The Crest Jewel of Mad Holy Men

Blog Post, Feb. 17th, 2019 On February 18th, we are celebrating the Appearance of Sri Nityananda, the beloved brotherly associate of Sri Caitanya in His pastimes five hundred years ago. We call it ‘appearance’ because it’s said that liberated personalities don’t take birth the way ordinary people do. In the Caitanya Bhakti tradition, Sri Caitanya […]

The Heart of a Pilgrim

-by Zain Saraswati Jamal A ripe, mango-colored sun warms my skin as I acclimatize to the chaos of Puri streets. Dark almond eyes that resemble my own, gaze into my soul with deep recognition and linger upon my face as if trying to search for origin.  The sounds of ankle bells jingle through interludes of tuc […]

The Golden Creeper of Bhakti

In January, some of our dear friends, Rachel, Daniel, Laura, and Youssef accepted initiation into the line of Bhakti. Initiation is a formal acceptance to follow one’s chosen teacher who comes down in a line of teachers from antiquity. It’s something like formally enrolling in a university, after informally auditing classes. Except it’s a bit […]

Riding the Marriage Bike Home

Jo and Bob from Heart of the Village Yoga in Vermont were with us on our India Kirtan Adventure in January 2019. Here’s an offering from them as an inspiration for your Valentine’s Day!  All the best, Rukmini ——————- (This is a story I wrote with my wife Jo Kirsch. It is 13 years old, but […]

This I Know

By Ananda Vrindavan devi dasi ——- When I sit down with my beads I hear the message Speak only what you know Which was speaking to another Upcoming part of my day But also spoke to me in general And this I know My japa grounds me Holds me together Soothes my mind Frees my […]

Sacred Botany

BBC Radio 4 – Something Understood – ‘Sacred Botany’, Presented by Jahnavi Harrison Musician Jahnavi Harrison enters a world of sacred plants revealing that, in many religious traditions, plants are seen as spiritually symbolic – sometimes acting as intermediaries with the divine world. Jahnavi invites us on a journey to Vrindavan, a town two hours […]

The Flower Festival

February 1st, 2019 O Love! Thy power and spell benign Now melt my soul to God, How can my earthly words describe That feeling soft and broad? (Bhaktivinode Thakur circa 1890) It’s really impossible to describe in words the Flower Festival that’s held each year on the last Saturday of January at the Radha Gopinath temple […]

 Living In The Season: Winter

~by Susan Weiser Mason (Rukmini Walker’s Sister) Here in Damariscotta Mills the lake is frozen solid and expansion cracks groan in the frigid night air. The wind is bitter, and if I stay out too long I could put my life at risk. In the world of Five Element Acupuncture every season has an energetic […]

The Most Intelligent Petitioner

Anxiety attacks and breakdowns are a normal part of human life. No matter how sagacious, equipoised, tranquil, unimpassioned, silent and serene we appear on the outside, we all know that the world and its ruthless ways will one day drive us crazy and unsettle our minds to let all hell break loose. The Śrīmad-bhāgavatam (10.1.17 […]