Like an Uprooted Tree

~by Ananda Vrindavan Uproot yourself before life does it to you rudely and when you least expect it Slowly loosen the roots by the daily process of chanting break the soil of lifetimes of conditioning that make us think we belong here crack the hard earth that packs the roots by hearing about Krishna shake […]

Come what May

I love these deep and authentic poems by my dear sister and friend, Ananda Vrndavan. She is present to each moment, observing her life with an introspective eye.   She is our community president here in Washington, DC. ~ Rukmini Walker ————- by Ananda Vrndavan Devi I heard the man’s jeans sweep against the floor […]

Meditating on the Divine Feminine ~ Sri Radha

by Rukmini Walker Friday, September 6th is the holy Appearance Day of Sri Radha, Lord Krsna’s divine feminine counterpart. Here is some explanation of who exactly she is, as quoted from Sri Caitanya Caritamrita, Adi Lila 4.96-98: The transcendental goddess Srimati Radharani is the direct counterpart of Lord Sri Krsna. She is the central figure […]

Typos

We all face that inner critic, the outer critics, and all those many voices of judgement and blame.  I love this observant piece, written by my dear friend, Ananda Vrindavan, our community president here in DC. Does it resonate with you as well? ~ Rukmini Walker by Ananda Vrindavan I have a friend who is […]

Thoughts on Prayer

by Nanda Carlson ——-   The act of prayer not for something I want desire, or desperately need but to pray in awe of a vastness, incomprehensible a true mystery where I am held, tenderly part of an expansive eternal wholeness. So big, beyond the edges and borders there is freedom within a Love beyond […]

Sacred Harmony

This poem was written by my dear granddaughter, Kairava.  She sings kirtan each year with her father, sister and brother at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas.  Kairava wrote this sweet poem two years ago, while at the Ashram, when she was 11 years old.   Happy Birthday Kairava! ~ by Kairava The lights […]

Gifting

By Catherine de Vinck The hands of the clock turn right counting the hours sliding off time’s frame. In the dreamtime, the earth rolls on in the great void, ever reciting its tale of fertile beauty. Instructions have been left: how to care for, how to love, what is fragile, easily harmed. But we forget, […]

It Acts Like Love

~ by Rabia of Basra (c.717-801)  ———— It acts like love – music – it reaches toward the face, touches it, and tries to let you know His promise: that all will be okay. It acts like love – music and, tells the feet, “You do not have to be so burdened.” My body is covered with […]

Listen Well

-by Ananda Vrindavan Devi Dasi Listening is at the heart of bhakti At the heart of life. It’s the last To go, did you know? And here’s what I have found In my new way of being That life has become alive again And new meaning arrived for Service and humility Words I did with […]

Spring

-by Gauri Gopika Devi Dasi On the edge of flight Waiting for You, The ocean within With the trees I move Through every season Ancient pillars of patience: Witnesses of Your every wish Rooted in Your energies, I gain the skies, at last Free I fly to what is me In the fresh spring breeze, […]