Dear Greg, I have been listening since the late 80s early 90s. In those days I would drive from Chula Vista to Unity of Escondido drawn by the voice on the radio that was speaking to my heart. We spoke a few times. I brought my very young children to the Easter service at the Grant Hotel. I still have the little shell flower you gave away one Sunday, it sits on my alter. Eventually, we each moved on, I following a path that led me to and through SRF and Yogananda. And I thank you for being that compass rose. And then through the internet, I found way back to your voice and teachings. Thank you. Recently, having received a diagnosis of breast cancer, I tasked myself with making a note of all of the spiritual teachers that have helped me. And there you were, right along with Yogananda, George Harrison and a few others. Having touched in the physical realm and having felt your humanity and humility makes this dance unique. The awareness of that makes me cry tears of profound gratitude as I type this. Thank you. I drop into the Now where words become futile. I don’t know what "future" means any more. And so, I just want to say...I'm sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.
On my 75th birthday I bumped into your blog entitled “What is the Essential Matter of a Lifetime?” So apropos for me on this day so I journaled my feelings on that topic. Thank you for all you do, you are very special to me since 1984. When I get lost I go back to my Aspire notes on steno pads that I’ve had since you began Aspire on TV in San Diego in 1985. Bless you always, Love you Greg
I’ve watched your show since the early 80’s and your words opened my eyes and my heart. You came into Community Market in Encinitas, CA and I was busy with a customer and you left before I could talk to you. I regret to this day I didn’t stop what I was doing to tell you this. I don’t believe it is ever a too late so today I share with you my heart. Blessings to you.
Gregory, I wanted you to know that your teachings have been helping me for 25 years. I stumbled across Aspire 20 or more years ago and you were my introduction to a spirituality that made sense to me. You helped me through many extremely painful experiences and your wisdom helped shape my life. I bought many programs on CD and wore them out! Thank you sooo much. Aspire introduced me to Buddhism and I hung on every word you spoke. You inspired me to look within and understand the human condition and learn to work with life. Letting life live me! I truly appreciate your generosity and will always hold you in my heart. I wish you the best! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
It was only thru weekly Insight Sessions with Gregory that I began to realize how I have lived my life in judgement and selfishness. Because of this, I have been able to begin living a life in mercy by truly beginning to give and forgive. Thank you Gregory for your patience.
I find that having a weekly session scheduled keeps me focused on my practice during the week so that I am prepared for my one on one time with Greg. He guides me and presents questions that challenge my human beliefs and pretense. In all he does, Greg bestows encouragement, inspiration and wisdom.
"One of the most precious resources of life is the opportunity to have Gregory (Siraj) as my teacher/spiritual counselor. He sees me anew each session. We can and do dialogue about human foibles and paths forward, yet I always know he is seeing who I truly am and is gently coaxing that to manifest."
More than anything else, it is doing session with Greg that keeps me on the path. In his wisdom and kindness he always seems to know just what direction to take.
"I started watching Aspire over 10 years ago, I just want to thank you. Your shows changed my life. I thank you. You don't even know the strength it gave me. And the ability to face some difficult times I had."
"Insight sessions with Gregory both via telephone and in person have been essential to my spiritual practice, helping me move beyond the distractions and obstacles that convoluted mind and emotion create and guiding me back to the middle Way, the Heart of living. The patience and compassion shown during sessions with Gregory is unlike any I have ever experienced before and I deeply cherish the insights it cultivates.”
Insight sessions with Gregory teach me to see the futility of my behaviors and to accept everything as a chance to transform and see the bigger picture of my life. Gregory is patient, kind and compassionate - he sees the intrinsic goodness in me even when I can not.
"I bow to your commitment and service to humanity, and for all your guidance in softening my heart.”
"For 50 years I worked in our family business so I understand your situation. Not only do you work long hours, but there is always something to deal with... like equipment dying. I get emotional when I think of the gift that you have made available to humankind. You have done all the hard work (the heavy lifting). As someone who has waited many lifetimes, it has taken me 70 years to truly appreciate your gift."
I enjoy sessions with Gregory first thing every Friday morning. It is a way for me to keep an eye on my inner self. Greg gives me the opportunity to see how I view my own state of being with compassion and forgiveness in my life. Every one needs a teacher to show the path. I am honored to have Gregory guide me along my journey.
