Digesting the False Ego

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By Sacinandana Swami  “When an intelligent person engages constantly in worshiping Me through loving devotional service as described by Me, his heart becomes firmly situated in Me. Thus all material desires within the heart are destroyed. The knot in the heart is pierced, all misgivings are cut to pieces and the chain … Read More

Back To Godhead, or Back To Serve? by Kesava Krsna Dasa

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  If a devotee were to ask, “Please bless me so that I’ll never take birth again in this horrible material world,” would this be asking for some kind of liberation? Hundreds of times, Srila Prabhupada encouraged us to “Go Back home, back to Godhead.” Would it be a form of boldness … Read More

The world is a resource to take us to the source

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By Chaitanya Charan Das During our reflective moments, we may wonder, “What is the purpose of this world?” Materialists answer that the world is a place for our enjoyment. This answer is problematic because distress and death pervade the world. Some spiritualists, especially impersonalists, answer that the world is a place of … Read More

What is the role of the Kirtan leader, spiritually? By Bada Haridas

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Q. Dear Bada Haridas, I led my first kirtan yesterday evening! I was wondering what is the role of the kirtan leader? I know that practically speaking they are playing an instrument and singing the mantra for the group to repeat, but what is their job spiritually? I felt a little bit … Read More

Lust blinds love liberates

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By Purushottam Nitai Das Bilvamangala Thakura was a wealthy south Indian Brahmin and belonged to a cultured family. But he got attracted to a prostitute named Cintamani. The attraction soon became attachment. And as it happens when we get attached to worldly enjoyment we lose our intelligence and subsequently our dignity. The … Read More

Pilgrims Flood Into Mayapur’s New Full Dome Planetarium Theater

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By Madhava Smullen  As the festival season of December to March begins at ISKCON Mayapur, pilgrims are flooding into the holy town. For many, the recently built full dome planetarium theater is a major attraction. “The feedback we’re getting is fantastic,” says Sridham Das, project manager for the Vedic Science Museum and Planetarium … Read More

How the Essence of Religions Came From Vedic Culture

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(An Excerpt from the book Mysteries of the Ancient Vedic Empire, by Sri Nandanandana dasa–Stephen Knapp) As we look over the various cultures and religions of the world, we may ask if all religious systems are divine. Though they seem to conflict with each other on various points, still there are many … Read More

Cake is the Sweetest Service for Devotee Baker Nitaipriya Dasi

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By Madhava Smullen Nitaipriya Dasi has to balance many responsibilities in life: she’s a mother of two, serves on the board of the ISKCON Philadelphia temple, and works as vice president of a reputed bank. However she’s found yet another sweet service to offer – making astonishingly beautiful and delicious cakes for Sri … Read More

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