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  • Srila Vakreshvara Pandita– Mahaprabhu’s Dancer-in-chief

    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.

  • New Book: The 7 Maxims of Soul Happiness

    New book by Paul Rodney Turner (Priyavrata Das) teaches readers how to unleash their inner bliss.

  • The Boat of Transcendental Knowledge

    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.

  • The Inner Child

    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.

  • Lost in the Cosmos - Drowning in Shallow Relationships

    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.

  • Fighting With Temptations

    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.

  • To Fear and Not

    A beautiful poem by Ananada Vrindavan dasi, temple president of ISKCON Washington, D.C.

  • Flat Earth or Spherical Earth?

    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?

  • Read Or Relish?

    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.

  • To See Our Own Stupidity Is Infuriating and Invigorating
  • Notre Dame Is Damaged; The Holy Name Shines On

    Some thoughts on the recent burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

  • Draupadi – Dishonored Yet Honorable

    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.

  • Nowhere To Hide

    Surrounded by a plethora of convenient justifications, we often avoid doing the internal soul-searching required for any sincere spiritualist.

  • Beyond Border Control/Mind Control

    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.

  • Respect The Dark Within You

    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.

  • Heart Attack

    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.

  • How to Grow Small

    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.

  • Our Seven Mothers

    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.

  • “May Mother Ganges Bless You Today”

    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.

  • One Path, Many Paths

    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?”

  • Sparking Joy

    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.

  • Wounded Hearts

    A poem written by Gaurangi Dasi in New Mayapur, France in 2005.

  • Sacred Botany

    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.

  • Intelligent Design in a Modern Vedic Context

    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.

  • Introducing “Ahimsa Balancing”

    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.