Traditional Life in India

Downtown Vrindavan

Usually when someone mentions the downtown area of a city it conjures up images of big buildings, traffic jams, bars and discos. But downtown Vrindavan is a different story. The center of Vrindavan is full of ancient temples, deities, sadhus, stores selling devotional paraphernalia and cows and monkeys meandering through the streets. The other day [...]

Simple Living And High Thinking

This morning in our travels we came across an ashram of 6 sadhus living a simple life in the jungle. The ashram was near a small pond, where the sadhus get their water. They have a vegetable garden full of vegetables and a goshala with 10 cows and a bull. They worship Jagannatha Deities with [...]

Three more days..

Three more days left in Bhutan. Bhutan is a country with a mosaic of cultures, lifestyles, languages and spiritual traditions. Unlike many countries, spiritual values, traditional arts, age-old ceremonies, festivals and social conduct are not remnants of a bygone age. I have learned a lot here and hope to use the knowledge in service to [...]

The Glory of India

“Such is the magnificent land we call Hindoostan which, lying under a gentle serene sky, warmed all the year by the beneficent rays of the sun, enjoys days almost without interruption. Such is Hindoostan, of all regions of the globe the most fitted to unite all the advantages of nature and of civilization.” [ Collin [...]

Spring Festival

Vasant panchami is the first day of spring and all of Vrindavan is awash with yellow. The people wear yellow, the deities in the temples are dressed in yellow, yellow banners are flown everywhere … everywhere yellow, yellow, yellow! It’s a festive day with kirtan, parades and special deity darsans all around town. It’s also [...]

Govindaji on New Years Day

I made it to Jaipur just in time for the final evening arotik on New Year’s day. The temple was packed and Radha Govinda looked regal and splendid on Their large silver alter. I prayed for Their mercy that I may always be engaged in spreading Their glories and one day awaken my dormant love [...]

The Best Place

“India is the place for worshiping or for cultivating spiritual life.” [ SB 7.14.29, purport ]

In Ujjain

I arrived in Ujjain where tomorrow I will attend the wedding of Srimati Ratna Radhika dasi, the daughter of my godbrother Batu Gopal das and Guru Bhakti dasi. The groom is Sriman Aditya Narayana dasa. Then I will take advantage of being here to visit some of the numerous holy places in the area; including [...]

Very Inauspicious

This evening India will feel the full effect of the upcoming lunar eclipse. Eclipse’s are considered very inauspicious in Vedic culture. An eclipse is whenever the demon Rahu is attempting to devour the sun or moon. As a precaution all 5,000 temples in Vrindavan were closed by 9AM this morning and won’t open until tomorrow. [...]

Learning From the Past

“In the old days life was not so much conditional and encumbered. The simple problems were then the problems of bread, clothing and shelter which were solved by the simplest process. By agriculture they used to solve the bread, clothing and shelter problems and industrialization was unknown to them. Thus they had no idea of [...]