international spiritual teachers who teach the Universal Path of Truth and Love. For over forty years, they have studied many wisdom traditions including Vedanta, Advaita, Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, Sufism, Yoga and Zen.

Ganganath and Tara Leela have been teaching meditation and self-discovery for over thirty years. They have taught meditation to thousands of people around the world and have started Dharma centers in America, Europe and Asia. They are not gurus who are looking for followers, but rather serve as “spiritual friends” who share profound spiritual knowledge that enables each person to become aware of the unlimited luminous being that they truly are.

Ironically, they can do all the staging of their travels remotely from India – using – you guessed it – SOCIAL MEDIA on the World Wide Web. So these days you can step out of the main stream and “Into The Wild” and still stay to connected to all that is happening in cyberspace in real time. What would these Siddhas think about this ‘virtual world’ we’ve created for the global mind meld?

Into The Wild: Into the Wild addresses the issues of how to be accepted into society, and how finding yourself sometimes conflicts with being an active member in society.[12] Most critics agree that Chris McCandless left to find some sort of enlightenment.[12][13] [14] [15] He also tries to find his way in the wild with as little material possessions because “it made the journey more enjoyable.” [16] [17] [18] His taking risks to extremes was eventually his hubris which led to his downfall. [16] [18] [19]


Author: Linda Hubbard Lalande

Storyteller, myth maker, visual artist, intuitive dancer, meditator, chanter, yogini, spiritual devotee, incurable romantic, music lover. Communications professional, writer, photographer, nature lover, environmentalist, social media professional.

3 thoughts on “Society “drop outs” find interior meaning in alternative life style as storytellers of the Indian Saints

  1. Dear Linda,

    Very nice blog, love your style of writing.

    I’m amazed at Ganga’s and Tara’s level of faith and their unique lifestyle. I feel deeply touched by their service.

    Many people who came to the presentation were inspired to go to India after the event, or deepen their own spiritual practice, visit Jiva Samadhi Saints or study with a living realized master.

    Thank you for coming and sharing the experience on the blog.

    love & light

  2. Hello Linda,
    I encourage you to reach out to Ganga and Tara and to feel the level of how much they have “dropped in” rather than “being drop outs.” They are two of the most spiritually committed, social activists with heart and soul that you could possibly meet. They have dropped in so deeply to the true meaning of love and compassion that they do not even charge for their services and live on the donations of people who come to their events. I know Ganga and Tara would love to hear from you. After all of these years since you posted this, you will love what they are up to now. Constantly giving, constantly being a bridge to the heart.
    With light and blessings to you,

  3. Thank you for posting this blog post on our teaching activities. I understand that you referred to us as “drop outs” in the best senses of the words, as having walked to the beat of a different drummer or taken the path less travelled. However, we view ourselves as having “dropped in” by dedicating our lives to uplifting society by raising the consciousness of humanity. May all beings swiftly attain full enlightenment.

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