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A Passage to the Real India

A Passage to the Real India

News of tragedy from India shocked the world—first, the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi followed by mass murders and mayhem, then, hardly a month later, the catastrophic poisonous gas…

Elevation to the Pure Life

Elevation to the Pure Life

Everyone is hankering after happiness and pleasure, and when one's existence is purified he will be placed on the transcendental platform and will be able to enjoy eternal happiness.…

Attaining the Supreme

The Eighth Chapter of the Bhagavad-gita begins with a series of seven questions. Arjuna asks, "What is Brahman?" "What is fruitive activity?" "What is the material manifestation?" "What are the…

The Sources of Misery

The Sources of Misery

From the highest planet in the material world, down to the lowest, all are places of misery, where repeated birth and death take place. …

The Cure for All Despondency

The Cure for All Despondency

Even if one has achieved great success in business, or has amassed great wealth, a nice family, fame, or any amount of worldly or mystical power, still dissatisfaction at the…

Knowledge of the Absolute

Knowledge of the Absolute

In the Seventh through the Twelfth chapters Krsna gives an elaborate description of the Supreme Personality Himself, His nature and manifestations.…

The Commonsense Vegetarian

The Commonsense Vegetarian

Many vegetarian foods are a better source of protein than meat is. A typical hundred-gram portion of meat contains about twenty grams of protein, whereas an equal amount of cheese…

The Unconditioned State

Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is not conditioned. When He speaks, it is from the Absolute level. He is within the heart of the hearer. In that position, His…

Reflections on the Mantra

Reflections on the Mantra

By Allen Ginsberg Mantram (singular), mantra (plural) is a short verbal formula like Rolling Stones’ “I’m going home,” or Gertrude Stein’s “A rose is a rose is a rose,” which…

Experience of Karma Yoga

In Karma yoga, when you are working for Krishna, you can do your office tasks, speak to people on business, and do whatever you duty happens to be, for it…

Devotional Service: Elevation Over Illusion

The devotees of the Krsna consciousness movement are simply trying to spread this sublime message all over the earth. Observe how people everywhere—in America, Japan, Australia, Canada and Europe—are taking…

Sri-Krsna-Sankirtana (Photos)

Sri-Krsna-Sankirtana (Photos)

Glory to the sri-krsna-sankirtana, which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years together. Thus the fire of conditional life, of repeated birth and death, is extinguished.…

The Great Watering of the Soul

Krishna says: "Devotees are always engaged in chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination. Offering homage unto Me, they worship Me with devotion."…

Prasadam—Spiritual Food

Prasadam—Spiritual Food

The taking of prasadam, spiritual foodstuffs, by the devotee and the distribution of such foodstuffs to the public is an extremely important part of Krsna consciousness.…

Sankhya-yoga

In the Sixth Chapter of the Bhagavad-gita Lord Krsna is explaining how to practice yoga by meditation. Although the Lord is recommending the eightfold yoga system here, we will also…

Krsna Consciousness: The Sankirtana Movement

Krsna Consciousness: The Sankirtana Movement

It is hoped that the government authorities will cooperate with our sankirtana parties in enabling us to perform sankirtana on the streets. To do this it is necessary that we…

CHANT Hare Krishna!

CHANT Hare Krishna!

In Sanskrit, man means "mind" and tra means "freeing." So a mantra is a combination of transcendental, spiritual sounds that frees our minds from the anxieties of life in the…

My Encounter With the Art of Perfection

My Encounter With the Art of Perfection

The promise of art is illusory. Art cannot save us, no matter how beautiful and well wrought its objects may be. They are, essentially, fictions. At best, art may palliate…

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…

A Different Kind of Ice Cream

A Different Kind of Ice Cream

Ice cream, the ingredients don't vary much from one brand to another. But ice cream that's been prepared for Lord Krsna and offered to Him with love and devotion stands…