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Peoples Temple in Guyana — The Vedic Observer

The bizarre mass suicide-murder of 913 members of the Peoples Temple in Guyana has raised serious questions about unscrupulous religious leaders who exploit their followers, stripping their souls and pockets…

Faith Healer, Heal Thyself — Notes from the Editor

In recent years thousands of religious figures have taken up faith healing. They use all kinds of approaches, but basically they claim that through their charismatic prayer and laying on…

The Secret of Real Religion

Today, it seems, there are more spiritual groups than ever before competing for public attention and allegiance. Freelance reporter Sandy Nixon finds out what makes Krishna consciousness unique in an…

Krishna or Christ — The Name Is the Same

Krishna or Christ — The Name Is the Same

What is the meaning of the word Christ? Christ comes from the Greek word Christos, meaning the anointed one. Christos is the Greek version of the word Krishna.…

“In the Beginning Was the Word”

“In the Beginning Was the Word”

In the Bible it is said, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." There is no difference between God…

Religion – Material and Spiritual

Religion – Material and Spiritual

Religion refers to our constitutional position. It is different from faith. Faith can be changed but according to the Vedic system, religion cannot be changed.…

The Path of Bhakti

BHAKTI cannot, strictly speaking, be defined, because it is transcendental. Sandilya, however, defines it as: exclusive and intense loving attachment to the Lord. Bhakti is recognized in Srimad-Bhagavatam as the…

Holy Men & Hypocrites

Holy Men & Hypocrites

To avoid confusion, one must use careful intelligence to discriminate between the saints and the swindlers, the incarnations and the imposters, the holy men and the hypocrites.…

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out On Christ, Christians and Krishna

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out On Christ, Christians and Krishna

"Thou shall not kill" Christians like to misinterpret this instruction. They think the animals have no soul, and therefore they think they can freely kill billions of innocent animals in…

The Things Christ Had to Keep Secret

The Things Christ Had to Keep Secret

"I have yet many things to say unto you," Christ told a world, filled with crudeness and ignorance, "but ye cannot bear them now" (John 16:12).…

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out On Christianity and Cow Killing

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out On Christianity and Cow Killing

Jesus Christ said, "Thou shall not kill." So why is it that the Christian people are engaged in animal killing? The Bible does not simply say, "Do not kill the…

Religion: Separating the Bogus from the Bonafide

Religion: Separating the Bogus from the Bonafide

Who will say which religion is false and which genuine, which harmful and which beneficial? What we need is not someone's self-interested opinion but a reliable, nonsectarian standard for separating…

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…

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…

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.…

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"…

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…

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…

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