An instrument of Krsna by Kadamba Kanana Swami

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It is said sometimes that anger is the younger brother of lust. First, there is our desire to control. We want a world according to our desires and if people interfere with that then we become angry! But it is not that people just interfere because you have to see Krsna behind it. So devotees accept, … Read More

Day after Śrī Gaura-Pūrṇimā Lecture, Srila Prabhupada

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Hawaii, March 5, 1969   Prabhupāda: [sings:] …pada-kamalaṁ śrī-gurūn vaiṣṇavāṁś ca śrī-rūpaṁ sāgrajātaṁ saha-gaṇa-raghunāthānvitaṁ taṁ sa-jīvam sādvaitaṁ sāvadhūtaṁ parijana-sahitaṁ kṛṣṇa-caitanya-devaṁ śrī-rādhā-kṛṣṇa-pādān saha-gaṇa-lalitā-śrī-viśākhānvitāṁś ca [I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master and of all the other preceptors on the path of devotional service. I offer my respectful obeisances … Read More

The Aim of life

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is BG Preface and Introduction BG Introduction: A human being should realize the aim of his life, and this direction is given in all Vedic literatures, and the essence is given in Bhagavad-gītā. Vedic literature is meant for human beings, not for animals. Animals can kill other living animals, and … Read More

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

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