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Problems of the Present Age

Problems of the Present Age

The Vedas deal with the nature and practice of spiritual life thus offering the promise of deliverance of the eternal spirit from material nescience.…

On Peace

Just as many men today labor dearly for peace—so there are even more who are laboring for war. This is an eternal process, according to Lord Sri Krishna.…

Baseball, Caste, and the Whole-Hog Syndrome

Baseball, Caste, and the Whole-Hog Syndrome

Confusing “cast” with “caste” is an innocent error, but mistaking Lord Krsna’s varnasrama system for an oppressive, hereditary class structure is a far more serious blunder. By Mathuresa Dasa Baseball,…

Beyond the Formless Philosophies

Beyond the Formless Philosophies

By mental speculation one concludes that because material forms are temporary, spirit, to be eternal, must be formless. This reasoning, however, is illogical, like the conditioned thinking of a cow…

Escaping the Dream — Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

Escaping the Dream — Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

In a dream we see so many things that have nothing to do with us. This is our nighttime dream, and we recognize it when we wake up. Unfortunately generally…

Christ Is Our Guru — Srila Prabhupada

Christ Is Our Guru — Srila Prabhupada

Jesus Christ is our guru. Christ is preaching consciousness of God. So he is our guru, our spiritual master. That's a fact. Don't take him otherwise. He's our guru.…

Why we Read the Newspapers

Why we Read the Newspapers

Reading the newspaper this morning: Officials at the University of Nevada have OK'd a site in Reno for a sheepherder monument. Two young female tourists have drifted ashore in their…

Hindus in the West: The Challenge to Spiritual Roots

Indians in the West can succeed materially. But the challenge remains: will they be able—and willing—to retain their cultural origins?…

The Human Struggle

The Human Struggle

In spite of working so hard, there is frustration. No one is satisfied. We are always wondering what danger is coming next. This is material life: You work very hard,…

Krishna: The End of Knowledge

Today, for the majority of students attending universities and institutions of higher learning, the question of the end of knowledge, the destination of the long pursuit, hardly ever comes to…

Without Him Nothing can Exist

Without Him Nothing can Exist

There are many philosophers. Some of them think the Absolute Truth is impersonal, and others say it is personal. In India the impersonalists are known as Mayavadis and the personalists…

Questions and Answers on the Science of God

Questions and Answers on the Science of God

Do we have free will? Are we all on the same path? Are we going in the same direction? Will we all reach the same destination?…

A Misleading Civilization

A Misleading Civilization

This so-called modern civilization is keeping all humanity in misfortune. This civilization is cheating us out of our opportunity to understand God and surrender to Him; rather, it is keeping…

Neighbor James

Neighbor James

William James’s “Soul Theory” seemed imposing at first—as imposing as William James Hall must have looked to my grandmother. As it turned out, James was pretty close to home. by…

The Whole Truth

The Whole Truth

Satyaraja dasa addresses a gathering at the Whole Life Expo in New York City. Thank you for allowing me to speak at the 1985 Whole Life Expo. I would like…

REVOLT!—Inflation, Taxes — The Vedic Observer

Inflation is simply taxation. Sly, sneaky taxation. Afraid of increasing direct taxation (and spoiling their humanitarian image with the voters), our leaders spend at a deficit and slip their unbacked…

Can Faith Be Reasonable?

Our modern society, with its emphasis on science and technology, would certainly seek to view itself as being rooted in reason rather than in faith. Faith, after all, connotes unquestioning…

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out on The Absurd Dialectic

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out on The Absurd Dialectic

It will be settled at death. That's all. A rascal may think foolishly that life is absurd—but death will not be absurd. Lord Krsna says, "Everyone must finally accept…

Meat-eating: the West’s Sacred Cow — Notes from the Editor

Americans tend to scorn India's recent national ban on cow slaughter. We have difficulty appreciating the Hindus' view that the cows are holy, and most Americans have little knowledge of…

Waking Up From The American Dream

History's fair-haired flower children have passed ... and in their place comes a changeling generation that may be the most disturbed and demoralized in this century.…

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