Riding the Marriage Bike Home

Jo and Bob from Heart of the Village Yoga in Vermont were with us on our India Kirtan Adventure in January 2019. Here’s an offering from them as an inspiration for your Valentine’s Day!  All the best, Rukmini ——————- (This is a story I wrote with my wife Jo Kirsch. It is 13 years old, but […]

This I Know

By Ananda Vrindavan devi dasi ——- When I sit down with my beads I hear the message Speak only what you know Which was speaking to another Upcoming part of my day But also spoke to me in general And this I know My japa grounds me Holds me together Soothes my mind Frees my […]

Sacred Botany

BBC Radio 4 – Something Understood – ‘Sacred Botany’, Presented by Jahnavi Harrison Musician Jahnavi Harrison enters a world of sacred plants revealing that, in many religious traditions, plants are seen as spiritually symbolic – sometimes acting as intermediaries with the divine world. Jahnavi invites us on a journey to Vrindavan, a town two hours […]

The Flower Festival

February 1st, 2019 O Love! Thy power and spell benign Now melt my soul to God, How can my earthly words describe That feeling soft and broad? (Bhaktivinode Thakur circa 1890) It’s really impossible to describe in words the Flower Festival that’s held each year on the last Saturday of January at the Radha Gopinath temple […]

 Living In The Season: Winter

~by Susan Weiser Mason (Rukmini Walker’s Sister) Here in Damariscotta Mills the lake is frozen solid and expansion cracks groan in the frigid night air. The wind is bitter, and if I stay out too long I could put my life at risk. In the world of Five Element Acupuncture every season has an energetic […]

The Most Intelligent Petitioner

Anxiety attacks and breakdowns are a normal part of human life. No matter how sagacious, equipoised, tranquil, unimpassioned, silent and serene we appear on the outside, we all know that the world and its ruthless ways will one day drive us crazy and unsettle our minds to let all hell break loose. The Śrīmad-bhāgavatam (10.1.17 […]

You are a Person Filled with Unlimited Love

Caitanya-bhakti can be cultivated in whatever position you are just by hearing the transcendental sound vibration of the scriptures and the holy name.  You can get the full mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.  Each and every one of us can start here and this will bring us to the highest subjects which are almost […]

The Sleeping Full-Moon Beauty of Vrindavan

The nature of Krishna’s spiritual pastimes is such that every step is a dance, every word is a song and every action has multiple layers of meanings in it. Glorious are poets like Śrī Harisūri who reveal to us these immensely deep meanings even in those activities of the Lord that may appear to have […]

Kite-runners in Jaipur

Jaipur, India January 8th, 2019 We are in India right now, in Jaipur, in the state of Rajasthan, (“the place of the rajas, or kings”).  The Jaipur Kite Festival is starting soon, but delighted children are preempting its beginning from every rooftop in the neighborhood. Colorful kites are soaring in the skies competing with the […]

Mantras

Musician Jahnavi Harrison examines the ancient practice of mantra recitation and charts the spread of mantras from their Eastern origins to Western pop-culture. The origin of the word ‘mantra’ lies in the ancient Sanskrit language. It means literally ‘mana’ or mind/heart and ‘tra’ to transport or transcend. In a religious context, Jahnavi explains, a mantra […]