“I’ve wanted to let you know that the sessions we did together were life transforming. I use it in my work with clients everyday. If you could be a fly on the wall in my office you would here your love and wisdom continuing to spread. Thank you, thank you for all you’ve done, and continue to do, for me and for my family. I love you so much and you are always, always in my heart.”
"My weekly sessions with Siraj have helped me to see those aspects of myself that keep me in fear and anger...those aspects I, at times, cherish. And yet he shows me such mercy and grace that I am humbled and blessed. These sessions are a guide on the path to Love."
"Your consistent and persistent energy, insight and talent continues to enable me to WAKE UP. I hope you realize how much you’re helping us see the true nature of our minds. Namaste!"
"Thank You. I look forward to your new series as I look forward to your Commentaries. I enjoy my time in the morning reading your insights. Thank you for all that you do."
"You said something so profound in your Sunday radio broadcast when you mentioned the time you were in India meditating. What you said has stayed with me ever since and wanted to share. When you completed your meditation, something changed for you when you looked down and decided to 'get rid of Gregory.' You are quite a special person in this Universe, dear Gregory. There is only 'this moment' and the 'beauty of silence.' I discover so much about myself when I take 'Charlene' out of the picture. Thanks for being the light and blessing you are!"
"Gregory, I have been following Aspire since about 1990. I have been reading your Sweet No-thing every day. One thing you taught me is letting go, that was one of the hardest thing to do. I grew up in Japan as a child, my dad was in the Navy. When I was 19, I spent a year on a remote island off Okinawa called Kuma Jima. In all my years I realize that life is about knowing not believing. Without your teachings I would never have found myself. I just wanted to thank you.”
“Recently, I was working as a live-in caregiver for a new client with advanced Alzheimers and on my second day your show, Aspire, came on and I felt your words soothe my soul. I was so grateful for your inspiration. It was a bit of light that came shining through in a very dark home. I’ve seen your show many times since and purchased some of your Discourses. I am glad to see you are still touching those hearts that are open to your message.”
“We watch your show every Sunday morning and you inspire and enlighten us to follow our dreams and learn to Love. Thank you.”
"I can't begin to tell you how much your support with Meditations and Discourses have fulfilled my life. Thank you for everything you do, it truly makes a difference."
"Your website is magnificent - congratulations on your excellent work."
“Dear Dr. Penn, I am in a correctional prison in Chula Vista and I will be here for the next 6 months. I have been watching your Aspire program show and I am beginning to see how I have lived on the outside and how self-destructive I have been. The shows I am watching now, We Know Not What We Do, have really been helping me and some of the other inmates here. Thank you for making your show to help us all.”
“I am inexplicably happy to see that your programs are now on YouTube, I watch and learn from them nearly every day. I spend my lunch hour at work listening to you and am very inspired by your area of Carmel and especially Big Sir where some of the TV programs were filmed – so beautiful! I want to say THANK YOU for not ever giving up on all of us and giving of your heart to the sometime lost souls of the world, we need you so badly.”
“Your program this morning “Passing Through The Fires” is what I am experiencing. I receive criticism and grief from my family, who don't understand that I need to live my own path. I feel very isolated and alone, ridiculed by family. I sincerely thank you for this work you have lovingly devoted your life to. Your message is still as important today as when you started your practice many years ago. It is extremely valuable and has no expiration date. Your voice is a blessing to those of us ready to hear it.”
"I'm SO happy to find and connect with you again! My mom used to attend your biofeedback classes in Escondido way back when and loved you very much. I grew up watching Aspire and have missed seeing it. You taught me the value of 'surrender' and 'namaste.' Thank you for that."
“Gregory, thank you for your new website and your radio program - your heartfelt vibes float across the seas to me in Australia.”
“Your program saved my life! No joke. I was about to do something very hateful and your program made me stop and ask myself, 'What is the point of it all?' To say the least, I am very grateful for the pause you gave me. By the way, things turned out well for all involved.”
“Thank you for Aspire. I have watched it for over 20 years and this is the first time I have ever given anything to support it. I am sorry. I always thought someone else would do it for me. How selfish have I been? I am going to be better about giving from now on. Aspire and you, Gregory, have helped more than I can ever express in words.”
“I was in California visiting my kids, when I happened upon your Aspire show one Sunday morning. I must tell you that every word was for me and I can not thank you enough for the courage you show in speaking the way you do. I am so happy I can continue to watch Aspire on the website!”