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The Hard Rain of Karma — The Vedic Observer

The whole world has come under the spell of economic development, which, in a simpler sense, means greed. And our leaders themselves openly admit it—they actually want us to become…

Defining The Religious Principle

Defining The Religious Principle

Religion is something you participate in; it's not a spectator sport. Because it is based on faith, there's no question of understanding it from the outside. Of course, it is…

Politics of Transcendence — The Vedic Observer

The Republican Party seems to have emerged from its recent national convention as a reconstituted American conservative party, and the November elections may give the voters at least the appearance…

Speaking Out

Speaking Out

What Is the Best Spiritual Process? After giving a lecture in Bombay in April 1979 Srila Hrdayananda dasa Goswami Acaryadeva answered a probing question from the audience: ‘All over the…

Socrates and His Teachings — A Vedic Perspective

Socrates and His Teachings — A Vedic Perspective

Socrates faces his death calmly and without fear, an attitude he said was but proper for a philosopher who is interested only in the care of his soul and is…

Yoga Mush and the Jerk Divine

Krishna meditated, He became God. Buddha meditated, he became god. Jesus meditated, he became god. Now god wants you to meditate so you can become god...…

A Look at the U.S. Presidency — Notes from the Editor

Like all Americans, I've seen my destiny shaped by the U.S. presidents under whose rule I have lived and served. But now that I think about it, although my life…

How I Was Saved From Being “Saved” — The Vedic Observer

Strange that these Baptists should discover, looking back at them under a shaven head marked with the twin clay lines of tilaka—the signs of a servant of Visnu—such a disconcertingly…

Can Religions Compete?

Can Religions Compete?

He considered how a religion, as a whole, measures up to narrow expectations drawn from Christianity. Thus he complained, "India has no 'expiator' [referring specifically to Jesus], no Golgotha [the…

The Most Confidential Knowledge

The Most Confidential Knowledge

Engage your mind always in thinking of Me and become My devotee. Offer obeisances and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.…

Hare Krsna Confronts B’nai B’rith — Fighting Religious Defamation

Hare Krsna Confronts B’nai B’rith — Fighting Religious Defamation

Devotees of Krsna were surprised, therefore, when they recently found a B'nai B'rith pamphlet rife with stereotypes of Krsna devotees as cultists and brainwashed robots. Such caricatures, the devotees thought,…

An Energy Alternative — Notes from the Editor

The world's energy supply is limited and the supply is being depleted by ravenous, irresponsible consumption. These are well-known facts. And everyone is aware that Americans, especially, seem unable to…

Celibacy—Exquisite Torture? — The Vedic Observer

I had watched as one Catholic priest after another abandoned their vows to take up secular life. Some got married; others simply hit the streets.…

The Aim of All Faiths — One truth ties all religions together

The Aim of All Faiths — One truth ties all religions together

The aim of any scripture of any country—not only the Bhagavad-gita, but any scripture—is simply to get us back to Godhead. That is the purpose.…

Death by Suicide at an Early Age

Death by Suicide at an Early Age

He was the consummate student, disciplined, industrious. Eventually my friend Ralph, in his search for meaning, committed suicide at the age of sixteen. No one was less surprised than me.…

A Monastic Encounter — Hare Krishna Meets Priest

A Monastic Encounter — Hare Krishna Meets Priest

My friend came back for a second visit to our monastery more recently. I was very favorably impressed by the spiritual growth that I witnessed in him. It was quite…

The Peace Prize — The Vedic Observer

When the Nobel Prize Committee awarded the 1979 Peace Prize to Mother Teresa, the sixty-nine-year-old nun who has devoted her life to helping the poor of Calcutta, it seemed as…

The Problem with Homosexuality — Happy Liberation

"There's a difficulty in homosexuality, as soon as it goes into a personal relationship, there's a raging contradiction. You've got two proud roosters or two hens—and sometimes one of the…

Who’s Paying the Rent?

Who’s Paying the Rent?

The human family might ask, "Are we actually making our rent payments for all that is being supplied to us, or are we facing eviction?" Perhaps each one of us…

America In The 1980’s — Looking for Leaders

America In The 1980’s — Looking for Leaders

Everywhere the leaders have become deviated. They don't follow their own principles, their own disciplines. So naturally the young people reject them.…