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Devotional Service: Elevation Over Illusion

The devotees of the Krsna consciousness movement are simply trying to spread this sublime message all over the earth. Observe how people everywhere—in America, Japan, Australia, Canada and Europe—are taking…

Sri-Krsna-Sankirtana (Photos)

Sri-Krsna-Sankirtana (Photos)

Glory to the sri-krsna-sankirtana, which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years together. Thus the fire of conditional life, of repeated birth and death, is extinguished.…

The Great Watering of the Soul

Krishna says: "Devotees are always engaged in chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination. Offering homage unto Me, they worship Me with devotion."…

Prasadam—Spiritual Food

Prasadam—Spiritual Food

The taking of prasadam, spiritual foodstuffs, by the devotee and the distribution of such foodstuffs to the public is an extremely important part of Krsna consciousness.…

Sankhya-yoga

In the Sixth Chapter of the Bhagavad-gita Lord Krsna is explaining how to practice yoga by meditation. Although the Lord is recommending the eightfold yoga system here, we will also…

Krsna Consciousness: The Sankirtana Movement

Krsna Consciousness: The Sankirtana Movement

It is hoped that the government authorities will cooperate with our sankirtana parties in enabling us to perform sankirtana on the streets. To do this it is necessary that we…

CHANT Hare Krishna!

CHANT Hare Krishna!

In Sanskrit, man means "mind" and tra means "freeing." So a mantra is a combination of transcendental, spiritual sounds that frees our minds from the anxieties of life in the…

My Encounter With the Art of Perfection

My Encounter With the Art of Perfection

The promise of art is illusory. Art cannot save us, no matter how beautiful and well wrought its objects may be. They are, essentially, fictions. At best, art may palliate…

Coming to Krsna — A New Day, A New Life

Coming to Krsna — A New Day, A New Life

A pretty girl wearing an exotic Indian dress and carrying a handful of flowers and a shoulder bag full of books pinned a flower on my lapel and asked, "Have…

A Different Kind of Ice Cream

A Different Kind of Ice Cream

Ice cream, the ingredients don't vary much from one brand to another. But ice cream that's been prepared for Lord Krsna and offered to Him with love and devotion stands…

Transcendental Art

Transcendental Art

Paintings are needed in all the temples, as well as for illustrations in books. For these two reasons an art department has been set up in ISKCON for production of…

Children In Krsna Consciousness

Children In Krsna Consciousness

Any child can chant Hare Krsna and dance and feel transcendental ecstasy. That is the special facility of Krsna consciousness—even a child can perform it.…

Kardama Muni, A First-Class Yogi

Kardama Muni, A First-Class Yogi

Kardama Muni practiced meditative penances on the bank of the Sarasvati River for a period of 10,000 years. It is understood that the yoga system, in order to be rightly…

Poem by Kirtanananda

Govinda, Krishna—awaken me, I plead. Cut off these ears, Pluck out these eyes, That I might hear and see indeed. Take all I have, my brief life, And then I…

Krishna: the Divine Lover

Krishna is our Lover. We are His creation, and He is the Lover of the creation. Like the clever Lover that He is, He hides Himself from us at times…

Liquid Beauty

Liquid Beauty

Why is the attraction between male and female so powerful? What is the essence of this attraction? And why does the Vedic literature call it illusion?…

From Judaism to Krsna

From Judaism to Krsna

I was Jewish, and my early education was steeped in the lore and culture of Judaism. Weekly my mother would send me for my violin lesson and dance class.…

Reflections At The Zoo

Reflections At The Zoo

I spent an afternoon at the Zoo with my two-year-old son. As I carried him from the elephant compound to the lion house to the bird sanctuary, I began to…

CHANT Hare Krishna!

CHANT Hare Krishna!

The name Krsna means "the all-attractive one," the name Rama means "the all-pleasing one," and the name Hare is an address to the Lord's devotional energy. …

Simply Wonderful Sweets!

Simply Wonderful Sweets!

The art of making these sweets has been preserved through generations of specialized sweet-makers in India. There the sweet repertoire is extensive and elaborate, and although preparing such sweets may…

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