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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 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...

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...

May 3, 2020

Darkness creeps in when the sun goes away

And fades away when the sun returns

Our internal darkness also cannot stay

In the presence of the light

Of Krishna's name

Which is like the sun for our soul

For our interior pieces and places

To keep them warm, happy and fearless

When w...

April 20, 2020

There is a great verse in the Bhagavad-gita that speaks to balance. “He who is regulated in his habits of eating, sleeping, recreation and work can mitigate all material pains by practicing the yoga system.” Ch.6.17

And we know from practical experience that when things...

February 27, 2020

Many years ago a great Krishna Bhakti teacher, Bhakti Tirtha Swami, penned the following 4 principles of community building:

1. Treat everyone you encounter as if the success or failure of your spiritual life depends on the quality of your interactions with them.

2. Thin...

February 8, 2020

Imagine we were rich with love. We had storage after storage rooms of love. And then imagine that we were one of those rare rich people that wanted to give it away generously. And we did. We went outside, knocked on doors, and said here, take it. They thought - what did...

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