Living in the Season: Fall

By Susan Weiser Mason Here in Damariscotta Mills, there have been a few big blows that have shaken down the deadwood, and the lawn is now strewn with kindling. I see muted colors melding all around me, creating a warm-toned blanket on the landscape of Fall. I admire the poise of this season as it […]

Move Over, Therapy Dogs. Hello, Therapy Cows

Here is an article in the New York Times that recommends what we practice when we visit Govardhan Eco Village (gev.org) outside of Mumbai each January during our Bhakti Immersion, as part of our India Kirtan Adventure.   Please join us! Or maybe there’s a cow or little calf near you who is open for […]

The First Prerequisite to Remembering Krishna

— Article and Translations by Hari Parshad Das The modern world with all its information overload and never ending deadlines can easily drive a person nuts. In such a crazy atmosphere, it is virtually impossible to think about Krishna.  Srila Rupa Goswami has therefore correctly quoted a verse in the Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhuḥ (1.2.115) as follows: For […]

Gratefulness Embraces Parkinson’s

What would it mean to live daily in gratitude for a chronic debilitating disease? This heart-opened man, Tim Roberts, shares his raw and real insights… ~Rukmini Gratefulness Embraces Parkinson’s by Tim Roberts I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s just over three years ago when I was 50. Receiving the diagnosis from a matter-of-fact doctor was a […]

On Pessimism and Optimism from “The Shadow”

by BR. DAVID STEINDL-RAST, OSB If many people today are wallowing in pessimism, this may simply be the flip side of a culture in which everybody is expected to keep smiling and “have a nice day.” Someone says, “How are you?” and you respond, “Fine.” Have you ever said anything else in reply to “How […]

Do it from your heart

~by Denise Mihalek “Holy people like you, Swami, are the problem with the world.” said a powerful Indian politician to my teacher, Radhanath Swami, in the Mumbai airport.  “You’re not doing anything but asking people to pray and chant. What about the pollution, the poverty, the wars, the problems of the world?” Radhanath Swami answered […]

Deepening Our Comfort with Uncertainty

–By Kristi Nelson “You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.”  ~ Thomas Merton I used to put myself to sleep by […]

Gratitude

-by Barbara Crooker This week, the news of the world is bleak, another war grinding on, and all these friends down with cancer, or worse, a little something long term that they won’t die of for twenty or thirty miserable years— And here I live in a house of weathered brick, where a man with […]

Living In The Season: Spring

By Susan Weiser Mason and George Mason Here in Damariscotta Mills, the alewives have returned, the star magnolias are in full bloom, and a delicate halo of yellowish green is emerging in the hardwood canopy. The arrival of Spring brings a welcome and magnificent surge of energy that speaks confidently of renewal. And not a moment too […]

Unlocking the True Self Through Love


by Urmila Devi Dasi Who are we? Our body grows in the womb and we enter the world with a ready-made identity as someone’s child, of a particular a gender and nationality. The various identities we clothe ourselves in are merely a mixture of social and cultural preferences, which come and go like trendy fashions. […]