Cycling in Balance

~by Rukmini Walker 1.19.2021 My friends Anita and Robert live and work in Washington, DC. Most days they’re out cycling around the national monuments on their bikes, or to and from work. No cycling in the next few days though, since 25,000 National Guard troops are in DC now to secure the US Capitol for […]

Commitment Leads Us To Freedom

~by Rukmini Walker To listen to an audio version of this blog read by Rukmini, please click on the audio link below: “The need of the spirit soul is that he wants to get out of the limited sphere of material bondage and fulfill the desire for complete freedom. He wants to get out of […]

Chaos and Crisis in Washington DC

by Anuttama Dasa, on Jan. 7, 2021 —— Lord Krishna explains in the sacred text, Bhagavad-Gita, “Whatever action a great man performs, others will follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.” Yesterday in Washington, D.C., we saw the truth of this statement, and the terrible impact of the misguided thoughts, […]

Homily for the New Year

Our deepest apologies to all the readers of Urban Devi, as we came across this beautiful message on the internet, but later found that it is written by the renowned Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, not Pope Francis. Please accept our apologies for this misrepresentation.   Thank you, Rukmini Walker -by Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) “Palco de vida”  — *You […]

What We Live For, What We Die For

~by Rukmini Walker 1.7.2021 —- I live in the suburbs of Washington, DC, about eighteen miles from the center of government of the United States. Yesterday, supporters of the President who’d lost his bid for re-election stormed the US Capitol Building, violently breaking windows and forcibly entering the building while a session of Congress was […]

A Practice of Gratitude

~presented by Rukmini Walker Three years ago today, ISKCON Desire Tree hosted Rukmini Walker in Mumbai, India for a special talk on cultivating an attitude of gratitude.  To listen to this talk full of countless gems, please click on this link or the video image below.  

Christmas Day Celebration Events on Alachua Radio!

Please join these special Christmas celebration radio programs on December 25. This year, the appearance of the Bhagavad Gita according to the lunar calendar coincides with Christmas Day. Christmas is all about the giving and receiving the Holy message — to love God with your whole mind and soul. May you find these special programs inspiring. For more […]

A Yes to What’s Been Given

-by Rukmini Walker Please click below to listen to the audio version of this blog post: —– “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits […]

Damodarastakam Prayers

Kartik, also known as the month of Damodara, is a month for deepening one’s love for Krishna. This year Kartik begins on October 31, 2020.  It is considered by devotees of Krishna to be the holiest month of the year. During this month, devotees make extra vows, perform extra spiritual activities, and generally worship Krishna […]

Women of the Bhagavata

~presented by Rukmini Walker On August 28, 2020, Princeton University’s Hindu Life Program sponsored a wisdom talk with Rukmini Walker. Rukmini has been a student and teacher of the Bhagavata Purana for more than four decades. In this talk, she guides an exploration of the women’s voices that emerge from this important text. The Bhāgavata Purāna is considered a masterpiece of Indian […]