On Getting a PhD, I talked about the backstory here as an example of how ancestral trauma can influence life and perhaps conflict with our own karma and dharma.

The seminary moved the graduation date up so I could do a project for them. However, as events unfolded, it became apparent that hadn’t been necessary. It seems the ancestors wanted to manage this on a different timetable.

Some of you asked to see photos. As has been very common this year, the graduation was virtual.


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72 Responses to Ceremonial

  1. Bernie says:

    Congratulations, David!. Two doctorate degrees, quite a feat! And a minister too! So happy for you! Makes me smile ✨
    Can you already officiate weddings & masses aside from giving talks, lectures, seminars, conventions on spirituality, Ayurveda, and eastern and western thought?

    • Davidya says:

      Hi Bernie
      Thanks! They awarded a double major for the PhD which I didn’t realize was 2, so 3 doctorates. Seems the energy opened the flood gates when the time was ripe. (laughs)
      I have to get local status to officiate. There’s consideration of which route to take on that. As for mass, that would mean a church. I’m more likely to give satsang. πŸ™‚

      • Bernie says:

        Hi David, what are those 2 majors? Is it in Philosophy, or Divinity?

        • Davidya says:

          Hi Bernie
          A PhD is Latin for Philosophiae Doctor aka Doctor of Philosophy. At that level of study, you’re exploring the philosophy of your field although some are more directly so than others.
          The dissertation was on the stages of enlightenment – essentially the research I described in the book. After reading the dissertation, they awarded 2 majors in Vedic Science (as with the MA) and Spiritual Development. I hadn’t realized this meant 2 degrees.
          Because of the sections on Divinity (and they being a seminary) they recommended I also pursue a Doctor of Divinity or DDiv. (DD in the EU) This is a degree more on the mystic/ experiential side than a Doctor of Theology which is more Philosophy of religion.
          For this, I wrote a dissertation on the levels of Divinity – basically how consciousness gives rise to the world and how Divinity gives rise to consciousness. I plan to turn that into a book.
          I ordained as a Spiritual Minister, again more spiritually oriented.
          Net result, PhD in Vedic Science, PhD in Spiritual Development, DDiv in Divinity, and Spiritual Minister.
          Seems a little over the top but life has curious ways sometimes. πŸ™‚

      • Lorey says:

        Bravo, David!

  2. oskari says:

    Congratulations and blessings, David!

  3. Clarice says:

    Congratulations and blessings

  4. Ismail Alkashim says:

    Congratulations and blessings David. Very happy to see this

  5. Sanjay says:

    Congratulations David!!

  6. Phil says:

    Congratulations and best wishes!

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  8. Kerri Heffernan says:

    Congratulations David. That is quite the accomplishment. You look fantastic too by the way.

  9. Emine says:

    Congratulations! Such happy news! πŸ™‚

  10. Greg says:

    Congratulations David πŸ™‚

  11. Nullpolet says:

    Congratulations guruji, now you have so many big D letter in your name card,
    DD. Davidya PhD PhD

    • Davidya says:

      Hi Nullpolet
      (laughs) Thanks. Happily, it’s only necessary to write the PhD once. Religious degrees have a higher position in the nomenclature, so it’s just DDiv, PhD.

  12. Paul Whetstone says:

    Dear David
    Huge congratulations and for the weight loss too.
    My wife, Miah says you look like a new man.
    Love and best wishes to you,

    • Davidya says:

      Thanks, Paul. Yes, it feels very different too. The inner development is moving more and more to the surface, shifting what has been here.

  13. Bojan says:

    Huge congratulations and all the best to you, David!

  14. Jeanette says:

    Congratulations, Da ji !
    May these achievements bring you much joy and open new doorways of discovery.
    All blessings and love,

  15. Ric says:

    Massive congratulations David. Of recent years, I’ve never missed one of your posts. Such gratitude for the guidance and clarity you give.

  16. Lanny says:

    The epitome of WOW! Congrats..

  17. Share says:

    OMG! Three higher degrees! Congratulations, D and keep up the good work. (-:

    • Davidya says:

      Thanks, Share. It has been something of a surprise. As you know, the original plan was to do the research, get the PhD, then write the book.
      Instead the research happened independently, leading to the book, then leveraging that into a PhD.
      Only they loved the dissertation and awarded a double major. I expected 2 majors on one degree but it was 2 degrees!
      They also recommended I draw out the Divinity in a second dissertation. I leveraged what I had learned from how not to present it in my last SAND talk. (laughs) That dissertation became the third degree, although I hadn’t realized that at the time.
      I definitely don’t recommend writing 2 dissertations in a row. By the time of editing the 2nd, I was saturated. I took a couple of weeks off last month from all writing and got myself a bicycle. (laughs)
      I do plan to turn that one into a second book but will leave it until the air lifts.

