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Opinion

  • What Makes Us Resilient, or Weak?

    What makes some people resilient and some people weak? It’s primarily because of the way they look at things, especially when they go wrong. 

  • A Final Lesson

    Every single day, without fail, he cooks three huge meals, goes out onto the streets, and personally feeds the mendicants. “This is the happiness of my life” he said, “there is nothing else of value.”

  • Giriraj’s Radical Love

    Krishna took on giant form and ate all the offerings – and called for more. Feeling a little anxious, the farmers brought whatever else they could. More, he called. More! And once we have given everything, and God asks for yet more, then what happens? Are we left broken and alone, with nothing?

  • Winning the War Against Temptation

    Those who relapse aren’t always witless or will-less, they are often weapon-less.

  • Spiritual Reflections on ‘Joker’, A Movie about Fallible Soldiers

    Lacking atma-tattva, or spiritual knowledge, we forget that the "soldiers" who are supposed to protect us - the government, our family, and the society - are fallible, and we rely on them excessively.

  • To Be Nice Is Not To Be Naive

    Ultimately, the difference between being nice and being naive boils down to adherence to dharma.

  • Like an Uprooted Tree

    A poem by Ananda Vrindavan Dasi. 

  • A Good Call

    I want to help.  Still, I know my limitations when it comes to rescuing people. So I tell them the only thing I know to be true.

  • Book Review - Babhru Dasa, Divine Intoxication: The Life and Love of Srila Akincana Krishna Dasa Babaji Maharaja

    A spiritual tradition is known by its luminaries. When one looks at a tradition in the abstract, much is missed, but if you look at the lives of people who live it on a daily basis, you see what the tradition is really all about.

  • How Words Shape Our World

    The bullets fired from the most sophisticated weapon may harm a person physically but the harsh words said to others torn apart a person emotionally.

  • 5 Things to do Everyday for Happiness

    The ancient teachings of the Vedas say there are 5 things humans can do everyday to be happy. We would say that these are directly connected to an effective spiritual practice.

  • The Essence of Commitment Is Recommitment

    Why do we deviate? Because our mind is restless. We become committed when we learn to maintain focus in spite of our mind, not because our mind maintains focus.

  • Dancing With God

    What a relief to know that the very same Lord living within our own heart is simultaneously moving in the hearts of all others, guiding, comforting and attracting us all to his eternal dance.  

  • “These Golden Days”

    “Forty-six festivals, one after another,” I thought. “And with Woodstock in the middle. No wonder I’m exhausted.” But there was no time to dwell on the tiredness of my body. Hundreds of excited people were already taking their seats on the benches in front of our stage.

  • Getting Beyond Envy

    One of the greatest problems of materialistic society is the tendency to compare yourself with others. What is envy? It means to feel a slight pleasure when you see others suffering.

  • Complaining Is No One’s Birthright

    Some people are chronic complainers who justify their negativity, irritability and disagreeability self-righteously, “Can’t you see how many things have gone wrong in my life? What else do you expect from me?”

  • Why We Hide

    Although “we desperately seek and desire profound connections, we are terrified of being rejected and isolated”

  • How to Derive Maximum Pleasure from Our Senses

    Our senses, which are mostly uncontrolled, are compared to deadly serpents. Just as a bite of a snake kills a person similarly the wild senses many a times drive a person crazy to the extent that the person destroys himself.

  • Meeting Our Emotions

    Sometimes, in the interests of spiritual development, practitioners avoid, suppress, or disconnect from their feelings viewing them as taboo.

  • Bonds of Brotherhood

    “Did some gypsies really save your life?” my driver, Prema-vilas dasa, asked me as the light turned green.

  • Connecting

    At a recent meditation retreat, I learned two very helpful concepts - “it’s about connection, not concentration” and “be a receiver, not an achiever”. 

  • Seven Caring Habits

    Establishing and maintaining heart-connecting relationships with devotees of Krishna is fundamental for our spiritual growth and self-realization.

  • In The Storm

    There are times in our lives when the cloudburst lets loose and we are thrown into intense situations. Emotions are fierce and there is no visibility, no answer, and no clear direction. 

  • Find Your Own Story

    The world is like a mega-theater where multiple stories are being enacted. Herein, we can enact a grand story, provided we understand ourselves.

  • Why Follow Caturmasya?

    “The real purpose behind the vow taken during these four months is to minimize the quantity of sense gratification. This is not very difficult.”-  Caitanya-caritamrita, Madhya Lila 4.169, Purport