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Chris Fici
Christopher Fici is a writer/minister/teacher of the Hindu Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition, based in New York City.

He is currently studying for his Master's degree in Eco-Theology at Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York. The focus of his studies is the anticipatory community, or communities anticipating the change from our unsustainable fossil-fuel framework towards a more ecologically-sound present and future.

He has spent the last five years studying and living as a monk in Vaisnava communities in West Virginia and in New York City, where he is associated with The Bhakti Center. During his time as a monk, he taught vegetarian cooking classes, and courses on the philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita at New York University and Columbia University. He is also involved in Interfaith work in New York City with Faith House and Local Faith Communities.

Christopher is an avid blogger, focused on the spiritual side of ecological and sustainability issues at his blog The Yoga of Ecology. He also contributes to Beliefnet, Elephant Journal, Good Business International, and State of Formation.

Entries by Chris Fici

Letting Go of Unnecessary Necessities

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 6:29 PM

In a time and a place and a planet in which the way we live, the way we see ourselves, the way we see each other, and the way we understand what we mean by culture, community, and civilization is under new and constant threat, we need people who have...

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The Sacred Art and Duty of Cow Protection

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 10:30 AM

How we treat our mother cow will define the very course and future of our civilization.

Wait... the cow?

For most Western people, when we think of the cow we think of her as dinner, as the skin behind a slick new coat or a sturdy new pair of shoes....

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Essential Wisdom for Our Existential Crisis: Mahabharata, the Eternal Quest

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 9:19 PM


Hopelessness is often the first reaction when we consider our mounting existential crisis. We feel it in our gut, in our mind, in our soul, whenever we consider the plight of our ecology, our economy, our consciousness, our relationships, our hope, our children,...

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Faith Journeys, Faith Collisions, and Hip-hop: A Dialogue at the Rubin Museum

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 2:01 PM

Photo by Shanta K. Sukhu (Copyright: Invite Photography)

On Friday, Sept. 14, the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan helped to launch Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine, the provocative, stirring, and enlightening new autobiography from Gadadhara Pandit Dasa,...

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The Yoga of Ecology: The Garden of Seven Gates

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 10:27 AM

When I tell folks that my main course of study at Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York is eco-theology, I get either knowing nods or quizzical looks. In either case, it doesn't take much explanation to show that the Earth and the Divine are inherently connected, that...

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The Yoga of Ecology: The Teaching Garden

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 4:19 PM


In a previous blog exactly a year ago here on HuffPost, I shared the philosophy of "simple living and high thinking" as presented by the eminent Vedic teacher/scholar A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. In carrying the timeless wisdom of the bhakti-yoga...

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The Yoga of Ecology: A Day in the Life of the Green Wheeling Initiative

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 9:46 AM


In my previous "Yoga of Ecology" post, I shared the truly brilliant and compassionate work of the Green Wheeling Initiative (GWI), a grassroots ground-up local food movement in Wheeling, W. Va. The GWI is helping the diverse peoples of...

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The Storms We Chase

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 12:34 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

I've always wanted to be a storm chaser. I still do. Some of my formative experiences as a kid were watching dramatic storm chasing videos. One...

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The Yoga of Ecology: The Green Wheeling Initiative

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 9:56 AM


My hands in the soil eco-theology transcending my nature-deficit-disorder Farm Yatra summer tour continues as I return to a place I called home for two very formative years in my life: the New Vrindaban bhakti-yoga spiritual community, located in the Appalachian...

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The Yoga of Ecology: More From Bluestone Farm

(2) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 12:15 PM


One of the most amazing things that I heard about at our student orientation at Union Theological Seminary last fall was the existence of the "nun farm." Claire West, a Masters of Divinity student and one of the people behind the Edible Churchyard project...

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The Yoga of Ecology at Bluestone Farm (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 7:31 PM


The Yoga of Ecology blog originally began in 2008 as a chronicle of the spiritually inspired agricultural exploits of the Small Farm Training Center project at the New Vrindaban bhakti-yoga community in the foothills of the West Virginia Panhandle. I wanted to...

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A Yogi at Union Seminary: A Year in the Books and the Dirt

(3) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 3:09 PM

What did this aspiring Hindu yogi realize after my first year at the progressive Christian institution of Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York?

I realized that in going to Christian seminary that I no longer belong to Christianity, the religion of my upbringing and cultural...

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Why This Devotee of God Doesn't Think Atheists Are Demonic

(293) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 4:41 PM

There are two kinds of people in this world: devotees and demons.

I think this is absolutely true.

But let's parse this out a bit.

First of all, what is the source of my seemingly eccentric and dogmatic statement?

In the 16th chapter of the Bhagavad-Gita,

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To The Ashes, To The Soil, I Gladly Return

(20) Comments | Posted February 17, 2013 | 3:31 PM

Lent note: HuffPost Religion invites you to share your Lent reflections, experiences, stories and photos with us. Send them to and check out our Lent liveblog.

This "lapsed Catholic"/retired Hindu monk/bhakti-yogi/radical seminarian gladly received ashes on his forehead at the culmination of our annual Ash...

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The Spiritually Urgent Response to Our Ecological Crisis

(14) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 4:42 PM

Continuing my series on being 'A Yogi at Union' with an exploration on the need for an urgent and compassionate call from the spiritual/theological tradition concerning our existential ecological crisis.

You can check out more at the Union In Dialogue blog at the website for Union...

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'Three Testaments': A Revolutionary Synthesis

(13) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 2:11 PM

"Three Testaments" is a revolutionary work, the first time editions of the Torah, the Gospels of the New Testament, and the Quran has been published in one work. Edited by independent scholar and United Church of Christ minister Dr. Brian Arthur Brown, with contributions from a...

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A Post-Christian Hindu Yogi In Communion

(10) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 4:36 PM

Continuing my series on being "A Yogi at Union," I explore a unexpected evolution in my spiritual identity as a Christian and beyond, through a meditation on returning to the sacrament of communion here at Union Theological Seminary.

You can check out more at the Union...

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Can a Hare Krishna Yogi Have a Social Gospel?

(13) Comments | Posted October 14, 2012 | 8:45 AM

Continuing my series on being "A Yogi at Union," I humbly try to explore how my tradition of bhakti-yoga, or the "Hare Krishna" tradition, acknowledges the struggle for justice in this world. How does my tradition offer substance to the struggle for meaning that exists for the oppressed, and the...

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A Hindu at Union Theological Seminary

(6) Comments | Posted September 9, 2012 | 6:19 PM

Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.

Charles Dickens

For the next two years (and perhaps beyond), I have the privilege of calling Union Theological Seminary my school and my...

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An American Kid Joins the Premier League

(7) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 1:37 PM

I, a warm-blooded, (formerly) meat-and-potatoes American kid, have decided to join the worldwide multitudes who call themselves devotees of the Barclays Premier League (EPL).

This is a conscious decision. It is a devotion not pre-programmed into my sporting consciousness, having been raised in Detroit, Michigan, where the closest...

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