2012 in Stockholm, at the Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmother, I had the great honour to meet and share with Grandmother Agnes Baker-Pilgrim; oldest living member and renowned spiritual leader of Takelma Indians/Oregan and considered a living national treasure of the Siletz Federation.

One of her great concerns is the purity of water; we are in fact water, we need water. Water is life, to interfere with the water cycle in anyway is to interfere with life!
The Second aspect she, and other Grandmothers taught, is prayer as gratitude. To pray, by giving thanks for what we've got, not cry for what we want.
Two great lessons, from a great Soul, that touched me deeply. May the Divine allow us to meet again.


At the inauguration of the Council of European grandmothers   ...  2015                                                                                                        When she was performing the ceremony, water blessed with peace prayers.. poured into the river.. 

and  me  2019  ...  repeating the ceremony in deep winter in Lithuania.


with deep gratitude

Swami Nityamuktananada Saraswati




"The Yoga sutras talk about  controlling our thoughts; control of thoughts becomes our our primary concern. Control of the mind is of one purpose only. To discard body-identification. That is  done by wisdom  and application of wisdom in life.
Wisdom is gained  through inquiry and understanding, appreciation and evaluation of our own experience."

Let Meditation Happen (2010) Swami Anubhavananda Saraswati

"The human race is suffering from it's ego born narrow-mindeness.......We must understand we are born as humans and all other identifications are superimposed on us later.......out interpersonal relationships must be based on the philosophy of universal brother hood!"

A Call To Humanity (pg 116,117) Swami Rama.

"Knowledge is precise, exact
wisdom is holistic, open,
knowledge separates , excludes
wisdom includes, embraces,
knowledge is fixed and static
wisdom is flexible , expands
May your knowledge turn to wisdom."

Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati

"Desirelessness is liberation. Absence of desire is mukti.........The Jnani has inner vision, he realises the same self everywhere, there is no division for him. All is one, whole. The inner breath is not separate, divided; it is whole, one."

Swami Nityananda of Vajreshwari and Kanhangadh


"Only the divine, Spirit, God knows the next lesson we have to learn.
Instead of holding on, trying to bend life our way according to our wishes and wants, we must learn to
accept that things change. This is seeing the bigger picture, This is wisdom."

Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati.

"These days people seek knowledge not wisdom; knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future! Knowledge is of the manifest, wisdom comes from the subtle; knowledge is collected...wisdom is lived. Knowledge is gained, wisdom is shared."

Inspired by Vernon Cooper, Lumbee Indian (Croatoan)

©Atha Yoga 2019