Seeing God Within and Without

Lord Krishna

Srila Prabhupada speaks about the qualifications to see God, who is all around us.

kunty uvacha
namasye purusham tvadyam
ishvaram prakriteh param
alakshyam sarva-bhutanam
antar bahir avasthitam

"Srimati Kunti said: O Krishna, I offer my obeisances unto You because You are the original personality and are unaffected by the qualities of the material world. You are existing both within and without everything, yet You are invisible to all." – Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.18

Our Dream Life

Until we realize our spiritual identity, we’re essentially asleep.

According to Krishna conscious scriptures, we have three states of consciousness:

Ajnata-sukriti: The Mystery of Unintentional Devotion

How Lord Krishna allows us to take our first spiritual steps often without our knowledge.

"Ajñata-sukriti means doing pious activities without knowledge. So we give everyone a chance to act very piously without his knowledge. This is the Krishna consciousness movement." (Srila Prabhupada conversation with Bob Cohen, February 1972, Mayapur)

Vrindavan Away from Vrindavan: A Palace for Their Lordships in Haryana

A donation of land offered in the 1970s culminates in an impressive new temple outside New Delhi.

Srila Prabhupada landed in Melbourne in the winter of 1975 to install Gaura-Nitai deities. Many Indians and westerners were attracted to his lectures and talks in Melbourne. Among them was a young Indian couple, Shri Gopal and Usha Bhardwaj, who had recently migrated to Australia. Srila Prabhupada’s fatherly affection and care was a great support for his audience, and his charismatic personality appealed to Shri Gopal and Usha. They rushed to the temple for his classes, drove him to home programs, and revealed their hearts to him. Their love blossomed and grew stronger day by day.

Our Deities' Mysterious Past

Lord Jagannatha

The story of how Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra made their way to the home of a family in the UK.

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?

Overcoming Obstacles Through Devotional Purposefulness


Some lessons we can learn from Hanuman’s fixity of purpose in his service to Lord Ramachandra.

Among the most visually dramatic events in Valmiki's Ramayana is Hanuman’s flight across the ocean to Lanka, the stronghold of the demon king Ravana, who had abducted Sita. During his aerial journey, Hanuman’s thoughts and actions as he encountered various obstacles can guide us when we face challenges in our life and in our spiritual life in particular.

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”).

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