Michael Mamas is a thought leader in the areas of spirituality and personal development, with 35 years of teaching experience (including the U.S., India, Europe, and Canada). He helps people develop a deeper understanding and more comprehensive outlook by providing a bridge between the abstract and the concrete, the Eastern and the Western, and the ancient and modern. Michael Mamas is the acclaimed author of nine books (including a novel, books for reflection, a home study course, a children’s book, and an anecdotal book translated into Japanese). Dr. Mamas is also the founder and CEO of The Center of Rational Spirituality and the founder and developer of Mount Soma. Dr. Michael Mamas is able to clearly explain the nature of life and the mysteries of existence. He provides clarity as he reveals the interconnected secrets of life. His teachings help people move beyond their current level of understanding, no matter what field of study or spiritual foundation. He brings out the timeless wisdom at the base of all philosophy, spirituality, and religion in a way that makes sense to our current mentality. On his blog, Michael Mamas shares mind-blowing insights on how the world really works and provides opportunities to experience the sublime support of nature and sweetness of life. He provides wisdom that can easily be applied to daily life and inspiration that serves as a guiding light. By combining Surya Ram Meditation, personal process, and Knowledge based on the fundamental principles of nature, he is able to offer a natural and realistic approach to personal development and Self-realization. What he offers is the basis for true happiness, rewarding relationships, successful business, and real fulfillment in all areas of life. At the age of 21, Michael Mamas began his Eastern, all-encompassing education with his teacher Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder and leader of the Transcendental Meditation Movement. During that time, Michael Mamas experienced a profound spiritual transition. His drive to find answers to his deepest questions, along with the gratification that came from studying with such a great spiritual Master, prompted him to spend ten years living a monastic life. As he visited saints and healers in various parts of the world, he began to develop a radical and far-reaching approach to self-development and healing. This approach, based on the fundamental principles of nature, is what makes his work so effective, all-inclusive, and unique. Dr. Michael Mamas’ Western education includes a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, a Master of Business Administration, and a double major in undergraduate honors math and physics. Michael Mamas is the founder and visionary of Mount Soma, a 448-acre Vedic community located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Mount Soma utilizes Vedic technology to amplify the wholeness and peace found at the base of existence. His vision is to create an enlightened city that radiates this effect, promoting people’s health and growth on all levels. It is currently a spiritual destination center and the home of most Michael Mamas classes, retreats, and lectures. His Surya Ram Meditation is offered free online. Dr. Mamas is also the founder and CEO of The Center of Rational Spirituality (CRS), a non-profit organization with the purpose of evolving humanity through the integration of ancient spiritual wisdom with modern rational thought. CRS offers programs to people from all countries, regardless of religious or economic status. Michael Mamas doesn’t play the traditional spiritual Master role, but instead shows his humility and humanity. He encourages people to think for themselves, discern, and feel their way as they go through life. He is very straightforward and at times, blunt. Yet, he is also graceful, with the prose of a poet. His words can pierce through indoctrination, conditioning, and confusion, while the fullness of his love can expand one’s world. Michael Mamas helps individuals discover their true nature, their path home, and the answer to their deepest longing. Follow along with one of the 21st century’s great thinkers and spiritual teachers as he blogs to help people sort out confusion and gain insight. As people reflect on Michael Mamas’ words and explore the concepts, they can find the freedom, happiness, and fulfillment that is their birthright.
Michael Mamas Awards & Titles“Yogi in Adhyatmika Vidya (which means spiritual knowledge) and a Master” by Sree Samavedam Shanmukha Sarma; August, 2014. “Brahmarshi” (One who knows Brahma and whose physiology has a nature to be with the Knowledge of Veda.) by Vedic Pandits, Jyotishi & Pandit Sanjay Rath, and Eastern and Western devotees; May 16, 2011; and by Bhrigu nadi; January, 2003. “Maharshi” (means great seer and one with the gift of being able to reveal that Knowledge to others) by Sthapatis, shilpis, and various Indian Sri Somesvara devotees; May 10, 2011. “Adhyatma Vidhya Visharad” (means Master of the Highest Spiritual Knowledge, the deepest awakening of the Self) from Bhagavan Yagnyavalkya Ved Tatavagyan Yogashram, the Sanskrit College at the University of Gujarat; January, 2007.
