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November 17, 2016

Does transcendence mean we ignore current events? Does it mean ‘we are spiritual’ and ‘that is material’ and we don’t get involved? Does being detatched mean we don’t care?  

Yes and no.

Yes because we are all caught in karmic cycles of events, and on many levels we canno...

November 12, 2016

Sometimes we find things when we least expect them, and it can remind us of the way to find the “ultimate” good things.

I drove to the garden to get some Tulsi leaves, and saw the exit I usually use blocked. Instead of grumbling and blaming, I decided to get on with it a...

November 3, 2016

A friend returning from India and dealing with jetlag added a small line in an email to me -  my goal today: to stay awake.

That jumped out. What a goal, not just for the day, but for life.

In spiritual life when we think of being awake, we think of being conscious, being...

October 4, 2016

The Gita is a book about change. It’s protagonist, Arjuna, is changing his mind about leading the fight. He is having a ‘reality’ check as he faces his opponents, many of whom he knows. He is also facing the consequences of this war – no matter how important or needed,...

September 29, 2016

How can I find the strength to be steady in my spiritual practice of chanting the holy names of even when uncertainties in life come my way?

I believe this is a gradual process. In the beginning, we will come back to that relationship with the holy name after a prolonged...

September 29, 2016

Looks can be deceiving, and often far from the full story. It is said that one who laughs too much, even at small and insignificant things, may well be harboring dissatisfaction and sorrow within. A person who feels impelled to keep talking and communicating, could be e...

September 28, 2016

The ancient teachings of the Vedas say there are 5 things humans can do everyday to be happy. We would say that these are directly connected to an effective spiritual practice.  If we understand that life is meant for self-realization then the following 5 support and he...

August 18, 2016

A movement was born back in '66. It was a courageous step by one 70 year-old saintly person who had faith that the teachings of the bhakti tradition could enrich, change, transform, and ultimately transcend lives. Alone in New York in service to his spiritual master, he...

August 11, 2016

Perhaps one of our gifts to Krishna on His birthday this year could be a promise to get to know Him better. There are many ways to do this, reading being one of the easiest and most enjoyable, yet often days, maybe weeks go by without a piece of sacred literature touchi...

June 9, 2016

It is an odd development of the modern world that being excessively anxious about our children is considered a virtue. We consider ourselves good parents if we make life easy for them, reward them for the smallest achievement, and are anxious for their safety and well b...

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