Posted: 21 weeks 3 days ago
For spiritual practice, the early morning
quietness, calm, lack of fruitive action
more than quantity, time’s has a quality
like fragrant gold and pure magic
morning facilitates hearing, contemplation.
Like a blanket, darkness accentuates sound
we better hear the holy name, Hare Krishna
mind is less active, the newness of the day
at any age the morning is our excited youth
full of potential, promise, highest aspirations.
Habits are our friend or enemy—
if you create the habit of rising early...
Posted: 21 weeks 6 days ago
Amidst serene and scenic beauty
an island house getaway
observing vistas three stories high
visible water on two sides
crashing waves and calm waters
salt scented wind forever blows
the all-powerful sun runs the show
floating unimaginable tons of water
as easily as we breathe and sigh
artistically decorating the vast sky
by billowy, multi-colored, cotton balls
shapeshifting by the mind's desires
that amaze and delight my imagination
fostering creativity and contemplation
O, the wonder of...
Posted: 22 weeks 4 days ago
[republished from 08-15-2009]
When the student is ready
the guru is sent to help--
by the grace of Shri Krishna
our spiritual life revived.
Wandering by karma
throughout the vast Universe
sometimes as a great demigod
down to a lowly bug.
Out of thousands and millions
of lost souls transversing bodies
one is especially blessed
to receive the seed of Bhakti.
Then life after life
spiritual progress is made
until one loves Krishna completely
having no need for the world.
Everything begins by a...
Posted: 23 weeks 17 hours ago
The Grihastha Vision is hosting its 3rd annual Couple’s Retreat, October 2nd to 4th 2015, at the Gita Nagari farm. Married and engaged couples are encouraged to attend who would like to deepen their connection to one another and to their spiritual practices. This is a special opportunity to nurture your relationship in a lovely country setting and spiritual environment with other couples similarly focused. In a marriage, two individuals became a “we,” or create a relationship. Our marital...
Posted: 24 weeks 1 hour ago
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Many devotees struggle with chanting on their beads (japa). Some devotees make a big endeavor to come to the standard of chanting 16 rounds with the goal of initiation, and then after initiation, find it too much work, and give it up. While I have been steady at my...