July Feelings

Rukmini Poddar continues to share with us her series of inspirational monthly pieces, this time with  “July Feelings“. May it be and inspiration for your own reflections this month.  —- All the best   Rukmini Walker

Ultimate Life Hacks from the Bhagavad Gita

In our April Urban Devi* Ladies Syama Sangita Devi Dasi takes us on a journey into Sri Krishna’s main teachings of this sacred book. Born and raised in NYC, Syama Sangita has performed stand-up comedy on hundreds of stages in Canada, U.D., U.K., and Hong Kong. Wanting to take her craft to new heights, she […]

The Greatest Gift

by Rukmini Walker “The greatest gift we can give is thanksgiving. In giving gifts, we give what we can spare, but in giving thanks we give ourselves.” – Brother David Steindl-Rast I’ve been feeling a bit disgruntled the last few days, thinking about the upcoming annual American Thanksgiving Day. My idea of thanksgiving is to invite […]

The Moods of Love in Separation of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

Gaura Purnima, March 9-10, 2020 These are a string of verses, spoken by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in a mood of deep separation and longing for Lord Krsna. They are quoted toward the end of the Sri Caitanya Caritamrita by its author, Srila Krsnadas Kaviraj Goswami. I bow to the beauty and depth of these verses […]

Observations from a Pilgrimage

~by Vegavati devi dasi I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a couple of weeks in a very ‘happening’ place — Mayapura, in West Bengal, India.  It is the gateway of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Though begun in what was a remote village setting, it is fast becoming a spiritual metropolis. Thousands of […]

The Law of Opposites

-by Rukmini Walker “This universe, O Supreme One! Is a most weird abode!” (Bhaktivinode Thakur, in Saranagati) In this world, everything seems to be different from the way it appears. Reality seems to be the opposite of what I see. It seems that the more I chase pleasure, the more I feel pain. The more […]

THE INSPIRATION LIST

-By Sacinandana Swami Every day I make a list, either written or in my mind, which has helped me to move forward in times of struggle. When I don’t feel inspired, looking at this list has made a great difference. I hope my little inventory of what’s important helps you to make your own list […]

Radical Forgiveness

-by Denise Mihalik Years ago a family member was admitted several times to a local mental health facility, and it was an incredibly challenging time for all of us. For years and years following, I avoided driving past the hospital, and when I had to, uncontrolled hurt, anger and grief would rise to the surface, […]

Last Moments in Mindfulness?

I was in a small satsang this morning at our temple in Potomac, Maryland with Ananda, our community president, Giri, our resident wise man, Kim, our kirtan angel, and Adrianna, our Russian friend. Giri was quoting from a story he’d read once by Dostoyevsky. He didn’t remember the name of it. It was back in […]