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  • One Drink Is One Too Many

    When recovering alcoholics have stayed sober for some time, they may feel tempted: “Let me take just one drink – what harm can it do?”

  • Seeing Ourselves Clearly Through Others’ Eyes

    When we want to know how we look, we need a mirror. Similarly, when we want to understand ourselves better, we need an appropriate mirror. One such mirror is others who know us well.

  • Odana-sasthi – The First Day of Winter

    Once, Srila Pundarika Vidyanidhi and Srila Svarupa Damodara came to Jagannatha Puri and saw the festival of odana-sasthi. On this day, the Lord is offered new cloth, and from that day forth, the Lord should be offered winter clothing.

  • Our Other Family Business: TOVP

    We feel blessed to be engaged in serving the TOVP along with all of our ISKCON family. I’m especially grateful that our daughters have imbibed this mood of service to Srila Prabhupada as well and have understood the true value of the blessings Krishna has bestowed upon them. 

  • Everything Is A Miracle

    Miracles are frequently associated with God, whereas science is usually not associated with him. Science, especially when it adopts methodological naturalism, seeks natural explanations for natural phenomena, leaving God out of the explanatory framework.

  • Tolerating Phases of Bad Fortune

    Tolerating distress doesn’t mean that we become totally passive; it means that we act first for spiritual elevation, not material rectification.

  • Conquering the Lord of All Creations

    Mother Yashoda’s love is unmatched in purity and is unlike any other that even the infinite Lord who pervades the entire creation is bound by her love.

  • How Perceptions of God Help Determine Self-esteem, Mental health

    The study on self-esteem is part of a larger body of research that goes beyond measurements such as worship attendance to delve deeper into how people’s personal relationship with the divine relates to their health and well-being.

  • Why I Became a Vegan

    Was I drinking milk meant for a calf? Would Krishna accept my offering of milk when the cows were raped, killed and slaughtered? Did he, being God need such dairy? If a calf had to be killed so that I may have milk, would I kill it myself? I felt like I was in the ring with Mohammad Ali, knocked out in the first round.

  • Let Failures Not Frighten Us
  • The Reality of the Spiritual World

    The spiritual world exists not just at a different location but at a different level of reality.

  • Majestic Loneliness Is Still Loneliness

    People often want to rise to the top in their fields and delight in being high above everyone else. Even if they attain a lofty position like that of a king on a throne, that majesty often makes them lonely.

  • The Power of Appreciation

    Life can be disheartening. Things go wrong, people do wrong, we ourselves do wrong. Our best laid-plans can be wrecked by one massive upheaval or thwarted by a million tiny bumps. Either way, we end up feeling like giving up.

  • Activism Is Our Rent for Living on the Earth

    What if we could have an alternative vision of reality, a vision that made greater sense of things and brought deeper meaning into our life?

  • Does God Laugh at Our Plans?

    “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” – Woody Allen. 

  • The Abnormal Normal

    Mental health problems have become mainstream.

  • Know Your Enemy

    We live in a world of bitter competition wherein our rivals sometimes become enemies bent on destroying us. Amidst such external hostility, it is easy to forget that worse than the worst outer enemies is the inner enemy of our own unguarded thoughts.

  • Causal Causes Causalty

    The message runs through loud and clear – a casual approach will inevitably cause casualties. We’ve witnessed it in catastrophes of the past, we’re witnessing it now and if we look closely, we’ll witness this principle constantly playing out in our own life.

  • The Tragic Irony of the Miserly

    When an instructional point is conveyed in a straightforward way, people frequently dismiss it as, “Same old moralizing.” But when that point is made using humor or sarcasm, it registers far more strongly, deeply and possibly transformationally.

  • “Vrindavan Is One of the Most Putrid, Filthy Places I have Ever Been”

    An eight-point action plan to clean up the holy place.

  • Why Religion Seems Dispensable

    Nowadays, the question of ultimate meaning doesn’t occupy the minds of most people. And when religion is divorced from such questions, it degenerates into a set of rituals that are followed out of deference to culture or tradition.

  • The Myth of Old Age

    Not long ago, someone in our community passed along to me a magazine pitch she’d received in the mail. On the front of the oversize envelope, a headline announced—blue type on a bright green background—”Old Age Isn’t Natural.”

  • Destructive Enlightenment

    There is a whole realm of spiritual development, which is about shedding, cutting, letting go and downsizing.

  • As Sure As Death

    Death, need not be seen as an inconvenient truth, but rather the ultimate meditation to reinstate clarity and perspective into every aspect of our life.

  • Printing Matters

    Recently, the BBT trustees became aware that Jitarati Das, through his company Pristine International, printed sets of Srila Prabhupada’s Srimad-Bhagavatam in New Delhi without consulting with or being authorized or licensed by the BBT. This is a serious legal matter, and his printing also has ramifications for the worldwide distribution of Srila Prabhupada’s books.