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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.…

From Poverty to Bliss Through Krsna Yoga

From Poverty to Bliss Through Krsna Yoga

There can be small calves that will run loose, and milk can be churned into butter. The children will be taught to collect flowers and string them into garlands to…

Overpopulation and Scarcity: the Fruit of Illusion

Overpopulation and Scarcity: the Fruit of Illusion

The idea that the earth is unable to provide sufficient resources to keep up with an increasing world population fails to give proper credit to the laws of nature. By…

Your Own Apocalypse

The word doomsday appears so often and in so many different political, military, and religious contexts that the topic has come to puzzle many people.…

Unholy Smokes

Unholy Smokes

Six to nine times more addictive than alcohol, it is also eight times deadlier. Addiction to it is harder to treat and cure than addiction to heroin, and it leads…

Acquiring Perfect Knowledge

Acquiring Perfect Knowledge

Logic and reason are useful in the search for the Absolute Truth. But they're not enough to obtain perfect knowledge, we must overcome four basic human defects.…

Falling for Fido

Falling for Fido

The dog-food aisle runs the full length of the store, where, set against the back wall, one finds an equally long display: the meat cooler. Chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows, and…

The Descent of God

The Descent of God

Krsna points to this essential religion at the end of the Bhagavad-gita. "Abandon all varieties of religion," He urges Arjuna, "and just surrender to Me"…

Heroism: The Urge for Cosmic Specialness

Heroism: The Urge for Cosmic Specialness

We feign indifference toward heroism while within we long for and quietly work at it. The main function of a cultural system, says Becker, is to provide us with an…

Watch Your Language

In the 1960s terms like yoga, karma, and mantra entered the American language. The rock 'n' roll culture of the hippies also popularized terms of Vedic spirituality, simultaneously creating new…

A Mantra To Cure Madness

A Mantra To Cure Madness

Anyone who identifies with the temporary material body, and thus works only for the satisfaction of the body and its extensions, disregarding the needs of the soul, is to be…

Krsna or Christ—The Name Is the Same

Krsna or Christ—The Name Is the Same

When an Indian person calls on Krsna, he often says, "Krsta." Krsta is a Sanskrit word meaning "attraction." So when we address God as "Christ," "Krsta," or "Krsna," we indicate…

Hallowed Be Thy Name

Hallowed Be Thy Name

The Bible has nearly a hundred verses that praise the power, glory, and excellence of God's hallowed name. The Bible's authors obviously considered the holy name of the Lord very…

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.…