Spiritual Care For Families Coping With Patient’s Death

17 Jul , 2015  

Syama Kumari Dasi has been a Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse at Mt Sinai, New York. She has been practicing Krishna Consciousness ( Bhakti) since her childhood.

Protection for a Single Woman: Following Sita

22 Jun , 2015  


The Vedas recommend that women must always be protected. In her youth, a young woman is protected by responsible parents; in her adult life by the husband and in her old age by elderly children. The protection offered is not in the current sense of exploitation and control , but rather in the provision of […]

Diti vs Devahuti: Conception and Pregnancy

13 Mar , 2015  

According to the Vedas, the consciousness of the parents at the time of conception determines the quality of the child.In that sense it is interesting to contrast Diti’s union with Kashyapa with Devahuti’s union with Kardama. Both women served their husbands but Diti was impurely motivated by her desire that her husband immediately impregnate her.Since all […]

God is My Anchor

18 May , 2014  


  Gajendra’s story from the 8th canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam about how he feels the presence of Krishna in the most difficult and dangerous moment of his life is something for us find hope and inspiration from. How he anchors himself in that relationship and gains immunity from the pain felt while still being […]

Experience Happiness by Detachment

18 May , 2014  


In  Srimad Bhagavatam 11.9 ” Detachment From All that is Material” the Avadhuta Brahmin speaks at length about how one can detach oneself from all that is material so that one can endeavor towards the highest perfection of life. He begins with what he learns from the hawk. SB 11.9.1: The saintly brahmana said: Everyone considers certain […]

False Shelters are Obstacles in our Bhakti Journey

18 May , 2014  


  From the Prayers by Queen Kunti in Srimad Bhagavatam we find the following verse 1.8.26: janmaiśvarya-śruta-śrībhir  edhamāna-madaḥ pumān naivārhaty abhidhātuṁ vai  tvām akiñcana-gocaram Translation:  My Lord, Your Lordship can easily be approached, but only by those who are materially exhausted. One who is on the path of [material] progress, trying to improve himself with […]

Lessons from the Python

18 May , 2014  

In the 11th canto of Srimad Bhagavatam the Avadhuta Brahmana was asked by Maharaj Yadu to explain the reason for his great internal happiness and ecstasy. He responds by saying that he has taken shelter of the 24 gurus. One of those Gurus is the python and the Avadhuta Brahmana shares different lessons that a […]

Mantra Meditation

2 May , 2014  


Chanting the Hare Krishna mantra is considered the most important activity within bhakti -yoga. It’s essentially a prayer that means “O energy of the Lord (Hare), O all-attractive Lord (Krishna), O supreme enjoyer (Rama), please engage me in Your service.” Collective chanting accompanied by musical instruments is known as Kirtan. Individual chanting on prayers beads […]

Satisfaction as a means to Green Bhakti

1 May , 2014  


Conversations about sustainable living and going green are incomplete without one taking a personal inventory of the heart. How much do I really need? Am I following the demands of an artificial society that tells me all the myriad things I need to have in order to be considered normal by social standards? Am I […]