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The Fiftieth Anniversary of New Dwaraka Dhama

Rukmini Dvarakadhisha

Srila Prabhupada spent much time in his “Western world headquarters,” overseeing his worldwide mission.

Part One: Some History

Starting off in Midcity LA, 1968

Introducing "Ahimsa Balancing"

Gita Nagari Cow

A proposal for dealing with the challenge of being pro-dairy but anti-cruelty.

As an aspiring devotee of Krishna, I face a moral problem: I am pro-dairy but anti-cruelty and anti-slaughter, and I know that the dairy industry and the slaughter industry are partners in cruelty and killing. If I buy milk from the store, I can be sure it comes from cows that have been exploited and abused and at last are heartlessly slaughtered.

How then can my ethics allow me to purchase such milk, offer it to Krishna, the well-wisher of cows, or even drink it?

Deity Worship, Not Idol Worship

Rukmini Dvarakanatha Installation

Srila Prabhupada explains that authorized worship of the deity in the temple is grounded in the Vedic scriptures.

This function of installing the deity is authorized. Several times I have given the example that when you put your mail in a box on the street, because it is written there "US Mail" you know that it is an authorized box. And if you put your letters within this box, they will surely reach the destination. The post office will work. So there is no difference between the huge post office building and that small box, because it is authorized.

Dashavatara and Evolutionary Theory

Exploring an interesting parallel between the order of Lord Krishna's avatars and Darwin's theory of evolution.

Although there are unlimited avatars of the Supreme Lord, the Vaishnava tradition singles out ten as representative of the rest. These ten are known in Sanskrit as dashavatara. Dasha means “ten,” and avatara means “descent,” from ava (“down”) and tarati (“crosses over”).

Perspectives on Time and Space

Maha-Vishnu emanating the universes

What do the Bhagavatam and Srila Prabhupada have to say about these universal concepts?

At the beginning of his first book, Easy Journey to Other Planets, Srila Prabhupada writes, "Dedicated to the scientists of the world.” Perhaps it was Lord Krishna's special plan that Srila Prabhupada’s first book be related to science, and space in particular. By this dedication, Srila Prabhupada is inviting scientists and any inquisitive thoughtful people to explore the science in the Vedic literature.

In Search of Narasimha's Temples

Gulante Yoga Narasimha

An introduction to some of the many deities of the Lord's half-man, half-lion incarnation found throughout India.

Adapted from Narasimha: the Divine Protector, Volume 1: The Lost Temples. Copyright 2017 The Narasimha Foundation. All rights reserved. Available at narasimhathelosttemples.com.

Shiva, the Supreme Vaishnava

Shiva

When devotees of Lord Krishna venerate Shiva as the greatest devotee of the Lord, they are offering him the highest praise.

Srimad-Bhagavatam is an amazing collection of the glories and activities of Sri Krishna and His devotees, the Vaishnavas. The Bhagavatam (12.13.16) declares Lord Shiva to be the greatest of all Vaishnavas: vaishnavanam yatha shambhuh. Lord Shiva’s special position, his post, his personality, and his activities are fascinating to know. The following is a short collection from the Bhagavatam of various attributes and activities of Lord Shiva.

Fifty Years of Hare Krishna in the UK: London, Where It All Began

What started with three intrepid devotee couples continues to grow year after year.

This December marks fifty years since the opening of ISKCON's first temple in London and the installation of Sri Sri Radha-Londonishvara. London plays an important part in ISKCON’s incredible history.

A Case of Muslim-to-Hindu Reincarnation

Research into past-life memories provides evidence for the transmigration of the soul.

Thousands of cases of past-life memories have been documented by pioneering researcher Dr. Ian Stevenson and others. When skeptics fail to explain away such cases, they generally resort to the fraud hypothesis.

Bhagavan: God the Person

Of God's three aspects, His personal feature is the original and the only one with which we can have intimate exchanges.

For hundreds of years, philosophers and theologians have debated whether God is ultimately personal or impersonal. After all, the nature of God plays a major role in our fate. If God is a person, then we have the potential for a loving, eternal relationship with Him. But if God isn't a person and is instead impersonal, like a light we merge into, then we miss out on the opportunity for such a relationship.

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