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April 28, 2018

The story of the brave child Prahlad and how he stood up to his abusive father, King Hiranyakashipu, is well-loved in the Bhakti canon. Rich with practical and esoteric teachings, here are a few aspects to consider:

It Starts in the Womb

An interesting part of the story i...

April 22, 2018

For living life in general, and especially for a charged and energized spiritual practice, we need inspiration. We also need encouragement, reassurance, and reminders of ways to be in the world that are good for us and good for others too.

Today we’ll turn to Mother Eart...

April 6, 2018

Spring is pushing on, pushing out

Pushing back against the cold

Like the soul beginning to blossom

Against the cold of an ordinary life

Stirred by the sound of kirtan

Softened by the energy of sanga

We slowly begin to emerge

Our inner self wanting Krishna

Shy to fully speak the...

March 31, 2018

We often speak about the importance of carefully hearing the maha-mantra while we chant our japa (meditation with beads). We don’t often speak about being as careful when we sing the maha-mantra together in kirtan.

Perhaps it’s because it’s easier to tune in the mind whe...

October 6, 2017

From full moon to full moon

We are bracketed in devotion

Devotion is what we want to deepen

In this month dedicated to Damodar

Damodar, the small child form of Krishna

Loved for his charm, grace, and winsome smiles

Smiles that stretch across miles and miles

Of hearts and minds...

May 3, 2017

1. Come early, stay late

It's time! Holi DC is finally here! Parking lots and entry gates open at 10.30am and the festival starts at 11am. We have lots of space at the festival site to either jump right in with the dancing Holi crowd or stand to the side and watch all th...

February 16, 2017

As we continue to explore the statement ‘faith is unflinching trust in something sublime’ we look to see how faith can grow from small moments of trust to unflinching strength. The ‘something sublime’ in Krishna bhakti refers to Krishna, the supreme Lord, whose name mea...

February 9, 2017

Srila Prabhupada, the founder-acarya (Sanskrit for “teacher by example”) of ISKCON, gives a very interesting definition of faith in his Bhagavad-gita As It Is. He says "Faith means unflinching trust in something sublime."

Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at this...

January 5, 2017

As we settle into the rhythm of the New Year here are some pocket meditations to carry with us every day. These small reminders can bring quality to our lives and thus help us feel more alive. As the Joseph Campbell quote goes - “I don't believe people are looking for t...

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