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  • Bad Faith

    As a Uniting Church clergyman, you might think I would welcome a call to teach 'Intelligent Design' theory in schools, since it presupposes a guiding hand in the creation of the universe. We clergy certainly need all the help we can get! But Intelligent Design (I.D.) is both bad theology and bad science. Let me explain.

  • Chant and Be Happy

    Many people consider the Hare Krishna movement or ISKCON to be part of the wide religious category of Hinduism. However, the Hare Krishnas themselves prefer to be described as belonging to the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition, a devotional tradition based on the teachings of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.

  • KAZAKHSTAN: Hare Krishna Demolitions Held Off—For Now
    The latest demolition threat repeated an official warning given yesterday. The morning, the electricity supply to the commune's homes was cut off – but was then restored after 30 minutes. The only official who spoke to Forum 18, in the Justice Ministry's Religious Affairs Committee, refused to give his name and insisted that the dispute is economic and not religious discrimination.
  • Morialta, the Black Boys,and Berry Cheesecake

    World-famous Hare Krishna cook, Kurma dasa, is on the road again, teaching, cooking, and eating. The latest report comes from Adelaide, Australia.

  • When What We Don't Know About Religion Hurts Us All
    What Americans don't know about religion is sometimes funny. For instance, when Jay Leno interviewed people on the street recently, someone told him that God made Eve out of an apple. Our ignorance also makes for some astonishing statistics. Twenty percent of evangelical Christians say they believe in reincarnation. Why, then, would we expect Americans to know the difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims? In his new book, "Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know -- and Doesn't," Stephen Prothero, head of the religion department at Boston University, points out what Americans don't know and how it can hurt us.
  • Spring Is Here and Faith Is on the Air

    Three upcoming documentaries about topics ranging from Jehovah's Witnesses to Mormons to atheism will air nationwide this spring on PBS. Although made independently, each film argues for the relevance of its subject in the United States, both historically and today.

  • Understanding ISKCON

    Charles Brooks wrote The Hare Krishnas in India, an important study of the Hare Krishna movement in India, focusing particularly on their presence in Vrindavan. Thus he is perhaps more qualified than most to comment on the legitimacy of ISKCON, of which he is convinced. However, like many devotees, Dr. Brooks would like ISKCON to address issues that, even after thirty years, seem to have been neglected.

  • Scholarship and Devotion: Can They Co-Exist?

    Can a scholar be a true believer? Can a believer be a good scholar? Two parts of a problem that has exercised many in the West since at least the Enlightenment. Prof. Keith Ward, Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity at the University of Oxford, takes a fresh look at the conundrum by examining some of the main problems and outlining a few principles that may help modern-day devotee-scholars.

  • Pilgrimage to Travel Through Devon
    Hare Krishna devotees will be taking to the road and walking from town to town on a Pilgrimage for Peace (or padayatra) this springtime.
  • ISKCON: Kazakhstan Update
  • Nrsimha Stotram
    May there be good fortune throughout the universe, and may all envious persons be pacified. May all living entities become calm by practicing bhakti-yoga, for by accepting devotional service they will think of each other's welfare. Therefore, let us all engage in the service of the supreme transcendence, Lord Sri Krishna, and always remain absorbed in thought of Him.
  • Visitor to Mayapur Drowns in Bhagirathi After Saving Sister

    R. Harish Kumar Aiyar, a 30-year-old mechanical engineer with a Delhi company, drowned in the Bhagirathi yesterday after pulling his sister to safety. He and his family were visiting the ISKCON temple in Nadia's Mayapur.

  • 'Black Lotus' Celebrates Life of African-American Guru
    The biography of His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Swami was released at a book signing at New York City's East-West Books on 28 February. Subtitled, "The Spiritual Journey of an Urban Mystic," the book traces His Holiness' path as a young man named John Favors from Princeton University, to the Civil Rights movement, to discipleship under His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and ultimately to his final role as a prominent spiritual leader of the worldwide Hare Krishna movement.
  • The Temple that Books Built
  • Memories of Suhotra Prabhu

    "Suhotraji never nibbled at life, he took huge bites that would choke a person with weaker digestion. Some people think he was eccentric, but I don't think he was. He would move in a particular direction, in a particular way . . ." Murari dasa, a resident of Mayapur, remembers his long-time friend.

  • Remembrance of Suhotra Prabhu

    His Holiness A.C. Bhaktivaibhava Swami Offers Homage to Suhotra Prabhu

  • ISKCON Takes Part in Puri Congress of Peace and Harmony
    ISKCON devotees from around the world won the hearts of Puri residents at the 'Congress for Peace and Harmony.' Mahadevi Dasi reports.
  • Films, Book Explore Mormons' Darkest Hour
    One hundred fifty years ago, a glorious September morning in the Utah mountains morphed into Mormonism's darkest hour when a skittish militia opened fire on a wagon train, leaving more than 120 men, women and children dead in a flowery field.
  • An Offer the CDM Couldn't Refuse

    When ISKCON's Congregational Development Ministry made their case at the Indian Continental Committee meetings, they got more than they bargained for. By Kaunteya Dasa

  • WEDDING: Drdhavrata Gorrick and Gandharvika Wilmes
    Gandharvika Wilmes and Drdhavrata Gorrick wed on 2 January 2007, at Sai Vishram Resort on the Arabian Sea at Baindoor, in Karnataka, South India.
  • Krishna Camp 'Burning Man' DVD Released

    The devotees of Krishna Camp at the Burning Man event in Black Rock create a thirty-foot-tall replica of the ancient temple of Lord Jagannatha at Puri, India, and conduct a unique Burning Man-style Rathayatra chariot procession in this new DVD release.

  • PASSAGES: Mukta Kesa dasa, 1947-2007
    Gradually the space between Mukta's breaths became longer and longer and it seemed he was going to leave soon. At around 9:35 or 9:36, he took his last breath. There was no more movement in his chest. We waited and waited for the next breath. Nothing. No more movement.Two small silver tears appear in the corners of Mukta's eyes. The kirtan softened. Mukta was unmoving. Gauranga Kishore was leading the chanting when Mukta departed.
  • BOOKS: BBT to Release Translation of Sri Krishna-Lila-Stava

    Srila Sanatana Goswami evokes remembrance of these pastimes by summarizing Sukadeva's narration in simple verses, a meditation he punctuates with 108 acts of respectfully bowing down. His verses give us a taste of Krishna's Vrindavan pastimes, one after another, thus immersing us in the nectar of the Bhagavatam.

  • SM Seeks SF for Long Walks and Lots of Leafy Greens

    It's not easy being green. Just ask Eric Brent. A strict vegetarian, Brent, 40, founder of the vegetarian Web site happycow.net, said he "did a lot of online dating" trying to find the perfect mate. And for him, that perfect mate had to be a vegetarian.

  • Creation-ism: A Search for the Divine in Tucson's Religious Art
    Hop on Interstate 19, drive for about 15 minutes and you'll end up at one of the biggest cultural monoliths this side of the U.S. The San Xavier del Bac Mission, a solitary white monument starkly contrasting the surrounding desert of the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, is one of the finest representations of classic Spanish Catholic art outside of Mexico. It combines Byzantine, Moorish and late Mexican renaissance art to make worship not just a beautiful act of spirituality, but a beautiful act of creation as well.