Searching for the Real Self, Part 2

VedicViews on Western Thinkers Carl Jung (1875 -1961) Psychologist Carl Jung felt he had searched for his real self in past lives but had “not fulfilled the task” and never would. (A discussion with His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.) Hayagriva dasa: Carl Jung once asked himself this question: “Have I lived before in […]

Energy – How to Meet the Crisis

With oil running out and no substitute in sight, we need more than stopgap solutions. by Balavanta dasa Recently thirty-five of the world’s leading scientists met at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and predicted that our civilization will definitely run out of oil by the year 2000. Corroborating this warning, the Institute of Human Relations, […]

Child Prostitution – Promiscuity’s Bitter Harvest

“With promiscuity as a norm and even a commodity, no wonder it’s hard to draw the line between ‘tolerable’ and ‘criminal.’ “ Child prostitution is on the rise in cities all over America. Los Angeles police estimate that in their city alone, more than three thousand boys and girls under fourteen are involved, and for […]

Questions People Ask About Chanting Hare Krsna

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Q. What is the Hare Krsna maha-mantra? A. A mantra is a transcendental sound vibration that delivers the mind from material anxieties. Of all mantras, the Hare Krsna mantra is the maha-mantra, the great mantra. Composed entirely of God’s […]

Taking Shelter

by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura (translated from the Bengali by Jayasacinandana dasa). O Lord, there is nothing that I call “mine.” You alone are my father, friend, and brother. My friends, wife, sons, and daughters are actually Your servants and maidservants. So whatever care I take for them is only to please You. If I go […]

Remembering Srila Prabhupada

Some personal recollections by his disciples. The first day I saw devotees chanting was October 16, 1966. They were at Tompkins Park in New York City. Initially I was captivated by the dancing. Some minutes later, though, I noticed Srila Prabhupada. He was sitting inconspicuously on the ground at the edge of the circle of […]

Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out

On the United Nations This conversation between His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and Mr. P. Sharma, a former United Nations worker, took place in Paris. Srila Prabhupada: Suppose I ask the United Nations, as an organization, to explain the purpose of this cosmic manifestation. I am created a man, another is created an […]

Every Town and Village

A look at the worldwide activities of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) 66 Million Books Now In Print Just-released Bhaktivedanta Book Trust figures (for the period October 1966 to March 1978) show that Srila Prabhupada’s translations of India’s Vedic literatures now appear in some twenty-seven languages and have gone well over the sixty-six-million […]

A Krsna Conscious City

Taking Shape A report from the birthplace of the Hare Krsna movement. by Mandalesvara dasa On a verdant stretch along the bank of the Ganges, in India’s province of West Bengal, lies the village of Mayapur. As history shows, Mayapur has long been a center for spiritual understanding and culture. Here, in 1486, Sri Krsna […]

Riding the Whirlwind Demon

The Transcendental Pastimes of Lord Krsna “The whirlwind demon intended to take Krsna up in the sky and kill Him, but Krsna was simply enjoying the ride….” by Drutakarma dasa When Lord Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, came to this earth five thousand years ago, He played as a cowherd boy in the north […]

Notes from the Editor

God, Karma, and the World Do you remember 1968—when churches offered “sanctuary” to draft resisters? I was in Boston at that time, and there it was big news for a while, part of the protest against the Vietnam War. Every few days you’d see in the headlines that yet another young man was telling the […]