Can women take sannyasa?

Sannyasa means renunciation to material life. This can be done with or without the formal acceptance of tridanda sannyasa order. Anyone can just take the blessings of his Guru and leave home to go live “in the vana”, as Srimad-Bhagavatam says, meaning Vrindavana, as Srila Prabhupada explained.   Therefore both men and … Read More

The Apparent Paradox: Self-confidence and Humility By Mahatma Das

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How do we maintain self-confidence, yet feel ourselves a fool before our spiritual master? How can we be confident and simultaneously feel unqualified to serve Krishna? Aren’t self-confident people somewhat proud or arrogant? We are ordinary people engaged in an extraordinary process, a process that will make us extraordinary. Thus, our confidence … Read More

Who are we trying to impress? by Kadamba Kanana Swami

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(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 14 July 2012, Modra, Slovakia, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.1) All throughout history, people have tried to impress other people. Some men have been wearing high hats. Some ladies have been wearing high heels. In so many ways, people have tried to impress each other, generation after generation. Are we any … Read More

Can women be Gurus?

Dear Kirti Prabhu, Accept my respectuful obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.   There is a rather heated debate on this subject on various social networks of which you are certainly aware. I follow it a bit distractedly. Without this wanting to give the impression that I think to be smarter than … Read More

Fun Through Storms at Toronto, Ontario by Bhaktimarga Swami

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I actually had a blast in the ‘blast’. Yes, indeed, the wind picked up today and tossed twenty-plus centimetres of snow into the air.  I see it as a dance–a romance perhaps–snow and wind in a waltz.   I felt pity for motorists in either ‘stand-still’ traffic, or a ‘crowd’ of cars.  “Suckers,” I could … Read More

The Perfection of Consciousness By Karandhara Dasa

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From Back to Godhead By Karandhara Dasa Krsna consciousness means God consciousness. We all have consciousness or awareness, but of what are we aware? For example, if you are pinched you will feel it that is consciousness. In our normal everyday activities we are conscious of so many things like our stomach, … Read More

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