Meeting Our Emotions
Bonds of Brotherhood
Sometimes, in the interests of spiritual development, practitioners avoid, suppress, or disconnect from their feelings viewing them as taboo.
“Did some gypsies really save your life?” my driver, Prema-vilas dasa, asked me as the light turned green.
Seven Caring Habits
At a recent meditation retreat, I learned two very helpful concepts - “it’s about connection, not concentration” and “be a receiver, not an achiever”.
In The Storm
Establishing and maintaining heart-connecting relationships with devotees of Krishna is fundamental for our spiritual growth and self-realization.
Find Your Own Story
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.
Why Follow Caturmasya?
The world is like a mega-theater where multiple stories are being enacted. Herein, we can enact a grand story, provided we understand ourselves.
Are We In Control Of Our Senses?
“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
Mind Your Mind Before Minding Anyone Else’s Mind
The material energy binds us in this material world by our senses. The more we try hard to enjoy here our senses becomes wild and strong. And instead of we being in control of our senses our uncontrolled senses take control of our lives.
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura – The Saviour of the Disciplic Succession
When someone’s misbehavior irritates us, we may tell them off: “Why are you letting your mind take you for a ride?”
Six Easy Ways to Love
It is the 19th century, the British have already colonized India and western influence has already started taking its shape in Bengal. The British along with Bhadralok (the members of social elite) have already belittled Hinduism and Gaudiya Vaishnavism was no exception. In this period of chaos a great personality - Kedarnath Dutta - took birth amongst the Bhadralok.
Poem: The Wisdom and Love of a Mother
Love is a small word with a big promise. In a spiritual practice like Krishna Bhakti, the intent is to awaken love - our original pure love between us and our source of life, Krishna, as well as our natural love for everything connected to Him.
Srila Vakreshvara Pandita– Mahaprabhu’s Dancer-in-chief
Priyavrata Das' mother was the mother of three devotees. She always supported their children on their paths. She passed away on June 19th, 2019.
New Book: The 7 Maxims of Soul Happiness
Not only was Vakreśvara a very dear servant of Mahāprabhu but he also accompanied Him [Mahāprabhu] all the way to Jagannātha Purīafter He took sannyāsa to better serve him more faithfully.
The Boat of Transcendental Knowledge
New book by Paul Rodney Turner (Priyavrata Das) teaches readers how to unleash their inner bliss.
The Inner Child
Life in this material world is just like an ocean of ignorance. We are in the midst of this terrible ocean, which has been tossing us in the repeated cycle of birth and death from time immemorial.
Lost in the Cosmos - Drowning in Shallow Relationships
I’m getting old. I admit it – the hair is disappearing, the back is failing and the glasses are coming. Materially speaking, it’s a downhill story. Spiritually, however, the passing of time should deliver a range of invaluable gifts.
Fighting With Temptations
In today’s culture of party hardily and hookup mightily, some men or women decide they can no longer keep up the pace, in the frantic hedonistic race.
To Fear and Not
We all have to fight an inner war against temptation. In that war, our mind is like a discouraging inner voice that keeps making our opponent seem bigger and tougher than what it actually is.
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.
Surrounded by a plethora of convenient justifications, we often avoid doing the internal soul-searching required for any sincere spiritualist.