Rukmini Walker is an activist in women’s spiritual empowerment and interfaith dialogue. She is the founder of the Urban Devi collective (urbandevi.com), based out of Bhakti Center (bhakticenter.org) in New York City, where she is a member of the board of directors. She has been traversing the path of Bhakti for most of her life, living in India, Canada and the US as one of the first disciples of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who first brought the path of Bhakti to the West in 1965. She is featured in the film, Women of Bhakti. Rukmini writes, teaches, and leads workshops and retreats internationally. The kirtan artist, Gaura Vani, is her son. Together, they lead a Bhakti Immersion Kirtan Adventure to India each year. She lives in the Washington, DC area where she and her husband lead a Vaisnava (that is, the Bhakti tradition) Christian Dialogue and a Vaisnava Muslim Dialogue each year. Rukmini sees the world animated by spirit, and practices an eco-Bhakti seeing truth and beauty in nature and in the world as kindred spirits.
This is to recommend Rukmini Walker in highest possible terms as teacher and guest speaker. Rukmini is well known for her contributions to the Yoga community. She is a learned teacher and a living example of the Yoga life.
Rukmini’s presentations excel on two levels: scholarship and personal realization. Her warm demeanor and clear understanding of sacred teachings have earned her the affection and respect of admirers nationwide.
I have known Rukmini Walker for many years and watch with a feeling close to awe as she initiates one innovative project after another in interfaith dialogue, social action, and spiritual education. More than merely walking her talk, she embodies the meaning of an examined life. Hers is the pedagogy of a brilliant mind guided by a sensitive heart.
As a guest lecturer in my courses at Integral Yoga in New York, Rukmini explored the Feminine feature of the Divine. Students raved about her presentation for weeks. It has been my privilege to attend Rukmini’s talks at other venues, and the response has always been the same: positive, enthusiastic, and deeply appreciative. Here is a teacher to be cherished as much for her humor and humanity as for her wisdom and insight.
Rukmini Walker is an agent for positive transformation in a world sorely lacking her depth of character and realization. She makes a lasting and meaningful contribution wherever and whenever she speaks.
Joshua M. Greene
Religions Department, Hofstra University (ret.)
Author, Gita Wisdom, Swami in a Strange Land
Rukmini Walker is a long-time practitioner of Bhakti-yoga, with an expertise in the Bhagavad-gita and kirtan (call-and-response spiritual chanting) as a sacred art. She has been my mentor for many years and a dear friend. She is learned and gentle and also an asset to any social or educational environment that is lucky enough to have her.
Steven J. Rosen
Author, Yoga of Kirtan; founding editor, Journal of Vaishnava Studies
Rukmini Walker is a source of spiritual joy for everyone she comes in contact with. She has a remarkable talent for connecting the essential teachings of the bhakti tradition to our lives in the modern world. Her talks and workshops will touch your heart, feed your soul, and blow your mind.
Yoga instructor; author, In Search of the Highest Truth