From Possessions that Dispossess to the Possession that Delivers
We May Have to Leave at Any Moment
The Bhagavad-gita (16.13-15) outlines how the possessive mentality can make people ungodly, even demonic.
Forgiveness from the Heart
In this world too we are a traveler, we cannot live here permanently although we may wish.
Tell My Ego – A Tour Around My Conscience with Dhanya
The Hindu text, Bhagavad-gita, recommends that we shouldn’t just accept the mind’s deliberations on important matters. The mind can be a great friend, it says, but only when it is kept under the control of our higher self.
Three Ways to Increase Your Energy Level Through Yoga
Her lyrics are like prayers, which, with the aid of her astoundingly beautiful voice, fully capable of capturing the heart - sometimes by stirring it up, other times by pacifying it.
Teaching Evolution in Schools: What Science Explains and What Explains Science
The day-to-day practice of yoga gives the much-needed energy boost that powers the practitioners for the rest of the day.
Water Appreciation & Management
An Indian Union Minister of State recently triggered a furor by stating that evolution is unproven scientifically and shouldn’t be taught in schools.
With everything else we’re concerned about, perhaps it’s too easy to overlook just how precious for us water really is.
People have lost the fortitude and resilience to stay put, tolerate the difficulties, and patiently adjust to a situation and discover the unique opportunities on offer.
Wake Up To Death
“Should I get married or become a monk? Which one is best?”
Unless you turn prudent and wise / You are in for a nasty surprise / In a world of birth, old age,disease and death / No one could ever escape their wrath.
What Can't Money Buy?
Pride is a formidable block on the road of spirituality. When it rears its ugly head it’s painstakingly obvious – to ourselves and others
School of Love
Money can buy many things and some believe anything in this world. And so people work hard, extremely hard, to earn a lot. But can money buy everything?
Inability to Stand Others’ Weaknesses Is Our Weakness
A poem based on chapter "Transforming Lust into Love” from the book The Spiritual Warrior by Bhakti Tirtha Swami.
Being Merciful to Others
When we are good at something, we can easily spot others’ weaknesses in that area. For example, if we are good at language, our attention automatically zooms to others’ grammatical shortcomings.
Protest and Reconciliation: In the Footsteps of a 15th Century Freedom Fighter
We like to think of ourselves as innocent people who are misunderstood but Krishna, in the Bhagavad-gita, has another judgment.
When Something Happens to Us, Is It Karma or Krishna?
Tens and thousands of people were out on the streets in the night carrying torches in their hands ready to be part of an extraordinary movement. If they remain silent, lock themselves in their houses and give in to the draconian dictum, they would become like slaves without shackles.
Our Journey Needs to Begin Where We Are, Not Where We Ought to Be
When something happens to a devotee, is it karma or is it Krishna acting? This is a big question. Sometimes, we hear, “it’s your karma, Prabhu?” Then at other times, you are told, “isn’t it Krishna who is behind this?”
Be Open-minded, Not Empty-minded
During our life-journey, we sometimes take wrong turns. We make mistakes, indulge in immoral pleasures or get caught in harmful habits. These take us away from our life’s purposes and principles.
One Drink Is One Too Many
Contemporary ethos exhorts us to be open-minded and excoriates the follies and perils of close-mindedness. Given that many people with narrow-minded, black-and-white view of things are intolerant and even violent, we do need reminders to be open-minded.
Seeing Ourselves Clearly Through Others’ Eyes
When recovering alcoholics have stayed sober for some time, they may feel tempted: “Let me take just one drink – what harm can it do?”
Odana-sasthi – The First Day of Winter
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.
Our Other Family Business: TOVP
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.
Everything Is A Miracle
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.
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.