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 […]


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 […]


-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, […]

To Fear and Not

By Ananda Vrindavan devi dasi ——- Fear is the illusion of this world and our body And the journey into an animal birth so close we are to creaturehood Yet to step inside means to stop the way we can ask Such questions as to why we fear. The consequences of our actions. Offending others, […]

Unlocking the True Self Through Love

by Urmila Devi Dasi Who are we? Our body grows in the womb and we enter the world with a ready-made identity as someone’s child, of a particular a gender and nationality. The various identities we clothe ourselves in are merely a mixture of social and cultural preferences, which come and go like trendy fashions. […]

Yellow Rose

-by Ananda Vrindavan Devi Dasi ————— Today A single rose Peers out at me From the glass jar Reminding me of the day You were born so many years Before we even imagined this time When a rose would be offered back to us In gratitude for bringing you up in a world of Service […]

This I Know

By Ananda Vrindavan devi dasi ——- When I sit down with my beads I hear the message Speak only what you know Which was speaking to another Upcoming part of my day But also spoke to me in general And this I know My japa grounds me Holds me together Soothes my mind Frees my […]