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 […]

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 […]