The Moods of Love in Separation of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

Gaura Purnima, March 9-10, 2020 These are a string of verses, spoken by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in a mood of deep separation and longing for Lord Krsna. They are quoted toward the end of the Sri Caitanya Caritamrita by its author, Srila Krsnadas Kaviraj Goswami. I bow to the beauty and depth of these verses […]

The Quest for Wholeness

In honor of the 70th appearance day of Bhakti Tirtha Swami, which was several days ago, here is a message from him about honoring relationships. ~ Rukmini Walker by Bhakti Tirtha Swami ” Two whole personalities who come together have the opportunity to develop a strong relationship.  They are not excessively dominant or dependent, nor do […]

Gratitude

Please watch this beautiful short film by Louie Schwartzberg called “Gratitude”. It is written and narrated by Brother David Steinbeck-Rast. ~ All the best, Rukmini Walker

Looking for Essence

by Sacinandana Swami One of the fondest memories of my Vrindavan stay this year was a visit to a rural village somewhere near Varsana. We had just visited a little ashram with an underground cave for bhajan (prolonged contemplative spiritual practice) in the hot season (as it is much cooler under the earth) and were now […]

The Living Temple

by Denise Mihalik Mahabalipuram, India 2020 The pilgrimage itinerary included visits to both living temples and temple ruins. The living temples are beautifully active, alive and vibrant with association, ritual and song. The ruins, although alive long ago, are now just structural remains. On the first few days of pilgrimage, my partner was suffering with […]

Lecture: Unity and Diversity

Please listen to this lecture I recently gave on Unity and Diversity, drawing from the Chaitanya Charitamrita Madhya 16.186 and other sacred texts.  This lecture was given at the ISKCON Mayapur Temple in India on February 17, 2020. Click here to watch the lecture All the best, Rukmini Walker

Lecture: The Lord’s Descent in this World

Please find below a lecture I recently gave on The Lord’s descent in this world, drawing from the Srimad Bhagavatam (SB 2.7.11).  This lecture was given at the ISKCON Punjabi Bagh Temple in New Delhi, India on February 6, 2020. Please click here to listen to the lecture All the best, Rukmini Walker  

A Letter to a Young Woman Devotee

This is my reply to a young woman who is new to the path of Bhakti. She has been regularly attending temple programs in one city in the US. Sometimes she is discouraged hearing a sectarian or misogynist slant coming from the speaker during the morning class. With her name omitted, I thought to share […]

Is the Universe Friendly?

“I think the most important question facing humanity is, ‘Is the universe a friendly place?’ This is the first and most basic question all people must answer for themselves. “For if we decide that the universe is an unfriendly place, then we will use our technology, our scientific discoveries and our natural resources to achieve […]

Observations from a Pilgrimage

~by Vegavati devi dasi I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a couple of weeks in a very ‘happening’ place — Mayapura, in West Bengal, India.  It is the gateway of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Though begun in what was a remote village setting, it is fast becoming a spiritual metropolis. Thousands of […]