Founder Acharya His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Opinion
Japa Affirmations // Part 1
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Japa Affirmations // Part 2
Payal Shah
Sound has the ability to affect our consciousness in a very profound way. The quality of sound vibration that goes into our ears determines the quality of our consciousness. The Hare Krishna Maha-mantra, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, is a transcendental sound vibration which connects us directly to a spiritual platform and enables us to recover our original spiritual identity.
ISKCON News // Making Room
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Making Room
Ananda Vrindavan Devi, ISKCON of DC
So there I was, driving on a five lane highway, a good speed mind you, when a car moseyed up behind me. The driver wasn’t putting a lot of pressure on me to get out of his way, but still I thought, let me move over and make room. So I did and it felt good.
William Hurt the Oscar Winning Actor Temple Visit
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William Hurt the Oscar Winning Actor Temple Visit
Sikhi Mahiti das, Dandavats.com
It has been in the news that Oscar winning actor, William Hurt, passed away Sunday, March 13th from cancer. What was not reported is that he spent one week in the guest house of our ISKCON Atlanta temple in 2010.
War and Peace
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War and Peace
Krishna Dharma Das
“War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.” So sang Edwin Starr in his famous 70’s anthem, ‘War’. Few would argue with that stark assessment as we watch the scenes of yet another conflict with horror. Heartbreaking images of anguished people and their shattered lives in Ukraine flash across our screens, and we pray to Lord Krishna that peace may soon prevail.
The Passing of Lata Mangeshkar
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The Passing of Lata Mangeshkar
Brahmatirtha Das
The legendary singer and most recorded artist in the world (Guinness World Records) passed away on February 6, 2022 at the age of 92. I had the good fortune of meeting her in 1976 and spending several hours one on one with her over a three-day period.
The Economics of Cow Protection
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The Economics of Cow Protection
Caitanya Chandra Das
Many speak about the importance of cow protection. Srila Prabhupada explains how cows are important for a progressive society, helping human beings to ascend to the mode of goodness.
ISKCON and the Vaisnava Paradox
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ISKCON and the Vaisnava Paradox
Sankirtana Das
The Hindus who visit our Krishna temples perceive ISKCON as an orthodox movement, appreciating the traditional temple service and how beautifully the altars are maintained. Many of our western friends might appreciate the Krishna movement differently: as a modern and relevant movement that advocates vegetarianism, honors the Earth, and offers meditation through joyous singing and dancing.
Ask a Nerd: Does the Bhagavatam Really Say That the Earth is Flat?
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Ask a Nerd: Does the Bhagavatam Really Say That the Earth is Flat?
Mauricio Garrido PhD (Murali Gopala das)

This is a question I hear often from people who have read or have heard about the 5th Canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam . The Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies will soon be publishing a book that deals with this issue in scholarly detail, but I can give you my personal view having gone through the different evidence. The short answer is: No, the Bhagavatam does not explicitly say that the earth is flat, though it is sometimes interpreted in that way.

What Technically Happens During Initiation?
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What Technically Happens During Initiation?
Ananda Vrndavan Dasi

In his purport to Caitanya Caritamrta (Madhya 24.256), he writes, “This is the process of initiation. The disciple must vow that he will no longer commit sinful activity — namely illicit sex, meat-eating, gambling, and intoxication. He promises to execute the order of the spiritual master. Then the spiritual master takes care of him and elevates him to spiritual emancipation.

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