27 – Caren Fine

LANGUAGE WARNING: If you are not comfortable with explicit language, you should not listen to this podcast episode. This episode is not suitable for children.

Caren Fine regularly visits the Hare Krishna temple in Potomac, Maryland on Sundays.

We spoke about Tara Brach, Thich Nhat Hanh, Krishna Das, Gaura Vani, and temple president Ananda. We went into some detail about our respective families, and thoughts on ISKCON and meditation.

 

26 Rebroadcast – Dr. Graham Schweig

Dr. Schweig is an author, translator, Sanskrit expert, yoga instructor, lecturer, and scholar.

We discussed his translation Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord’s Secret Love Song, and Dance of Divine Love: India’s Classic Sacred Love Story: The Rāsa Līlā of Krishna. These books are available here:

Sacred Texts of Yoga

His bio is available here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Schweig

25 – Jiva Tattva dasa

Jiva Tattva dasa regularly attends the Hare Krishna temple in Potomac Maryland on Sundays. We work together to record the Srimad Bhagavatam class, which meets at 10:30am Sunday mornings. The recordings of that class are available here.

We get into a fairly involved discussion of the story of Prahlada Maharaja. This story is quite well known among Indians and Hindus, but if you are unfamiliar with it, it can be found in the Srimad Bhagavatam. It spans from Chapter 3 of the Seventh Canto, through to Chapter 10.

We also touch on many other topics. Jiva Tattva dasa is very learned in the scriptures, so there some times when I tried to rephrase things in layman’s terms.

23 – Lakshmanna devi dasi

Lakshmanna devi dasi performs service on the altar at the Hare Krishna temple in Potomac, Maryland. She helps to prepare the altar and to dress the deities, contributing to the gorgeous and pure atmosphere that can be seen in the temple. We talked about her work at the temple, and she shares a story about Krishna that her mother used to tell her when she was a child in India.

22 – Maha Mantra dasa

Maha Mantra dasa leads the weekly chanting class at noon on Sundays at the Potomac Maryland Hare Krishna temple. He is particularly good at encouraging strangers to chant, and at conveying the principles and techniques of this kind of yoga practice. His sincerity and conviction are both disarming and charming. By his calculation, he has sat and chanted with 50,000 people at this point.

17 – Ananda Vrindavaneshwari Devi Dasi

On Mother’s Day, I spoke with the president of the Hare Krishna temple in the Washington, DC area. Ananda Vrindavaneshwari Devi Dasi is widely respected and has done a lot to develop the local Hare Krishna community. We talked about her early years in Ireland, her travels, and her current work.

Ananda’s blog can be found here:

http://www.iskconofdc.org/blog

16 – Madhuha dasa

I met Madhuha dasa as we prepared for the Holi festival at the Hare Krishna temple in Potomac, Maryland. I was working on the stage sound, and he was setting up the stage, tents, sound system, and much of the equipment needed for such a large festival. He agreed to take a break from the work to sit for an interview. He has been working with Festival of India since 1979.

14 – Raghunandana dasa

Raghunandana dasa has given Sunday lectures at the Potomac, Maryland Hare Krishna temple, and also helps welcome guests and direct things, much as an usher would in a Christian church. I’ve often admired Raghunandana dasa’s quiet competence and intelligent simplicity, and am grateful that he agreed to be on the podcast. We discussed Raghunandana dasa’s introduction to Krishna Consciousness, progress on the path, the ultimate goal, and more.

12 – Dr. Graham Schweig

Dr. Schweig is an author, translator, Sanskrit expert, yoga instructor, lecturer, and scholar.

We discussed his translation Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord’s Secret Love Song, and Dance of Divine Love: India’s Classic Sacred Love Story: The Rāsa Līlā of Krishna. These books are available here:

Sacred Texts of Yoga

His bio is available here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Schweig

Thank you Rico Hayes for your photographs and the Questions for the Sages Theme Music. Rico’s photographic work is available here:

RicoHayes.com

11 – Laksmivan Das

Laksmivan Das has been a Hare Krishna devotee for over 40 years. He is a musician, photographer, and teaches traditional devotional music called Kirtan.

He and I discuss his first encounter with the Hare Krishna movement, chanting the names of God (known as sankritan), and the meaning of spirituality.

Thanks to Rico Hayes for creating the theme music for the podcast, and for taking pictures for this episode.