The Law of Opposites

-by Rukmini Walker “This universe, O Supreme One! Is a most weird abode!” (Bhaktivinode Thakur, in Saranagati) In this world, everything seems to be different from the way it appears. Reality seems to be the opposite of what I see. It seems that the more I chase pleasure, the more I feel pain. The more […]

THE INSPIRATION LIST

-By Sacinandana Swami Every day I make a list, either written or in my mind, which has helped me to move forward in times of struggle. When I don’t feel inspired, looking at this list has made a great difference. I hope my little inventory of what’s important helps you to make your own list […]

Radical Forgiveness

-by Denise Mihalik Years ago a family member was admitted several times to a local mental health facility, and it was an incredibly challenging time for all of us. For years and years following, I avoided driving past the hospital, and when I had to, uncontrolled hurt, anger and grief would rise to the surface, […]

Last Moments in Mindfulness?

I was in a small satsang this morning at our temple in Potomac, Maryland with Ananda, our community president, Giri, our resident wise man, Kim, our kirtan angel, and Adrianna, our Russian friend. Giri was quoting from a story he’d read once by Dostoyevsky. He didn’t remember the name of it. It was back in […]

Gaura Purnima 2019

March 21st in the holy Appearance Day of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. In the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition, He is considered to be a combined form of the divine feminine, Sri Radha, and the divine masculine, Sri Krsna. Here is a backstory of how that came to be: One day, Krsna sat beside Radhika in the forest […]

The Ecology of Mata Sita

Presented at the Global Peace Initiative for Women Conference, March 7-9, Varanasi, India   –by Rukmini Walker OM… Each morning, before placing my first foot on the floor, I say a prayer to Mother Earth, a prayer from the Bhakti tradition: samudra vasane devi parvata sthana mandite vishnupatni namas tubhyam dehi male tu prartaye Oh Mother Earth! […]

Not a Blade of Grass Moves Without the Will of the Lord

This raw and poignant piece was written by a dear devotee friend of mine.  My friend Sudharma has seen her path set with thorns. Yet, she faces each day with a mood of gratitude, despite the difficulties she and her daughter face.  I have always admired her strength and determination.  And now, I find that […]

The Crest Jewel of Mad Holy Men

Blog Post, Feb. 17th, 2019 On February 18th, we are celebrating the Appearance of Sri Nityananda, the beloved brotherly associate of Sri Caitanya in His pastimes five hundred years ago. We call it ‘appearance’ because it’s said that liberated personalities don’t take birth the way ordinary people do. In the Caitanya Bhakti tradition, Sri Caitanya […]

The Golden Creeper of Bhakti

In January, some of our dear friends, Rachel, Daniel, Laura, and Youssef accepted initiation into the line of Bhakti. Initiation is a formal acceptance to follow one’s chosen teacher who comes down in a line of teachers from antiquity. It’s something like formally enrolling in a university, after informally auditing classes. Except it’s a bit […]

The Flower Festival

February 1st, 2019 O Love! Thy power and spell benign Now melt my soul to God, How can my earthly words describe That feeling soft and broad? (Bhaktivinode Thakur circa 1890) It’s really impossible to describe in words the Flower Festival that’s held each year on the last Saturday of January at the Radha Gopinath temple […]