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

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

Musings on Govardhan

Happy Govardhan Utsav! Govardhan Utsav (also called Annakuta) marks the day during the sacred month of Karttika when, at Krishna's persuasion, the Vrajabasis made an offering to Govardhan Hill in place of their annual Indra-yagna. I find this story incredibly confusing and wanted to try to unpack it a little. It's funny; Govardhan and Giriraj … Continue reading Musings on Govardhan

Miserliness of Heart (Karttika 2012)

Well, I’m back. Back at Princeton, back to “life,” and back to myself, a little bit. The last week has been very rough, psychologically, and since arriving on campus I’ve tried to gain a little more groundedness and perspective. A lot of my problems come from not appreciating my actual situation and living instead in … Continue reading Miserliness of Heart (Karttika 2012)

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)

Sleeping with the Sacred (Karttika 2012)

It’s said that every time of suffering is a blessing spiritually, and an opportunity to move closer to God. I’ve always found this to be true; I sit closer to Krishna when I’m suffering, and my faith is strengthened from it. One of the greatest blessings of the last month has been the sense of … Continue reading Sleeping with the Sacred (Karttika 2012)

The Perfect Storm (Karttika 2012)

I woke up this morning in the midst of the perfect storm. My trip was put on hold and students were sent home to weather out these two days, so I and another participant made the short trip back to my family home in Brooklyn. My bed is right next to the window, so during … Continue reading The Perfect Storm (Karttika 2012)

Stuck in Temporality (Karttika 2012)

I’m in NYC this week for fall break but am leading a fall breakout trip (hence no home and no rest!). It’s a trip studying religious diversity & faith-based service in urban communities and we’re traveling all around the city over the course of the next week visiting different communities and doing service projects. Well, … Continue reading Stuck in Temporality (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