A Possible Alternative for Ayodhya?

–by Rukmini Walker This week The Times of India’s headline story was that the Indian Supreme Court has decided to send the 70 year old Babri Masjid Ayodhya litigation case to mediation. This is a very wise decision on their part. I’m reminded of the biblical story of King Solomon. Two different women were both […]

Meditation on the Shores of the Bay of Bengal

Denise from Sound Awakenings in Pennsylvania was with us on our India Kirtan Adventure in January. Here’s an offering from her as an inspiration for your Day!  All the best, Rukmini — by Denise Mihalik It was six am and all was quiet. It was a cool, misty morning well before sunrise. A few of us met to chant […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Revisiting the Still Point

Sacinandana Swami is one of my favorite teachers. He is specially focused on deepening the practice of chanting the Holy Name. Although his is not the voice of a woman, he is one of those men who has a highly evolved spiritually feminine side, being a devout worshiper of the divine feminine, Sri Radha. ————————————— […]

  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 […]

Lessons From Geese

Sermon by Dr. Robert McNeish, 1972.   ‘But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.  Which of all these does not know, that the […]

Divertimento ~ Mantra Mumbo Jumbo

by Sravaniya DiPecoraro   Sanskrit seems to be making a comeback. Individuals are getting Oṁ symbols tattooed on their shoulders, chests and elsewhere, and are chanting verses at the beginning of their yoga workouts. Congregational singing accompanied with instruments (kīrtan) is arriving on the scene as a social activity. This can be a good thing, […]

Expectations

Have you heard it said these days that the secret to happiness is to lower your expectations? It makes sense, doesn’t it? We often put so much pressure on ourselves or each other, due to our unnecessary or overblown expectations. But the other day I read a statement from the great Bhakti teacher, Bhaktivinode Thakur. He […]