The Great Fall

by Ananda Vrindavan devi dasi            ——– I watch the trees and marvel at the tumbling leaves now dancing on the gravel path romanced by the wind. I love all seasons but especially Fall It cannot but stir feelings in the heart and if you have Krishna in your heart or wish […]

For Courage

by John O’Donohue  When the light around you lessens And your thoughts darken until Your body feels fear turn Cold as a stone inside, When you find yourself bereft Of any belief in yourself And all you unknowingly Leaned on has fallen, When one voice commands Your whole heart, And it is raven dark, Steady yourself […]

Sacred Sound 

~by Ananda Vrindavan devi dasi Recently I worked on a series of 100 Haikus with the theme “Things I Hear”. Sound is the medium of transformation in the Krishna Bhakti practice – sacred sound to touch our true, eternal self. Even ordinary sound can prompt remembering Krishna if we are tuned in, what to speak […]

Building Strong Connections & Friendships in Krishna Consciousness

This is a poem that Ananda Vrndavan wrote about Krsnanandini. Krsnanandini gave a talk last week on the Vaisnavi Ministry site and Ananda was supposed to introduce her. Click here to listen to Krsnanandini’s talk.  Ananda, as the community president of ISKCON of DC, was busy organizing our temple’s Community Supported Agriculture distribution and the next few days of our Krsna Janmastami […]

When Great Trees Fall: Animated Video

The other day, after hearing of the passing of our beloved Bhakti Caru Maharaj, we posted this poem called, When Great Trees Fall, by Maya Angelou. My dear friends: the artist, Rukmini Poddar, created this beautiful and poignant video animation, with kirtaneer, Jahnavi Harrison reading the poem, along with music by Night Squall, Bowspirit, and Balmorhea. […]

When Great Trees Fall

by Maya Angelou —– When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, […]

Color

~ by Acyuta Gopi   *To listen to this poem spoken by Taruni Radha Devi Dasi, please click here.   —– I look in the mirror And I see this body With this color That I am supposed To give up identifying with But somehow, I can’t seem to see Beyond the brown. Brown Like the […]

Surprised by Joy

by Ananda Vrindavan —- It’s a restless morning I’m dragging myself around Avoiding my beads and other meditations Until I open the front door and there I see A colorful box turtle, holding still With neck stretched and head raised It’s an utter surprise in these pre-dawn hours And the extraordinary beauty stops me in […]

O Bird of My Heart…

Inspired by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur’s “Keno Hare Krsna Nam” by Divya Alter ——- O bird of my heart, I know you long to be free. Set your sorrow apart, the holy name is the key.  Why can’t you cry while chanting Krsna’s name sublime?  Why do you try to fit in Maya’s paradigm?  What sins […]

” We fell asleep in one world…”

I’ve been thinking how interesting it is that during this time of ‘social distancing’, which we really should be calling ‘physical distancing’— many people are noticing that, worldwide, we are caring more deeply about each other. It’s almost brought us to a more cosmic consciousness of interconnectivity. So interesting… Here are a couple of poems I think you […]