From the first moment I met Swami Svatmananda at a short lecture, his presence has always been a source of calm for my soul. I remember making sure to be in the front row, something drew me to him and what he was about to share. Just being in the same room allows peace for my heart. We can’t ever just have a surface conversation, it always finds its way to be meaningful and fulfilling; a constant reminder of the truth of all that is, even if the world around us tries to make us forget with each step. He always reminds me why I’m here and just to keep walking toward the truth. It is my honor to call him teacher, and friend.