Full moon, Vraja Valentine’s Day

Vraja Phew. I would have been very happy to enjoy the down day everyone else at the temple was relishing, but instead I grabbed a car and driver and left the sticks of Jatipura to have a full day in the big city of Vrindavan. First stop was down to Sadhu Maharaj’s Munger Mandir, where…

Vrindavan day trip w/the satsang

Vrindavan, India Today was Vrindavan day. Mellow morning hang at the Gusainji casa, then noon time a bunch of us took two cars down into full Loi Bazar lila. I was happy to ride down and enjoy some car time with David Premdas Haberman, a Pushti scholar and colleague of Shyamdas—just a sweetheart of a…

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…

Murtis in their Natural Habitat

One of the more unusual items I have collected and offered in my Dharma work over recent years has been a constellation of old marble murtis, the temple statuary seen ubiquitously in homes, temples and roadside shrines across India. When properly installed, these murtis are considered literal forms of the divine, and worshipped as a manifestation…

Swimming in Devotional Art

I’ve been digging through some of my old travel photography, being instantly drawn back into past adventures the way rummaging through old photographs allows us to do. When people visit my Dharma Boutique shop they often comment on the smell as they come into the rooms (“Oh, it reminds me of India!”), as so many…

Masters and Simplicity: The Veena Makers

We were in south India, and in search of a harmonium maker. After asking around, we were assured that the right place had been found, and a few of us hopped into some tuk-tuks and headed out, down bouncy dirt roads, far out of town, until we came to this small workshop, which was NOT…