He Could Explain Everything

From James Humecky, Narada’s Nephew

When we moved to California, I was about 15 and Narada had been living at Ananda for a few years.  We went to visit Narada.  It was pretty fresh and raw back then and he was always moving, living in a trailer in different places way out on the land someplace.  I have always felt pretty connected with Ananda, getting to know people and seeing their kids grow up.  For a long time he was taking pictures; I have several albums of photos he took and gave to me, of me and my daughter.

He connected with my daughter really well and would take her on these nature walks.  He knew a lot about geology and the formation of the land, and would explain how “that was glacier action.”  I find that I am always thinking about him that way when I’m noticing land forms, his lifestyle and everything.  He was constantly in meditation.   I’d go up to Ananda to visit and he would take us out on nature walks to places like Malakoff Diggings.  He could explain everything.  Narada and Ananda had a lot of influence on me growing up.  His gentleness and acceptance, the non-judgment that he really practiced really well: that has spilled over to how I am with my kids.

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