Rev. Bhagavan Metro
Reverend Bhagavan Metro has been a devotee of Sri Swami Satchidananda since 1973 and has lived at Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville, Virginia since 1981. Reverend Bhagavan is a certified Integral Yoga instructor and was ordained as a minister of Integral Yoga in 1980. He has served as a member of the Integral Yoga Ministry Board for over 15 years and has served as past chairman of the board. Bhagavan was the Integral Yoga Ministry Seminary director for many years and currently sits on the Spiritual Life Board. As co-owner of New Age Builders, he built many of the buildings at the Ashram and in the community. Reverend Bhagavan embraces and teaches all aspects of Integral Yoga with emphasis on married life and community life. He and his wife of over 50 years, Reverend Bhavani Metro, have 6 children, 15 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren—all have lived or now live at Yogaville. He also does laundry and washes dishes.
L. J. Milone has been serving the church full-time for seventeen years. He grew up in Rockville Centre, NY where he attended Chaminade High School. He then studied at Siena College in upstate New York. Afterwards, L.J. volunteered with the Franciscan friars in Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, PA serving the poor: the incarcerated, the homeless, and the sick.
L.J. earned a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from the Washington Theological Union where he studied with teacher and voluminous writer, Ilia Delio. Currently, L.J. is studying to complete a doctorate in preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology.
He is a spiritual teacher, a retreat leader, a spiritual director, and avid student of the mystics such as Meister Eckhart, Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, The Cloud of Unknowing, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Therese of Lisieux. He wrote a book on Meister Eckhart, Nothing but God: The Everyday Mysticism of Meister Eckhart. For over twenty years, L.J. has practiced silent meditation and has attempted to live in the Holy Mystery of God’s Presence amid daily life
with a large family.
He lives in Columbia, Maryland, with his four children, Amelia, Therese, and the twins: Rachel and Joseph. He currently is the Spiritual Director of The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington D.C.
Everyone seeks happiness, but happiness is never stable. Something always happens to disturb our happiness. Religions were born to show a path to happiness that never dies. The Mystical Aspect of most faiths are particularly drawn to this quest and we, Integral Yoga Ministers, are honored to host a series of Interfaith dialogues to draw out the specifics and the experiences of those of different faiths who were drawn to the Mystical aspect of their faith and are gracious to share that with us all.
We invite you to attend the first in this series:
Christian Mysticism meets Integral Yoga
Saturday, November 11, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
L.J. Milone, Spiritual Director of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington DC,
with Integral Yoga Reverend Bhagavan Metro
This is an online program.