From Jim Freese
The first day I went to a service at Ananda in Bothell I stumbled into the wedding of Narada and Dakshina. It was a beautiful wedding and I was glad I stayed for it even though I didn’t know anyone. Afterward I ate some food and decided to help clean up in the kitchen. I was stacking plates and the groom came in and thanked me for attending his wedding. I told him my name was Jim and he said his was Jim too. I said I was a retired electrician and he said so was he. I asked him how he stumbled into this fellowship and he told me his story.
Jim (Narada) said after he became an electrician in Alaska, he worked in a remote camp and made a bunch of money. At the end of the job he returned home and asked himself, “Is this all there is?” So he loaded up his van and ended up in California. He eventually found the Ananda meditation community in the Sierra foothills outside Nevada City. Then he said…
“I walked in on a wedding in progress. I didn’t know anyone so after getting something to eat I decided to wash some dishes. While I was doing this someone asked me who I was. I told them my story and they said, ‘You belong here.’”
Then Jim said to me… “Maybe you belong here too.”
Soon after Narada died, I received an email from a friend in Arizona. He told me he was having a rough time and a doctor had recommended yoga and meditation. My friend asked for my opinion. His name is Jim and he is a retired electrician. I told him about Narada. And I recommended he explore yoga and meditation as if building a gift for someone he loved.