A Beautiful Soul’s Departure: Farewell Janavi Held

by Krishna Kanta Dasi  “Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” ~Rabindranath Tagore~ Last Saturday, a most beautiful artist, poet, writer and vaishnavi sadly departed. Sri Jahnavi Dasi, (aka Janavi Held) was a dear spiritual sister of mine, and she left this world peacefully after […]

Into the Arms of an Old Friend

by Krishna Kanta Dasi Every once in a while a person may enter our lives with whom we feel an almost instantaneous, special connection. Although meeting for the first time, it feels as if we are being reunited with a long lost friend. This happened to me nearly three years ago, when Janavi entered my […]

Entering Kartika

It’s that time of year again in which the sun moves away from the Earth, temperatures drop and darker days start moving in. For many of the world’s major religious traditions, these darker autumn and winter months become an impetus to connect with our own inner light sources: our spiritual sparks. This is often represented […]

The Eye of the Needle

About a month ago, I posted a blog called The Thread of Life, about a chain of islands off the coast of Maine. I’d been in Maine visiting my sister, Susan and her family there. Susan’s husband, my brother-in-law, George has the intuitions of a native about the coast of Maine, having spent his childhoods […]

Sri Radha: The Original Rural Devi

Yesterday was Radhastami, the holy Appearance Day of Sri Radha, the original feminine goddess- you might say, the “better half”, of Lord Sri Krishna, the original Supreme masculine Person. Today I’m writing to you from the beautiful and magnificent city of St. Petersburg in Russia. The Russians say that the people here are more cultured […]

A Tiny Seed Planted in One Heart

I am in Moscow right now. Over the last few days here we celebrated Sri Krsna Janmastami, or the Appearance Day of Lord Sri Krishna. The following day, which is called the Nandotsava—the day when Krsna’s appearance festival is celebrated—is the Appearance Day of my guru, Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Prabhupada spent five days in […]

The Thread of Life

For the last few days my husband and I have been visiting my sister Susan and her husband, George, who live in Damariscotta, Maine. There is a reverence for nature here as they live very close to the earth and the seasons. There’s water in every direction: the ocean, Great Salt Bay, many ponds, or […]

  Living in the Season: Summer!

by Susan Weiser Mason (Rukmini Walker’s sister) Here in Damariscotta Mills the Summer is full on. Flowers are blooming profusely and veggies are exploding out of what once were neat rows. Life is abundant, and a bit over the top! This is the season when I walk to the swimming hole to get refreshed and […]

To Live in Exile

I’ve been thinking that trying to walk a spiritual path is like taking on a kind of conscious exile from the world. I may be caring very much, engaging with compassion in my work and with the world, but yet, with a kind of dispassion also. A kind of cloister wall, a firewall against innumerable […]

Removing Our Masks

A dear friend of mine, who works for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is currently residing in Prishtina, Kosovo, and she invited me to join her. So, here I am writing you from lovely Kosovo, which is in the Balkan region, in what was once the Socialist state of Yugoslavia. Formerly, Yugoslavia consisted […]