In this talk, Rukmini Walker devi dasi shares with us the importance of inclusiveness in Bhakti. May it inspire you in your own practices.
~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 […]
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 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 […]
~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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Urban Devi is a community of women who gather to explore and excavate their identities as urban women living the spiritual life. An urban devi is in the world, but not of the world. She acts in the world to uplift, and shift the consciousness of those around her to a higher place of Bhakti, or love in action.