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The Hare Krishna Explosion

The Hare Krishna Explosion

I'll never forget the first night I went to see Prabhupad. Four of my friends were sufficiently interested to attend his "class." When we began chanting the Hare Krishna Mantra…

The Life of Srila Bhaktsiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

The Life of Srila Bhaktsiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

Adore adore ye all, The happy day. Blessed than Heaven, Sweeter than May. When He appeared at Puri, The holy place, My Lord and Master His Divine Grace.…

Dream and Reality

I had a dream. I was traveling, trying to reach some distant destination, but I kept being delayed. My airplane arrived at the first stop on time, but when I…

How I Came to Krsna Consciousness

How I Came to Krsna Consciousness

I grew up in Connecticut in the fifties and sixties. Always "the observer," dissatisfied with the status quo, I saw my parents' lifestyle as boring and futile. They had to…

An Indian Saint in America

An Indian Saint in America

Bhaktivedanta Swami was the inheritor of a revitalized Caitanyaite tradition as it came down from Bhaktivinoda and Bhaktisiddhanta. He was born in Calcutta in 1896 and received an English education…

Kentucky Fried Chickpeas

Kentucky Fried Chickpeas

Chickpeas are a good source of protein and iron, as well as fiber, vitamins A and b6, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, calcium, phosphorous, sodium, and potassium. But the best thing about…

CHANT Hare Krishna!

CHANT Hare Krishna!

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

Sweet Food For Krishna

Sweet Food For Krishna

Cinnamon Apple Pastries are a great treat either served by themselves or as a dessert. The dishes they complement best are vegetable preparations such as Sweet Pepper. …

Prahlad Maharaj

Prahlad Maharaj

Prahlad Maharaj was a boy who, at 5 years of age, preached to his school-fellows of their urgent need for taking to Krishna Consciousness without delay. Prahlad was the son…

Two Poems by Bhaktivinode Thakur

Two Poems by Bhaktivinode Thakur

He reasons ill who says that Vaishnavas die When thou art living still in Sound! The Vaishnavas die to live and living try To spread the holy life around!…

Bhakti Flows West

Bhakti Flows West

Indian spiritual culture has been spread throughout the world. What the Muslims could do only by the tremendous sword, and the Christians could do only with great financial resources and…

The Savory Samosa

The Savory Samosa

The first thing you'll notice is its wonderfully tender, thin pastry crust, golden-brown from deep-frying. Inside are peas, potatoes, or small chunks of cauliflower, seasoned not too little so that…

Lokanatha Swami — One of Prabhupada’s First Indian Disciples

Lokanatha Swami — One of Prabhupada’s First Indian Disciples

I was born in Aravade, a small village in the Indian state of Maharashtra that differs little from more than seven hundred thousand others in India. After I graduated from…

Cuddy and Maha Brinjal

Cuddy and Maha Brinjal

These two preparations come to us from the ancient line of disciplic succession. These preparations are as old as the Vedas themselves, and just like the Vedas their taste is…

A Brahmin’s Prayer

Their castles built today should turn to dust As all within this world of matter must. With bitter sorrow torturing their mind, At death they'll have to leave their loves…

Spiritual Knowledge to Cure the Ills of the Age

Spiritual Knowledge to Cure the Ills of the Age

The material miseries of the living entity, which are superfluous to him, can be directly mitigated by the linking process of devotional service to Lord Krsna. But the mass of…

Time Will Tell

Time Will Tell

Time will tell the world that never has there been and never will there be One who gave as much as you To set all jivas free. Time will carve…

India: “Not to Beg, But to Give”

India: “Not to Beg, But to Give”

Every nation should contribute something to the world. People are not interested in coming to India to learn technology. But people from all over the world are interested in coming…

The Holy Cow And Her Wholesome Milk

The Holy Cow And Her Wholesome Milk

Krsna would steal yogurt and butter from the gopis. Then He would run off to enjoy His booty and share it with the monkeys from the nearby forest. When the…

Pure Blue

Jai, Jai Jai! Your energy feels like perfect honey flowing fresh into crimson castles. Higher, higher, we rise up only to greet You, Gopala—sweet beautiful cowherd boy blue.…