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Real Religion and Pretentious Religion

There are a number of pretentious religious faiths which pass on by that name but actually there is nothing in essence which can be accepted as real religion.…

When God Takes Sides

When God Takes Sides

The powerful tyrant, Kamsa, was as vile as they come. After usurping the throne from his father and killing and imprisoning many of his own relatives, he turned on his…

God: From “The Force” to the Supreme Person

God: From “The Force” to the Supreme Person

What does our father who art in heaven look like? On the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel there's Michelangelo's painting of God as an old man creating Adam, who, by…

In Pursuit of the Highest Truth

In Pursuit of the Highest Truth

The Highest Truth: When you reach it, will you see a burning bush, a pillar of fire, or a person with unlimited, all-attractive qualities?…

Paradise: An Endless Love

Paradise: An Endless Love

What do we do in paradise? What makes it such a desirable place to be? The dominant image of the kingdom of God I retained from childhood is of a…

“Religion” vs. Love of God

People often cultivate a materialistic approach to God. They pray for material possessions and worldly happiness, regarding God more as their order supplier than as their object of love. …

Whose God is God?

Whose God is God?

The sight of the Cross sent a shiver of hope through the heartsick Christians, and they rallied round Guy's red tent, supplicating the sacred object, begging for a miracle to…

Interview with Dr. Basham

Interview with Dr. Basham

Professor A. L. Basham, one of the world's most highly respected authorities on ancient Indian civilization, has written extensively on the Hindu and Buddhist religious traditions.…

Eternal Dharma

Eternal Dharma

The eternal religion, called in Sanskrit "Sanatan Dharma," has no history of beginning or end. By the analytical processes of modern science, we can see that Sanatan Dharma is the…

Morality the American Way — Piety at the Pig Roast

Morality the American Way — Piety at the Pig Roast

The Bible says, "Thou shalt not kill." Yet this simple moral maxim seems impossible for most Americans to accept, or even understand—even those clamoring for a return to morality. …

Krsna’s Message at Westminster Abbey

Krsna’s Message at Westminster Abbey

One of the highlights of last summer's Festival of India in Britain was an ecumenical dialogue at Westminster Abbey, where British clergymen gathered to learn more about the Hare Krsna…

Freedom of Religion — A Spiritual Challenge for Hare Krishnas

Freedom of Religion — A Spiritual Challenge for Hare Krishnas

West Virginia Sheriff Robert Lightner doesn't like people to shave their heads and wear long robes. "When the founding fathers wrote about freedom of religion," he says, "they didn't have…

The Religion Beyond All Religions

The Religion Beyond All Religions

The perfect socio-religious system is explained by Lord Krsna in Bhagavad-gita. (This system differs from the prejudicial system of caste by birth.)…

American Religious Life — A Vital Transition

American Religious Life — A Vital Transition

the largest number of new groups have come from India—so much so that the phenomenon can almost be considered a missionary movement from India to America.…

Decent, Hardworking “Misled” People — Notes from the Editor

A regular occurrence around here is that each year the local newspaper carries an article commending us for our hard work and decency but condemning us for not being Christians.…

Defining The Religious Principle

Defining The Religious Principle

Religion is something you participate in; it's not a spectator sport. Because it is based on faith, there's no question of understanding it from the outside. Of course, it is…

Speaking Out

Speaking Out

What Is the Best Spiritual Process? After giving a lecture in Bombay in April 1979 Srila Hrdayananda dasa Goswami Acaryadeva answered a probing question from the audience: ‘All over the…

How I Was Saved From Being “Saved” — The Vedic Observer

Strange that these Baptists should discover, looking back at them under a shaven head marked with the twin clay lines of tilaka—the signs of a servant of Visnu—such a disconcertingly…

Can Religions Compete?

Can Religions Compete?

He considered how a religion, as a whole, measures up to narrow expectations drawn from Christianity. Thus he complained, "India has no 'expiator' [referring specifically to Jesus], no Golgotha [the…

Hare Krsna Confronts B’nai B’rith — Fighting Religious Defamation

Hare Krsna Confronts B’nai B’rith — Fighting Religious Defamation

Devotees of Krsna were surprised, therefore, when they recently found a B'nai B'rith pamphlet rife with stereotypes of Krsna devotees as cultists and brainwashed robots. Such caricatures, the devotees thought,…

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