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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…

Industrialist with a Mission — Hare Krishna People

Industrialist with a Mission — Hare Krishna People

Srila Prabhupada's message to the world was not one of artificial renunciation but of devotion. Whatever you may be—family man, businessman, professional—add Krsna to your life and be happy. Business,…

People — Anne Schaufuss becomes Hare Krishna

People — Anne Schaufuss becomes Hare Krishna

A million dollars and three dozen magazine covers later, Anne had wealth, fame, and apartments in most European capital cities. Anne Schaufuss had everything. Except, maybe, happiness. …

Jnana Dasa — How I Came To Krsna Consciousness

Jnana Dasa — How I Came To Krsna Consciousness

I finished the school year, bade farewell to my family, girlfriend, and other intimates, and set off for Japan to practice Zen in earnest.…

Surgery and Spirituality — Samika Rsi, M.D.

Surgery and Spirituality — Samika Rsi, M.D.

The other doctors never call him Samika Rsi dasa. Most of them don't even know he is an initiated devotee of Lord Krsna. In the hospital—St. Joseph's Hospital, Carbondale, Pennsylvania—he…

Boise Mother Follows Son — Krishna Story with a Twist

Boise Mother Follows Son — Krishna Story with a Twist

I was brought up a Catholic. I went to church every Sunday. As a young woman my only understanding of God was fear. I was told I had to do…

Krsna Consciousness?—Tell Me About It!

Krsna Consciousness?—Tell Me About It!

Early one evening, I answered the phone. "Hello, Mom? I just want to tell you I'm at the Krsna temple in Potomac, Maryland. I live here now."…

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