Help Sasha Go to TTC

Help Sasha get to TTC - the Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course - in October, 2014!

“Sasha is an awesome poet, writer, and teacher who is going to be a powerful force of good in this world. I heartily recommend that we do everything we can to send her to TTC.” — Dr. Thomas Egenes, Assoc. Prof. of Maharishi Vedic Science and Sanskrit, Maharishi University of Management

“Sasha is the next generation of faculty at Maharishi University of Management. She wants to go to TTC to be able to better connect her students' writing with their personal growth through TM practice. Please support her. I look forward to having her return from TTC next March as the next wave of Governors spreading pure knowledge to all corners of the globe.” — Dr. Fred Travis, Chair of Department of Maharishi Vedic Science, Maharishi University of Management

Dear Friends: I am Sasha Kamini Parmasad, and it is my deep desire to become a Transcendental Meditation (TM) teacher to enable others to experience their Inner Light—the source of all Love, Strength, Happiness, Power (the power that arises from the Heart).

I was born in Trinidad (in the Caribbean). I grew up there in a rural Indian village in Charlieville, and I also lived four years in New Delhi, India. My parents, teachers and cultural workers in my early years, were passionately committed to “equality and harmony in diversity.” They did everything in their power to expose both me and my sister to the beautiful diversity of our island—people of all classes, races, religions, and nature in all forms. I grew up with this intense sense of Beauty—a recognition that people, though living in unhappy or dehumanizing conditions, were more than these conditions, more than their situation. We are all more. More than what we think we are. We are the Light Within Ourselves.

I came to the U.S. to study for a B.A. in English Literature and Studio Art at Williams College, Massachusetts, and, after this, I studied for an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Columbia University, New York City. I taught Writing at Columbia University, worked as an editor at Sesame Workshop, worked with underprivileged populations in New York City and, slowly but surely, this mysterious and vast country with all its flavors and beautiful
people entered my heart.

In the United States as in my other homes—Trinidad and India—I've seen people, rich and poor, transcend extremely difficult life-situations to show compassion to their fellow human beings. This is the Beauty and Strength of the Human Spirit, The Light Within. I would like to become a TM teacher to enable people from all walks of life to directly experience the power of this Inner Light as I have experienced it. The stronger your connection to your Inner Light, the more powerful and potent your actions in the world!

Please support my deep desire to make a difference in the world, to enable others to find peace, joy, and prosperity. No donation is too small; every little bit is valuable and counts toward the whole.

With thanks from my deepest heart,
Sasha Kamini Parmasad
Lecturer (Consciousness-Based Writing), English Department, Maharishi University of Management


You can make a donation via GoFundMe.

You can make a donation via PayPal to [email redacted]

Or, you can send a check to:
Attention: Sasha
Maharishi University of Management
1000 North 4th St., MR 117
Fairfield, IA – 52557

Devotional Music CD - The Light Within (shabad kirtan) - with English translations of the poems.

ON SASHA AS A TEACHER, MUM Undergraduate Students:

"The peace and understanding I find through the page, although derived from my own mingle with writing, became justified or worthy in my eyes during Sasha’s class. I think that’s the most precious gift you can give anyone. The notion that they are special, that their voice matters and is heard..." -- Samantha Young

"Sasha's class was one of my favorites of all the classes I've ever taken. I'm actually proud of the work I did in there, and I was excited to go everyday... Sasha could see the core of what each person was trying to communicate." -- Nick Tucco

"Different in the most amusing, compassionate, and brilliant way, Sasha Parmasad reaches into the writings of all of her students and connects us to a more permanent part of who we truly are... Sasha exposes us to the life force captured by the words we all choose to use in moments when we give ourselves the freedom to." -- Crystal Waters

"Dear Sasha, as a helper in the process of discovering the amazing world, I appreciate your hard work and patience." -- Mengyuan (Angela) Wang

"I noticed how well she tailored the class for each student based on his/her unique style of writing. In large part, she was able to do this because of her wonderful heart—it nourished the curriculum in such a way that the mundane became fulfilling, the boring, relevant." -- Michael Fitzgerald 

ABOUT SASHA'S FORTHCOMING BOOK, No Poem: A Divine Rising. Signed poems from this book are offered to donors:

No Poem: A Divine Rising is a memoir of Infinity as experienced by a woman. Words are fragments of bone hovering, dancing upon the ocean of Being, drawing our attention to the nonexistent. The collection privileges Silence and space—the gap—over the story of a life. And, yet, there are lives, many lives, and entities—Heart, Silence, the Creature, He, She. There is birth, marriage, death—totality. The story takes us from Silence to Silence: everywhere and nowhere. God is Life, its every aspect, profoundly mundane.

"In these poetic meditations Sasha Parmasad reflects with subtle wisdom, and compassion, on a number of the great questions about existence... After reading this wondrous collection, we feel heartened to continue with our search for truth, peace, and inner beauty, in the journey we call life." -- Jaime Manrique, author of Cervantes Street, Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, The City University of New York

"The poems in Sasha Parmasad’s No Poem: A Divine Rising draw 'out of mist, / out of water.' Words pass like barges along a far-away horizon, one by one. Yet as you swim toward them, their substance gets more and more transparent—liquid like water, see-through like air. Meaning unravels like rope. The sparse images cast a net with wide mazes, so that the mind quickly slips through, plunging into silence." -- Nynke Passi, author and Professor of Creative Writing, Department of English, Maharishi University of Management

"The heart of the wise lies quiet like the peaceful water. It is this African proverb from the Cameroon which came to me most strongly as I bonded with the poems in this of the important functions of poetry is to elevate one's consciousness; poetry can be an expression of the life search to achieve harmony between the spiritual self and the physical self. If so, then Sasha Parmasad has greatly succeeded." -- Eintou Pearl Springer, Humming Bird Medal (Silver), Poet Laureate of Port-of-Spain (2002 to 2009), Trinidad

"If you ever loved a Train or a Cornfield, while missing the star worlds of your dreamtime, you will hug this book to your heart. You may fall in love with some of the words and images, but this poet is screaming at you, ever so gently, Quench your own thirst, Pilgrim, feed yourself!" -- Robin Lim, author, 2011 CNN HERO of the year and founder of Yayasan Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation)


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