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

Snapshots at the Eco Village

I’ve spent the last two and a half months volunteering at Govardhan Eco-Village in Maharashtra, India. The Eco-Village – ‘GEV,’ as we call it – was established 12 years ago by His Holiness Radhanath Swami as a Krishna Conscious rural farm community offering spiritual education, rural development, Ayurvedic healing, environmental-sustainability R&D, and a sattvik (peaceful … Continue reading Snapshots at the Eco Village

Discovering Socially Engaged Buddhism in Thailand

"How can we use Buddhist values to create a better society?" This is the central question posed by the International Network of Engaged Buddhists, and it was the question framing a two-week training on Socially Engaged Buddhism that I and eight other Princeton students were fortunate to participate in this summer. Socially Engaged Buddhism teaches … Continue reading Discovering Socially Engaged Buddhism in Thailand

The Meaning of Diwali: Love, Justice, and Community

Excerpted from a post originally published on the Huffington Post. Read more (and comment responsibly) here. Today is Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. It's a holiday celebrating the triumph of good over evil, of justice over injustice, of... To be honest, these phrases, rolling so easily off the tongue in answer to the inquisitive … Continue reading The Meaning of Diwali: Love, Justice, and Community

Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.

Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods. - C. S. Lewis I’m in the midst of a monthlong “vacation” of some kind – that interval between summer work and college where most people unplug on some level to travel, visit friends, and relax. … Continue reading Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.

An Argument for Dedication

This post is a follow-up to my last post on Spiritual Relativism. I'll be more direct here on why a parampara is important and hope that readers can understand where I'm coming from - and respond to points of offense. I'll also note that this is focused on spiritual relativism/spiritual exploration as relevant to the yoga … Continue reading An Argument for Dedication

Alternate Time: Friendship and Revelation in the Bhagavad-Gita

An essay on how the Bhagavad-Gita occurs as a moment of "expansion of time" in the Mahabharata. I have taken a relationship-centric perspective (or, perhaps, a bhakti perspective), arguing that Arjuna's existential crisis and a deepening of the relationship between Krishna and Arjuna is the inner purpose for this dialogue. It has been pointed out … Continue reading Alternate Time: Friendship and Revelation in the Bhagavad-Gita

Like Sunshine Through Fog

Over the course of my spiritual journey from my Episcopal childhood through some kind of atheism to Vaishnav Hinduism I’ve learned a lot about appreciating truths in many faiths, and appreciating the beauty of practice and worship. One of the main messages that has guided me through the rollercoaster ride of my own journey towards … Continue reading Like Sunshine Through Fog