To Fear and Not
Flat Earth or Spherical Earth?
A beautiful poem by Ananada Vrindavan dasi, temple president of ISKCON Washington, D.C.
Read Or Relish?
According to Vedic cosmology, the planet earth we live on is located on the southern-most portion of Bhu-mandala’s central island of Jambudvipa. Is it flat or spherical?
Notre Dame Is Damaged; The Holy Name Shines On
I once asked a saintly devotee how we should read. He looked somewhat surprised – “I don’t read these books” he said, “I relish these books!” I loved it.
Draupadi – Dishonored Yet Honorable
Some thoughts on the recent burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Nowhere To Hide
Draupadi’s admirable character is revealed in the most humiliating incident of her life: her attempted disrobing by the wicked Dushasana. Though victimized in body, she refuses to be victimized in heart.
Beyond Border Control/Mind Control
Surrounded by a plethora of convenient justifications, we often avoid doing the internal soul-searching required for any sincere spiritualist.
Respect The Dark Within You
We’re not controllers. When we accept this, we have an opportunity to practice patience and humility which strengthen our ability to control the mind.
We all have an enemy within us: our dark side. This dark side is comprised of our lust, anger, greed, envy, arrogance and illusion. Such dark drives are stored as impressions in our mind.
How to Grow Small
People have heart attacks in Vrindavana – not just physical, but spiritual ones too. Holy places ooze with a divine influence that overthrows material consciousness and inexplicably ushers one towards transcendence.
Our Seven Mothers
Spiritual life is an invitation to opposites. It’s the acceptance of both matter and spirit, it’s the notion that less is more, it’s the experience of being in control and not.
“May Mother Ganges Bless You Today”
There always have been, and always will be great teachers who are women. There have always been all different kinds of people. And this is not only a function of modernity.
One Path, Many Paths
Going anywhere outside the Guru Karishni Camp was a challenge because there was a veritable flood of humanity outside its confines: an estimated 64 million people were descending upon the Mela to bathe on February 4th, the most auspicious bathing day.
When we start exploring life’s spiritual side, we may hesitate to commit ourselves to any particular spiritual path: “Won’t that make me close-minded and incapable of appreciating other paths?”
Unless we are on a total media fast, we have likely heard of the notion of tidying our home with the KonMari method of asking the question of our belongings - ‘does this spark joy for me?’. If not, we thank it for being in our life and bid it farewell. What’s powerful about this is the experience of personalism.
A poem written by Gaurangi Dasi in New Mayapur, France in 2005.
Intelligent Design in a Modern Vedic Context
Musician Jahnavi Harrison enters a world of sacred plants revealing that, in many religious traditions, plants are seen as spiritually symbolic – sometimes acting as intermediaries with the divine world.
Introducing “Ahimsa Balancing”
Consciousness is our most immediate experience. Yet, when it comes to studying consciousness beyond one’s own conscious experience, we can only study circumstantial evidence.
As an aspiring devotee of Krishna, I face a moral problem: I am pro-dairy but anti-cruelty and anti-slaughter, and I know that the dairy industry and the slaughter industry are partners in cruelty and killing.
Husband As A Guru
Most times we can’t make up our mind. Even when we do, we keep changing our mind. When there are challenges, we lose our mind.
Krishna Doesn’t Promise a Stormless Sea – He Provides an Unsinkable Ship
When Prabhupada was asked by his disciple Vishal, “Should the wife do whatever the husband says?” Prabhupada replied, “And you should be so arrogant?”
Book Review: Cowherd Boys Nectar
When we practice bhakti, we often expect to become freed from problems. And if that expectation is not met, we become disheartened.
The 12 Things You Can Do To Avoid Cancer
Those who read Cowherd Boys Nectar will find in it nourishment, opening of the heart, and delight, often all at once. Dasaratha-Suta’s introductory essays help the reader understand the worship of Krsna in transcendental friendship in the context of Gaudiya Vaisnava thought and practice.
I don’t propose to have the absolute answer or cure for cancer but I will go out on a limb and say that the following twelve tips will absolutely help you avoid it.