Vyasa Puja Offering ~ A letter to Srila Prabhupada

~by Rukmini Walker   Dear Srila Prabhupada, My Eternal Master, My Eternal Father,   nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhutale srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine nirvisesa-sunyavadi-pascatya-desa-tarine On that day in 1968, in Montreal, we ran quickly down the street, barefoot, from the bowling alley temple on Park Street, to the tiny apartment […]

Happy Krsna Janmastami!

Adharam Madhuram Vadanam: (1) adharam madhuram vadanam madhuram nayanam madhuram hasitam madhuram hrdayam madhuram gamanam madhuram madhuradi-pater akhilam madhuram (2) vacanam madhuram caritam madhuram vasanam madhuram valitam madhuram calitam madhuram bhramitam madhuram madhuradi-pater akhilam madhuram (3) venur madhuro renur madhurah panir-madhurah padau madhurau nrtyam madhuram sakhyam madhuram madhuradi-pater akhilam madhuram (4) gitam madhuram pitam madhuram […]

Lost in Material Energy

~by Ananda Vrindavan devi Sometimes I get lost in material energy I find pockets to hide in When the intensity of life becomes too much Facing my own shortcomings My lack of faith, honesty, and love Facing uncertainty Facing others Facing the road ahead Sometimes I get lost in the world Needing a quiet place […]

Prayer for Balarama to Give One Protection

Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasa has written this song “Goloka Dhamadhipatih Paresvarah”. The official name of this song is Balabhadra Stotra Kavaca; Canto 8 Chapter 12 Verse 4 to 13. This song is taken from the book Garga Samhita. This kavaca of Lord Balarama is the best of armors. Here Lord Balarama, the elder brother of Lord […]

Self Care as Soul Care

On August 15, the Urban Devi Ladies Sanga invited Dhanya Rico to be a special guest to talk about Self Care as Soul Care.   Dhanya spoke about the benefits of authentic self care, from the perspective of psychological and neurological research, as well as how to integrate our self-care practice in the service of cultivating […]

Wealth or Poverty?

~by Rukmini Walker **To watch or listen to the video recording of this reading, please click on this link: or on the image below.** ——— When we think of wealth and poverty so much seems to hinge on whether we live in a mentality of scarcity; or a consciousness of abundance, that there is enough […]

Finding Presence

  ~by Richard Rohr Chanting is one of the most traditional methods of contemplation. While some traditions repeat a single word or sound, Benedictine and Gregorian chant within the Christian tradition draw their inspiration from the Psalms. Cynthia Bourgeault describes how chant works as a contemplative method. She is one of the best teachers in this […]

Kitchen Religion ~ Lessons from cooking for Srila Prabhupada

On July 25, Urban Devi Ladies Sanga hosted Srutirupa Devi Dasi who shared her experiences and lessons learned from cooking for Srila Prabhupada. To listen to a recording of this inspiring talk, please Click here to access the class. Srutirupa first began going to the temple as a young girl of 15 years old in Coconut Grove, Florida in 1970. […]

As Long as I have Shade

~by Ananda Vrindavan devi dasi As long as I have shade With the sound of the holy name I can bear the hot sun Of my mind beating down on me Of fears firing my imagination Of my uncertain sense of self As long as I have shade Next to the rhythm of sacred sound […]

Be in Love

~by Fr. Richard Rohr~ “The central practice in Franciscan mysticism is that we must remain in love.  Only when we are eager to love can we see love and  goodness in the world around us.  We must ourselves remain in peace, and then we will find peace over there. Remain in beauty and we will honor […]