Festival of the Holy Name Pandemic Kirtan

~by Rukmini Walker Mohini Ekadasi, May 3, 2020 Today is Mohini Ekadasi. The Ekadasi days fall every eleven days from the waning to the waxing moon. Ekadasi is a special day for receiving blessings and empowerment on the spiritual path. On the path of Bhakti, devotees observe Ekadasi by fasting completely, or fasting from grains […]

Human Rights and UN SDG

In honor of International Woman’s Day, here is a video that was written and created by a young woman named Sana Mittar. She lives in Delhi, India, where her loving family so kindly hosted me last February. This past year, Sana was the valedictorian of her high school graduating class at the Springdales School, in New Delhi. […]

Paradoxes of the Path, Lessons from Loss

~presented by Rukmini Walker This past Sunday, I presented a special class to the ISKCON New Jersey ISKCON Temple called “Paradoxes of the Path, Lessons from Loss”.  To listen to a recording of the class, please click here https://www.youtube.com/user/mnb125 or on the image below.

Leaning in, or Leaning Out?

~by Rukmini Walker~ —— “Let us not squander this hour of our pain” (Rilke) There’s a fleeting sense of relief when I indulge my anger to explode at another person. Usually quickly followed by a sweeping regret. What have I said or done? How has a valued relationship been shattered by my rash word or action? […]


jñānam asti tulitaṃ ca tulāyāṃ prema naiva tulitaṃ tu tulāyām siddhir eva tulitātra tulāyāṃ kṛṣṇa-nāma tulitaṃ na tulāyām Knowledge, yes, that can be quantified, but love can never be quantified. Now, yogic powers, they can be quantified, but Kṛṣṇa’s name cannot be quantified. (Śrī Śrīdhara Svāmī, Padyāvalī 15) This is a translation of a beloved […]

Lecture: “The Masks We Wear, and the Shelters We Seek”

Last Sunday, I presented a class called “The Masks We Wear, and the Shelters We Seek (some may be helpful, and some may not)”, at the ISKCON of DC, Potomac Temple.  A recording of the lecture is available on SoundCloud.  I hope you enjoy it.  ~All the best, Rukmini Walker ——————- -To listen, please click on the link […]

” 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 […]

COVID-19: The Bigger Picture

By Nirsimhananda Das There is so much fear, and perhaps rightfully so, about COVID-19 virus. If we subscribe to the philosophy that Krishna’s plan is always for our welfare, then the COVID-19 virus is here to help us. To reset. To remember. What is truly important. What is the purpose of life. By reconnecting with […]

Which Face of the Goddess Do We Wish To See?

~by Rukmini Walker “Grief and gratitude are kindred spirits, each pointing to the beauty of what is transient and given to us by grace.” (Patricia Campbell Carlson) We’re living in a time of paradox. The pandemic has trespassed all national borders. Tragically, thousands have died, and many more are ill or fighting for oxygen. The world […]

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 […]