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Happiness the Theme of This Week’s Unitarian Universalist Service

Ravi Nathwani Atencion

By Jon Sievert

At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (UUFSMA) service, Hindu yoga and Buddhist meditation teacher Ravi Nathwani tells us that happiness is within our reach if we open our minds and seek it out.

Happiness is our birthright. Each of us tries to achieve this goal the best we can, yet it escapes us for the most part and seems fleeting. Is there a way we can create the conditions for lasting happiness and for experiencing sustained serenity, peace, and well-being? What can we do to nourish the causes of happiness?

For most of us, it might mean a thorough retraining of the mind to create a level of awareness in which we can see the causes and the results of unhappiness as they arise in our thinking. After all, both happiness and unhappiness are born of our own thoughts. Cultivating a habit of seeing clearly the roots of our repetitive thinking and the nature of our attachments may be very helpful in polishing the mirror of our consciousness. We can take steps to relieve the body and mind of stressful habits and gradually develop a habit of unconditional loving kindness to all beings. As a result, we may be able to connect to the spring of joy, which is an integral part of our spirit, or true nature.

Nathwani, coeditor of Mala of the Heart: 108 Sacred Poems and Mala of Love: 108 Luminous Poems, was born to a business family in East Africa and raised in India in the Vaishnav Hindu tradition. He lectures on a variety of Vedic studies and teaches yoga-teacher-training workshops across the United States. In 1998, he created a new course of Hindu yoga and Buddhist meditation that he taught at Tufts University from 1998 to 2014. He also taught at JFK University in California.

In the United States and México, he leads meditation groups and teaches the Bhagavad Gita, yoga sutras, the law of karma, and the Advaita Vedanta school of philosophy. Prior to teaching at the university level, he was an entrepreneur and built and led numerous successful businesses. Nathwani has an MBA from Boston University and has lived in Mumbai, London, Boston, San Francisco, and México.

For more information about the UUFSMA, including our children’s religious education program, social action outreach, weekly discussion groups, social activities, and Care Team, join us any Sunday at 10:30am at the Hotel La Aldea or check out our website at


UU Service


Ravi Nathwani

May 12, 10:30am

Hotel La Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15, Centro


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