Flowing with the River

ohio river

Originally published at http://www.sacredecologyforum.org. I spent the summer working with family forest managers in Ohio and West Virginia, and sat to write an essay during an outing. I spent a peaceful morning on a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River. To my left and right are ridges and valleys thick with greenery, dusted with morning fog. … Continue reading Flowing with the River

Discipleship in the Last Supper

Discipleship in the Last Supper: What Vaisnavas Can Learn from the Followers of Jesus A reflective essay written during Holy Week, 2019. The church is quiet and dark. The altar is stripped of its embroidered fabrics and the cross lies bare upon the ground. Jesus is about to be arrested by the religious police and … Continue reading Discipleship in the Last Supper

Interview on Hindu Identity

Recently I had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Mat McDermott, a contributing writer for Patheos, on Hindu identity. It was engaging opportunity to express my experiences as a White person adopting a Hindu practice and culture. When and why did you first identify as Hindu? I started exploring a Hindu identification pretty immediately. … Continue reading Interview on Hindu Identity

Review: “The Town That Food Saved”

What is the potential of locally-focused food enterprises for economic and community revitalization? That question is at the heart of an endearing, if sometimes rambling, book by Vermont farmer Ben Hewitt. The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food (Rodale Press, 2009) examines the role of food-based enterprises in the … Continue reading Review: “The Town That Food Saved”

Yamuna

This post is part of a series, Snapshots of the Eco-Village A day at Govardhan Eco-Village was incomplete without a visit to the Yamuna River. While the 'original' Yamuna is in Vrindavan, over 1000 km away, the 'Yamuna River' at the Eco-Village is a small pond turned into a (solar) motor-powered stream, complete with waterfalls, … Continue reading Yamuna

Love and Cows

This post is part of a series, Snapshots of the Eco-Village When I’m not working on my project, I’m most likely to be found in the goshala (cow barn). Situated on the Eastern side of the Eco-Village right up against Kohoj Mountain, the goshala has a beautiful view of the dry scrubby mountainside and lush … Continue reading Love and Cows

Embraced By Your Gaze

This post is part of a series, Snapshots of the Eco-Village Stories about Govardhan Eco Village would be incomplete without a story about Govardhan itself! Amongst the many ‘replicas’ at GEV is a replica Govardhan Hill in the center of the forest. Near Vrindavan (Bhauma Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh) is a hill called Govardhan, one … Continue reading Embraced By Your Gaze

Mood of Surrender

Part of a series, Snapshots of the Eco-Village The Vrindavan Forest lies in the middle of the Eco-Village. The 5-acre forest is a ‘replica’ of the sacred Vrindavan Dham, in both physical attributes and mood, with scale replicas of the seven Goswami temples of Vrindavan, dioramas representing major lilas (mystical pastimes), and various areas like … Continue reading Mood of Surrender

Mangalarati

This post is part of a series: Snapshots of the Eco-Village. It’s 4:15 AM. The sleepy murmur of chanting fills the temple as devotees sit in early morning meditation. Although many remain asleep, those who have awakened early are alert and focused on their precious moments of silence with their meditation on the Holy Name. … Continue reading Mangalarati