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What a Yale University education could not provide, an ancient yoga text did. That is what bhakti yogi Devamrita Swami experienced in the 1970s. As a scholarship student, Devamrita Swami wanted answers to the world’s problems. After consulting with his academic advisors, he studied whatever subject he wanted to. Upon graduation, he was unsatisfied.


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World-traveling monk warns Penn students of effects of materialism on happiness, environment

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World-traveling monk Devamrita Swamivisited Penn to share his thoughts on being happy and maintaining environmental sustainability by not focusing on material rewards.

Bhakti Yoga club hosted the event in Houston Hall of Flags on April 10. Swami, a Yale graduate, has been a monk in the Krishna Bhakti tradition since 1982 and has researched consciousness for 45 years.


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What’s ‘sustainable happiness’? This monk knows

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When Devamrita Swami delivers a talk, he bets on an audience sharing one fundamental human endeavor: Everyone wants to be happy.

“Happiness is a universal pursuit,” says Swami, a Krishna bhakti, Yale-educated monk. “And sustainable happiness is happiness that contributes to individual and global well-being without exploiting other people, the environment, other species, or future generations.”


Read the rest of the article at Penn Today

Krishna monk talks economy, sustainability and spirituality in upcoming events

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Is working toward world peace and pursuing personal happiness possible?  Can we transcend the social angst that eats away at our contemporary society?  Sometimes you need to ask the big questions. Devamrita Swami, the director of Mantra Lounge meditation studio, will be in town next week lecturing on these critical topics and connecting the dots between economy, sustainability, and spirituality.


Read the rest of the article over at Grid Magazine

Philly Yoga and Meditation Center Links City Dwellers Back to Nature

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Philadelphia is the launch pad for a spiritual group’s new attempt to link meditation-seeking city dwellers with replenishment in a rural setting.

“The purpose of the urban-rural farm connection is to demonstrate sustainable living and spiritual thinking,” said traveling monk Devamrita Swami. “We strongly advocate the combination of both.”

Read the rest of the article over at metro!


These $10 Yoga-and-Dinner Classes Are One of Philly’s Best Kept Secrets

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If I told you that 10 bucks could get you a yoga or meditation class followed by a vegan dinner here in Philly multiple days a week, you’d probably laugh in my face then shove your latest Sweetgreen receipt toward me to prove just how too-good-to-be-true this sounds. But, my dear friends, I am here to tell you that it is nottoo good to be true: The folks at South Kensington’s Mantra Lounge, a volunteer-led non-profit yoga and meditation-focused center that opened at 312 East Girard Avenue in August, hosts $10 yoga and/or meditation sessions followed by vegan dinners three times a week.


Read the rest at Phillymag.


More Garden Updates! – Spring Cleaning 🙂

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This time around we did some maintenance work. It was a fun spring cleaning session with our Mantra Lounge volunteers, headed by our plant expert Stephanie! We have cucumbers coming up, tomato plants growing big and strong, and some donated peppers and tomato plants just got planted. We also have a big oregano plant building up more and more right next to our baby cilantro sprouts.

We trimmed up and pulled out some unneeded greenery and everything is looking much neater now.

On the other end, in the front yard, Jude did some more clean-up work, with which we’re going to start fresh with flowers and more. More on the front yard plan coming soon!

For now, check out these awesome pictures of our mini-garden!

Permaculture! Mantra Lounge garden updates: Kale, cilantro, basil and more soon!

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Permaculture started with the idea of turning trashed suburban backyards into sustainable gardens, in which the natural environment dictated the garden’s plan and purpose.

As you may have seen on our social media, we started a little garden as an effort to grow some of our own veggies for Mantra Lounge. It is a very small effort, but we’re trying! Check out these little guys shooting up in our mini garden!

Exciting to see!

Here’s a cool article that shows a wonderful example from Australia!

Check out this New York Times article on Permaculture!

Volcanic Eruptions – What do the yoga texts say?

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The volcanic eruptions in Hawaii are proof that even places where people dream of living are subject to the power of nature. The yoga texts proclaim that as human beings we are subject to misery coming in three different ways: Adhibhautika, misery coming from other living entities, Ādhyātmika, misery coming from our own bodies and minds, and  Adhidaivika, misery coming from natural disasters. 

As we battle the realities of a changing climate, natural disasters are more frequent and destructive. Is there a solution? Or are we condemned to suffer the reactions, waiting for the ground to open up beneath our feet? 


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Loss of Tree Cover – Earth Cry

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“A study in the May issue of Urban Forestry & Urban Greening reports metropolitan areas are experiencing a net loss of about 36 million trees nationwide every year. That amounts to about 175,000 acres of tree cover, most of it in central city and suburban areas but also on the exurban fringes. This reduction, says lead author David Nowak of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), translates into an annual loss of about $96 million in benefits—based, he says, on “only a few of the benefits that we know about.” The economic calculation involves several such benefits that are relatively easy to express in dollar terms—the capacity of trees to remove air pollution, sequester carbon, conserve energy by shading buildings and reduce power plant emissions.

Nowak and a USFS colleague, co-author Eric Greenfield, found tree cover had declined in metropolitan areas across 45 states. The biggest losses on a percentage basis were in Rhode Island, Georgia, Alabama and Nebraska, together with the District of Columbia. Only three states—Mississippi, Montana and New Mexico—saw increased metropolitan tree cover, all by “nonsignificant” amounts.”
From article:…/u-s-cities-lose-tree-…/

Some food for thought…

As a society, the way in which we place value is reflected in our actions and our economy. As the desire for all that is “bigger” and “better” consumes our world, the cost is high. Those deep thinkers of the world may wonder: why are human beings the only species that destroy their own habitat? What is the value of our advanced intelligence, when cost analyses fail to account for the destruction of the very things that maintain us?

World-Traveling Monk, Author and Teacher Coming to Philly Mar 23 – 18 days to go!

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‘How to solve the world’s problems?’ A blend of genuine desire mixed with curiosity and youthful courage led to a journey that has spanned six continents and five decades. From the world’s best education at Yale University, to pioneering undercover yoga education in Eastern Europe and meditating in ancient temples of India, his is a life that inspires many. A monk, educator and author of several books, he specializes in penetrating the various belief-systems that may cloud our spiritual vision.

Born and raised in New York City, at 13, he was giving sermons at the local church. Having completed 9th grade at Philadelphia’s Central High School he received a full scholarship for prep school in New Hampshire at Holderness School, where he graduated in 1968. As a 14 year old, he would ride his bike through those mountains and would wonder about the essential questions of life. With an intense focus on the best education, he went on to be a scholarship student at Yale University. Upon graduating from Yale University, a chance run-in with Bhagavad-gita, an ancient yoga text of the East, changed the course of his life.

A search for the best kind of pleasure and knowledge took him far from sophisticated Manhattan life and deep into the wisdom culture of ancient India as presented in Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagvatam. His latest book Hiding in Unnatural Happiness is a brilliant interplay of ancient yoga wisdom backed with the latest research in behavioural sciences.

He has been traveling the globe for over forty years presenting and empowering students at universities like Yale, Stanford, UCLA, Sorborne, University of Toronto, Emory University, University of Capetown, University of Pennsylvania, the University of Melbourne and others. For over a decade he taught Bhakti yoga and Krishna meditation underground in the former Soviet bloc of Eastern Europe inspiring many to practice these ancient yoga lifestyles during the late 70s and 80s.

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