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

The Art of Living: Master the Art of Dying

To live a fruitful life, it helps to face the reality of what's coming at the end.

The last thing people want to discuss or even think about is death. And, ironically, they often don't live long enough to do so. We've made so much innovation in technology that we can control satellites thousands of miles away. We've managed to put so much complexity into a small electronic chip that we can work wonders. But death challenges all human achievements. Death is an affront to the genius of modern human beings.

Bhakti-yoga: Fulfilling Our Need to Love

We all have the inclination to love, but why does the reciprocation we seek seem to evade us?

Imagine you had to take care of a bird. Wouldn’t it be a little silly to polish and take care of the bird’s cage but forget to feed and care for the bird inside? Neglecting the needs of the soul is a lot like taking care of a bird’s cage but neglecting the bird within. But the soul isn’t satisfied if we simply take care of the body. The soul needs a deeper fulfillment and a higher purpose. Bhakti-yoga is the means by which we can nourish the soul and awaken our blissful nature.

Marching Swiftly Towards Sri Krishna

Two main obstacles thwart our determination on the spiritual path.

Developing single-pointed focus is the key to success in any field, including spiritual life. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita (2.41):

vyavasayatmika buddhir
ekeha kuru-nandana
bahu-shakha hy anantash cha
buddhayo ’vyavasayinam

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

Eternal Persons Under Nature's Modes

An overview of two key teachings of the Bhagavad-gita.

Individual Eternal Persons (Purusha)

Every living being in this world is an eternal soul encased in a temporary material body. Each soul has always existed and will always exist as a personal individual being [2.12]. Only the material body begins and ends [2.18], for the soul is never born and never dies [2.16–21]. The soul is God’s superior living energy [7.5], a part of God, Krishna [15.7]. And God is kindly disposed toward every soul [5.29].

Surrender to the Idea of Surrendering

Here's some help in overcoming our resistance to Lord Krishna's offer of shelter.

We were finishing up our weekly Bhagavad-gita class, and I asked for comments and questions from the congregation.

A young lady raised her hand and said quietly, “For me, it means surrendering to the idea of surrender to God. That’s what I will take away from this class.”

When asked to repeat her comments, she said the same thing more loudly. Her remarks struck a chord with the rest of the congregation and prompted some energetic discussion on the topic.

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.

The Urge to Gossip

A personal reflection on a common challenge to our spiritual life.

“Can you keep a secret?” With this question, I prefaced a juicy tidbit of gossip I was about to share in a recent conversation with someone. I looked around furtively, moved in closer, and dropped my voice. I don’t think I did any of this intentionally – it just happened.

Predictably, my friend nodded his head earnestly to assure me, and leaned forward so he wouldn't miss even one drop of the juicy tidbit.

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

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