Appreciation

I attended a talk a few nights ago at Bhakti Center (bhakticenter.org) given by Vaisiseka Das. An exemplary, happy devotee of Krsna. It seems that his effusive happiness springs from an overflowing well of gratitude in his heart. Gratitude for what he’s received, gratitude for what he’s been gifted to share. I think this is a […]

Vaishnavi Retreat Oct 5-7

VAISHNAVI RETREAT A BHAKTI INSPIRED RETREAT FOR WOMEN, BY WOMEN OCT 5-7   |   Cobb, CA A 3-day interactive retreat to celebrate and connect with other women of Bhakti and spiritual seekers alike in a refreshing, supportive environment. Through illuminating classes and seminars, meditative japa and kirtans and spirited festivities, this retreat’s purpose is to inspire you to progress in your spiritual journey back […]

Building Beloved Bhakti Community

by Rukmini Walker  Dear Friends, This past weekend on Long Island at the Heart of Yoga Retreat, we were discussing Building Beloved Bhakti Community. The term Beloved Community was used by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in conceiving an authentic community for the nonviolent civil disobedience movement. The Beloved Community manifests and protects agape love […]

Living in the Season

by Susan Weiser Mason Here in Damariscotta Mills, the alewives have returned, the star magnolias are in full bloom, and a delicate halo of yellowish green is emerging in the hardwood canopy. The arrival of Spring brings a welcome and magnificent surge of energy that speaks confidently of renewal. And not a moment too soon! […]

My Mother Wants a New Body by Rukmini Walker

My family and I were just visiting my mother, Edith, in Boca Raton, Florida to celebrate her 90th Birthday. As we honored her and celebrated her life, she declared that 90 is too old and that people shouldn’t really live that long. Gaura Vani tried to bless her by saying: “May you live as long […]

Karuna-Sindhu: Oceans of Compassion

At the heart of our own humanity is our ability to be sensitive to the feelings of others. When—upon seeing others suffering—we feel our own heart ache, and reach out to soothe their pain, we are living up to our highest human potential. This kindness, as I understand it, is compassion in action: the unsupportable […]

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 […]

Spring

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 […]