Malini Devi’s Bio and Intention
From a very young age I was a seeker, searching for the deeper significance in life beyond what my eyes could see. I remember how I had little taste for playing as a child – it felt like a waste of time. While I knew that there was more to life, I had no guidance or understanding of what it could be.
By the time I was a teenager, my parents were horrified that I didn’t believe in the life that they were living. I knew that the purpose of life wasn’t to get a good job and make money and be happy by material calculation. So I experimented. I experimented with various drugs, eagerly searching for spiritual realization and to discover my own self. By the age of 25 I had already experienced so much of an illusion of happiness: a beautiful living situation, beautiful recreation, fantastic hobbies, a beautiful partner, financial security, and yet still – I wasn’t satisfied. I yearned for more.
I listened to that yearning. I was honest with myself and decided to embark on a quest. I believed that through travel I could unravel and discover answers to the burning questions in my heart. I set out upon my journey with very little possessions, taking just a backpack and a few clothes. For two years I traveled the world by foot and boat. I ventured high and low and met all kinds of people, from the wealthiest in mansions to the poorest in slums; I sailed to Africa, the Canary Islands, Martinique, Grenada, the Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.
Eventually, little by little, I met some people that lead me to bhakti yoga. An integral practice in bhakti yoga is mantra meditation on beads. The first time I absorbed myself for two hours in mantra meditation, I had the experience that no matter what I had done in my life, the drugs I had taken, the beautiful partner I had had, crossing the Atlantic Ocean, playing in a famous band in France, traveling the world – nothing compared to the fulfillment I felt after two hours of mantra meditation. I experienced a deep sense of fulfillment and satisfaction that had no match. I felt, “This is what I have been yearning for my entire life.”
My travels had brought me to Montreal, and there I met people who were seriously practicing bhakti yoga. I had already been traveling for two years and I had set no limits to my travel. I believed that life was an open book and I could write whatever I chose in that book. In that book I decided to write one year of practicing bhakti yoga in an ashram in Montreal. I dived into the practice with my whole being and I never looked back. The book is still being written.
Now I have been practicing bhakti yoga for close to 30 years and I still relish and enjoy bhakti yoga every day as if it was the first day. Of course, 30 years of practice has lead me to a lot more wisdom and understanding and selfrealization. This is what I want to share with you. I want to share with you my home and surround you with love, safety, and support. This Bhakti Yoga Retreat is meant to support you wherever you’re at on your spiritual journey. Maybe you feel dark and depressed or illuminated and inspired. Maybe you’ve been practicing bhakti yoga for many years and you need a safe place to retreat to reconnect with yourself. Maybe you’re a complete newcomer; you’ve heard of bhakti yoga and you’re curious.
The intention of this Retreat is to create a safe, sacred space for your natural self to shine and to experience self-discovery, wonder, and adventure. You’re welcome to join me for a day, a week, a month, or more, and I look forward to serving you.
More About Your Host
Malini devi deeply inspired by the teachings of Bhaktivedanta Swami. She has been facilitating personal growth seminars and offering professional life coaching for over fifteen years. When guests have visited Malini devi, they have often shared the healing and transformative experience of being in her home. Malini devi was inspired to create a sacred space for those interested in deepening their understanding of bhakti yoga and to live this divine lifestyle.
Within her work and her personal life, Malini devi is often appreciated and honored as a woman of kindness, nonjudgment, and love. She is grateful to live a life of service to others through the power of transformative communication and bhakti yoga.