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Holy Men & Hypocrites

Holy Men & Hypocrites

To avoid confusion, one must use careful intelligence to discriminate between the saints and the swindlers, the incarnations and the imposters, the holy men and the hypocrites.…

Living in the Material World — Running Out of Gas

There is enough energy--but we do not know where to get it or what nature's laws for its distribution are. And by wastefully exploiting whatever sources of energy we have…

Sense Gratification: The Opiate of the People

Sense Gratification: The Opiate of the People

The lifetime of the materialistic man is passed at night either in sleeping or in sex indulgence and in the daytime in making money, by any means, for gratification of…

The Four Enemies of Spiritual Life

The Four Enemies of Spiritual Life

The characteristic of this Kali-yuga age is men become inclined toward four basic sinful activities that break the four pillars of religiosity, leading men into the darkness of passion and…

The Vedic Conception of Communism

The Vedic Conception of Communism

The other day I was reading the paper, Moscow News. There was a Communist congress, and the President declared, "We are ready to take others' experience to improve." So I…

Are We Really Free?

Are We Really Free?

For America to fly the banner of "human rights for the world" presupposes that human rights flourish in our own land. True, we have a representative government and the Bill…

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out On Christ, Christians and Krishna

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out On Christ, Christians and Krishna

"Thou shall not kill" Christians like to misinterpret this instruction. They think the animals have no soul, and therefore they think they can freely kill billions of innocent animals in…

The Things Christ Had to Keep Secret

The Things Christ Had to Keep Secret

"I have yet many things to say unto you," Christ told a world, filled with crudeness and ignorance, "but ye cannot bear them now" (John 16:12).…

Searching for the Place of No Anxiety…

Searching for the Place of No Anxiety…

Atheist-existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre writes that because man wants to be God but cannot, he is a "useless passion" in a universe that has no purpose—and thus, he is always in…

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out On Christianity and Cow Killing

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out On Christianity and Cow Killing

Jesus Christ said, "Thou shall not kill." So why is it that the Christian people are engaged in animal killing? The Bible does not simply say, "Do not kill the…

From Despair to Love (Part 2) Making the Leap of Faith

From Despair to Love (Part 2) Making the Leap of Faith

Soren Kierkegaard, the father of existentialism, said we have to make the leap of faith and he saw the goal as God. He wrote, "There is a God—His will is…

Religion: Separating the Bogus from the Bonafide

Religion: Separating the Bogus from the Bonafide

Who will say which religion is false and which genuine, which harmful and which beneficial? What we need is not someone's self-interested opinion but a reliable, nonsectarian standard for separating…

From Despair to Love

From Despair to Love

Soren Kierkegaard was a mid-nineteenth-century Danish philosopher who is generally regarded as the father of existentialism. A devout Christian, he believed that religious truth is not innate within man, and…

Nirvana – Annihilation or Devotion?

Nirvana – Annihilation or Devotion?

German pessimist philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) thought that nirvana, (freedom from suffering) means becoming desireless—putting an end to our will. But His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada disagrees.…

Abortion: Setting the Matter Straight

Abortion: Setting the Matter Straight

Abortion is a grave transgression of the laws of nature and of God. So those who are anxious to enjoy sexual pleasure, yet wish to avoid the responsibility of rearing…

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out on Illicit Sex and Public Opinion

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out on Illicit Sex and Public Opinion

Society is just like a child. If a child wants to go to hell, should the father allow it? Society may want so many nonsensical things, but it is the…

What Augustine Knew and Didn’t Know About The Science of the Soul

What Augustine Knew and Didn’t Know About The Science of the Soul

Early Church father Augustine thought God eternally abandons some souls to soul-death. This is not so, our consciousness can always be revived, and that is the conviction of the Krishna…

The Demons Among Us

The Demons Among Us

There are two kinds of living beings in the creation—the divine and demonic. A demon need not be a huge monster with ten heads, nor a red fiend with a…

How to Uplift the Unfortunate

How to Uplift the Unfortunate

Wherever you go—India, America, and points between—you find certain people who seem to be getting less of life's pleasures and more of its pains. What's the solution? Increase public aid?…

What Thomas Aquinas Knew and Didn’t Know About the Kingdom of God

What Thomas Aquinas Knew and Didn’t Know About the Kingdom of God

Thomas Aquinas compiled the entire Church doctrine in Summa Theologica, which constitutes the official philosophy of the Roman Catholic Church. He also systematized a good deal of Platonic and Aristotelian…

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