Charity is born of sympathy. By sympathy, a quality of Omnipresence, a person may transfer his consciousness to that within suffering men; and experience, as his own, their griefs and limitations. It is then that the charitable desire to offer help springs forth.

Selfishness cramps the omnipresent should in a miserable prison of limiting material desires. You should desire salvation so that you may give to everyone else. You should desire to drink God’s nectar of bliss to that you may share it with all. That is true charity.

Phillips Graduate Institute Welcomes Rina Tham and Lucky Number 9

I was honored to be invited to join Ms. Mazdyasni Fereshteh of Philips Graduate Institute, her interns, Supervisors, Director and team members who provide psychotherapy services to elementary school children.


It was such a magical and emotionally bonding encounter with these troubled kids. I was a privileged to share my memoir Lucky Number 9 with them. It was a special moment with the children of Philips Institute that I will always treasure. Thank you so much to Ms. Fereshteh, Denise, Doreen, Gisso, Keren, Marcy, Michelle, Natalie, Twyla, Brian, Estelle, Hooly, Pam, Samantha, Vita, Tim, Ali, Shelley, Clare, Shelly, Yolanda & others for their beautiful minds and invaluable work with these children and the community.


Fereshteh-Mazdyasni-M.A.-300x300Ms. Mazdyasni Fereshteh, M.A. major area of focus at Phillips is the management and administration of the School Based Child Therapy Program. She also teaches and advocates for working with children, promoting and training students to run social skills and violence prevention groups.

Philips Graduate Institute is a nonprofit educational, counseling, training and research center, With over forty years of excellence in graduate education and training, Phillips has grown from a small, single-degree granting institution to a leader in the field, offering multiple degrees at both the master’s and doctoral levels.

Today, Phillips Graduate Institute remains at the forefront of confronting complex interpersonal business and social issues, exploring new avenues for change, and ultimately creating academic programs that are shaped by the communities it serves.

The Phillips Mission

“Our mission is to provide outstanding education and training to students as well as counseling and consulting services to the community.

We inspire personal transformation and professional excellence in an experiential, collaborative, and innovative learning environment.”

Sanmu Middle School in Fuzhou, China Receive Copies of Lucky Number 9

Thank you so much to Mrs. Minfeng Chen who visited the welcoming atmosphere of the Sanmu Middle School in November. Her visit to the school brought back memories of her own carefree youth. Along with the principal, the school’s English teacher and librarian Mrs. Chen distributed copies of Lucky Number 9 to the excited students.


Sanmu Middle School is a prestigious and highly ranked private junior high school in Fuzhou. (http: // Sanmu High school’s English teacher Ms. Fuxue E (Fuxuee) read Lucky Number 9 and very much appreciated it’s positive energy and fighting spirit. Ms. Fuxue recommended that her extracurricular students read it.

Members of the Snamu School eagerly look forward to Rina Tham’s visit to Fuzhou in the near future.

Lucky Number 9 Book Sales and Silent Auction Proceeds Benefit Asean Ladies Circle of Los Angeles!

Malou C. Mariano with Maya Bristow and Alexandrina Tham at Sheraton Universal Hotel.


“Lucky Number 9” is the compelling story of Rina Tham’s impoverished childhood in the jungle of Malaysia.


Rina’s philosophy is that if you live with your heart open, fear becomes an adventure. “In many ways, I had less than most, living on the rubber plantation, saving pennies for food, fighting for floor space by the window, never seeing Father, tapping trees at dawn with Mother. Then there was my arm, it brought panic….” Read how Rina overcame poverty, debilitating health issues, many other dramatic challenges and how her ultimate triumph over such adversity has resulted in a deep desire to give back to the world.


“My intention and goal today is to put this book in the hands of a girl, boy, woman, man, anywhere and especially in the isolated communities deep in the jungles of our God-given world. That would be a start,” Tham said. “This is my gift to share because I care for and love you all. It is my passion to give back.”


Rina Tham Launch and Book Signing October 11th!

Rina Tham Launch and Book Signing October 11th!

Rina Tham’s Book Signing

Please support her book signing in Malibu on Sep 26, 2015 during the
Yoga Gives Back (YGB) ‘Thank You Mother India’ Global Fundraiser
event. Her intention is to promote her memoir to create awareness in our
Malaysian communities.

Her memoir is available now via
. The paperback is priced at $14.95, and the e-book is sold for $4.95.

Rina Tham‘s motivational memoir has inspired many youths in the world and she plans to donate 100% of her book sales to Yoga Gives Back (YGB)’s fund recipient youths in India on that night. In the near future, Rina will be traveling to India, Bhutan, and The Pacific Rim to promote her memoir.

Should anyone of you have a small and or big special projects for children are
welcome to contact Rina directly.

Ticket for the Yoga Gives Back (YGB)
‘Thank You Mother India’ Global Fundraiser event
$185.00 per person.  

Further information of the launch & tickets is available at

During the event, Mallika Chopra, author of
“Living with Intent” will be presented with Yoga Gives Back
(YGB)’s first-ever Namaste Award at the Yoga Gives Back (YGB) Malibu
Fundraiser for her contribution to various humanitarian causes as
well as her dedication to share meditation, yoga tradition, and self
awakening and how to make this planet a better place.

And her book launch will be on Oct 11th, 2015; Sunday from 15:00 – 17:00 hours: Open house at Froggy’s Fish Market, 1105 N Topanga,
CA 90290.

Stay tuned on her FACEBOOK for further detail soon.

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