Storm

by Ananda Vrindavan Devi Dasi ——– There was a storm just now the thunder was galloping across the grey sky and I sat outside and loved the wildness of it all and thought, maybe that’s what the mantra does to my soul crashes in and makes me full of life and energy and maybe that’s […]

Removing Our Masks

A dear friend of mine, who works for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is currently residing in Prishtina, Kosovo, and she invited me to join her. So, here I am writing you from lovely Kosovo, which is in the Balkan region, in what was once the Socialist state of Yugoslavia. Formerly, Yugoslavia consisted […]

Particles of Dust

I’m very happy to introduce the readers of Urban Devi to the poetry of one of my dearest friends, Ananda Vrindavan. In addition to being a beautiful poet, she is the community president of ISKCON of DC.  Please visit their website at iskconofdc.org   Please watch for her poems to be regularly appearing on our Urban Devi website. […]

A Gift from the Sea

Last week we took our three grandchildren to the beach; something we try to do at least once in a year. The three children are each growing into their own lives. We, as grandparents—whose childhoods were in another century—try to act as tender shepherds to them. We attempt to guide them lightly, to honor their […]

Beginning Steps to an Authentic Love

by Rukmini Walker  Today, although I didn’t mean to—and it was the furthest thing from my mind and intention—I hurt the soft and tender heart of a very dear friend. Life gets busy, and we are so often focused elsewhere, and not on the quality of our precious relationships at each moment. So often I […]

Lessons From Geese

Sermon by Dr. Robert McNeish, 1972.   ‘But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.  Which of all these does not know, that the […]

Divertimento ~ Mantra Mumbo Jumbo

by Sravaniya DiPecoraro   Sanskrit seems to be making a comeback. Individuals are getting Oṁ symbols tattooed on their shoulders, chests and elsewhere, and are chanting verses at the beginning of their yoga workouts. Congregational singing accompanied with instruments (kīrtan) is arriving on the scene as a social activity. This can be a good thing, […]

Ode to the Holy Name

by Jahnavi Harrison Whisper it beneath the summer oaks while swallows dive above Shout it in your morning shower, share it with the ones you love. Sing it loud, groups of ten, three or seventy-five, brand it on your beating chest and keep your heart alive. In the garden, on the bus, before exams and […]

Expectations

Have you heard it said these days that the secret to happiness is to lower your expectations? It makes sense, doesn’t it? We often put so much pressure on ourselves or each other, due to our unnecessary or overblown expectations. But the other day I read a statement from the great Bhakti teacher, Bhaktivinode Thakur. He […]

Lost in Stories

I’m very happy to introduce the readers of Urban Devi to the poetry of one of my dearest friends, Ananda Vrindavan. In addition to being a beautiful poet, she is the community president of ISKCON of DC.  Please visit their website at iskconofdc.org   Please watch for her poems to be regularly appearing on our Urban Devi website. […]