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Toward Appropriate Living In the Vedic Tradition

Toward Appropriate Living In the Vedic Tradition

Prabhupada wanted to start farm projects. For many years the devotees had been trying to get people to accept Krishna consciousness as it appears in books like Bhagavad-gita. "But, if…

Gajendra the Elephant — Breaking Open the Jaws of Death

Gajendra the Elephant — Breaking Open the Jaws of Death

Suddenly, a huge crocodile attacked the mighty elephant's leg. Gajendra was uncommonly strong, but though he tried and tried, he could not get free. His wives felt aggrieved and began…

New York City, January- February 1966 – “It Will Not Be Possible to Assist You”

New York City, January- February 1966 – “It Will Not Be Possible to Assist You”

I am trying to open a temple here because Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura wanted it. I think that after the temple has started, some men, even from America, may be…

The Hare Krsna People of Canada

The Hare Krsna People of Canada

I couldn't find any reason for living the way people do. Because their death is just inevitable. They're all just going to die anyway. And it makes everything kind of…

Looking Toward “The Unity of Man”

Looking Toward “The Unity of Man”

You may hold unity conferences—hundreds and thousands. But the leaders will never unite, because they have no common platform. You are trying that's nice. But it will never be successful.…

Srila Prabhupada New York City, Winter 1966 – “I am Trying to Open a Temple”

Srila Prabhupada New York City, Winter 1966 – “I am Trying to Open a Temple”

Prabhupada was convinced if he could start a place where people could come and associate with a pure devotee, the genuine God conscious culture of India could begin in America.…

What is a Mantra?

What is a Mantra?

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…

The Stealing Of the Boys and Calves

The Stealing Of the Boys and Calves

When Krishna was unable to find the calves immediately He understood that Brahma had taken them away. To hide the loss from their mothers, Lord Krishna expanded Himself and exactly…

How I Came to Krsna Consciousness — Bahudaka dasa

How I Came to Krsna Consciousness — Bahudaka dasa

Bahudaka dasa has been the president of the Vancouver ISKCON center for six years. When he first joined, in 1970, the center had only four full-time devotees. It is now…

Jayapataka Swami gets Indian citizenship

Jayapataka Swami gets Indian citizenship

A look at the worldwide activities of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) India Citizenship for ISKCON Guru Since India won her independence in 1947, a mere 952 foreigners…

Srila Prabhupada in New York City, 1965 – Struggling Alone

Srila Prabhupada in New York City, 1965 – Struggling Alone

In New York, Srila Prabhupada had nowhere to stay but the asrama of an impersonalist svami. To see students listening to a speaker who denied the Personality of Godhead was…

The Machinery of Evolution: Out of Gear?

The Machinery of Evolution: Out of Gear?

Scientific Views/ The Bhaktivedanta Institute by Richard L. Thompson, Ph.D. Dr. Richard L. Thompson studied at the State University of New York and Syracuse University and later received a National…

Yoga – Making Friends with the Mind

Yoga – Making Friends with the Mind

The whole purpose of the yoga system is to make the mind our friend. The mind in material contact is our enemy, just like the mind of a person in…

Finding Calm In a World of Calamities

Finding Calm In a World of Calamities

During a strife-filled era in India Queen Kunti and her sons endured many hardships. Their enemies drove them out of their kingdom, tried to poison them and trapped them in…

The Anatomy of the Self

The Anatomy of the Self

I remember we played for hours, taking him apart and piecing him back together. In the process we were learning about our own bodies—the heart, lungs, brain, muscles, veins, arteries,…

How Krsna’s Garden Grows

How Krsna’s Garden Grows

"A few days ago," says Jennifer, "a woman stopped by the nursery and mentioned she'd just been to an interesting spiritual asrama in Miami. She said I ought to drive…

Questions People Ask About Chanting

Questions People Ask About Chanting

If I chant Hare Krsna, will I be able to levitate? Why not keep the Hare Krsna mantra secret, like other mantras? If you chant a mantra in public,…

Lord Krishna’s Pure Devotee Reaches America

Lord Krishna’s Pure Devotee Reaches America

The Jaladuta is a regular cargo carrier of the Scindia Steam Navigation Company, but there is a single passenger cabin aboard. For the voyage from Calcutta to New York in…

Plastic Surgery: Facing the Facts — Notes from the Editor

Time noted recently, "surgery offices were under siege by callers who had seen the results of a notable example of cosmetic surgery, evident in before-and-after pictures of the former First…

West Bengal India Flood Diary, 1978

West Bengal India Flood Diary, 1978

The rain stopped early this morning but the water is steadily rising. The basement and first floors of the buildings are submerged and everyone has moved to the top floor…