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Turning Forty — Notes from the Editor

The other day, while here in Boston, I turned forty years old. I remembered when I was twenty-five years old and went out to chant Hare Krsna with my fellow…

Raghava Caitanya dasa (1886-1979)

Raghava Caitanya dasa (1886-1979)

Recently the oldest member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Raghava Caitanya dasa, passed away at age ninety-three. …

Srila Prabhupada On the Lower East Side

Srila Prabhupada On the Lower East Side

Thousands of young people were walking the streets, not simply intoxicated or crazy (though they often were), but searching for life's ultimate answers.…

Changing Bodies — Reincarnation

Changing Bodies — Reincarnation

Whoever you are, your body is changing. You once had the body of a child. Now you have the body of a young person or old person. The change is…

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."…

Srila Prabhupada’s Bowery Lectures

Srila Prabhupada’s Bowery Lectures

The dingy loft, its rafters unpainted, was more like an old warehouse than a temple. The members of his audience, most of them musicians, had come to meditate on…

Bad Karma — There’s More to It Than Stubbing Your Toe

Bad Karma — There’s More to It Than Stubbing Your Toe

The word karma literally means "action," yet it also carries the import of "fate" or "destiny." This is entirely reasonable, for it is our actions that determine our fate. …

Slaughterhouse Civilization

Slaughterhouse Civilization

Yes. For meat-eaters, that is what the Vedic culture recommends: "Eat dogs." As in Korea they are eating dogs, so you also can eat dogs. But don't eat cows until…

Srila Prabhupada Moves to Second Avenue, NYC

Srila Prabhupada Moves to Second Avenue, NYC

In the early summer of 1966, Srila Prabhupada was sharing a Bowery loft with a young American friend. But when the boy went crazy on drugs and drove him out,…

The Self Outside The Boundaries of Time

The Self Outside The Boundaries of Time

The pure consciousness, the soul, does not need to have a material body. For instance, when you are dreaming, you forget your present body, but still you remain conscious.…

Do You Need a Guru? — Notes from the Editor

Most people think they have no need for a spiritual master. In a sense, they are right. People interested only in an animal-like existence do not need a spiritual master.…

How to Begin Devotional Yoga

How to Begin Devotional Yoga

First, set up an altar in your home at some convenient place. The altar is a place where you can perform meditation, offer devotion to the Lord, and receive the…

The Seige on the Kingdom of Puranjana

The Seige on the Kingdom of Puranjana

Attacked incessantly for one hundred years the five-hooded serpent began to lose his strength and Puranjana became extremely anxious. One may struggle against time for one hundred years, but eventually…

No help for Srila Prabhupada from India

No help for Srila Prabhupada from India

"His American church"—yes, Srila Prabhupada had hope and determination. There was life in his lectures and kirtanas (chantings), his morning and evening gatherings in the loft. At least he was…

The Unseen Controller Behind the Material World

The Unseen Controller Behind the Material World

We see in the street that the cars are moving at high speed but they're within their 'orbits,' their white or yellow lines of demarcation—because there is some brain, some…

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…

The Night-and-day Dream — Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

The Night-and-day Dream — Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

Last night you had some dream, but now it has no value. It is gone. And again, tonight when you sleep, you'll forget all these things and dream. You won't…

“Just HEAR Me” — Srila Prabhupada

“Just HEAR Me” — Srila Prabhupada

So the first thing is that one should be searching after a spiritual master, just as when you search after some school, you must have at least some preliminary knowledge…

85.5 Million Prabhupada Books in Print (1979)

85.5 Million Prabhupada Books in Print (1979)

Last year the printing total surpassed the previous year's total by thirty percent, and BBT books appeared for the first time in Danish, Greek, and Kannada (a South Indian dialect).…

The Search for the Divine – A Conversation

The Search for the Divine – A Conversation

A conversation between A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and Mr. Paul Valliere, an Instructor of Religion at Columbia University in New York City.…