Remembering Her Grace Rasajna Devi Dasi

This morning I got the news that my dear god-sister, Her Grace Rasajna devi
dasi, passed away from this world. I will miss her dearly. I can’t remember
where I heard the saying, but it goes something like, “One will be remembered
more for how one made others feel than for what one has accomplished.” I think
of Rasa in this way. It’s not that she didn’t have significant accomplishments,
but whatever she accomplished is over-shadowed by the simple fact that there
was just nothing bad in her heart.

The Mother, The Mind, and Food

Recently my mother related to me how she was advising her daughter-in-law, who had become overwhelmed with the responsibilities of her family and job. She quoted to her daughter-in-law a Yiddish saying that her own mother told her when my mother was similarly overwhelmed with the care of her three young sons. She said something […]

Kirtan and Humility or: Scrambled Thoughts on Grass

“One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than a blade of grass, more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige and ready to offer all respects to others. In such a state of mind one can chant constantly.” (Shri Shikshastakam […]

Windows to the Material World

I just finished assembling my journals into book form for a final edit. Fortunately, I finished the work before my computer crashed. I knew it was on the blink, but I dreaded the day when it need to be sent for repair. Leaving the shop on my way home, however, I felt a surprising relief, […]