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The Pastimes of Scholarship

The Pastimes of Scholarship

I spent long hours in study. I never took to service of Your lotus feet as I do now. Reading on and on, I felt knowledge would be the highest…

Waking Up to Higher Happiness

Waking Up to Higher Happiness

Is there a higher enjoyment beyond the relative pleasures and pains of material life? His Holiness Revatinandana Svami describes how to achieve the realm of transcendental consciousness, where pleasure is…

You Can’t Eat Nuts And Bolts

You Can’t Eat Nuts And Bolts

We may find a typical villager in a Vedic community living with his wife and a few children in a thatched hut with mud walls and a dirt floor. He…

What Can Turn a Greyhound Bus Into a Temple?

What Can Turn a Greyhound Bus Into a Temple?

They have converted three Greyhound buses into mobile temples to bring the message of Krishna consciousness to every town and village in the United States and Canada. …

Initiation Into Krishna Consciousness

Initiation Into Krishna Consciousness

For a typical initiation, about one hundred devotees gather in the temple. The devotees to be initiated—perhaps a dozen of them—sit in two rows, facing the devotee designated to be…

Conversations from India

Conversations from India

Srila Prabhupada thought if he could get some of the Westerners to become devotees of Krishna, the Indians would then realize the importance of the spiritual culture they had…

Back To Godhead Begins Its Tenth Year In The West

Back To Godhead Begins Its Tenth Year In The West

With this issue, we mark the beginning of the tenth year that BACK TO GODHEAD is being published in the West. It is unique because it is devoted to Krishna.…

How the Teachings of Lord Caitanya Came to the Western World (part 3)

How the Teachings of Lord Caitanya Came to the Western World (part 3)

After the disappearance of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, his son, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja, a great scholar and pure devotee, continued to expand the mission of Lord Caitanya.…

Chanting Hare Krishna in Purity — The Ten Offenses.

Chanting Hare Krishna in Purity — The Ten Offenses.

There are ten offenses to be avoided while chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. These are given in The Nectar of Devotion. When we chant Hare Krishna, we must therefore be…

Lord Krishna’s Prasadam

Lord  Krishna’s Prasadam

Prasadam means God's mercy, and specifically refers to food that's been offered to Krishna. Prasadam has been offered to Lord Krishna in love by one of His devotees, whereas ordinary…

How the Teachings of Lord Caitanya Came to the Western World, Part 2

How the Teachings of Lord Caitanya Came to the Western World, Part 2

Lord Caitanya did not advent Himself to liberate only a few men of India. He says in the Caitanya-bhagavata: 'In every town, country and village, My name will be sung.'…

How the Teachings of Lord Caitanya Came to the Western World, Part 1

How the Teachings of Lord Caitanya Came to the Western World, Part 1

In Calcutta in 1896, the teachings of Lord Caitanya began their journey to the West. In Bengali-speaking Calcutta on August 20th of that year, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura published a small…

Traveling and Preaching with Radha Damodara

Everywhere we hold Krishna conscious festivals. People become inspired to join us. Soon we hope to see hundreds of buses bringing these blissful festivals to every town and village.…

Krishna Consciousness In The University

Krishna Consciousness In The University

Many of us feel that this divorcing of the personal or devotional from learning, from wisdom, is a bad thing. And so I think we have a great deal to…

Publishing in the Service of the Lord

All the press operations, including shooting with a copy camera, designing, spotting, stripping, printing, cutting and binding, are carried out by the disciples, with the intention of pleasing the Supreme…

Sankirtana – The Foremost Benediction

Sankirtana – The Foremost Benediction

ISKCON is working to fulfill Lord Caitanya's prophecy that in this Age of Kali the holy name of Krishna will be heard in every city, village and town. Srila Prabhupada…

Hare Krishna Devotees chanting on Fifth Avenue New York City

Hare Krishna Devotees chanting on Fifth Avenue New York City

Devotees chanting Hare Krishna in front of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.…

Meditation in the age of quarrel

Meditation in the age of quarrel

Most forms of meditation are virtually impossible to perform in the modern world, and therefore one should learn to meditate by the simple method of chanting and hearing the Hare…

Breaking Through the Clouds

Breaking Through the Clouds

Distributing Back to Godhead, I could see many people around me in the position I used to be in--depressed, despite having made all arrangements for pleasure through music and drugs--and…

Invocation

Invocation

This is the great chanting for peace. It means: "O my Lord, O energy of the Lord, please engage me in Your service." This is the one true universal and…