Finding Our Souls in a Sea of Identities

Finding Our Souls in a Sea of Identities  Krishna Kanta Dasi In the Bhakti paradigm, at our deepest level, we are each individual units of consciousness (atmans) trying on different identities, lifetime after lifetime. The minute we are born, we are given specific identities involving race, nationality, gender and family. As we age, individuate from […]

Enlightening Dark Leaderships

Enlightening Dark Leaderships: (Reflections for Lord Narasimhadeva’s Appearance Day) Krishna Kanta Dasi The Bhakti tradition is full of references to power and the misuse of power. It describes the age we live in (kali yuga) as the dark age of discord and hypocrisy, governed by unjust, spiritually blind leaders. According to the ancient text of […]


Dear Friends, It’s Spring here in DC-still cold, but the cherries are flowering in pink; white flowering pears are columns of dignity lining the roads and hills; cheery yellow forsythia; my favorite, the star magnolia, our American lotus; and the wispy redbuds are all blooming in chorus. Last weekend we had our twenty-first annual Vaisnava […]

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 […]

Transcending Our Surroundings Through Love

Transcending Our Surroundings Through Love Krishna Kanta Dasi Whether we live in urban or rural settings, it is natural for the world around us—and those with whom we share our world—to affect us. We would hardly be human if they didn’t! We are, after all, interdependent with our environments. Therefore, an inevitable part of our […]

Urban Devi Discussion Group

a women’s discussion group dates – sundays, april 22, may 6, june 10, july 15, august 12 time – 2:00pm – 4:00pm location – the bhakti center / 3w admission – free of charge Topic: Discussing Visakha Dasi Latest Book: Five Years, Eleven Months and a Lifetime of Unexpected Love Urban Devi is a monthly […]

LA Times review of Mantra: Sound into Silence

‘Mantra: Sounds Into Silence’ examines the quiet power of shared singing For those who have been moved by a unified “om” at the end of a yoga class or harmonized in church, “Mantra: Sounds Into Silence” will resonate. This documentary examines the quiet power of shared singing, looking beyond religion and focusing on the connection […]

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 […]


In another passage in the Gitavali, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura states: Oh merciful Lord, this is my specific submission at Your lotus feet. I do not ask for bodily happiness, knowledge, wealth or followers… Let whatever attraction I presently have for material sense enjoyment be transformed into attraction and affection for Your lotus feet. I pray […]