Bhakti Collective

  • NAMARUPA Issuse 10 Vol.05

  • Sita Sings the Blues

    FILM SCREENING/REVIEW: A screening and review of Nina Paley’s Animated feature film Sita Sings the Blues.

  • Seven Ways In Which Hearing Sacred Texts Purifies the Mind

    Dhanudhara Swami on Bhakti’s First Limb: Sravanam (Hearing)

  • Sri Ramanuja on Karmayoga

    Sri Ramanuja is one of the great teachers of karmayoga, the discipline which unites action and contemplation. In his commentary on the Bhagavad-gita, Ramanuja argues that karmayoga is essential for all yogins, and is especially important in preparing oneself for higher practices of bhakti. I have translated the following commentary, which provides insight into a…

  • Constructing the Exotic /A Review of the Art of Michael Bühler-Rose

    [In a article for Whitewall Magazine, Meenakshi Thirukode reviews Construction of the Exotic, a recent photo series, by contributing writer Michael Bühler-Rose. Enjoy the article below. The entire series can be viewed at his website Michael Bühler-Rose. Kaustubha das] Whitewall’s South Asian Art Expert, Meenakshi Thirukode, looks at Michael Buhler Rose’s recent photo series,…

  • An Appeal for the Merciful Sidelong Glance of Sri Radha

    Sometimes called the national anthem of Vrindavan, here is Sri Sri Radha-kripa-kataksha-stava-raja (The King of Prayers which Petitions the Merciful Sidelong Glance of Srimati Radharani) from the Urdhvamnaya-tantra. Spoken by Lord Shiva and composed in a lovely meter, this exceptional prayer is daily sung in a charming melody by many Brijabasis (Vrindavan residents).

  • A Review of Stephen Phillips’ Yoga, Karma and Rebirth

    Phillips rightly criticizes the trenchant world-denying escapism of classical Yoga, illustrating that it is both philosophically and yogically problematic. He rather embraces what is best in tantric thought: the idea that yoga practice is not merely meant for escape, but at best, to positively transform the world (especially ourselves as parts of the world).

  • Radhanath Swami on Sita’s Banishment

    “This banishment of Sita, amongst people who have gone deep into the subject, is a very profound meditation on the loving exchange between her and Rama. This conclusion that I am speaking has been passed down for millennia. And how God and Goddess, male and female aspects, how they shared the ecstasy of love for…

  • 108 Names of Lord Krishna

    Aug 13, 2009 marks the celebration of Sri Krishna Janmashtami (the Birth of Lord Krishna). On this day it is a common practice to chant 108 names of Krishna. Below you will find a particular collection of 108 names composed by Srila Rupa Goswami which is included in his most beautiful collection of prayers named…

  • New Yoga Sutras Translation

    Those who are familiar with Edwin Bryant know him to be both a scholar and a serious yoga practitioner. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (North Point Press 2009) is the product of both “sides” coming together in a wonderful way.

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