  18. Ana says:

    Congratulation, I am very happy for you! πŸ™‚

  19. Gina L WESTBROOK says:

    Mazeltov! I look forward to reading the book.

    • Davidya says:

      Toda raba, Gina!
      Well – I’m taking a break from that project to enjoy some summer but yes, I’ll come back to it and convert it into a book.

  20. Carol says:

    Many rounds of congratulations and your stole is very beautiful! You look great! I have friends on Keto but they are vegetarian and it seems like a heavy lift to get enough food in the man who is a big guy.
    Blessings to you and thanks for all you do for us’n’s! from sweltering Alabama

    • Davidya says:

      Thanks, Carol. Yes, it’s a one-of-a-kind stole. I also got a golden silk one. And a white robe. For all occasions. (laughs)
      Yes, I find protein great for feeling satisfied. The program I’m on has a vegetarian option. They have protein smoothies, for example. Vega has a line of vegan protein powders that might help.

  21. Jay says:

    Amazing news! Where did you study and do you plan to research or teach formally next?

    • Davidya says:

      Thanks, Jay
      I studied with a small semi-Gnostic interfaith seminary in the states. Their approach is to restore the Divine feminine to the Christian esoteric linage. Their “inside” church claims lineage back to the apostles and has deacons, bishops, etc.
      Then they have an “outside” side where they offer Interfaith ordination in various lineages and seminary degrees. It was a straightforward way to leverage the independent research into a degree without spending years at a university. There is dubious value in spending the time (and major $) for an academic degree in a spiritual subject, especially at this point in my life. (laughs)
      As for plans, we’ll see what life unfolds. It has felt like a preparation period. I’ll continue the research and writing meantime.
      See you soon!

  22. Lynette says:

    Congratulations!! How will you give your satsang? Where will you announce it? And will you start giving a satsang?

  23. Carey says:

    Congratulations David! Wonderful milestones.
    You are such an inspiration in all that you do and accomplish.
    And for your ever present kindness.
    with Love,

    • Davidya says:

      Thanks, Carey!
      All credit to the Divine. I just follow where life takes me. Sometimes, it’s a big surprise. And sometimes, I need a shove. (laughs)
      See you soon.

  24. Aliyah says:

    Wonderful photos. The expression on each face reflects each bestowed perfectly. Divinity is my fave (of course) my heart is happy for you. Go out and shine, illuminate everything.

    • Davidya says:

      Thanks, Aliyah. Happy you’re happy.
      The dark robes tended to cause the face to over-expose so the better images were not the fav expressions. But they’re fine. πŸ™‚
      Of course. (laughs) See you soon.

  25. Alex says:

    Congratulations David !
    Much Love and hugs from me and Valentina.

  26. Bill says:

    Congratulations Davidya! Quite an accomplishment. Now going forward is merely a continuation of your already established path. Keep up the good work!

  27. Deborah says:

    You made it look so easy! Well done. What now?

  28. Dear David:
    Congratulations and very best wishes. I know what it takes to earn a doctorate so I can’t imagine what you must have gone through to get 2, or is it 3, of them. You are still a young man, why not go on and get a couple more?

    • Davidya says:

      Thanks Peter.
      Well – I got 2 for the price of one. (laughs) The first was easier as I’d already done and written up the research so it largely just needed reframing for a dissertation. The second wasn’t planned but I had already mapped it out and had given a presentation on it so I had the framing and some lessons learned from that presentation. (Don’t start with the most abstract there is, for example.) It all flowed pretty smoothly until I got well into the second and started to saturate.
      (laughs) Well, we’ll see what life brings. When I was in high school, a friends father had 7.

  29. Guru says:

    Congratulations. I am your humble disciple and feel proud of Guru being awarded Doctorates. You are a universe in which there are so many universities. Hope to see you as leader in spiritual world. Better you frame curriculum for serious seekers of spirituality.

  30. Kjetil says:

    Congratulations! Natures support all the way, it seems. Continuing to enjoy and being enriched by your posts on the blog every day, David.

    • Davidya says:

      Thanks Kjetil. Yes, lots of support when it finally unfolded. But prior attempts had not gone far, like in 2011, when i looked at continuing post-MA.
      Natures support is always in the context of the whole. Apparently, now was the time. πŸ™‚

  31. Erin Smith says:

    Wow David! Congratulations!!

  32. WERNER PFLEGER says:

    Hi Davidyaji πŸ™‚ Beautiful story, thanks for sharing, made me smile and chuckle, life is full of surprises and humor.
    I am sure many people will find your insights and teachings helpful on their journey of awakening.

  33. Tim Owens says:

    Mazeltov, Doctor Doctor Doctor.
    Your Editor

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