Why does our consciousness change suddenly from devotional to sensual?

By Chaitanya Charan das Question: At one moment we are absorbed in devotional thoughts and then suddenly at the next moment we become submerged in sensual, even immoral, thoughts. Why is spiritual life so unstable? Answer: It is not spiritual life that is unstable; it is we who are unstable in our spiritual life. … Read More

Reflections on the Forest Fires

By Giriraj Swami Terrible forest fires have been raging around Ventura and Ojai, California, devastating homes and everything else on their way. I recalled Srila Prabhupada’s discussion of the first verse of Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura’s Sri Gurv-astaka: samsara-davanala-lidha-loka- tranaya karunya-ghanaghanatvam praptasya kalyana-gunarnavasya vande guroh sri-caranaravindam “The spiritual master is receiving benediction from … Read More

Is Kali really the culprit?

By Radheshyam Das If Parikshit maharaja had killed Kali instead of forgiving him, we wouldn’t be suffering the effects of Kali now.’ Isn’t this a sensible argument? Let’s analyze… Problems in Kali yuga: Satya, Treta, Dvapara and Kali yugas with their respective symptoms are described in Srimad Bhagavatam in several places (11.5.19-32, … Read More

Transcendental Treasures

Paramahāmsa, Nitai and I received unique, transcendental treasures during our stay in Atlanta. When Śrīla Prabhupāda arrived the weather was rather cold. The devotees presented Śrīla Prabhupāda with warm socks and a pair of canvas walking shoes.  The next morning before the walk I assisted Śrīla Prabhupāda by sliding his transcendental toes … Read More

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