Nature Deadly and Nature Divine: The Bhagavata Purana’s Lessons on Human Relationships to the Environment

By Kenneth R. Valpey (Krishna Ksetra Swami) Introduction In recent decades we witness increasing public awareness about the profoundly damaging effects of accellerating human production, consumption, and mobility on ecosystems of the world; and this awareness is accompanied by a deepening sense of urgency that “something” must be done to stop the current … Read More

Encouraging Words

By Karnamrita Das Everyone falls short, or doesn’t progress as fast as they would like, on their spiritual journey. Can we ever think we love or serve Krishna sufficiently, when even great souls consider themselves deficient in devotion? Therefore, I always feel it is essential to portray my struggles as well as … Read More

Lecture, Srila Prabhupada

Los Angeles, Nov. 15, 1968 Prabhupāda: [kīrtana] [prema-dhvani] Thank you very much. [devotees offer obeisances] [15:14] Dayānanda: Prabhupāda? That was the realtor on the phone. He said he’ll have the lease ready Monday. Prabhupāda: Oh, that’s all right. Baby: Jaya. [cries] Mother: Jaya. Prabhupāda: Jaya. Jaya. Jaya. Very nice. The first vibration is jaya. [laughs] [aside:] Your article is out. You have … Read More

The Sense of Kindness

By Dvarakadhisa Devi Dasi The Vedic king Rantideva showed what  realization is required for true compassion. WHAT WOULD modern-day social services make of a man who gives away the food meant for his own children to satisfy the hunger of strangers? How would they judge this man, whose family “shivered for want … Read More

Aspects of the Absolute Truth By Srila Jiva Goswami

From Back to Godhead Though conceived of in various ways, ultimately the Absolute Truth is the Supreme Person who shares intimate loving exchanges with the best of His devotees. By Srila Jiva Goswami Here we present an excerpt from the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust edition of Srila Jiva Goswami’s Sri Tattva-sandarbha. Jiva Goswami … Read More

Jayadev and Gaurangi Featured on California Camp Fire Charity Album

By Madhava Smullen Two of the Hare Krishna Movement’s most well-known singers, Jayadev Das and his daughter Gaurangi Devi Dasi, are featured on a new charity record for the California Camp Fire, entitled “Tears Aren’t Enough.” The Camp Fire, which ran from November 8thto 25th, was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history to date. … Read More

New Booklet Addresses Women’s Services in ISKCON

By Madhava Smullen “What’s a Woman to Do?” a new 32-page booklet written by Srila Prabhupada disciple and author Visakha Dasi, and released on Gita Jayanti day, reflects on women’s services in Srila Prabhupada’s Hare Krishna Movement. The booklet is available to read via PDF here: https://www.vaishnaviretreat.com/what-s-a-woman-to-do Visakha produced the work after she was … Read More

Description of Goloka

Description of Goloka 1 Sri Narada said: Asked by whom, and for what reason did Lord Krsna, the master of the universes, come to the earth? O best of the knowers of the Vedas, please tell. 2 Sri Narayana Rsi said: In ancient times, during the Varaha-kalpa, bearing a great burden and … Read More

A historic culinary moment!

Kurma das: Dipak had volunteered for the service of cooking lunch for Prabhupada during his visit to Melbourne. Yet Dipak, usually a proficient cook, was today not his usual confident self. He was nervously dropping butter on the floor, sliding chapatis off the stove and boiling over the milk when he noticed Srila … Read More

Lecture, Srila Prabhupada

Prabhupāda: [kīrtana] Chant. [prema-dhavani] Thank you very much. [devotees offer obeisances] [25:43] [sings] Govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi **. cintāmaṇi-prakara-sadmasu kalpa-vṛkṣa- lakṣāvṛteṣu surabhīr abhipālayantam lakṣmī-sahasra-śata-sambhrama-sevyamānaṁ govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi [Bs. 5.29] [I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, the first progenitor who is tending the cows, yielding all desire, in abodes built with spiritual gems, surrounded … Read More

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