Govardhana Meditations

Pilgrims of all ages walk with reverence around Vrindavan’s most sacred hill.

There’s not a more charming or mysterious place in the universe than Govardhana Hill in Vraja Mandala, some ninety miles south of Delhi. While present on earth Krishna lifted Govardhana Hill and held it for seven days to protect the residents of Vrindavan. He also revealed that Govardhana is identical to Himself. Now, fifty centuries later, millions of pilgrims come here to perform parikrama—a reverential walk around the hill—during the holy month of Karttika (October/November).

From Rituals to Realizations

Born into a South Indian Vaishnava family, a young woman finds spiritual clarity in Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is.

Krishna consciousness was not an alien concept to me, as I was born into an orthodox Madhva community in South India. I grew up in a household where rituals and personal worship were the way of life. Our deity of Lord Krishna was treated as the most important member of the family. He was always the first to be served, from the first cup of milk in the morning to the last meal at night. No one was allowed to partake of any food without first offering it to the Lord.

Intelligence and Example

Srila Prabhupada explains that it is the duty of intelligent persons, guided by scripture, to show the way for others.

saktah karmany avidvamso
yatha kurvanti bharata
kuryad vidvams tathasaktash
chikirshur loka-sangraham

“As the ignorant perform their duties with attachment to results, the learned may similarly act, but without attachment, for the sake of leading people on the right path.”—Bhagavad-gita 3.25

The Road Ahead

Some philosophical thoughts while stuck in traffic in one of the world's most modern cities.

It’s 7:00 P.M., and I’ve been driving for more than an hour. As I head home from work along Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, I’m caught in the usual evening traffic jam. Like the car ahead of me, my car starts, stops, and starts again. While my car moves slowly, my mind races. I do mental mathematics with the number on the car plate in front of me. The traffic keeps building up all around me, and I feel miserable, hopeless, and sick.

Lord Vamana Resolves the Universal Conflict

Lord Krishna appears as a charming brahmana boy and steps beyond the universe.

God is the master of all arts, including the art of conflict resolution. He is the loving father of all, and His every action benefits all His children. The story of Lord Vamana shows how the Lord satisfied two rival parties and ended a cosmic war between the demons and demigods.

Karttika: Lord Krishna’s Favorite Month

Discover the essence and the sweetness of the holiest month of the year.

After going through the intense summer and a humid monsoon, we in India perceive sharat, or autumn, as one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. According to the Vedic calendar, sharat falls during the months of Ashvin and Karttika, of which Karttika carries special significance because it is favored by Lord Krishna.

Krishna, the Purest of the Pure

The Vedic scriptures tell us that Krishna is supremely pure and supremely purifying, delivering all who come to Him.

At the junction of two ages, amidst two immense armies arrayed on the battlefield at Kurukshetra, Arjuna scans his foes and becomes confused. When Krishna expounds eternal dharma to enlighten him, Arjuna addresses Krishna as pavitram paramam: "the purest of the pure." (Bhagavad-gita 10.12) Arjuna adds, "All the great sages . . . confirm this about You, and now You Yourself are declaring it to me."

Jagannatha Puri Rathayatra: A Front-row View

Pilgrims gather to see the Lord of the universe when He comes out to see His devotees.

Qualities of the Best Human Beings

Srila Prabhupada explains that a high-class person is rich in spiritual, not material, wealth.

bhagavan api viprarshe
rathena sa-dhananjayah
sa tair vyarochata nripah
kuvera iva guhyakaih

"O sage amongst the brahmanas, Lord Sri Krishna, the Personality of Godhead, also followed, seated on a chariot with Arjuna. Thus King Yudhishthira appeared very aristocratic, like Kuvera surrounded by his companions, the Guhyakas."
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.9.3

Is Duty a Four-letter Word?

The Western philosopher Immanuel Kant directs us toward doing our duty.

For some, duty is a dirty word—we want to do what we want to do. Period. To hell with duty. But let’s consider this more seriously: What is duty, and should I be concerned about it? Clearly, duty means different things to different people. And yet it’s not uncommon to wonder: What am I meant to do? Is there a reason I was put on this earth?

Duty is a term loosely applied to any action or course of action regarded as morally necessary, apart from personal likes and dislikes. From the theistic viewpoint, the ultimate duty is to God and our fellow man.

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