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About ashramdiary

Thomas Matus, who blogs this Ashram Diary, was born 1940 in Hollywood, California. Academics: A.B. in music from Occidental College (Los Angeles); S.T.L. in ecumenical theology from Athenaeum Anselmianum (Rome, Italy); Ph.D. in comparative mysticism from Fordham University (New York). Initiated into Kriya Yoga (by direct disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda) in 1958. Became a Catholic in 1960 and entered New Camaldoli Hermitage (Big Sur, California) as a novice monk in 1962. Lived for more than 30 years at the Monastery of Camaldoli in Italy. Traveled to India some 20 times; made frequent retreats at Saccidananda Ashram (Shantivanam) in southern India. Was in Brazil, off and on, from 1999 to 2006. Now back in California, he lives at the Hermitage in Big Sur and Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley, California. See:

Thoughts on Body and Blood

(The following is a meditation I shared with friends gathered today in our monastery; we were celebrating a feast that some Christian calendars call “The Body and Blood of Christ.”) I have had a persistent thought of Einstein’s saying about … Continue reading

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Books about the Ashram

When I write “the Ashram” I always mean Saccidananda Ashram, also called Shantivanam, in Tamil Nadu, Karur District, not far from the large village (small town) of Kulittalai opposite Musiri, on the sacred river Kaveri (the river is also spelled … Continue reading

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Matthew Segall’s Blog

Go see Matt Segall’s first entry on his summer journey to Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Italy. He writes with great clarity, and his first entry on the travelogue/meditation is vivid with his view of the tainted Gulf of Mexico from … Continue reading

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YouTube channel

You may want to see some videos on my YouTube channel: A single upload does not characterize the thematics of the videos — there is more here than UFO lore and speculation — but rather the sense of openness … Continue reading

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Hello world!

The photo at the top of the page shows the Ashram as it was about 15 years ago. As I learn to work this site, I shall add other images, in line with the title and topic of this blog, … Continue reading

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