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A Diwali Reflection: The Exchange of Lamps

Vineet Chander | Posted 10.23.2014 | Religion
Vineet Chander

The heart is the place where we keep that which we treasure the most. What might it mean to make our hearts a temple?

Yoga Deepens Its Roots in the West

Ravé Mehta | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Ravé Mehta

What happens when over 3,000 yoga practitioners converge in the middle of the high desert to celebrate four days of yoga, kirtan, and music? Bhakti...

WHY Music: Dharmony and the Essence of Who We Are

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 09.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Frank Fitzpatrick

Music is a powerful form of alchemy that allows us to connect, on a deeply visceral and emotional level, to who we are and to our sense of belonging and purpose in the world. It even enables us to feel connected to the world we of the great unseen.

Music, Media and Storytelling

Kanniks Kannikeswaran | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Kanniks Kannikeswaran

The stories we tell and the themes that we communicate through music do have a lasting effect on the audience. We as musicians and composers have with us a unique opportunity and a responsibility; that of telling stories that can empower communities and enable six billion of us human beings to create new possibilities for a shared future.

The Yoga of Ecology: The Garden of Seven Gates

Chris Fici | Posted 10.19.2013 | Green
Chris Fici

I am more convinced than ever that to work and create earth-centered ecologically-sound communities and local food cultures, grounded in the timeless wisdom of ancient spiritual tradition, is the most vital justice work of our time and also the true spiritual revolution of our time.

The Yoga of Ecology: The Teaching Garden

Chris Fici | Posted 10.07.2013 | Green
Chris Fici

The Teaching Garden is an example of small-scale biodiversity, empowering the local community with local food culture.

To The Ashes, To The Soil, I Gladly Return

Chris Fici | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion
Chris Fici

I appreciated the dirtiness of our Ash Wednesday retreat, and by dirtiness I mean the reminder that the soil, the ground, and the earth that is the very foundation of our bodily existence is something that we must not lose touch with.

A Valentine to Love

Lissa Coffey | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Lissa Coffey

Let's love the highest, starting with ourselves. This is where we start. This is where the seed is planted, where love can grow, and thrive, and blossom within each one of us into a delightful bounty that can be shared.

Arjuna's Grief: A Hindu Mourns The Newtown Tragedy

Vineet Chander | Posted 02.16.2013 | Religion
Vineet Chander

Why do such unspeakable tragedies take place to begin with? Hinduism, like other spiritual traditions, offers us a great deal of philosophical insight to grapple with the question.

Tulsi Gabbard: Living The Gita, Beyond The Photo Op

Vineet Chander | Posted 02.02.2013 | Religion
Vineet Chander

The Gita is not a playbook that offers easy, formulaic answers to relieve us the burden of decision-making. Rather, it is a moral and spiritual compass that offers us an amazing perspective with which to wrestle with the difficult questions. I suspect that Tulsi feels the same way.

The Spiritually Urgent Response To Our Ecological Crisis

Chris Fici | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Chris Fici

It is our call to create a sense of urgency infused with compassion and wisdom that can take us beyond the obvious fear we face when encountering this truth.

A Hindu Hurricane Reflection

Vineet Chander | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Vineet Chander

Seeking the shelter of the Divine, and then striving to share that shelter with others, is the essence of this time of year -- and perhaps of all holy days. Sometimes it just takes a hurricane to remind us.

Can A Hare Krishna Yogi Have A Social Gospel?

Chris Fici | Posted 12.14.2012 | Religion
Chris Fici

As far as I know, I am the only practicing Hindu at Union Theological Seminary right now, and this leaves me in a tough spot. This is because I am not sure how I, as a Hindu, as a "Hare Krishna," fit into the fabric of social justice that defines Union.

Bhakti Fest: Back to the Garden for Yogis

Philip Goldberg | Posted 10.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Philip Goldberg

From Sept. 6 through 9, about 3,000 people will descend on the high desert above Palm Springs for the fourth annual Bhakti Fest.

My 3-Year-Old Guru: How Fatherhood Has Made Me a Better Hindu

Vineet Chander | Posted 08.17.2012 | Religion
Vineet Chander

Being a father has been a blessing in my life, yes, but it has also been a catalyst for my spiritual development in a way that I've never experienced before.

What's Your Purpose? Much More Than Your Job

Lissa Coffey | Posted 03.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Lissa Coffey

In the west, we think of yoga primarily as a form of exercise. Although physical postures make up one branch of this philosophy, yoga in general is so much more. The Sanskrit word "yoga" means to yoke, or to unite. The purpose of yoga is to experience the connection we have with the divine.

Ravana, Al-Awlaki And The Hijacking Of Religion

Vineet Chander | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Vineet Chander

We need not look far to find the Ravanas of our time... They are us -- at our weakest, basest, and grossest; people of faith, in our darkest moments of hypocrisy.

WATCH: Two Minutes Of Wisdom With Radhanath Swami

Posted 10.04.2011 | Religion

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A Swami And His Father

Radhanath Swami | Posted 08.18.2011 | Religion
Radhanath Swami

I realized that a father's love and concern is timeless. All spiritual paths teach us the importance of honoring one's parents.

Becoming Hindu And Finding The Essence Of All Spiritual Paths

Radhanath Swami | Posted 08.10.2011 | Religion
Radhanath Swami

Behind the veil of superficiality and hypocrisy, I always believed in the inherent beauty of God that lies at the essence of all true spiritual paths.

The Yoga Of Cooking And Eating

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 08.03.2011 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

I'm not referring to the yoga practice where you try to turn yourself into a pretzel. I am sticking to the original meaning of the term, to harness or bind back. Yoga means you are trying to reconnect with the divine.

Bhakti Yoga: In Search Of A Lost Love

Radhanath Swami | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Radhanath Swami

The true treasure lies within. It is the underlying theme of the songs we sing, the shows we watch and the books we read. What is that treasure? Love.

Chasing The Spirit Through Song

Krishna Das | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Krishna Das

We are always who we are. We are not what we do. These practices give us the strength to love totally and completely. But we have to to create pathways for the love to flow to our own hearts.