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 […]

 Living In The Season: Winter

~by Susan Weiser Mason (Rukmini Walker’s Sister) Here in Damariscotta Mills the lake is frozen solid and expansion cracks groan in the frigid night air. The wind is bitter, and if I stay out too long I could put my life at risk. In the world of Five Element Acupuncture every season has an energetic […]

Kite-runners in Jaipur

Jaipur, India January 8th, 2019 We are in India right now, in Jaipur, in the state of Rajasthan, (“the place of the rajas, or kings”).  The Jaipur Kite Festival is starting soon, but delighted children are preempting its beginning from every rooftop in the neighborhood. Colorful kites are soaring in the skies competing with the […]

In Search of Govardhan

This year, and last year at the same time, from the middle of November until the middle of December, I was attending two retreats in the valley of the Govardhan Hill, in the most sacred part of Sri Vrndavan Dham, in India, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in the district of Mathura. Devoted people […]

Intention, Attention, and Affection…in the Coming Year

December 31, 2018 Where would I like to be at this time next year? In my mind, in my heart, in my practice, in my relationships, in my daily life? As one year fades into the next, we see patterns that are often so difficult to change. Gandhi has said… If I want to place […]

A Beautiful Soul’s Departure: Farewell Janavi Held

by Krishna Kanta Dasi  “Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” ~Rabindranath Tagore~ Last Saturday, a most beautiful artist, poet, writer and vaishnavi sadly departed. Sri Jahnavi Dasi, (aka Janavi Held) was a dear spiritual sister of mine, and she left this world peacefully after […]

Movable Kitchens, Puri, Odissa, India

November 12th, 2018 ———— Today I am in Puri, in the Indian state of Orissa on “yatra” (pilgrimage) with a group of 6,000 other pilgrims from India and around the world. This is the place of Lord Caitanya, Sri Krsna, coming in the mood of a devotee, the founder of the Sankirtan movement, which sparked […]