Endorsements for Michael MamasMichael Mamas is so good at articulating these simple but elusive truths. The Michael Mamas Blog should be on the front page of the magazine “Mindful” that I see in the grocery store. I think people would take a deep breath and say, “thank God.” – Tracy The Knowledge Michael Mamas offers seems best suited to those with an undying passion and commitment to understand themselves, what life is and how the world really works. I wish persistence and discernment for those individuals. With dedication and good fortune, may their paths lead them from dirt roads to the express lanes of the “spiritual superhighway” headed for Truth. – Chick I believe Michael Mamas can really help people realize that they can have it all… a complete life that is fulfilling on all levels… that there is another choice out there besides just spiritual nonsense or the complete rejection of spirituality. – Hayley Finally someone who calls things for what they are. I think people are longing for Michael Mamas’ authenticity. Not only with regards to spirituality, but also in politics and other fields. Yet at the same time there is still a lot of resistance out there. Feels like it’s largely based in embarrassment. I guess having to admit as a society that we’ve bought into and perpetuated so much nonsense for such a long time is kind of hard to face. – Marion I love these blogs from Michael Mamas! It’s amazing how he is able to get to the root of the matter, no matter what the matter is! I don’t see the wisdom presented by Michael Mamas anywhere else. – Doug
Excerpts from Books by Michael Mamas
From Look Deeper Live BetterA gardener would never peel back the petals of a rose to create a blossom. The wise gardener assists the natural blossoming of the rose in accord with its nature. Personal development is about resting into your nature— who it is you already are, deep inside. – Michael Mamas
From The Relationship SutrasOur preconceived notions are how we think things are or should be. They prevent us from seeing how things really are. We understand that it’s probably not healthy to ask our children to aspire to looking like a Barbie doll. We need to learn that the same principle applies to our notions of the human psyche. What is healthy and natural for one individual may well not conform to the identities or belief systems of the therapist, friends, or family. – Michael Mamas
From The Dharma SutrasFollowing what you truly believe, ultimately leads to: what you are good at, what you love, what you came here to do. At first, these may seem disconnected. For a time, some may even fall by the wayside. Keep them in your heart as you go through your life chapter by chapter. In time, they will merge, almost magically, as an ever-evolving unified symphony— your dharma. It’s not an end point you attain, it’s a path you follow. – Michael Mamas
From Chapter 27 of The Golden Frog“Well, it’s okay, but philosophy is philosophy.” His eyes shifted to the television screen. “What do you mean?” “‘Philosophizing about…’ can only take you so far. Trying to figure things out is of only so much value.” “Oh, right, I agree!” I sat up and faced Nathaniel. “You need to feel it in your heart, not just philosophize about it in your head.” “Well, yes, feelings are good.” A commercial had come on and Nathaniel got up and started changing channels. “But…?” I crossed my arms. “It’s not only thoughts that are superficial. So are emotions.” He flipped the channel back to Star Trek. I was perplexed. “What else is there?” Nathaniel turned to me and looked right into my eyes. “You have been thinking about ‘it’ and getting emotional over ‘it’ for years, but that ‘it’ you’ve been longing for cannot be attained through thoughts or emotions.” “Oh-h-h, like the sound of one hand clapping.” “That is what I call the ‘I get it syndrome’, Bruce.” Nathaniel’s eyes were bright and intense as he returned to his chair. “We decide that we understand something simply because we intellectually understand it. For example, ‘one hand clapping’.” I started to say, “Right” again, but caught myself. That would be the “I get it syndrome” all over again. I felt frustrated, boxed into a corner, and a bit angry. I snapped back, “How do you know what ‘it’ is?” – Michael Mamas
From Lily’s Magic GardenLily explains that inside each seed there is everything that is needed to make a flower. Each flower, deep, deep down, knows exactly how to grow. Mother Nature makes sure of that. Lily likes to talk about Mother Nature. – Michael Mamas
From Unconditioned SpiritThe Buddhists have a concept called the Wheel of Karma. They say individuals move from lifetime to lifetime until they attain moksha—liberation, enlightenment. I would like to offer another perspective on the Wheel of Karma. Individuals move from identity with one conditioning to another.
In time, each identity no longer serves, for the simple reason that an identity is a limited understanding of life. Sooner or later, you encounter something in life that undermines or lies beyond the fathomability of your current identity. These moments are very difficult. You are faced with the urgent need to scramble for a new identity or contort the current identity to accommodate the new experience. Sooner or later, the contortions are too much and the identity is abandoned altogether. A new one is then clung to—the next cog on the Wheel of Karma.All too often, when an old conditioning stops working for us, we simply look for another. This leads to a seemingly endless cycle of one indoctrination followed by the next.
– Michael MamasAround and around we go until finally we realize there is no one ideal identity out there that can embrace the depth and breadth of life and existence.