The Big Old Turtle

~by Ananda Vrindavan devi Dasi ————————————— He caught my eye As I drove by then turned around To stop and see him Large and brown and moving slowly He quickly drew in his elderly head And eyed me for my next move Which of course was nothing But to marvel at his body And to […]

Draupadi’s Tears, SB 1.15.10

Hosted by Hare Krishna Africa, Rukmini Devi Dasi explores Draupadi’s Tears, SB 1.15.10,  a sacred and beautiful verse from the Srimad Bhagvatam. Please click here to listen or on the video below.  

Lookin at true SELF care with Jamuna Jaya Devi Dasi

In our last Urban Devi Sanga, Jamuna Jaya devi dasi delved into looking at true self care.  A disciple of HH Dhanurdhara Swami, Jamuna Jaya calls herself the “bodega cat” of the Bhakti Center – always hanging around somewhere – for almost a decade. Her services at TBC include teaching for the Yoga Program, leading Community Groups, being a […]

Honoring Compassion

Honoring compassionate mentors in our lives- our mothers, Srimati Sita Devi (wife of Lord Ramachandra ) and Srimati Jahnava Devi (wife of Lord Nityanada). I gave this class on Mother Day for the Gita Nagari Eco Farm and Sanctuary in PA. The class can be found at this link I hope you enjoy it! All […]

Why Does There Have To Be Violence?

~by Rukmini Walker The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart. ~Alexander Solzhenitsyn Why does there have to be violence? Why do there have to be bullies on my child’s playground? Why do people cheat on their wives or […]

Many Moons Podcast: The Vedic Women- Ideal or Unattainable with Garuda Das

As Srila Prabhupada dramatically underscored that, ‘you are not your body’, how do we deal with the fact that we are our bodies? Some propagate that following Vedic culture and gender norms is the panacea for solving all of ISKCON’s social issues. However, do Vaishnava and Vedic culture always align? Will being ‘Vedic’ help or […]

Bhakti’s Perpetual Spring Season

Last Saturday, here at our Potomac, Maryland temple we held our 25th Annual Vaisnava Christian Dialogue. Our participants are, for the most part, scholar/practitioners who come from the Catholic, and Protestant traditions, as well as Vaisnavas of different lineages. Many of the participants are priests or professors or chaplains at universities. Our theme this year […]

Struck with Wonder and Gratitude!

I gave a class at New York’s Bhakti Center on gratitude and the aspects of wonder from the Srimad Bhagavatam – wisdom for  higher state of  mindfulness and for a grateful attitude. In the image below, the transition from lower to higher state is by staying engaged, curious and maintaining a sense of wonder. To listen […]