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An Awareness of What is Best and Most Beautiful

An Awareness of What is Best and Most Beautiful

We try to direct them toward what is best and most beautiful and what is most spiritually nourishing in the world about them—that is, insofar as the system allows us.…

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.…

Sri Gurvastakam

Anyone who thus chants these eight beautiful prayers glorifying the spiritual master will certainly get a chance to render direct service to Krishna, the Lord of Vrndavana, after the demise…

Vyasa-Puja Homage by Giriraja dasa

Vyasa-Puja Homage by Giriraja dasa

All glories to you Who have given us light To open our eyes, Which were firmly shut tight. When we first came to you In the darkness of night The…

Prabhupada

The Word "Prabhupada" is a term of the utmost reverence in Vedic religious circles. It signifies a great saint even among saints. It has two meanings: one at whose feet…

Vyasa-Puja Day Address

This ceremony is called Vyasa-puja. Vyasa is the original author of Vedic literature, and he is an incarnation of Narayana [God]. In this way, by disciplic succession, we receive transcendental…

Offering Guru Puja to Srila Prabhupada

Offering Guru Puja to Srila Prabhupada

As one needs the help of a qualified teacher to understand the material sciences, one also needs a qualified teacher to understand the science of God. Such a teacher is…

What is a Goswami?

What is a Goswami?

The Goswamis were engaged 24 hours a day in the service of Krishna. They slept only two or at the utmost three hours daily. They conquered sleep, eating, collecting…

Becoming Pure — Conversations with a Peace Corps worker in India

Becoming Pure — Conversations with a Peace Corps worker in India

Conversations about spiritual life between Bob Cohen, a young Peace Corps worker in India, and His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Recorded at the ISKCON International Center at Lord…

The Desire of a Pure Devotee

The Desire of a Pure Devotee

A pure devotee of the Lord like King Kulasekhara does not pray to God for material wealth, followers, beautiful women or imitation peacocks because he knows the real value of…

The Matchless Gift–Liberation in Krishna Consciousness

The Matchless Gift–Liberation in Krishna Consciousness

As long as we are not making puffed-up ego-centered claims, we are already liberated. There is actually no need to seek liberation. But as long as one thinks, "I am…

Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers

Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers

Conversations about spiritual life between Bob Cohen, a young Peace Corps worker in India, and His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Recorded at the ISKCON International Center at Lord…

The Narada-bhakti-sutra

The Narada-bhakti-sutra

The Narada-bhakti-sutra is a treatise on the fundamentals of bhakti, or devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, composed by Narada Muni, one of Lord Krishna's greatest eternal…

The Flow of Attraction to Krishna

The Flow of Attraction to Krishna

The bodily effulgence of Krishna generates millions of universes. In this solar system the sun produces many planets, and due to sunshine the planets are warm and the seasons change.…

The Arrival of a Pure Devotee

The Arrival of a Pure Devotee

At JFK International Airport, as more than one hundred disciples royally greeted him and curious reporters thronged around him, Srila Prabhupada explained, in clear language and with fixed conviction, the…

Escape from Eternal Time

Escape from Eternal Time

Everyone is a servant of eternal time, and therefore no one can be king in this material world. A king is a person who can order. However, even a king…

God of the Fools

God of the Fools

As in the present day, throughout history many cheaters have falsely claimed to be incarnations of God, and naive followers have acclaimed them. This excerpt from Srila Prabhupada's Krishna Book…

With Krishna on the Battlefield of Life

With Krishna on the Battlefield of Life

On the Battlefield of Kuruksetra all the members of Arjuna's family were present before him, and he had to kill them. Since the Battle of Kuruksetra was a family fight,…

The Book for Swanlike Men

The Book for Swanlike Men

Those who relish Srimad-Bhagavatam are compared to swans that enjoy pleasant ponds of water, scenic and natural, whereas materialists are compared to the crows who prefer to enjoy the garbage…

Obstacles on the Path of Eternity

Obstacles on the Path of Eternity

Everyone requires possessions such as food grains, clothing, money and other things necessary for maintenance of the body, but one should not collect more than his actual basic needs. If…