The Power of a Family Prayer Group

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At at a couple’s retreat in South Africa in 2009 my wife and I gave couples different tools to help their marriages, and also different ways of thinking about themselves and their problems. One of my topics was family or couple’s prayer. The subject of prayers groups I feel “passionately” about—i.e, strongly, … Read More

God and Smog Conference Promotes Environmental Action in Religious Communities

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Dr Ravi Gupta (Radhika Ramana) speaks, next to representatives from the Buddhist, Vaishnava, Latter Day Saints and Episcopal Church communities About 150 students, professors and other interested persons attended a one-day open conference at Utah State University on October 18th entitled “God and Smog – The Challenge of Preserving our Planet.” Subtitled “Scholars … Read More

Teachings from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami

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By Niranjana Swami So, this afternoon I just opened up and started to read from this book Amrta-vani, teachings from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja. I read a lot from this book, I like different references that are given here. They are very philosophical and I see how Prabhupada was speaking so … Read More

Lecture at a School, Srila Prabhupada

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Montreal, June 11, 1968   Prabhupāda: …do, whatever he eats, everything, then he becomes perfect. Perfect. Simply by understanding God perfectly… Not perfectly; preliminarily. Nobody can understand God perfectly. That is not possible. That is not in our capacity. God is so great, we are so small. But to our small understanding whatever … Read More

Devotee Men and the Contexts that Shape (and have Shaped) Our Lives

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Keynote Speech Men’s Retreat    New Vrindaban, October 6, 2018 (to listen, click here) Presented by Professor Burke Rochford   The telling of history is almost always a narrative about men. When historians dig out historical documents as they seek to reconstruct and analyze history, it is inevitably a project that tells us … Read More

The Importance Of Opposition And Life Reverses

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By Karnamrita Das In the lives of great persons there is always opposition and apparent road blocks in accomplishing their goals or mission in life. Whether through another person, an accident, their own body or mind, or some natural disturbance, what appears on the surface to be an impediment is passed through … Read More

Physical deprivation versus spiritual absorption

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By Chaitanya Charan Das If we don’t sleep at the right time, we will sleep at the wrong time (Based on Gita 06.16) When practicing spiritual life, we may equate spiritual advancement with denying our bodily needs such as sleep. We may deprive ourselves of sleep to demonstrate our spiritual advancement. However, … Read More

The Chaitanya School: Role of Ethics

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By Chanda Chatterjee Any discussion on religion remains incomplete without a reference to moral and ethical values. The case of Gaudiya Vaishnavism is no exception to that. It is true that ethics has not been systematically treated by the Gaudiya philosophers and that the issue in question has not been discussed independently, … Read More

Engagement Lecture at Boston College, Srila Prabhupada

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Boston, May 10, 1968 Prabhupāda: [kīrtana] [prema-dhvani] [devotees offer obeisances] [20:49] [aside:] You can speak? You can take this. Brahmānanda: My name is Brahmānanda dāsa Brahmacārī. I’m the president of the New York chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness was established in 1966 by His Divine … Read More

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