Help Me Meet You

-by Acyuta Gopi Someone can love you with all their heart and still, not be ready to meet you on the bridge. That place where soulmates meet and join hands to make it to the other side of life, both better for the experience. I have heard that opinion over and over again. And yet…everyday […]

My Devotion

The Sri Sri Corastakam by Bilvamangala Thakur (This ashtaka, or eight stanza poem, is recited, or sung, in the poetic meter known as “Upajati”.) (1) vraje prasiddham navanita-cauram gopangananam ca dukula-cauram aneka-janmarjita-papa-cauram cauragraganyam purusham namami I offer pranama to that foremost of thieves – who is famous in Vraja as the butterthief and He who […]

A Mystical Place

December 5, 2018 –Rukmini Walker Some of these are photos from yesterday’s parikram around Holy Govardhan Hill, which is 14 miles or approximately 22.5 kilometers.  Govardhan is called, The One Who Fulfills All Desires. A very mystical place of the pastimes of Radha and Krsna in Their secret caves, lakes and gardens.   Humble devotees worship […]

Waiting

by ELAINE MANSFIELD I watch as green jewels with gold flecks wait to become butterflies. Two Monarchs pause in their chrysalises. I check them many times a day, hoping to see darkening, hoping for orange wings to show through the chrysalis skin, hoping they’ll make it out of here in warmth and sunshine, hoping they’ll fly […]

Living in the Season: Fall

By Susan Weiser Mason (Rukmini Walker’s sister)  Here in Damariscotta Mills, there have been a few big blows that have shaken down the deadwood, and the lawn is now strewn with kindling. I see muted colors melding all around me, creating a warm-toned blanket on the landscape of Fall. I admire the poise of this […]

Sri Radha: The Original Rural Devi

Yesterday was Radhastami, the holy Appearance Day of Sri Radha, the original feminine goddess- you might say, the “better half”, of Lord Sri Krishna, the original Supreme masculine Person. Today I’m writing to you from the beautiful and magnificent city of St. Petersburg in Russia. The Russians say that the people here are more cultured […]

The Thread of Life

For the last few days my husband and I have been visiting my sister Susan and her husband, George, who live in Damariscotta, Maine. There is a reverence for nature here as they live very close to the earth and the seasons. There’s water in every direction: the ocean, Great Salt Bay, many ponds, or […]

Sita’s Appearance Day

Today is the Appearance Day of Sita Devi. Srimati Sita Devi, a manifestation of the goddess of fortune, Lakshmi Devi, is the eternal consort of Lord Ramachandra. When Lord Ramachandra was banished to the Dandakaranya forest, Sita Devi left the comforts of the royal palace to join Him. While in the forest she was kidnapped by […]

Thomas Merton’s Appreciation of Bhagavad Gita

VIEWPOINT: Fight or Flight: Thomas Merton and the Bhagavad Gītā Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja Dasa) Editor, Journal of Vaishnava Studies TWO commemorative events of landmark stature inspired the essay you are about to read: First, the year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s abrupt departure from our material vision. Second, 2018 is also […]

Capital Kirtan

Dear Friends, Here in DC over the past weekend, our Potomac temple hosted Capital Kirtan, a two-day kirtan festival. It was organized by the youth, and the kirtans were led by youth (starting at around age nine). The intention was to have more chanting and less talk. Still, Ananda, our community president, asked me to […]