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

An Adventure, and Meditation on Sloth (Karttika 2012)

I missed yesterday’s post; it ended up being a bit of a crazy day. I biked into Lower Manhattan to drop off some supplies at my temple and to check out the scene. People were using fire-hoses to “de-water” their basements and shops all over Lower Manhattan and pushing their flooded-out cars down the block, … Continue reading An Adventure, and Meditation on Sloth (Karttika 2012)

Navadurga: Chandraghanta – Courage and Tranquility

Originally posted on the Princeton Hindu Satsangam blog as part of our Navratri series.Last year at Diwali at the Chapel, I shared a med­i­ta­tion on the story of Hanu­manji and the stone bridge. I spoke about a near-death expe­ri­ence and find­ing strength to pull through from call­ing on God’s name. In the Ramayana, build­ing the bridge to … Continue reading Navadurga: Chandraghanta – Courage and Tranquility

Navadurga Brahmacharini: Blessing the Seeker

Originally posted on the Princeton Hindu Satsangam blog as part of our Navratri series.When I was assigned to reflect on the sec­ond form of Devi, I was both excited and intim­i­dated to med­i­tate on the Divine as the bestower of grace and patron of spir­i­tual seek­ers. Brah­macharini, the form of Devi who is hon­ored on … Continue reading Navadurga Brahmacharini: Blessing the Seeker

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

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

Questioning the Divine: The Creator in the Rig Veda

The question that has stood out most in my mind as I've been exploring the Rig Veda and other early Hindu scriptures has been on the conception of the Divine laid out in these texts. They way they conceptualize and relate to the Divine is very different, surprisingly so. In this post I've given an … Continue reading Questioning the Divine: The Creator in the Rig Veda