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Perfect Ingredients for a Cake

A spiritual oasis in the heart of Africa's Kalahari Desert.

As we venture over the northwestern border of South Africa by car into Botswana, we sense an almost instant change in landscape. The mercury seems to have crept up a notch or two as we drive along a narrow road away from the border post, headed towards the county’s capital, Gaborone. The dry Kalahari terrain is meagerly populated with plant life. The beige sand extends as far as the horizon and is decorated with greenish-brown hues of what little vegetation there is.

A Day at ISKCON Boston

Spiritual life is blissful, but it is not whimsical. The regulative principles of bhakti-yoga (the yoga of devotional service), as defined by the spiritual master and the authorized scriptures, form the standard way for the conditioned soul to come to the purified stage of spiritual existence, and one must first reach that joyful stage of purification before he can serve Krsna in spontaneous love. The Krsna consciousness bhakti schedule in Boston is rigidly followed. The day is filled with various activities, especially sankirtana (the public chanting of Hare Krsna), the printing of the spiritual master's literature, and the worship of the Deity in the temple.

Spiritual life is blissful, but it is not whimsical. The regulative principles of bhakti-yoga (the yoga of devotional service), as defined by the spiritual master and the authorized scriptures, form the standard way for the conditioned soul to come to the purified stage of spiritual existence, and one must first reach that joyful stage of purification before he can serve Krsna in spontaneous love. The Krsna consciousness bhakti schedule in Boston is rigidly followed.

Offering Dandavat: A Nurturing Display of Surrender

Ultimate spiritual realization entails a loving and willing yielding of our self to the Supreme Whole, of whom we are an eternal part.

Surrender. Submission. Such words may conjure up images of war and aggression, where the weaker party regretfully yields to the stronger, possibly with thoughts of future victory or vengeance. With such images in mind, we may cringe when we read in the Bhagavad-gita that we must surrender to Krishna. And our qualms about surrender may increase when we see devotees exemplifying surrender by offering dandavat, or lying prostrate in submission before the Lord.

Krishna Consciousness: The Golden Opportunity

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Avatar, delivered the best process for spiritual perfection for the current age.

In general, people like gold. It represents wealth and success. A golden age refers to an era of goodness and plenty, acknowledged in Greek, Roman, and Indian cultures. If you have everything, you were born with a golden spoon in your mouth. The Golden Rule is the epitome of cosmic justice or fairness: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. As the saying goes, "As good as gold."

Wrestling for Krishna: A Meditation Teacher's Journey

Seeming coincidences help foster an awakening interest in Krishna.

As a student, I competed in the sport of wrestling for eight years, from 1963 to 1971, but happiness eluded me. In high school, even when I won the California Interscholastic Federation championship at 123 pounds, I felt strangely empty inside. At the University of California at Berkeley, wrestling was a diversion, but I couldn't forget the Vietnam War and the countless problems that hung over my generation.

The W.R.I.T.E. Service

Among other benefits, writing about Krishna consciousness helps us grasp what we hear and read.

"Realization means you should write. Every one of you. What is your realization? What is this Back to Godhead for? You write your realization—what you have realized about Krishna. That is required.” (Srila Prabhupada, Lecture, August 14, 1972)

The Unknown Goal

Srila Prabhupada explains the error in using our human energy only to solve temporary problems.

gatir bharta prabhuh sakshi
nivasah sharanam suhrit
prabhavah pralayah sthanam
nidhanam bijam avyayam

"I am the goal, the sustainer, the master, the witness, the abode, the refuge, and the most dear friend. I am the creation and the annihilation, the basis of everything, the resting place, and the eternal seed."—Bhagavad-gita 9.18

The Universal Form: Its Revelations and Implications

Lord Krishna's display of His form as the universe challenges all who claim to be God.

Rajiv and I have been friends for several years, and our exchanges often beckon the comedian in him. We relish a certain light-hearted banter that seems to always bring us closer. Sometimes, his sense of humor incorporates spiritual ideas. For example, he recently told me his life was absolutely perfect. In almost every area of endeavor, he said, the fates conspire for his pleasure. I asked why he thought this was so.

"Well, it's because I'm God, don't you know?"

The Tale of Dorothy

An ISKCON swami gives hope to a delayed traveler who is angry and sad after suffering tragic losses.

We waited. And waited. It was a sweltering summer day in the Florida panhandle. The morning sun glared through the expansive windows of an airport departure gate. There, a young blond-haired woman, neatly uniformed with a blue vest over a pressed white shirt and matching blue pants, stepped up to the counter, timidly surveyed the room, then announced a one-hour delay. Passengers sighed, edgy to escape from the heat and travel north. With cellular phones pressed to their ears, they persistently glanced at their wristwatches.

Hope: The Bedrock of Spiritual Progress

Spiritual hope requires a healthy awareness of the hopelessness of our material condition.

Hope—the recognition within the human heart that something better is attainable—can mean the difference between life and death. In Man’s Search for Meaning, Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl writes that the rate of deaths in the concentration camp increased after Hanukkah, even though there was no change in camp’s already horrible conditions. Why did more die?

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