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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 Sexual Revolution of the 60’s and 70’s — Notes from the Editor

Once we become spiritually fulfilled, we'll be finished with sexual problems. In the latter part of our lives, if not much earlier, we'll abstain to concentrate on self-realization and the…

Problems of the Present Age

Problems of the Present Age

The Vedas deal with the nature and practice of spiritual life thus offering the promise of deliverance of the eternal spirit from material nescience.…

On Peace

Just as many men today labor dearly for peace—so there are even more who are laboring for war. This is an eternal process, according to Lord Sri Krishna.…

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.…

Beyond Sexism — Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

Beyond Sexism — Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

We give equal roles spiritually. Materially, one person is an assistant, another person is a manager. How can you avoid this? …

Beyond the Formless Philosophies

Beyond the Formless Philosophies

By mental speculation one concludes that because material forms are temporary, spirit, to be eternal, must be formless. This reasoning, however, is illogical, like the conditioned thinking of a cow…

Colleges for curing the Social Body — Prabhupada Speaks Out

Colleges for curing the Social Body — Prabhupada Speaks Out

Wherever we have a Hare Krsna center we should immediately establish a college for training people—first, according to their natural talents. Everyone will be elevated to spiritual awareness by performing…

REVOLT!—Inflation, Taxes — The Vedic Observer

Inflation is simply taxation. Sly, sneaky taxation. Afraid of increasing direct taxation (and spoiling their humanitarian image with the voters), our leaders spend at a deficit and slip their unbacked…

Escaping the Dream — Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

Escaping the Dream — Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

In a dream we see so many things that have nothing to do with us. This is our nighttime dream, and we recognize it when we wake up. Unfortunately generally…

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?…

Baseball, Caste, and the Whole-Hog Syndrome

Baseball, Caste, and the Whole-Hog Syndrome

Confusing “cast” with “caste” is an innocent error, but mistaking Lord Krsna’s varnasrama system for an oppressive, hereditary class structure is a far more serious blunder. By Mathuresa Dasa Baseball,…

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…

Christ Is Our Guru — Srila Prabhupada

Christ Is Our Guru — Srila Prabhupada

Jesus Christ is our guru. Christ is preaching consciousness of God. So he is our guru, our spiritual master. That's a fact. Don't take him otherwise. He's our guru.…

Why we Read the Newspapers

Why we Read the Newspapers

Reading the newspaper this morning: Officials at the University of Nevada have OK'd a site in Reno for a sheepherder monument. Two young female tourists have drifted ashore in their…

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…

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…