Elevating Our Emotions

We can protect ourselves from emotional manipulation by learning how to activate and strengthen our higher emotions.

Our heart is capable of both noble and ignoble emotions. How we can cultivate higher emotions and curb lower emotions is demonstrated in the Ramayana through the interactions between the two pairs of inseparable brothers: Rama-Lakshmana, who are together in exile, and Bharata-Satrughna, who are together in Ayodhya. Of course, these brothers are divine and beyond lower emotions.

The Real Religion of the Living Entity

Srila Prabhupada explains the concept of dharma, a word often inaccurately translated as “religion.”

yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
abhyutthanam adharmasya
tadatmanam srijamy aham

"Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion—at that time I descend Myself." – Bhagavad-gita 4.7

Yoga, Bhakti, and the Battlefield of Life

In the struggle to conquer the lower self, bhakti-yogis benefit greatly from the help of others.

If one man conquers in battle
A thousand men,
And if another conquers himself,
The latter is the greatest of conquerors
The Art of War, Sun Tzu

A Heart Touched by Vrindavan

In 1971, a young American photojournalist overcame negative first impressions and found true beauty in Krishna's land.

Chapter Five: Immersion

Two days and two nights on a dirty train and a bumpy, cramped ride on an antediluvian bus brought John and me to Vrindavan. It was past midnight, July 17, 1971. I was twenty-one.

Janmashtami: The Divine Advent of Lord Krishna

With India's ambassador to the UK in attendance, Srila Prabhupada speaks on the importance of learning about Krishna.

His Excellency the High Commissioner, ladies and gentlemen, I thank you very much for coming here and participating in this ceremony, Janmashtami, the advent of Krishna. Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita (4.9),

janma karma cha me divyam
evam yo vetti tattvatah
tyaktva deham punar janma
naiti mam eti so ’rjuna

Krishna in the Comic-Book Industry


Since my youth I have been interested in the concept of expressing ideas and stories through visual arts. Often it is far more effective to convey a topic with the aid of illustrations, charts, animations, and videos than to rely exclusively on words. I served a short stint at an art school in Pittsburgh after high school, and what I learned in that semester and a half was that I never wanted to do art as a career. Art, being an expression from within, works best when it is relevant and meaningful to the artist.

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.

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