An Unusual Kartika Vow

By Ananda Vrindavan Devi

It’s that time of year again when we get a chance to be intentional about nurturing our relationship with Krishna by considering a vow (vrata in Sanskrit) for the month of Kartika. Many Bhakti practitioners give things up as a gesture of love (sweets for example) and others add more powerful spiritual activities (more reading or chanting). Whatever we do, if it’s done as an offering of devotion and to bring Krishna joy, it’s good. The main thing is to choose what works for you in the current context of your life, make it stretchy but not super difficult, and stick with it. It’s also helpful to have a Kartik buddy, to keep us on track with our vows and take away any need to brag about our vows to others.