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Hindus in the West: The Challenge to Spiritual Roots

Indians in the West can succeed materially. But the challenge remains: will they be able—and willing—to retain their cultural origins?…

The Human Struggle

The Human Struggle

In spite of working so hard, there is frustration. No one is satisfied. We are always wondering what danger is coming next. This is material life: You work very hard,…

Krishna: The End of Knowledge

Today, for the majority of students attending universities and institutions of higher learning, the question of the end of knowledge, the destination of the long pursuit, hardly ever comes to…

Without Him Nothing can Exist

Without Him Nothing can Exist

There are many philosophers. Some of them think the Absolute Truth is impersonal, and others say it is personal. In India the impersonalists are known as Mayavadis and the personalists…

Questions and Answers on the Science of God

Questions and Answers on the Science of God

Do we have free will? Are we all on the same path? Are we going in the same direction? Will we all reach the same destination?…

A Misleading Civilization

A Misleading Civilization

This so-called modern civilization is keeping all humanity in misfortune. This civilization is cheating us out of our opportunity to understand God and surrender to Him; rather, it is keeping…

Neighbor James

Neighbor James

William James’s “Soul Theory” seemed imposing at first—as imposing as William James Hall must have looked to my grandmother. As it turned out, James was pretty close to home. by…

The Whole Truth

The Whole Truth

Satyaraja dasa addresses a gathering at the Whole Life Expo in New York City. Thank you for allowing me to speak at the 1985 Whole Life Expo. I would like…

Can Faith Be Reasonable?

Our modern society, with its emphasis on science and technology, would certainly seek to view itself as being rooted in reason rather than in faith. Faith, after all, connotes unquestioning…

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out on The Absurd Dialectic

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out on The Absurd Dialectic

It will be settled at death. That's all. A rascal may think foolishly that life is absurd—but death will not be absurd. Lord Krsna says, "Everyone must finally accept…

Meat-eating: the West’s Sacred Cow — Notes from the Editor

Americans tend to scorn India's recent national ban on cow slaughter. We have difficulty appreciating the Hindus' view that the cows are holy, and most Americans have little knowledge of…

Waking Up From The American Dream

History's fair-haired flower children have passed ... and in their place comes a changeling generation that may be the most disturbed and demoralized in this century.…

Why Our Schools Don’t Have a Prayer — Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

Why Our Schools Don’t Have a Prayer — Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

It is all cheating. You have left God out. That is the height of cheating. So naturally the rest of your so-called schooling must also be cheating.…

Anthropomorphism — Notes from the Editor

"I would be delighted if there were life after death . . . but I am also a scientist . . ." Apparently he thinks that as a scientist, he…

America’s Karma

So they make all the bombs, stock them up, and then Krsna will just use these bombs and these other nasty things they've made, and He will simply kick everything…

Abortion and the Hypocritic Oath — The Vedic Observer

My sister was just back from Europe and just hearing for the first time about a Southern California obstetrician named William Waddill. I told her that after an unsuccessful abortion,…

Language Reform Movement — Notes from the Editor

There is a movement afoot to correct the worldwide abuse of the English language. Reformers claim that our abuse of words is crucially linked with the moral decline of our…

“Here is Something Very Beautiful and Lovely”

“Here is Something Very Beautiful and Lovely”

My first impression of the Hare Krsna temple was, "Here is something that is very beautiful and lovely." As far as the worship was concerned, it was the happiness of…

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out on the Secular State

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out on the Secular State

In America and India and so many countries all over the world, they have a "secular state." The government leaders say they don't want to favor any particular religion, but…

On Lying in Advertising — Notes from the Editor

Newspaper, magazine, and TV advertising thrives on a lie—the lie that we can attain happiness only by buying more and more material things—and no advertising board has any intention of…

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