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…

Explorations in Tantra and Bhakti

Jatipura Took a chill day at home with Vallabhdas and Premdas, while Vraja Gopi took the visitors around on Vrindavan yatra. I had a chance to do a brief interview with Premdas ji, Dr. David Haberman, asking him about his sense of the differences and overlap between the whole “tantra” and “bhakti” philosophies here—definitely added…

Ciraghat

Yatra Vraja yatra continues, with Vraj Gopi, Mohan and the gang. And here is where not writing immediately after the day’s events is revealed to be the key to forgetting all details in the swirl and madness of all these colorful crazy adventures. I literally, barely 24 hours later, can hardly remember quite which twists…

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…

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…

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…