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Misotheism and the Devotion of God's Adversaries

Today's aggressive atheists have ancient predecessors who sometimes reaped a surprising reward.

Sometimes, when things aren't going my way, or if I feel generally unenthused in my spiritual pursuits, I can become somewhat antagonistic toward God. "Why bother?" I wonder. "Why be devoted? What has God ever done for me?" I suspect that most people have periods of such spiritual sluggishness, or even come to resent God, especially when the fates seem to work against them. And if this mindset goes too far, it can feel like one is at war with the Supreme: "Okay, let Him be that way. He'll see - I just won't worship Him.

Through Pain to Joy

To prepare for the challenge of childbirth, a mother-to-be spiritualizes the art of mental detachment.

Thousands of years ago at Kurukshetra, Ashvatthama was furious. His great father, who had taught military arts to the opposition, now lay dead on the battlefield, at least partially through treachery. Ashvatthama would avenge his father's death. Using mantras his father had taught him, he invoked the mystic Narayana weapon, which belongs to the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna. Soon the Pandavas' army, although devotees of Krishna, encountered this terrifying weapon in every direction.

Krishna in the Comic-Book Industry

Introducing: THE ULTIMATE SUPERHERO!

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.

A Succession Conflict Caused by Selflessness

The Ramayana tells of an extraordinary display of brotherly love.

When a wealthy patriarch dies, leaving behind a huge inheritance, frequently succession conflicts break out. While each conflict may have its specific dynamics, they all usually have a common denominator: selfishness. Everyone related to the deceased wants a share of the pie, with the progeny often wanting the biggest piece, if not the whole pie.

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.

What Is Real Renunciation?

You can give up material life for the spiritual in the comfort of your own home.

With all of life’s ups and downs, it can be frustrating to live in the material world. When things get really tough, it's easy to want to retire from everything and just renounce the world. After all, you wouldn’t have to deal with all the inconveniences of modern life if you just ran away to the Himalayas.

An Everyday Life Mystery: Reflections on the Universal Form

Lord Krishna's cosmic revelation to Arjuna was astounding, but is it relevant to us?

The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, is the unlimited source of all that be. Throughout the Srimad-Bhagavad-gita the Lord Himself confirms this fact. As one proceeds through the Gita, the mystery of the Lord's opulence unfolds. Sri Krishna, presenting His universal form on the request of His pure devotee Arjuna, has the demigods trembling in fear and bewilderment.

The Spiritual Power of Hearing

Srila Prabhupada explains how we can overcome our spiritual shortcomings by hearing from the right source.

anye tv evam ajanantah
shrutvanyebhya upasate
te ‘pi chatitaranty eva
mrityum shruti-parayanah

"Again there are those who, although not conversant in spiritual knowledge, begin to worship the Supreme Person upon hearing about Him from others. Because of their tendency to hear from authorities, they also transcend the path of birth and death." - Bhagavad-gita 13.26

Try to Understand Krishna

Srila Prabhupada explains why understanding God as the Supreme Person – Bhagavan – is the highest knowledge of the three aspects of the Absolute Truth.

manushyanam sahasreshu
kashchid yatati siddhaye
yatatam api siddhanam
kashchin mam vetti tattvatah

"Out of many thousands among men, one may endeavor for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows Me in truth." – Bhagavad-gita 7.3

We have to understand Krishna in truth – not superficially, but in fact. Krishna says in the beginning of this chapter,

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