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 […]

Happy Black-eyed Susans and Unconditional Love

By Pranada Comtois I treasure Black-eyed Susan’s cheerful orange-yellow glow. They have a fire for life but not without graceful countenance. Spritely, joyful Susan’s deserve larger vases. When I must discard my yellow bundles of love, I put them in the dirt on both sides in the front of the house. They seed themselves. They […]

The Power of Vulnerability

An interview by Balaram Perez with Rukmini Walker In early June, I was interviewed by Balaram Perez at the beautiful and historic Bhaktivedanta Manor in England – the Manor house that was donated by George Harrison.  The interview was on the power of vulnerability, Bhakti Yoga, healthy relationships between men and women, parenting and much more.  I […]