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Is This Airplane Trip Really Necessary?

The crash of a Boeing 737 jetliner in which 78 people died, raises the perennial question of why people feel compelled to travel so much. Domestically, Americans travel more than…

Poland’s Double Darkness

General Jaruzelski had just clamped down martial law on Poland, at the instigation and with the undercover help of his Soviet bosses. (There were even reports that some of…

Pain: The Truth Doesn’t Hurt

Devotees of Krsna recognize pain as a symptom of embodied life, nature's way of signaling us that since we are eternal beings our presence in a fragile material body is…

Is Something Wrong in the Right-to-Life Movement?

Is Something Wrong in the Right-to-Life Movement?

Distinguished medical researchers have argued that real and unique human life begins at the moment of conception, when the male sperm and the female ovum unite, because at that point…

The Ideal King Lord Ramacandra Reigns in Washington

From time to time God incarnates on earth to impart His instructions and enact His pastimes. One incarnation is Lord Ramacandra, who appeared in India millions of years ago as…

Receiving Krsna’s Teachings As They Are

Receiving Krsna’s Teachings As They Are

Personalistic Bhagavad-gita scholars reject the idea that God is a formless entity. On the contrary, the personalists, or Vaisnavas, maintain that God's personal form is the source of all others.…

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out on Abortion and “Rabbit Philosophy”

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out on Abortion and “Rabbit Philosophy”

Pregnancy means the child is already born. How can they say there is no child? What is this nonsense? When a woman is pregnant, why do we say she is…

The Search for Self-fulfillment

Since everyone, no matter how he chooses to define the self, is interested in self-fulfillment, it is of paramount importance to know what the self is. Generally our concepts…

The Religion Beyond All Religions

The Religion Beyond All Religions

The perfect socio-religious system is explained by Lord Krsna in Bhagavad-gita. (This system differs from the prejudicial system of caste by birth.)…

Sex and Suffering — Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

Sex and Suffering — Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

Sex is the main happiness in this material world. That is the main happiness, and it is very abominable. What is this happiness? It is like the rubbing of two…

American Religious Life — A Vital Transition

American Religious Life — A Vital Transition

the largest number of new groups have come from India—so much so that the phenomenon can almost be considered a missionary movement from India to America.…

Aristotle and His Teachings

Aristotle and His Teachings

By speculation Aristotle may have known something about God, but our point is that we can know everything about God from God Himself. This is not a question of "religion."…

Abortion and the Language of Unconsciousness

Abortion and the Language of Unconsciousness

"Political language," wrote Orwell, "is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable." But neither Orwell's essay nor the popularization of his lesson in Holocaust seems to have deterred…

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out On Technology and Unemployment

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out On Technology and Unemployment

In India many men are already unemployed, so to introduce more machinery there is a not a very good proposal. One hundred men's work can be done by one man…

Women in Krsna Consciousness—Questions and Answers

Women in Krsna Consciousness—Questions and Answers

Although the women's liberation movement may offer some worth-while proposals, it generally ignores this highest goal. But by becoming Krsna conscious, a woman is liberated in this life and the…

A Message to Businessmen: Don’t Forget Spiritual Culture

A Message to Businessmen: Don’t Forget Spiritual Culture

We understand business to mean "occupational duty." According to our Vedic culture, there are different types of business. The four divisions of the social system, based on people's qualities and…

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out On War and Death

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out On War and Death

The atom bomb manufacturer is thinking he is successful in his life by building an atom bomb, but he does not know how to save himself from death. Nothing he…

How a Krsna Conscious Woman Achieved Liberation

How a Krsna Conscious Woman Achieved Liberation

Recently I was reading one of the many new books by women who feel they should make their miserable plight known to the world. The book read like a horror…

The Krsna Conscious Vision of Spiritual Equality

The Krsna Conscious Vision of Spiritual Equality

Attempts to establish equality among all people are naive and superficial unless supported by spiritual understanding. Materially, we are not equal. Some people are geniuses; others are fools.…

Dharma—Nature, Duty, and Divine Service

Dharma—Nature, Duty, and Divine Service

Srila Prabhupada often translates dharma simply as "religion." But he indicates that he uses this particular translation for convenience and for want of a better single English term, and he…