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April 28, 2017

We often want to escape complexity by settling into black and white thinking. Either or. Yes or no. With me or against me. But like it or not, the world is not so simple, and, thankfully, the human condition not so flat.

Color matters, difference matters, and colorful th...

April 26, 2017

“A devotee should always be thoughtful, peaceful, friendly, compassionate and self-realized.” Srimad Bhagavatam 3.27.8 Purport AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

What does it mean to be a devotee? We hear the word so often. While there are many meanings, the quote above g...

April 20, 2017

by Sutapa Das, London

16 years ago, after graduating from UCL with a management degree, I opted to leave it aside and embrace monastic life instead. Ironically, it’s all come full circle; dealing with people, projects and practicalities is a sizable section on the modern...

April 14, 2017

A small bird lay on the ground in front of me, without life. It was still and beautiful and empty. It returned me to a question I was reflecting on earlier - how is life lived?

From the perspective of bhakti yoga, life is lived long before our time in this present body a...

April 12, 2017

“The transcendental bliss enjoyed in pure devotional service is like an ocean.”

Caitanya Caritamrta Adi-lila 7.98

Each week in Sunday Serve, we help host the Sunday Open House. As you know or have experienced, we work together in teams for different service areas. As each...

April 7, 2017

One of Lord Krishna's first statements to Arjuna at the beginning of the Bhagavad-gita establishes the basis upon which all efforts to understand life, and it’s many moving parts, should stand on. He says, “While speaking learned words, you are mourning for what is not...

April 5, 2017

“One should not find fault with others or correct them unnecessarily.”

Bhagavad Gita 16.1-3, Purport

This week in Sunday Serve the host presented each of us with a challenge. We were asked to make an effort to refrain from fault finding while doing service and instead ask...

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