The Stolen River

My dear friend and sister, Krishna-lila (Dr. Krisztina Danka), is an activist working to bring the world’s attention to the plight of the Yamuna River in India. Her film continues to win important international awards as more and more conscious people become aware of how India has turned a blind eye to this dire situation. […]

Impressions ~ Urban Devi Nature Retreat, Huguenot, New York

~by Rukmini Walker Last weekend we held an Urban Devi Nature Retreat in upstate New York. It was held at a thousand-acre retreat center on the bank of a lake. We gathered and sang kirtan by a bonfire at the lake each night, and we met inside by the fire in the lodge each morning. I led a workshop and […]

“Something Understood” – Faith and the Body

-presented by Jahnavi Harrison The birth of her nephew prompts musician Jahnavi Harrison to explore what she calls “the adventure of embodiment”. She looks at how physical activities, both ritual and everyday, can lead to a state of transcendence. Click here to listen in to this inspiring BBC Radio session. Jahnavi explains how yoga teaches […]

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 […]

Russian Reflections

Indradyumna Swami led ecstatic kirtan at the Sadhu Sanga Festival in Russia near the Black Sea last week, where six thousand devotees danced, chanted and heard with absorption the sweetness of the Holy Name!! Click on the video below to experience the ecstasy! Sept. 15th, 2019 by Rukmini Walker “Truth can walk the world unarmed.” ~ A Bedouin proverb My […]

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 […]

Plenitud ~ a cOMmunity project helping people in Puerto Rico

This was sent to me by our dear friend, Jose. Plenitud is a powerful community project helping people in Puerto Rico who have faced such tragedy. Please help them if you can!  ~All the best,  Rukmini Walker Dear Friend, Many friends and colleagues have asked what they can do to help Puerto Rico. Recently I […]

ReTreat Yourself!

Elizabeth is a communications consultant who is active with her Episcopal Church here in Washington, DC. She also loves kirtan, the call and response chanting of the many holy names of God in our Bhakti tradition.  Actually, the Biblical instruction to make a joyful noise unto the Lord transcends all religious boundaries. Here’s what Elizabeth […]

Initiation

by Rukmiṇī Walker On August 15, 1968, in Montreal, I was initiated at the age of 16-an unqualified person meeting such a great and unprecedented saint as Srila Prabhupada. At the same time, the six pioneers from San Francisco, on their way to London received their Gayatri mantra, or second initiation. To listen to the transcript […]