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Celebrating Sri Narasimha's Amazing Appearance

The very embodiment of ferocity sprang from a pillar to protect His dear devotee.

While the Vedas declare in their every breath the presence of the creator in every blade of creation, the Puranas (histories) vividly portray many occasions when the creator of the universe, Sri Krishna, called Param Brahman in the Vedas, intervened in the functioning of His creation. Krishna does that by taking special forms and acting in special ways. Those special forms of the Param Brahman are called avatars.

Seeking Change for Eternal Benefit

A young idealist eventually realizes that the only lasting solution to the world's problems must be a spiritual one.

I was born in 1970 in upstate New York and had more or less a typical American childhood - that is, until age fifteen, when I began to perceive the shallowness of it. At that time, I started to read books on philosophy and psychology and to listen more carefully to the weekly sermons at our local Baptist church. I had a lot of questions - about God, about life - but no one seemed to have the answers.

A Life of Dharma

Krishna Dasa Swami's dedication to the eternal religion took root in his youth and later flourished under Srila Prabhupada's inspiration.

Forty-one-year-old Krishna Dasa was already feeling elated as he stood in the crowd waiting to catch a glimpse of Srila Prabhupada. It was July 7, 1973. On the order of his spiritual master, Srila Trilocanadeva Maharaja, Krishna Dasa had come to England from India in 1966 to propagate sanatana-dharma, the eternal religion of the soul's relationship of loving devotion with the Supreme Lord. He had felt alone in his quest to follow the order of his guru.

Kulimela: The Next Generation

ISKCON's second generation, many now parents themselves, are inspired to find ways for their children to taste the joy of Krishna consciousness.

In a leafy yard in New Vrindaban, West Virginia, a large group of children is leaning forward, riveted, as award-winning storyteller Sankirtana Dasa does what he does best.

“Please help me!” he squeaks, impersonating the mouse in one of Srila Prabhupada’s favorite parables. Then he cycles through an impressive library of animal noises, as a sage turns the mouse into predator after predator so he’ll no longer be prey.

Fatalism or Pragmatism?

Insight into the concept of duty can help us act in the face of seemingly fixed destiny.

Indian thought is sometimes deemed fatalistic, holding that everything is destiny, predetermined by our past actions, and thus leaving little room for human initiative. While Indian literature is filled with diverse thoughts, some of which may be fatalistic, the bhakti literature, which is among the most influential Indian literature, offers a far more nuanced and empowering outlook on life.

The Unseen Universe

Visitors to the planetarium wing of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium will get an up-close look at the cosmology of ancient India.

As visitors to India travel north by car from Kolkata, the landscape gradually shifts from urban sprawl to pastoral farmland. High-rise housing and industrial construction sites give way to a flat horizon of villages and rice paddies. Four hours and eighty miles later, visitors enter the district of Mayapur on the banks of the Ganges River, at the point of its confluence with the Jalangi.

The Technique for Universal Love

Srila Prabhupada cites the history of a hunter to show the transformational power of devotion to Krishna.

aham sarvasya prabhavo
mattah sarvam pravartate
iti matva bhajante mam
budha bhava-samanvitah

"I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who perfectly know this engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts." – Bhagavad-gita 10.8

My Cancer Diagnosis as Krishna’s Embrace

A disciple of Srila Prabhupada finds spiritual inspiration in the sobering results of a medical test.

Each of us is the leading actor or actress in the drama of our life. In this drama there is no rehearsing, memorizing lines, or knowing the outcome. Rather, the plot unfolds as we move through life, suggesting new directions and understandings as we confront successes and reverses, or even upheavals.

Austerity and Pleasure: Managing Our Sexuality While Waiting for Transcendence

The traditional ashrama system provides support for the aspiring bhakti-yogi.

Bhakti-yoga gives us the key to the origin of sexuality and its means of total fulfillment. Yoga literally means "union." Bhakti means loving service. Bhakti-yoga, therefore, means the loving union of the soul with the Supreme Soul. The soul’s deepest desire is for this loving union.

Are We Bound or Free?

A multifaceted look at the question of our free will.

A controversy arose during a Sunday discussion at ISKCON's Saranagati Village, in British Columbia, Canada. Some devotees quoted a famous Bhagavad-gita verse (3.27) where Krishna says, “The spirit soul bewildered by the influence of false ego thinks himself the doer of activities that are in actuality carried out by the three modes of nature [goodness, passion, and ignorance].”

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