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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…

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…

Transcendental Art

Transcendental Art

Paintings are needed in all the temples, as well as for illustrations in books. For these two reasons an art department has been set up in ISKCON for production of…

Kardama Muni, A First-Class Yogi

Kardama Muni, A First-Class Yogi

Kardama Muni practiced meditative penances on the bank of the Sarasvati River for a period of 10,000 years. It is understood that the yoga system, in order to be rightly…

Liquid Beauty

Liquid Beauty

Why is the attraction between male and female so powerful? What is the essence of this attraction? And why does the Vedic literature call it illusion?…

Reflections At The Zoo

Reflections At The Zoo

I spent an afternoon at the Zoo with my two-year-old son. As I carried him from the elephant compound to the lion house to the bird sanctuary, I began to…

Simply Wonderful Sweets!

Simply Wonderful Sweets!

The art of making these sweets has been preserved through generations of specialized sweet-makers in India. There the sweet repertoire is extensive and elaborate, and although preparing such sweets may…

The Scientific Reality of Spiritual Life

The Scientific Reality of Spiritual Life

The soul transmigrates at every moment as our body changes from childhood, to youth, and then to old age. When the body disintegrates at death, the soul start s another…

Perfect Question Perfect Answer

Perfect Question Perfect Answer

My whole life is going to waste, to my mind—I am still not very clear what is the aim of my life. A lot of people have been benefited by…

The Scent Of Happiness — A lesson in pleasure seeking.

The Scent Of Happiness — A lesson in pleasure seeking.

The search for happiness is natural, because it is the constitutional position of the spirit soul to be eternally joyful. But our search for happiness in the external, physical world…

The Bible and Vegetarianism

The Bible and Vegetarianism

In that kingdom of perfect peace, where the knowledge of God will dissolve all evil, we won't kill animals for food, because our food will be provided by God Himself.…

Vegetarian Cooking — Exploring Spices

Vegetarian Cooking — Exploring Spices

There are sweet spices, like cinnamon and cardamom, pungent ones like cayenne, and mixed tastes like cumin and coriander. Spices influence not only the taste of food, but also the…

How to Develop Spiritual Vision

In the Vedic literature we find the phrase sastra-caksus, which means "to see with the eyes of scripture." Scriptures like the Bhagavad-gita teach eternal truths, and these truths can be…

Vegetarianism Has Many Advantages

Vegetarianism Has Many Advantages

Whether you look at Lord Krsna's cuisine from the viewpoint of taste, health, economics, morality, or spiritual benefit, it's our firm conviction that it's the best in the world.…

How to Get Out of the Clutches of Maya

The Sanskrit word maya means that which is not. In other words, it is illusion. For example, if a servant of a king thinks that he is the king, that…

Three Ways to Cook Potato Subji

Three Ways to Cook Potato Subji

This month, I'd like to discuss three-basic ways of cooking vegetables. As you become thoroughly conversant with these three basic methods and as you observe how each method affects the…

Karma-yoga—Perfection through Action, Part 3

Karma-yoga—Perfection through Action, Part 3

As Chapter Three opens, it is clear that Arjuna has not understood that the path of knowledge and the path of devotional service are ultimately the same because the goal…

Krsna consciousness is the Absolute Necessity for Mankind in this Age

by Jananivas dasa Brahmacari (ISKCON Columbus) This article is a continuation of “Krsna Consciousness, the Absolute Necessity for Mankind in This Age,” which appeared in BTG No. 34. What is…

Why Hare Krishnas Distribute Books

Why Hare Krishnas Distribute Books

Have you ever met a Hare Krsna devotee in an airport, a parking lot, or on the street distributing books and collecting donations? Many people wonder why we do this.…

The Kachori Story

The Kachori Story

On the anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's appearance his followers celebrate by preparing one of his favorite dishes—kachoris—spicy vegetable savories.…