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October 29, 2020

Next Tuesday is Election Day here in the United States. And, by virtue of one form of disillusionment or another, a lot of people who could vote won’t.

Although it strikes me as shocking under the circumstances, I shouldn’t so surprised that so many people have no intere...

October 13, 2020

The Gita wasn’t the first book that connected me to Krishna, yet it remains the most impactful reading experience of my life. I remember that first reading clearly - I stayed up late, drawn into the story of Arjuna and wondering what decisions he yet might make. The end...

September 19, 2020

Last night the temperatures took a dive, so we moved Tulsi Devi into her winter home - a clean and warm greenhouse. Tulsi devi is a sacred plant, always to be found at a Krishna Temple. 

As I was carrying her carefully, pot after pot, I remembered a line from the so...

September 10, 2020

'Contentment' is one of the niyamas, the set of five personal observances that Patanjali lists in the second chapter of his Yoga-sutras. It's also a state of being that can be very hard to attain. How do we find real contentment?

One way is to try to understand what the...

September 4, 2020

Making his way towards the car with boxed lunch in hand

I began to say goodbye but he stopped and said

“Just going to get my metal spoon!”

And I though, just one spoon 

A simple act of consideration for Mother Earth

And what can one spoon do, really?

Why would he bother to wa...

July 21, 2020

I spied it on the side of a box I opened that said “Don’t throw away a chance to recycle.” What a great tagline! And of course it got me thinking. 

What other chances am I missing? What other opportunities am I throwing away by being casual, unthinking, lazy?

This quote s...

July 3, 2020

Life is often defined in the Bhakti teachings as ‘a struggle for existence’. The daily grind, the showing up, the making it to the end of the week in one piece. Verse 14 in Chapter 2 of the Gita sums it up: “O son of Kunti, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and d...

June 2, 2020

On the altar of humility

If our desires are serious
Never blind to our efforts
His mercy is mysterious

Charmed with compassion
Our eyes feel His presence
And like the rising moon
Realize the divine essence

His causeless mercy
Melts us right from the start
When we feel grai...

May 25, 2020

What I remember most was how quickly I was able to accept what was happening.

An eastward swing down Porter Street, a long residential mediary between two busy thoroughfares, offers an easy and enjoyable tree-lined descent to cyclists with a modicum of common sense....

May 16, 2020

There is a lot of talk about resilience these days - the capacity to recover from difficulties. Since Covid-19 landed among us, we have had to respond, adapt, and adjust in various ways. 

I came across the following paragraph which I found helpful: 

“We often talk about t...

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