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The Sankirtaneros of Mexico

The Sankirtaneros of Mexico

Before I came to Krishna consciousness my life was completely impure. I was confused and indecisive about spiritual life and couldn't help myself. But after I read that book, I…

Bringing Hare Krishna to Germany

Bringing Hare Krishna to Germany

Sivananda had not been in the temple more than a year when Srila Prabhupada came to Montreal. After a short meeting, Srila Prabhupada requested Sivananda to go to Europe to…

Bright Day of the Soul

Bright Day of the Soul

We stood on a rooftop in Manhattan, gazing out over the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge toward Brooklyn. I asked him, "Do you actually love Krishna?" He thought for…

What Have I Achieved Since 1971?

What Have I Achieved Since 1971?

It so happens that 1971 is the year that Srila Prabhupada initiated me. He explained to me then that to become qualified to go back to Godhead, one must hear…

The Hare Krsna People of Canada

The Hare Krsna People of Canada

I couldn't find any reason for living the way people do. Because their death is just inevitable. They're all just going to die anyway. And it makes everything kind of…

How I Came to Krsna Consciousness — Bahudaka dasa

How I Came to Krsna Consciousness — Bahudaka dasa

Bahudaka dasa has been the president of the Vancouver ISKCON center for six years. When he first joined, in 1970, the center had only four full-time devotees. It is now…

Knowledge

There's nothing so sublime and pure As knowledge of the soul. And loving service to the Lord As part unto the whole. Of knowledge 'tis the ripened fruit For which…

How to Make Everybody Happy

How to Make Everybody Happy

Without Making Yourself Miserable by Sita devi dasi In college I was a would-be humanitarian, always getting myself into one altruistic group or another. I leafleted with grape and lettuce…

Heroes, Anti-Heroes and Antidotes

Heroes, Anti-Heroes and Antidotes

As Emerson said, "It is natural to believe in great men." And in his book, The Hero, American Style, Marshall William Fishwick remarks that "people are ineffective without leaders."…

Starting to See the Center of Things

Starting to See the Center of Things

If I throw a handful of stones into the water, the circles they make will overlap and clash. But if I could throw the stones all at one center point,…

Captured by Krishna

Peace Corps veteran tells how on his first professional photo assignment he became interested in Krishna consciousness and started making films for Krishna.…

How I Came to the Krishna Consciousness Movement

How I Came to the Krishna Consciousness Movement

One day a friend of mine showed me a book she had gotten from a Hare Krishna devotee. It was called Sri Isopanisad, The book's introduction alone was so complete—it…

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…

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