Expanding Our Love

Srila Prabhupada explains how our love can grow to include everyone.

ko griheshu puman saktam
atmanam ajitendriyah
sneha-pashair dridhair baddham
utsaheta vimochitum

"What person too attached to household life due to being unable to control his senses can liberate himself? An attached householder is bound very strongly by ropes of affection for his family [wife, children, and other relatives]." – Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.6.9

Yashoda Finds and Catches Krishna

Some details about Krishna’s endearing Damodara-lila that you’ve probably never heard before.

Yashoda wiped her hands in the folds of her sari, and, creeping like a detective on the tips of her toes, she followed the path left by her son, step by buttery step.

O great sages! O demigods! O perfected devotees! Meditate upon the ruby glow of the lotus feet of the universal mother as she balances on her soft petal toes!

Elevating Our Emotions

We can protect ourselves from emotional manipulation by learning how to activate and strengthen our higher emotions.

Our heart is capable of both noble and ignoble emotions. How we can cultivate higher emotions and curb lower emotions is demonstrated in the Ramayana through the interactions between the two pairs of inseparable brothers: Rama-Lakshmana, who are together in exile, and Bharata-Satrughna, who are together in Ayodhya. Of course, these brothers are divine and beyond lower emotions.

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

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

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.

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

Krishna in the Comic-Book Industry


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.

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.

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