Poetry: Winter Rain
There is a Quid Pro Quo in Honoring Our Leaders
"It’s a cold rain on this cold morning / Raining cats and dogs they say / Why not raining birds and bees / Or better yet let it rain love and kindness."
The Power of Truthfulness
There is a quid pro quo built into every relationship, every institution. Honor and tradition, the results of quid pro quo, are unifying principles which transform a group of individuals into a society of peoples. Recent events in Washington DC have shown how veering away from quid pro quo by denigrating political institutions can weaken the fabric of a nation, any nation, even the United States of America.
Monarcophiles of the World, Unite!
Seekers of the truth would be wise to look beneath the surface of the social diseases to the spiritual amnesia that gives rise to the affliction of misidentification; the illusory perception of the eternal spirit soul as the temporary material body.
Darkness in the Season of Light
"Continue democracy"? But didn't Srila Prabhupada say that democracy was demon-crazy? He did; and more than once; but he said many more things.
A New Year is Here – Are We Here?
Life and death seem separated by a thinner, more transparent space than usual, and no one knows what tomorrow may bring.
Culture Crossing: Krishna Kids in the Material World
A hard, hard year has just ended / Yet many normal things remain suspended / Leaving us with problems far greater than we’d conceived / Exposing our existence to be frailer than we’d believed
Free Entertainment, Expensive Entanglement
We need to have good communication skills to be able to have conversations about tough topics and to maintain openness and trust in the relationship. Part of this means knowing when to stop talking.
Come Out of the Darkness
The worst part of such entanglement is that we don’t even realize we are getting entangled.
A Yes to What’s Been Given
Prabhupada opened my eyes to Christ’s real message, “What does it profit a man if he gains the world but loses his soul?” I saw the truth of this.
The Chariot Driver
Living in the material world can evoke a sense of pessimism. Yet unforeseen grace that arrives, beyond my plan-making or comprehension, exists as well.
From Nazi Nightmare to the American Dream
A good chariot driver sees things others may not, can prompt the right moves, and be there to encourage and support as the warrior makes difficult fighting decisions.
Why Are We Averse to Authority?
“It seems you two might have another connection,” Devi-deva said. “Sir Ivan is the son of a Holocaust survivor. Maybe you two should meet.”
It seems many of us do not like the government telling us how we should conduct our lives.
Conflict-Resolution and the Gita
Nature is kind and playful. And her beauty is powerful.
Poetry: Fall Birds
Mature spiritual understanding is not relinquishing responsibility, but assuming responsibility with wisdom.
The Answer Lies in our Hands
"Calling Krishna together as we head home / Making others stop in wonder at our joy"
What if there was one simple solution for all your problems? Something so easy that even a child could do it? Something which costs nothing, is available to everyone and ultimately ends all suffering?
Down to Earth
Beneath all apparent differences of race, nationality, sexual orientation or ethnic origin, everything that lives is a spark of that Supreme Being. Are we not, then, all family?
The Yoga of Voting
The spiritual world is not an impersonal place – it’s a place of wonderful exchanges, deep friendships and loving interactions.
Why Couldn’t the Pandavas Resolve their Conflict Peacefully?
According to the Bhagavad-gita, there’s no contradiction between cultivating an inner life of personal spiritual development and an outer life of active social engagement as long as that engagement is dedicated toward “the welfare of all living beings.
Re-loving the Gita
Not all conflicts are caused by misunderstandings alone; many are caused by malevolence.
Why Helping Others Doesn’t Always Help Others
I am now older and wiser in the practice of Krishna Bhakti and yet it still moves me, still delights, still informs.
The Plastic Problem
One of the best ways to inspire people to take responsibility is to equip them with spiritual wisdom.
Often times we start on our spiritual journey with great enthusiasm, excitement and cheer. Yet, somewhere in the middle we come to a point where everything becomes known, monotonous and obvious. How do we steer back?