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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,…

Celibacy—Exquisite Torture? — The Vedic Observer

I had watched as one Catholic priest after another abandoned their vows to take up secular life. Some got married; others simply hit the streets.…

The Aim of All Faiths — One truth ties all religions together

The Aim of All Faiths — One truth ties all religions together

The aim of any scripture of any country—not only the Bhagavad-gita, but any scripture—is simply to get us back to Godhead. That is the purpose.…

A Monastic Encounter — Hare Krishna Meets Priest

A Monastic Encounter — Hare Krishna Meets Priest

My friend came back for a second visit to our monastery more recently. I was very favorably impressed by the spiritual growth that I witnessed in him. It was quite…

Vedic cuisine — The Taste of Another World

Vedic cuisine — The Taste of Another World

Delicious, traditional Vedic cuisine was part of the legacy Krsna consciousness brought to Western shores. Eating, like everything else for Krsna devotees, is a part of the complete spiritual experience…

Exposure to the “Cold Cruel World”

Exposure to the “Cold Cruel World”

Gurukula, "the school of the guru," has no equivalent in Western education. It is all at once a place of spiritual formation, character development, academics, and vocational training.…

Pope Receives Bhagavad-gita As It Is — Every Town and Village

Pope Receives Bhagavad-gita As It Is — Every Town and Village

His Holiness Pope John Paul II received a copy of Bhagavad-gita AS IT IS, the scripture that sets forth the basic philosophy of the Krsna consciousness movement. …

Back To Godhead November 1979 PDF Download

Back To Godhead November 1979 PDF Download

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.…

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?…

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…

Why Our Schools Don’t Have a Prayer — Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

Why Our Schools Don’t Have a Prayer — Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

It is all cheating. You have left God out. That is the height of cheating. So naturally the rest of your so-called schooling must also be cheating.…

“Here is Something Very Beautiful and Lovely”

“Here is Something Very Beautiful and Lovely”

My first impression of the Hare Krsna temple was, "Here is something that is very beautiful and lovely." As far as the worship was concerned, it was the happiness of…

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out on the Secular State

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out on the Secular State

In America and India and so many countries all over the world, they have a "secular state." The government leaders say they don't want to favor any particular religion, but…

Rascals, Bluffers and Show-bottle Spiritualists

Rascals, Bluffers and Show-bottle Spiritualists

From his behavior I can understand he is rascal number one. I do not want to know about him, but what he has done makes it obvious. But the wonderful…

More on Faith Healing — Notes from the Editor

I read with much dismay your reflections ("Healer, Heal Thyself") in Vol. 13, No. 9. What gives you the right to criticize faith healers and charismatics? Most of them that…

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