Waste and Void: The 2019 Wildfires and Jeremiah

Originally published in SAGE Magazine, February 2020 As a student of religions and ecology, the times I’ve spent in the tropics have afforded me a special affection for these places. While my own affections cannot compare to those of someone tied to a place by blood or birth, I’ve come to deeply appreciate the tropics … Continue reading Waste and Void: The 2019 Wildfires and Jeremiah

Holy Land

Originally published in SAGE Magazine, a publication of Yale School of the Environment. Read the original here. lived in a small community outside Wheeling, West Virginia for seven months in 2020. New Vrindaban – a spiritual community drawing on Vaisnava Hindu tradition, current population 100 people and 70 cows – was my refuge from COVID-19; … Continue reading Holy Land

Giriraj’s Radical Love

A homily/essay written for Govardhan Puja, October 28, 2019. There are those certain holidays when you just want to be with your people. Depending on your upbringing, it might be Thanksgiving; Christmas; Yom Kippur; Diwali; for me, Govardhan Puja ranks high on that list. No matter where I am, on Govardhan Puja I make it … Continue reading Giriraj’s Radical Love

Flowing with the River

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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

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

Reverence for the Earth

Originally written for the magazine "Mandir Vani," Allegra Lovejoy and Parth Parihar are sharing our article here. Dharmic traditions are Earth-honoring traditions. While the prevailing response to climate change in the West has emphasized stewardship and responsible management (i.e., for future generations), the dharmic standpoint accords moral value, even divinity, to the environment itself, independently … Continue reading Reverence for the Earth

Ahimsa: Protecting Our Sacred Waters

Written for GreenFaith Our Voices and originally posted at http://ourvoices.net/evoke/blog/sacred-waters/view In June, I had the honor of joining fifty-five other young religious leaders in a GreenFaith Climate Convergence to learn about challenges presented by climate change in Louisiana and to find our voices in responding to ecological destruction. The very first part of our week together was a … Continue reading Ahimsa: Protecting Our Sacred Waters

Merciful Goddess

I spent the weekend before my birthday studying the Devi Mahatmyam and meditating on Divine Consciousness with two wonderful and wise teachers. They guided us through some stories from the Devi Mahatmyam, described qualities of the Divine, and guided us in love-filled asana and pranayama sessions. The retreat, held during the first three days of … Continue reading Merciful Goddess