What We Get When We Take Shelter of Lord Rama?
Gaudiya-vaisnavism, a Tradition of Innovation
This is the quality of the Supreme Lord, our eternal father. He is magnanimous. He does not hate anyone. He is the well-wishing friend of all.
Poem: Last Night The Grim Reaper Came For Me
Tradition in Gaudiya-vaisnavism is not a process of cutting-and-pasting external practices from the past.
Seek More to Connect Than to Correct
“You should remember that you may die today—or tomorrow, or before you turn 66, or in twenty years. / It matters not, if you live the life of the soul."
Ways to Cope
Intelligence is a tool for thinking; it’s like a sword for cutting through confusions. Just
How to Respond When Someone Hurts Us?
Where do we go and what do we do for shelter and for relief?
Poem: Digging Out
When someone speaks harshly or acts cruelly toward us, how we respond depends primarily on their disposition.
Inclusivity, My Story
"As we slowly dig ourselves out / of the gleaming deep casts of snow / I begin to think of what other parts of our lives / could be snowed under and need to be reclaimed."
Developing Spiritual Vision Through Books
It is said of Srila Prabhupada that "He Built a House in Which the Whole World Can Live." My story is just one of the many stories of inclusivity told by the residents of that house.
Rising Up and Sinking Down
Srila Prabhupada’s book gave me access to saints and sages, who at every step in my life ever since I’ve felt their presence and guidance through the instruction they’ve laid in these book for humanity.
How Depressed Desire Leads to Depression
Personally, I was in awe hearing the 22 year old Amanda Gorman read her poem last week at the US Presidential Inauguration. To me, and to so many others, it was a profound milestone to see someone like her rise up, and be uplifted by eminent others.
The Gita provides empowering spiritual practices that can enable us to control our desires, not be controlled by them.
Poetry: Winter Rain
"Almost a year gone | All personal life perhaps undone | Challenges on all sides | A time like no other"
There is a Quid Pro Quo in Honoring Our Leaders
"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."
The Power of Truthfulness
There is a quid pro quo built into every relationship, every institution. Honor and tradition, the results of quid pro quo, are unifying principles which transform a group of individuals into a society of peoples. Recent events in Washington DC have shown how veering away from quid pro quo by denigrating political institutions can weaken the fabric of a nation, any nation, even the United States of America.
Monarcophiles of the World, Unite!
Seekers of the truth would be wise to look beneath the surface of the social diseases to the spiritual amnesia that gives rise to the affliction of misidentification; the illusory perception of the eternal spirit soul as the temporary material body.
Darkness in the Season of Light
"Continue democracy"? But didn't Srila Prabhupada say that democracy was demon-crazy? He did; and more than once; but he said many more things.
A New Year is Here – Are We Here?
Life and death seem separated by a thinner, more transparent space than usual, and no one knows what tomorrow may bring.
Culture Crossing: Krishna Kids in the Material World
A hard, hard year has just ended / Yet many normal things remain suspended / Leaving us with problems far greater than we’d conceived / Exposing our existence to be frailer than we’d believed
Free Entertainment, Expensive Entanglement
We need to have good communication skills to be able to have conversations about tough topics and to maintain openness and trust in the relationship. Part of this means knowing when to stop talking.
Come Out of the Darkness
The worst part of such entanglement is that we don’t even realize we are getting entangled.
A Yes to What’s Been Given
Prabhupada opened my eyes to Christ’s real message, “What does it profit a man if he gains the world but loses his soul?” I saw the truth of this.
The Chariot Driver
Living in the material world can evoke a sense of pessimism. Yet unforeseen grace that arrives, beyond my plan-making or comprehension, exists as well.
From Nazi Nightmare to the American Dream
A good chariot driver sees things others may not, can prompt the right moves, and be there to encourage and support as the warrior makes difficult fighting decisions.
“It seems you two might have another connection,” Devi-deva said. “Sir Ivan is the son of a Holocaust survivor. Maybe you two should meet.”