Books by this Author
Happiness Is Good, Bliss Is Better
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. If 10,000 people have a dumb idea, it's still a dumb idea.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Perfect happiness is pure, unadulterated bliss.
Bliss is an innate state of inner joy. It is constant, undisturbed by outward gain or loss. We all have the capacity for it, no matter our age, background, physical or mental disabilities, ethnicity, gender, or religion. External circumstances, whether positive or negative, happy or sad, do not affect it.
It is a state of unity, transcendence, completeness, knowingness, wholeness, and uplifted consciousness; it is a feeling of oneness and connection with all of creation.
Bliss is never boring; it feels ever new, expansive, and infinite. When bliss appears, one instantly recognizes it as the most central of all truths. Bliss is the eternal, forever unchanging reality which permeates the universe.
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Wasted time.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. I don't really keep lists of "favorites." But today some of the songs I listened to and enjoyed included: Jessica by the Allman Brothers Band, Into the Dark by Ben Lee, Over the Hills and Far Away by Led Zeppelin, Keep Me in Your Heart by Warren Zevon, Brighter Than Sunshine by Aqualung, and All of My Days by Alexi Murdoch, Hey Girl by O.A.R., Feeling Good by Nina Simone, Piece of My Heart by Janis Joplin, among many others. Tomorrow it will be different.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Paramhansa Yogananda, my spiritual teacher who died in 1952. It's not so much what I would want to say to him, I'd just want to be silently in his presence. That conveys infinitely more than words possibly can.