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

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

Facing the Homeless

A few days ago I was walking through midtown Manhattan and passed by a young-ish man sitting on the edge of the crowded sidewalk. Eyes half-lidded as in a trance, he held in his hand a US Military ID: the cardboard sign leaning against his knees said “Homeless Veteran, Please Help.” Growing up and living in … Continue reading Facing the Homeless

Nearing the End

It's nearly the end of Karttika. These last several days have been a bit more challenging. Even though I felt like I was getting adequate nutrition before, last week I just started feeling very low energy in the evenings. I've ended up taking ekadasi-style prasad in the evenings but I still go to bed hungry. … Continue reading Nearing the End