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How I Found A Real Yoga Teacher

How I Found A Real Yoga Teacher

He was an expert hatha-yogi in the respected order of spiritual life (sannyasa), and had been running a major yoga center in New York for thirteen years.…

Letters: Indian Family Upset About Son Joining ISKCON

I am staying here at the temple in Atlanta, and this has upset my parents very much. They started crying on the phone, and my mother even fainted once. Now…

Prayer in a Mosque: “Please Give Me A Sign”

Prayer in a Mosque: “Please Give Me A Sign”

John, a traveler, found himself in Istanbul. With nothing to do, he'd gone to the magnificent Blue Mosque, an awe-inspiring monument with huge stained-glass windows, to offer a sincere prayer…

Coming to Krsna — A New Day, A New Life

Coming to Krsna — A New Day, A New Life

A pretty girl wearing an exotic Indian dress and carrying a handful of flowers and a shoulder bag full of books pinned a flower on my lapel and asked, "Have…

From Judaism to Krsna

From Judaism to Krsna

I was Jewish, and my early education was steeped in the lore and culture of Judaism. Weekly my mother would send me for my violin lesson and dance class.…

Learning God’s Way of Compassion

Learning God’s Way of Compassion

In 1969 I saw the devotees of Krsna on the television program Top of the Pops. Disgusted by the shaved heads of the men, I turned to my mother, "You'll…

A Lifetime of Service

A Lifetime of Service

Although I was interested in Krsna consciousness, I doubted that I could follow the four regulative principles. I just couldn't see myself living the renounced life of a devotee. These…

Disillusioned Cornell University Student’s Journey to Krishna

Disillusioned Cornell University Student’s Journey to Krishna

The devotees' happy, smiling faces, their enthusiasm, and their music all attracted me deeply. Suddenly I felt that I'd like to be a part of this group. I let the…

Political Activist becomes Bhaktitirtha Swami, a Hare Krsna

Political Activist becomes Bhaktitirtha Swami, a Hare Krsna

John Favors, alias Toshombe Abdul, had become Bhaktitirtha Swami of the Hare Krishna movement. He had set aside the politics of the revolution and adopted the life of a monk.…

A Young Journalism Student’s Path to Krishna

A Young Journalism Student’s Path to Krishna

My interest in the Hare Krsna movement goes back to when I was a freshman at Southern Illinois University. When those strange-looking people with the orange robes and shaved heads…

How I Came to Krsna Consciousness

How I Came to Krsna Consciousness

I grew up in Connecticut in the fifties and sixties. Always "the observer," dissatisfied with the status quo, I saw my parents' lifestyle as boring and futile. They had to…

Lokanatha Swami — One of Prabhupada’s First Indian Disciples

Lokanatha Swami — One of Prabhupada’s First Indian Disciples

I was born in Aravade, a small village in the Indian state of Maharashtra that differs little from more than seven hundred thousand others in India. After I graduated from…

Harvard, SDS, drugs, Skinner, James. Then what?

Harvard, SDS, drugs, Skinner, James. Then what?

Having just spent four disappointing years at the Exeter Academy, in New Hampshire, I was enjoying a new freedom at Harvard. I could choose my own courses, make new friends,…

I knew it was time for me to leave Oregon

I knew it was time for me to leave Oregon

The language hypnotized me, to say the least, and I couldn't put the book down. After about two days of reading, I began to feel out of place around my…

How I Met My Spiritual Master

How I Met My Spiritual Master

In college I had delved into the thoughts of the great philosophers and literary personalities of the past. Echoing my godless upbringing, I would argue with my logic professor, a…

How I Came to Krsna Consciousness

How I Came to Krsna Consciousness

In distress I prayed out loud: "If there is someone behind all this, I want to know You. I will be obedient to Your will." I prayed from my heart,…

New York City Taxi Tattva

New York City Taxi Tattva

Everyone in New York City thinks he's a philosopher. And who do they talk with about politics, religion, traffic, and the weather? Not their psychiatrists, business associates, or even their…

New Zealand South Island Story

New Zealand South Island Story

When I came to New Zealand in 1972, the farthest thing from my mind was opening a Hare Krsna temple. I was on a world surfing safari and the closest…

Vicki Overton: From Haute Couture To Hare Krsna

Vicki Overton: From Haute Couture To Hare Krsna

When Vicki Overton was growing up in Auckland in the 1950's, duly attentive to her studies at St. Cuthbert's College for girls, no one would have imagined she would one…

Marco Ferrini — Italian Master Designer

Marco Ferrini — Italian Master Designer

At the end of each day, after trading in his Gucci suit for a simple cotton dhoti, Marco spends the evening hours chanting Hare Krsna on beads, reading Bhagavad-gita, and…

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