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 […]

Japa Walking

Ananda Vrindavan is my friend, our community president here in the Metro DC area, an educator, and a poet. She’s Irish, and started her working life as a Montessori teacher. She later taught at the Vrindavan Gurukula for twenty years, fifteen years of which she was also the principal there. I become enchanted and pulled to […]

Nityanandastakam

Lord Nityananda is the most ecstatically merciful, dearest brother of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Today is His holy Appearance Day. Please be blessed by this very sweet English rendition of a prayer to Him composed by His biographer, Sri Vrndavan dasa Thakur. ~ All the best, Rukmini Walker ~ by Srila Vrndavan dasa Thakur~ Autumn moon mocking, […]

Bravery

by Acyuta Gopi To be Krishna conscious, is to be brave. To live spiritually, to ask soul-deep questions, to wonder; that is bravery. When the world will whisper to you to simply close your eyes and let your soul sleep, to force your gaze in the opposite direction of that cunning complacency, that is bravery. […]

Show Up Each Day

by Ananda Vrindavan Devi ——– Each day is a lifetime in itself It’s own universe We start again each day Moments that are right now Today, and that’s why We show up to our japa Each day, at some part of the day To anchor ourselves To connect with Krishna Beyond this life and the […]