COVID-19: The Bigger Picture

By Nirsimhananda Das There is so much fear, and perhaps rightfully so, about COVID-19 virus. If we subscribe to the philosophy that Krishna’s plan is always for our welfare, then the COVID-19 virus is here to help us. To reset. To remember. What is truly important. What is the purpose of life. By reconnecting with […]

Emergence Magazine

“Thrown all together, in one unrelenting present, we are made to recognize in one another what we deny most vehemently about ourselves: In the end, it’s our vulnerability that connects us.” —Jon Mooallem ——————————- As we wake up each morning amidst an unfolding global pandemic crisis—one that is bringing rapid and unexpected change into our […]

Looking for Essence

by Sacinandana Swami One of the fondest memories of my Vrindavan stay this year was a visit to a rural village somewhere near Varsana. We had just visited a little ashram with an underground cave for bhajan (prolonged contemplative spiritual practice) in the hot season (as it is much cooler under the earth) and were now […]

An Internal Meditation During the Season of Advent and Christmas

My husband and I have spent the last several days in Chennai, India hosting our fifth annual Vaisnava Christian Dialogue. Amidst so much religiously and politically motivated strife in other parts of India (and the world), we were blessed to share this time together with dear kindred friends who are Protestants, Catholics, Sri Vaisnavas and Caitanya […]

Never Leave this Path….

Taken from Sacinandana Swami’s “Saranagati ~ Teachings, Realizations and Inspirations”   In Sri Caitanya-Caritamrta the Lord says, “It is My vow that if one only once seriously surrenders unto Me, saying ‘My dear Lord, from this day I am Yours’, and prays to Me for fearlessness, I shall immediately award fearlessness to that person, and he […]

When Fame Falls Flat on its Face

From the Sanskrit translations of Hari Sauri Krishna says that he is the ability in all humans (Bhagavad-gītā 7.8). For this reason, we find many gifted individuals in the material world. These individuals often strive hard to reach the pinnacle of excellence in their respective fields of interest in their lives.  However, once they do […]

Living in the Season: Fall

By Susan Weiser Mason and George 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 […]

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 […]