Impressions ~ Urban Devi Nature Retreat, Huguenot, New York

~by Rukmini Walker Last weekend we held an Urban Devi Nature Retreat in upstate New York. It was held at a thousand-acre retreat center on the bank of a lake. We gathered and sang kirtan by a bonfire at the lake each night, and we met inside by the fire in the lodge each morning. I led a workshop and […]

Vyasa Puja

by Rukmini Walker Saturday, August 24th, the day following Sri Krsna Janmastami (the Appearance Day of Lord Sri Krsna) is the Appearance Day of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, my spiritual master.  Each year on the Appearance Day of the spiritual master, called Vyasa Puja, disciples write offerings of their realizations and gratitude to their beloved […]

Meeting Our Emotions

by:  Rambhoru Dasi Sometimes, in the interests of spiritual development, practitioners avoid, suppress, or disconnect from their feelings viewing them as taboo. They may even be self-critical or judgmental of themselves or others for having “negative” emotions. The trouble with these attitudes is that they prevent us from perceiving the valuable information our emotions carry […]

We Light A Candle

Oct. 30, 2018 Have you ever noticed that happy events in life seem to arrive coupled with tragic or unhappy ones? Last Saturday, a dear friend of ours was married, yesterday was the funeral of another friend. I remember on the day of my sister’s wedding, a beloved grandfather on the other side of the […]

The Eye of the Needle

About a month ago, I posted a blog called The Thread of Life, about a chain of islands off the coast of Maine. I’d been in Maine visiting my sister, Susan and her family there. Susan’s husband, my brother-in-law, George has the intuitions of a native about the coast of Maine, having spent his childhoods […]

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 […]