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 […]

The Most Intelligent Petitioner

Anxiety attacks and breakdowns are a normal part of human life. No matter how sagacious, equipoised, tranquil, unimpassioned, silent and serene we appear on the outside, we all know that the world and its ruthless ways will one day drive us crazy and unsettle our minds to let all hell break loose. The Śrīmad-bhāgavatam (10.1.17 […]

Vrindavan

By Ananda Vrindavan Devi Dasi When will I walk The path entering vrindavan When will I be ready? It waits for me I see it in the shadows of My early morning chants When will I be fully turned In the direction of that place When will I be fully drawn in When will I […]

A Reservoir of Love

By Ananda Vrindavan Devi Dasi ——- The Bhagavad-gita means The Song of God But oh how we forget to sing it To ourselves and others This song make the heart brave As it makes its way Into the heart of the soul Which is connected Since time immemorial to The reservoir of original love The […]

Dance Through the City of My Soul

–by Acyuta Gopi Oh my Lord of golden limbs Raised hands And love drunk eyes, Cause a revolution In my heart! Strike down the barriers Of my judgmental mind Break down the doors Of my selfish defenses And overturn The tyrannical reign Of my tormented ego. I have been under the rule Of my desires […]

Humility

 by Ananda Vrindavan Devi Dasi —— Humility sits in quietness not needing nothing Being content It takes up less space On the outside For it’s large and beautiful self Owns all the rooms On the inside

And Who am I to Think?

By Ananda Vrindavan Devi Dasi ——- And who am I to think that this life is all there is? That the beating heart that stops is me? Do I go out the window that is Opened by a kind witness to my last breath? Though a window I do not need in the Grand scheme […]

Magnificent Trees

by Ananda Vrindavan Devi Dasi ——– In autumn you are the teachers Of how to grow old and shine You stand tall and blast Your colors against the blue sky Your leaves are fearless in their Journey of change, smiling upon us all As they fall and kiss the earth Your soul emerges, vulnerable As […]

A Tiny Seed Planted in One Heart

I am in Moscow right now. Over the last few days here we celebrated Sri Krsna Janmastami, or the Appearance Day of Lord Sri Krishna. The following day, which is called the Nandotsava—the day when Krsna’s appearance festival is celebrated—is the Appearance Day of my guru, Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Prabhupada spent five days in […]