-By Sacinandana Swami Every day I make a list, either written or in my mind, which has helped me to move forward in times of struggle. When I don’t feel inspired, looking at this list has made a great difference. I hope my little inventory of what’s important helps you to make your own list […]


-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, […]

Radical Forgiveness

-by Denise Mihalik Years ago a family member was admitted several times to a local mental health facility, and it was an incredibly challenging time for all of us. For years and years following, I avoided driving past the hospital, and when I had to, uncontrolled hurt, anger and grief would rise to the surface, […]

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, […]

Last Moments in Mindfulness?

I was in a small satsang this morning at our temple in Potomac, Maryland with Ananda, our community president, Giri, our resident wise man, Kim, our kirtan angel, and Adrianna, our Russian friend. Giri was quoting from a story he’d read once by Dostoyevsky. He didn’t remember the name of it. It was back in […]

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. […]

Draupadi – Dishonored Yet Honorable

by Chaitanya Caran Prabhu  Draupadi’s admirable character is revealed in the most humiliating incident of her life: her attempted disrobing by the wicked Dushasana. Though victimized in body, she refuses to be victimized in heart. Her exceptional character transforms the lowest point in her life into the highest point. The incident in which she is […]


It is well known that the Lord’s name is the most compassionate – even more merciful than the Lord´s form. Here is an ancient prayer to Lord Rama’s name, which I found in one of my many notebooks where I had written down numerous gems of inspiration. Lord Rama built a long bridge across the ocean, […]

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 […]

Beyond Border Control/Mind Control

-by Pranada Comtois The youth clad in hiking boots and jeans hoisted his back pack over his shoulder and hurried out in front of me. Swinging my head to the side to avoid the brusque movement of his pack, I slowed my step to give way to his determination. Perhaps he knew what to expect: […]