Petersen, a television analyst for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, played eight seasons for the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and Golden State Warriors. His best year as a professional came during the 1986–87 NBA season as a member of the Rockets, when he averaged 11.3 points per game. Jim can be reached at


That conversation with Brother Anandamoy was when my heart changed. Meeting him was truly an epiphany. Kneeling down in front of Master didn’t make sense one second, and then the next second, it did. It wasn’t even anything Brother Anandamoy said. It was just being in his presence; it was his energy, his peacefulness. He had that special something that those who have meditated and given their life to God in a very real way have, and I wanted it too. Just shaking Brother Anandamoy’s hand was transformative in and of itself. Whatever way he did it, he was able to transfer his peacefulness into me. And it changed my life forever.

Basketball star JIM PETERSEN finds peace and a new spiritual path during a brief conversation with a direct disciple of a great Indian guru.

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