My unpublished essays

Wild animals, mud, and flat tires

Wild animals, mud, and flat tires

Wild Animals in Africa What’s the use of coming to Africa if one doesn’t go see animals in the wild? Thinking like that, we arranged with locals to have my teenaged granddaughter and I visit a wild animal reserve. Altogether four women and three girls (aged 7, 12, and 14) set off on our journey of over an hour with some homemade sandwiches, uniced cupcakes, and juice. I chanted softly on my beads, “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,...

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Bhakti love: A different kind of happiness

Bhakti love: A different kind of happiness

The happiness of bhakti is very hard to understand. Generally in the world we take “happiness” as being satisfaction for our body, mind, or both: pleasure of the senses, pleasing thoughts, pleasing emotions, pleasing relationships. Those who are intelligent enough to understand that we are different from body and mind seek a very different kind of happiness: liberation. In the happiness of liberation, peace and freedom are key....

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Love & Trust or Bureaucracy & Centralization?

Love & Trust or Bureaucracy & Centralization?

Download this essay as a doc file by clicking this button: Download The Organizational Form of ISKCON to Support the Mission by Urmila devi dasi “It is not from any deliberate opposition to the ordained clergy that these observations are made. The original purpose of the established churches of the world may not be always objectionable. But no stable religious arrangement for instructing the masses has yet been successful. The supreme Lord...

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Effect of Krishna Schools: Views of Former Students

Effect of Krishna Schools: Views of Former Students

Download this article as an rtf file: Download Download this article as a pdf file: View PDF Download a visual representation of the conceptual framework for this article: View PDF by Urmila devi dasi, spring 2005 Introduction We were taught to be independent thinkers—think outside of the box. We would analyze other philosophy and our own philosophy critically, not just doing this because it’s what my mommy did but because it’s the truth and it...

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Sanskrit: the mother of languages

Sanskrit: the mother of languages

Download “MOTHER OF ALL LANGUAGES” (how Srila Prabhupada referred to Sanskrit on a morning walk, Bombay Nov 20, 1975) The children stare at the chart of Sanskrit written in Devanagari letters, which literally means “the script of the demigods”.  “Uh ahh, i ee, oo ooh, ay igh, oh ow . . .,” they chant. As the students recite the Sanskrit alphabet, I recall that Krishna tells Arjuna, “I am the letter...

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Enlightenment: Brahma gayatri mantra

Enlightenment: Brahma gayatri mantra

Download By Urmila devi dasi I watch the sun rising over the horizon where the Pacific Ocean touches the sky. In the beauty of its red glow painting sea, sky, and clouds, I chant the Brahma gayatri mantra, a meditation on the sun. Receiving and chanting this mantra is an essential part of diksa, initiation into the succession of spiritual teachers and disciples from the beginning of universal creation. Those unfamiliar with gayatri might wonder...

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