Who is the Gardener?

by Rukmini Walker Part One Behold! We are not an earthly, but a heavenly plant!  -Plato For those of you who were not able to join us at last month’s Urban Devi Nature Retreat in Upstate New York, I thought to share the workshop I presented there, but in a few installments. Wisdom books of […]

Impressions ~ Urban Devi Nature Retreat, Huguenot, New York

~by Rukmini Walker Last weekend we held an Urban Devi Nature Retreat in upstate New York. It was held at a thousand-acre retreat center on the bank of a lake. We gathered and sang kirtan by a bonfire at the lake each night, and we met inside by the fire in the lodge each morning. I led a workshop and […]

Russian Reflections

Indradyumna Swami led ecstatic kirtan at the Sadhu Sanga Festival in Russia near the Black Sea last week, where six thousand devotees danced, chanted and heard with absorption the sweetness of the Holy Name!! Click on the video below to experience the ecstasy! Sept. 15th, 2019 by Rukmini Walker “Truth can walk the world unarmed.” ~ A Bedouin proverb My […]

Plenitud ~ a cOMmunity project helping people in Puerto Rico

This was sent to me by our dear friend, Jose. Plenitud is a powerful community project helping people in Puerto Rico who have faced such tragedy. Please help them if you can!  ~All the best,  Rukmini Walker Dear Friend, Many friends and colleagues have asked what they can do to help Puerto Rico. Recently I […]

ReTreat Yourself!

Elizabeth is a communications consultant who is active with her Episcopal Church here in Washington, DC. She also loves kirtan, the call and response chanting of the many holy names of God in our Bhakti tradition.  Actually, the Biblical instruction to make a joyful noise unto the Lord transcends all religious boundaries. Here’s what Elizabeth […]


by Rukmiṇī Walker On August 15, 1968, in Montreal, I was initiated at the age of 16-an unqualified person meeting such a great and unprecedented saint as Srila Prabhupada. At the same time, the six pioneers from San Francisco, on their way to London received their Gayatri mantra, or second initiation. To listen to the transcript […]

Vyasa Puja

by Rukmini Walker Saturday, August 24th, the day following Sri Krsna Janmastami (the Appearance Day of Lord Sri Krsna) is the Appearance Day of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, my spiritual master.  Each year on the Appearance Day of the spiritual master, called Vyasa Puja, disciples write offerings of their realizations and gratitude to their beloved […]

The Emperor of Sweetness

by Rukmini Walker Friday, August 23rd is the Holy Appearance Day of Lord Sri Krsna, called Sri Krsna Janmastami. Each year on this day, we celebrate the anniversary of the original, unborn, eternal Supreme Personality of Godhead descending to this world, five thousand years ago.   Srila Prabhupada writes in his Krishna Book: Below is […]

Singing rounds in Cathedral Woods

By Rukmini Walker My husband and I just spent the last five days visiting my sister Susan, and her husband George, in central coastal Maine, along with our son, Gaura Vani, his wife, Vrindavani, and their kids Revati, Kairava, and Kirtan. While we were there we took a boat across the bay of Maine to […]

Meeting Our Emotions

by:  Rambhoru Dasi Sometimes, in the interests of spiritual development, practitioners avoid, suppress, or disconnect from their feelings viewing them as taboo. They may even be self-critical or judgmental of themselves or others for having “negative” emotions. The trouble with these attitudes is that they prevent us from perceiving the valuable information our emotions carry […]