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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…

A Christian Tribute to Krsna Consciousness

A Christian Tribute  to Krsna Consciousness

The following is a statement by Dr. Harvey Cox, theologian at Harvard Divinity School, at a symposium titled "Krishna Consciousness and Religious Freedom," conducted at the Center for the Study…

The Secret of the “Superman”

The Secret of the “Superman”

Friedrich Nietzsche thought of the "superman" as someone totally self-controlled, unafraid, simple, aware, self-reliant... and nonexistent. But here His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada tells us about real supermen—who…

Why and How to Meditate — “Coming Home”

Why and How to Meditate — “Coming Home”

Why is meditation becoming so popular these days? To answer this question, psychologist Lawrence Le Shan interviewed many meditators. To Le Shan, the comment that best summed up the meditational…

Mr. Bernard Shaw’s Wishful Desire

Mr. Bernard Shaw’s Wishful Desire

Mr. Shaw or Mahatma Gandhi both are distinguished thinkers and lead the world in respect of many things. There are other great men and scientists who are equally respected leaders…

Mr. Churchill’s “Humane World.”

Mr. Churchill’s “Humane World.”

We are pleased to find that leaders of world politics such as Mr. Churchill has now a days began to think of a human world and trying to get rid…

Old Age–An Age-Old Problem

Old Age–An Age-Old Problem

We long for permanence. Although aging is foretold by our very birth, we nevertheless fight to stave off its insidious encroach. Faced with mounting evidence that we will grow old…

Liberation of the Cave Dwellers

Liberation of the Cave Dwellers

In Plato's Republic, Socrates uses the allegory of the cave to illustrate the nature of man's attachment to the illusory things of this material universe. He tells of men living…

Cow Protection and Peace

Cows, mothers, giving milk. And from milk comes butter, ghee, cheese, sandesa, yogurt, ice cream… And in a civilized land her dung is used for fertilizer and fuel, and her…

St. Louis Blues

St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Cardinals, their red-and-white uniforms contrasting sharply with the brilliant green Astro-turf, shifted in boyish impatience as the anthem soared to its vigorous conclusion.…

Ecstasy Without Brain Damage

Ecstasy Without Brain Damage

MDMA, or Ecstasy, is said by its proponents to have the incredible power to banish jealousy, break down emotional barriers, heal fear, and heighten the individual's aesthetic awareness.…

Danger at Every Step

In light of so much terrorism these days and the constant threat of war, many people would probably agree with the Vedic literature's statement that this world is frought with…

Thinking About God For A Change

Thinking About God For A Change

"Despite the current conservative movement, images of God are in flux," says Wade Clark Roof, a sociologist at the University of Massachusetts.…

Death: The Flight of the Soul

Death: The Flight of the Soul

Through the ages Western man has alternately pondered or ignored death, the most persistent yet least understood fact of our existence.…