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  • The Journey Home

    The Journey Home by Radhanath Swami

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

    The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Edwin F. Bryant

  • ESSAY: Dhanurdhara Swami discusses in depth “Is there therapy in the Vedas?” and examines the effect of one’s nature, actions, environment and heartfelt devotion on the development of a healthy mind.

  • Sri Krishnamacharya’s Anjali-mudra

    Behind every ritual should be meditation. Below one can read a short excerpt from the article My Studies With Sri Krishnamacharya by Srivatsa Ramaswami which originally appeared in NAMARUPA magazine. It is a description of the care his teacher showed, both externally and within, in folding his palms to offer prayer (anjali-mudra). Sri Krishnamacharya, (1888-1989),…

  • Book Review: The Journey Home – Autobiography of an American Swami

    Every now and then a book is released which becomes a spiritual classic–a book that brings people in touch with a distant world, opens minds to new possibilities and becomes standard reading for spiritual seekers. Autobiography of a Yogi and Be Here Now come to mind. With the release of The Journey Home – Autobiography…

  • The Holy Appearance of Sri Caitanya

    To celebrate Gaura Purnima – the holy appearance of Sri Caitanya, I will share some verses of the book Sri Caitanya Candramrita by Sri Prabhodhananda Saraswati. Please forgive the lack of the original Sanskrit as well as my ignorance of the translator (Kushakrata dasa?) and the artist of the painting above. The verses below, Texts…

  • Slumdog Millionaire: An Oscar for Hope in the Face of Hopelessness

    Even as the world celebrates the eight Oscars that “Slumdog Millionaire” took home tonight – including the coveted Best Picture and props to A.R. Rehman’s infectious soundtrack – in its native Mumbai, the film remains a hotbed of controversy and a musical metaphor for India’s conflicted view of itself. It is hailed for shedding light…

  • Shivaratri in Vrindavan

    On February, 23 the celebration of Maha Shivaratri was observed at the ancient Temple of Gopishwara Mahadeva in Vrindavan. Vaishnava’s honor the various Devas, seeing them as exemplar devotees of Lord Vishnu or Krishna. So in Vrindavan, the holy town of Krishna bhakti, Krishna devotees, following the edict of Srimad-bhagavatam, Vaishnavanam yatha shambhu,[1. Shambhu (Lord…


    SLIDESHOW: Stunning Photos of the Pushya Abhisek/Flower Festival, at the Radha Gopinath Temple in Mumbai, by Stephan Crasneanscki.

  • Flower Festival In Mumbai!/SLIDESHOW

    On January 31, I was fortunate to be present at the Radha Gopinath Temple in Mumbai for their annual Pushya Abhishek, a devotional festival in which the temple congregation comes together to profusely decorate the deities of Radha and Krishna with flowers, and then offer them an extended shower of over a ton of fresh…

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