Arya (Charles) Maloney

We are greatly saddened to announce the passing of Arya (Charles) Maloney who courageously struggled with the symptoms of a long term illness and passed on April 17th, 2020 at the age of 80. Arya leaves behind many deep and loving relationships—heart and soul connections for which he had enormous gratitude. Arya’s adventurous spirit and compassionate nature formed the bedrock of his life and work.

For over 40 years, Arya worked in the various fields of science, philosophy, psychology and spirituality as a teacher and psychologist. Through his work, many came to know his clarity, stillness and support. He drew inspiration from the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and was eventually drawn to Auroville—a community in South India dedicated to the Mother’s ideal of living consciously in a divided world. His book, Alchemy of the Soul— based on his life, work and spiritual exploration is his contribution to the field of transpersonal psychology.

He was born in Malone, NY and was greatly influenced and loved by his maternal grandmother, Maggie Sullivan. Arya is survived by a loving and beloved family— his partner Mary Arasi Berke; his son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Andrea Maloney; his daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen Maloney and Robert Hooper; granddaughters, Caitlin and Ina Maloney. He will be remembered by Vesa and Tyler Byrnes; Kai Berke and Josie Berke-Santa Cruz and Arasi’s grandchildren, Amara and Dylan Byrnes.

He was a loving soul—one who will live on in the hearts of those who truly knew him.

A memorial service for Arya will be scheduled in the Spring of 2021.

Donations could be made to The McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester, Vermont or to Auroville project: Mohanam: School and Village Cultural Center. The electronic transfer info is

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