by Ananda Vrindavan Devi Dasi ————————————–  I don’t know about you  But I get messages  all the time  Like from these two  Tulips in a vase leaning down  Searching for krishna  On the altar Eager Stretching  Longing  Ignoring the crowd  Going the other way After something better  

Winter Rain

by Ananda Vrindavan devi ———————————— It’s a cold rain on this cold morning Raining cats and dogs they say  Why not raining birds and bees Or better yet let it rain love and kindness Drops of sweet water to change our thinking To wash away fear and loneliness Let it rain invitations to reach out […]

A New Year Is Here – Are We Here?

~by Chaitanya Charan Happy new year to you all!  I’d like to share with you a beautiful poem by Chaitanya Charan called A New Year is Here – Are We Here?  May it be an inspiration for you all in this new year. All the best, Rukmini Walker  

Come in From the Cold

~by Ananda Vrindavan Come in from the cold And warm your heart By the fire of the holy name Come in from the cold Dark areas of your mind That separate you from Light and comfort And make you think -and sometimes do- Crazy things   Come in from the cold And warm your toes […]

Late Autumn

~by Ananda Vrindavan The leaves are almost to an end Coming into burnt and dull colors Even against the sun and blue sky The cold creeps in on early morning The cold hand of fear grips us tightly As we try to wrap ourselves away from it. The leaves are almost at an end The […]

Fall Birds

~by Ananda Vrindavan  I heard them first before they rose above the tree tops Black against the evening sky with warm westing sun Their guide to the great south and their home away from home Their formation of open diamond shape is art at work Their calling and rhythm of wings is a performance As […]

The Poetry of Nature

a conversation with Jahnavi Harrison   During late October’s Eco Bhakti Weekend, Grammy-nominated artist and BBC radio presenter Jahnavi Harrison reflected on how Bhakti poetry can help us to more connect to divinity through a deeper appreciation of the natural world.  The Eco Bhakti Weekend was organized by Yale University’s Ecology Forum in partnership with the Bhakti Center, NYC […]

The Great Fall

by Ananda Vrindavan devi dasi            ——– I watch the trees and marvel at the tumbling leaves now dancing on the gravel path romanced by the wind. I love all seasons but especially Fall It cannot but stir feelings in the heart and if you have Krishna in your heart or wish […]

For Courage

by John O’Donohue  When the light around you lessens And your thoughts darken until Your body feels fear turn Cold as a stone inside, When you find yourself bereft Of any belief in yourself And all you unknowingly Leaned on has fallen, When one voice commands Your whole heart, And it is raven dark, Steady yourself […]

Sacred Sound 

~by Ananda Vrindavan devi dasi Recently I worked on a series of 100 Haikus with the theme “Things I Hear”. Sound is the medium of transformation in the Krishna Bhakti practice – sacred sound to touch our true, eternal self. Even ordinary sound can prompt remembering Krishna if we are tuned in, what to speak […]