Praying for help

Jatipura Most of the group—Anja, Ishwari, Majer, Vraja Gopi and her sister, Laney/Leela, Premdas, Govind and Mohan—went on full parikrama around Govardhan Hill today; I was feeling more contemplative and solitudinous so I stayed behind to chill a bit with Vallabhdas and my own self. In recent days I’d been communicating a bit with a…

a dandavat parikrama

Jatipura, India A mellow day here at the Hill. Another round of goodbyes as Shari, Alexandra, Sharon and Jules bid their farewells and continued down their respective roads. The moon is almost full today so the pilgrims were flooding the circumambulatory paths of the Govardhan parikrama. I missed it but the big news on that…

Back in India

 Jatipura Arrived to Delhi at midnight this morning (to see the above airport welcome sign), picked up smoothly and arrived to the Kothari Guest House by 3:30 am or so. Awoke by 10 and showered up, ran into Sophia and some of the satsang who are staying here also, and then wandered over to the…

From Death to Life

How does one move on after the sudden and unexpected death of a beloved friend, collaborator and inspiration? I guess I’m finding out the hard way. I’ve been very blessed in my life, and one of the biggest blessings of the last decade has been an ongoing musical and devotional relationship with one of the…

India Travel – March 15, 2012

12:53 a.m. Ah, finally: I have left Delhi, and after a dusty 4 hour+ ride have made it back to Vrindavan area, near Shyamdas’ home in Jatipura overlooking the big temple on Govardhan Hill. 10 days after getting off the airplane, I am finally back in India! Chilled out at Shyam’s for a couple hours…

India Travel – March 12, 2012

5:30 a.m. Once again, not sleeping well—this time barking dogs waking me at midnight and mosquitos doing their damage in the 1am – 5am  window. The upside being that I get to once again enjoy the mystically redolent pre-dawn call to prayer from the local neighborhood mosque. My time in Afghanistan several years back really…

Leaving Vrindavan

Vrindavan, India 9:25 a.m. Now this is an unusual and wonderful farewell from Maha Vraja: a major thunder and lightning storm sweeping over Vrindavan right now as I write on our last morning. Not sure I’ve ever really seen anything like this here in the Jan-April months—a refreshing change of pace from the dust and swelter…