LA Times review of Mantra: Sound into Silence

‘Mantra: Sounds Into Silence’ examines the quiet power of shared singing For those who have been moved by a unified “om” at the end of a yoga class or harmonized in church, “Mantra: Sounds Into Silence” will resonate. This documentary examines the quiet power of shared singing, looking beyond religion and focusing on the connection […]

Thomas Merton’s Appreciation of Bhagavad Gita

VIEWPOINT: Fight or Flight: Thomas Merton and the Bhagavad Gītā Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja Dasa) Editor, Journal of Vaishnava Studies TWO commemorative events of landmark stature inspired the essay you are about to read: First, the year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s abrupt departure from our material vision. Second, 2018 is also […]

Capital Kirtan

Dear Friends, Here in DC over the past weekend, our Potomac temple hosted Capital Kirtan, a two-day kirtan festival. It was organized by the youth, and the kirtans were led by youth (starting at around age nine). The intention was to have more chanting and less talk. Still, Ananda, our community president, asked me to […]


In another passage in the Gitavali, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura states: Oh merciful Lord, this is my specific submission at Your lotus feet. I do not ask for bodily happiness, knowledge, wealth or followers… Let whatever attraction I presently have for material sense enjoyment be transformed into attraction and affection for Your lotus feet. I pray […]

Watching Snow from an Upstairs Window

Dear Friends, I’m back home in Maryland now in the first days of Spring watching a mild blizzard of snow out my window. I returned from India on February 20th, hoping I’d missed winter. Actually, it’s beautiful though, and braver hearts than mine, like my sister, Susan and her husband George, would be out in […]

Mantra: Sound into Silence

Friday March 17 in NYC! My son, Gaura Vani, will be leading a kirtan after the screening of the new movie Mantra: Sounds into Silence at the Rubin Museum. Click here for tickets. Dear Kirtan Family, The practice of kirtan has touched us deeply. It has brought us great personal transformation, giving us a sense […]

Mayapur: Kirtan Capital of the World: The Place of Compassion

Dear Friends, I’m sorry you haven’t heard from me in such a long time. Lots of travel in many places. For two weeks in January, my son, Gaura Vani and I led a kirtan pilgrimage adventure with a group of twenty-four friendly and adventurous pilgrims around sacred and historic sites in Maharashtra, ending our time […]

Happy New Year

Dear Friends, Happy New Year to you all! I wish you many blessings in the coming year. For the past week, my husband and I have been in the south of India in one of the most holy temple cities called Tirupati. We came here for the third annual Vaisnava (the Bhakti Yoga tradition) Christian […]