Ananda's Blog

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...

January 24, 2020

As I marvel at the different languages I hear when I travel, as I feel awe flying at 30,000ft in the air, as I appreciate the ease of communication across the world, I am similarly moved by a statement I came across this morning.

It’s in connection with th...

December 28, 2019

Time I Am

“Time I am” echoes in the air

as we breathe into the end of another year

We can fool ourselves that we are in control

Until we face how time sweeps us along

Like a slow moving tsunami

Ignoring us as we walk or jump

Or stumble or hold on for dear life

The new year is a...

November 22, 2019

It happens and will continue to happen - someone says something to us, or about us, and we feel the emotions rise. We get ‘bent out of shape’, can’t stop the replay in our mind, and practice all kinds of imaginary ways to respond to it. This may go on for days, weeks, o...

November 9, 2019

       This morning I watched the sunrise and marveled. What a blessing to see it and experience awe. It should be a daily tonic - to stand and soak it in, this moment of majestic movement. One could call it living yoga, feeling deeply connected to the source of light,...

October 20, 2019

I sit with my japa meditation in Autumn

and the mantra arrives softly like leaves

falling to the ground. Each one making

a journey down. Each mantra landing

in my head and heart.

As I listen to the Name I too become

softer, the mind shedding cares like

the falling leaves. 

And...

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