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The Process of Surrender in God Realization

Surrendering all unto the Supreme Lord is a difficult if not impossible task for must people. This is because they are not aware of the peace such surrender brings.…

Varnasrama-dharma

The four orders of social life called varna are scientifically arranged for the material progress of society, and the four spiritual orders called asrama are designed for natural progress in…

Seeing the Bright Side of Illness

While writing this month's column, I am confined with an illness that has stopped my normal work. It's a discouraging, uncomfortable interlude, yet I am seeing how illness can also…

Hunger: A Question Of Quotas

Hunger: A Question Of Quotas

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the world is growing enough food to feed its 4.7 billion inhabitants; yet 460 million people are going hungry.…

Milk — Religion You Can Drink

Milk — Religion You Can Drink

So draw your nourishment from the cow, say the sages—not by spilling her blood, but by drinking her milk—and listen to the messages of Godhead. There's a limit to the…

The Time of Death

For the yogi his practice is most severely tested at the time of death. The Supreme Personality of Godhead says, "Anyone who quits his body, at the end of life,…

On the Constitution of the Soul

On the Constitution of the Soul

The soul can never be cut into pieces by any weapon, nor can he be moistened by the water, nor withered by the wind. This individual soul is unbreakable and…

Flip Out and Stay

Realization is not something we learn in a book or hear in a lecture. Realization is living the life for which man is intended. Realization does not imply withdrawal; realization…

When Legislation Fails

The election year has ended, but the debates continue. And one of the most controversial issues is the role of religion in government. The Hare Krsna movement takes no side…

Youth Suicide: Encounters With Hopelessness

Youth Suicide: Encounters With Hopelessness

Seeing only unhappiness in their futures young people are taking their own lives in numbers that are shocking. Surprisingly, many of the victims are quite well off in terms of…

Religion’s Ultimate Goal

Generally people pray, perform rituals, and so on, in hopes of attaining temporary goals: better health, a good marriage, success in business. But in Bhagavad-gita Sri Krsna advises that those…

Overpopulation—A Popular Myth

Overpopulation—A Popular Myth

Social scientists from around the world gathered in Mexico City last August to discuss the alarming growth of the world's population.…

Fate, Free Will and You

Fate, Free Will and You

The philosophical question of fate versus free will is an old one. Are our thoughts and actions completely determined by forces over which we have no control? Or, are we…

How to Check the Age of Kali

Kali-yuga is a fallen age, the age of hypocrisy and quarrel. In Kali-yuga the basic principles of religion are abandoned, the government is ruled by the lowest class of men,…

Sankirtana in the Bible

Even a quick reading of the Bible will show that sankirtana was very much present indeed amongst the ancient Jews and early Christians and that it was certainly stressed by…

Abortion: When does human life begin?

Abortion: When does human life begin?

Considering the overwhelming instinct of humans to protect children once they are born, it is hard to see why abortion is tolerated. Part of the reason seems to lie in…

Religion and the Engines of War

Many conflicts around the world are being billed as "religious wars." Fighting between the Sikhs and Hindus in India, Christians and Moslems in Beirut, Moslem sects of Iran and…

The Death of My Father

The Death of My Father

My sister called and told me, "Dad has cancer, and the doctors say he has, at most, six months to live." I was shocked. It was totally unexpected, as he…

The Highest Love

The Highest Love

Here is happiness: one must approach Krsna. Otherwise, it will end in LSD—confusion and roaming in impersonal void concepts. People are frustrated. They must be frustrated if they do not…

Existentialism — The Hidden God

Existentialism — The Hidden God

In recent years there have been many philosophies based around the premise of the nonexistence of God. One such philosophy, existentialism, which emerged in a shattered France during World War…