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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 ending didn’t disappoint.

I’ve returned to that good book recently, for an hour a day, soaking in its words as if reading it again for the first time. I am now olde...

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 song we daily sing in her praise. We ask her - “Please give me the privilege of devotional service.”

Why does being a servant count as a privilege? Because it’s so...

September 10, 2020

'Contentment' is one of the niyamas, the set of five personal observances that Patanjali lists in the second chapter of his Yoga-sutras. It's also a state of being that can be very hard to attain. How do we find real contentment?

One way is to try to understand what the obstacles to contentment are. Two of those obstacles are 1) pining for an irretrievable past and 2) worrying about what the future will bring.

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