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Overpopulation and Scarcity: the Fruit of Illusion

Overpopulation and Scarcity: the Fruit of Illusion

The idea that the earth is unable to provide sufficient resources to keep up with an increasing world population fails to give proper credit to the laws of nature. By…

Your Own Apocalypse

The word doomsday appears so often and in so many different political, military, and religious contexts that the topic has come to puzzle many people.…

Unholy Smokes

Unholy Smokes

Six to nine times more addictive than alcohol, it is also eight times deadlier. Addiction to it is harder to treat and cure than addiction to heroin, and it leads…

Acquiring Perfect Knowledge

Acquiring Perfect Knowledge

Logic and reason are useful in the search for the Absolute Truth. But they're not enough to obtain perfect knowledge, we must overcome four basic human defects.…

Falling for Fido

Falling for Fido

The dog-food aisle runs the full length of the store, where, set against the back wall, one finds an equally long display: the meat cooler. Chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows, and…

The Descent of God

The Descent of God

Krsna points to this essential religion at the end of the Bhagavad-gita. "Abandon all varieties of religion," He urges Arjuna, "and just surrender to Me"…

Heroism: The Urge for Cosmic Specialness

Heroism: The Urge for Cosmic Specialness

We feign indifference toward heroism while within we long for and quietly work at it. The main function of a cultural system, says Becker, is to provide us with an…

Watch Your Language

In the 1960s terms like yoga, karma, and mantra entered the American language. The rock 'n' roll culture of the hippies also popularized terms of Vedic spirituality, simultaneously creating new…

A Mantra To Cure Madness

A Mantra To Cure Madness

Anyone who identifies with the temporary material body, and thus works only for the satisfaction of the body and its extensions, disregarding the needs of the soul, is to be…

Krsna or Christ—The Name Is the Same

Krsna or Christ—The Name Is the Same

When an Indian person calls on Krsna, he often says, "Krsta." Krsta is a Sanskrit word meaning "attraction." So when we address God as "Christ," "Krsta," or "Krsna," we indicate…

Hallowed Be Thy Name

Hallowed Be Thy Name

The Bible has nearly a hundred verses that praise the power, glory, and excellence of God's hallowed name. The Bible's authors obviously considered the holy name of the Lord very…

The Process of Surrender in God Realization

Surrendering all unto the Supreme Lord is a difficult if not impossible task for must people. This is because they are not aware of the peace such surrender brings.…

Varnasrama-dharma

The four orders of social life called varna are scientifically arranged for the material progress of society, and the four spiritual orders called asrama are designed for natural progress in…

Seeing the Bright Side of Illness

While writing this month's column, I am confined with an illness that has stopped my normal work. It's a discouraging, uncomfortable interlude, yet I am seeing how illness can also…

Hunger: A Question Of Quotas

Hunger: A Question Of Quotas

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the world is growing enough food to feed its 4.7 billion inhabitants; yet 460 million people are going hungry.…

Milk — Religion You Can Drink

Milk — Religion You Can Drink

So draw your nourishment from the cow, say the sages—not by spilling her blood, but by drinking her milk—and listen to the messages of Godhead. There's a limit to the…

The Time of Death

For the yogi his practice is most severely tested at the time of death. The Supreme Personality of Godhead says, "Anyone who quits his body, at the end of life,…

On the Constitution of the Soul

On the Constitution of the Soul

The soul can never be cut into pieces by any weapon, nor can he be moistened by the water, nor withered by the wind. This individual soul is unbreakable and…

Flip Out and Stay

Realization is not something we learn in a book or hear in a lecture. Realization is living the life for which man is intended. Realization does not imply withdrawal; realization…

When Legislation Fails

The election year has ended, but the debates continue. And one of the most controversial issues is the role of religion in government. The Hare Krsna movement takes no side…

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