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spiritual walkers.
April 29, 2008, 9:44 pm
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I remember this song when I was a kid. I don’t know what got me to remember it but i feel it is all about Sankirtan devotees.

“Spiritual Walkers”

They knock on your door
You laugh in their face
They tell you its time to pray
They give you a book
And tell you to read
And point to the Judgment Day

People say they live dangerously
Walking places they should not be
But they will walk their lives
With a never ending light
They will walk their lives
til they shine the light
Of truth into your life

They sit on a stump
You run from their sight
To not hear the holy word
They sing and they chant
They preach and they speak
In tongues you have never heard

But people say they live dangerously
Walking places they should not be
But they will walk their lives
With a never ending light
They will walk their lives
til they shine the light
Of truth into your life

Havent you ever encountered the spiritual walkers
They just walk the light through the day through the night
Havent you ever encountered the spiritual walkers
They just walk the light through the day through the night
Walk on …

On corners of streets
And airports of tents
They reach out for you to come in
They have no defense
Except inner sense
And knowing the Almighty Friend

People say they live dangerously
Walking places they should not be
But they will walk their lives
With a never ending light
They will walk their lives
til they shine the light
Of truth into your life truth into your life

Havent you ever encountered the spiritual walkers
They just walk the light through the day through the night
Havent you ever encountered the spiritual walkers
They just walk the light through the day through the night
(repeat)

Come on and shine that light through the day through the night
Havent you ever encountered the spiritual walkers
They just walk the light through the day through the night
Even though when they knock on your door
You laugh in their face
You run from their sight
Not to hear the holy word
They have no defense
Except inner sense
Havent you

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sutra yudha accha goshale
April 17, 2008, 2:36 pm
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The Acharya has arrived and each moment is filled with laughter and enlightenment. He has been here for two weeks now. This is why it has been so long since I have written.

He treats us so wonderfully, so respectfully despite our being so junior to him and our inability to serve properly. A true father in every sense, he desires only our spiritual growth and consistent engagement in devotional service. He encourages and encourages us to serve and try to love Krsna as a person. He expands our vision and breaks us out of our box as we go on long walks through the forest and near the river. We find soccer balls and kick them around and plan out softball games. We lay in the grass and make funny jokes by translating phrases into sanskrit. Like the above.

Last night there was an initiation where two young students committed to the path of Bhakti Yoga. He explained many many things about diksa and the latin root of the word devotee. De-voto: to live by a vow. To be a true devotee means we have live by certain vows which we make to the Lord. There was much more than this. Acharyadeva was very appreciative of the evening and stated it was just like “the old days”. We packed in the small living room and danced in celebration for the dedication of the two recent initiates. When I looked around during our Ekadasi feast I realized that out of the 30 people in the room there was not one married person, everyone was young with the exception or Acharyadeva.

So, all is well and getting better.

If you are reading this, I miss you and look forward to the next time we can meet. Hare Krishna.

I will try to write more and post some of the hundreds of recent photos with Acaryadeva.



spring cleaning.
April 3, 2008, 3:42 pm
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It has been a long time…

Spring break, lots of yoga, NYC, college lectures, new friends, too much pizza, thai restaurants, undercover operations, deity seva, great association, late nights, early mornings, fights, broken relationships, and more!

I always feel that no matter what situations I am in I have to keep on keeping on.  I know that troubles come and troubles go. A situation changes, an other person changes, I change… something has to give. Winter and summer seasons right? Well things have changed. I gave in to some part of humility. Another soul also gave in. Cooperation. Cooperation. Cooperation. SP said, “You can show your love for me by how you cooperate with one another.” We were like two students pinching their teacher as they massage him. Something like that. Spring time is for cleaning the house, relationships, sadhana etc. Relationships are sadhana. True sadhana.

Today as I left the yoga studio chanting japa I decided to  walk counterclockwise around town and headed to the Farmacy. I purchased organic figs and an Honest Tea. My favorite is Black Forest Berry with no caffeine. I sat outside reading the newspaper and spoke with a few friends who work there and who came to purchase groceries. I felt very content overall. Very relieved after having mended a few relationships and looking forward to the next two months with our special guest! I was reflecting on the last few months as I opened my Honest tea and read the inner message on the bottle cap. It read….

“If you are going though hell, keep going.”-Winston Churchill