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…

NYC>Delhi

Early Monday  I write this while nestling into my small room here at the Abracadabra guest house, tucked behind the Janpath Tibetan markets near Connaught Circus in downtown Delhi. It’s just past four twenty in the morning, and the jetlag has begun. The long flight direct from New York via a cramped middle seat on…

Ananda Ashram bliss realm: this weekend!

The fall kirtan season continues to dazzle: this weekend, Sept. 26-28, I’ll be with Shyamdas at Ananda Ashram in Monroe NY, just over an hour northwest of NYC. This annual “bhakti immersion” weekend is always a real treat! So I encourage you to join us in the ecstatic realm of Ananda, one of the oldest…

A weekend in Balkh & Mazar-e-Sharif

Back in Kabul Afghanistan 8:05 a.m. Well, so much for flying to Delhi last week. We just couldn’t drag ourselves away yet from this first engagement with Afghanistan—so we changed our tickets (at no cost, thank you Afghan air travel system) and went exploring furthur into the Afghan hill country. Nothing like 20+ hours of driving…

A Week in Radhe Radhe Land

A few scattered thoughts looking back on a week spent in Vrindavan, the sacred land of Lord Krishna’s youthful exploits. We are now back in Delhi, at the Abracadabra Guest House complete with A/C, half-decent electricity (supplemented by our new maha Voltage Stabilizer and power strip!), finishing up work and regrouping for departure soon for…

To Afghanistan

Abracadabra GH, Delhi After all the thinking and weighing and wondering and absorbing global concern about it, it’s time: we are going to Afghanistan today. The taxi to Indira Gandhi International Airport arrives in about half an hour, so this’ll be a quick note.

My official invitation to Afghanistan

TMF_Invitation_Letter_Adam.pdf Awesome!  I just received this official invitation from the Turquoise Mountain Foundation to come and stay with them in Kabul Afghanistan. My good friend Jenny Hartley from upcountry Maine has been over in Pakistan and recently Kabul at several points in the last couple years (in between rounds of medical school) lending her considerable energy…