Life of an Author

After being cooped up inside since fall, I am finally sitting in the Krishna Valley garden, in the evening sun. This year’s garden is more beautiful than ever before. Kuñjabihārī put in a phenomenal amount of energy and drafted in quite a few devotees to help. And I had to provide a good chunk of guru-dakṣiṇā as well. But for Rādhā-Śyāma’s pleasure it is well worth the effort and cost. I wish all of Krishna Valley could look, smell, and feel like this.  I start off by describing the garden because the place of service has an important influence on the result of...

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Breaking Ground on Vilapa-kusumanjali

This morning I forgot that I was meant to give Srimad-Bhagavatam class. I was completely absorbed in Verse 6 of Vilapa-kusumanjali (VK) when Syama-bihari came upstairs, incredulous that I was in the same state as when I rose some four hours earlier. I had to postpone my talk till tomorrow. Yes! I’m absorbed in VK and I may have found both the momentum and mood with which to proceed. I say “may have” because the first six verses are introductory and don’t fully reflect the pastime mood of the rest of the book. But I am feeling comfortable, and even if I’m not spot...

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Project 2020 and Beyond

In this newsletter I will share with you two things: my plan for completing the Kṛṣṇa in Vṛndāvana series, and a gift. But before that, in this time of COVID-19, please keep yourselves safe. Stock up, lock up, and take staying home as an opportunity to chant and read.  Now, let’s start with the plan for KIV. Below you will see my plan to finish the Kṛṣṇa in Vṛndāvana Library (KIVL), a plan which includes books I have completed that may or may not be in print; a book almost completed but not printed; and a book in the process of being written....

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