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East Meets East: Srimad-Bhagavatam in the Land of Confucius

Two brothers collaborate to write a novel through which to introduce Krishna consciousness in China.

In Srila Prabhupada’s compassionate desire to make the sublime science of Krishna consciousness available to every soul in the world, he didn’t forget China. In 1974 and 1977 he wrote to disciples, “Preach widely and enthusiastically to the Chinese population, especially to the young people, and they may not respond quickly, but they are very sober-minded; when they decide to join us that will be a fixed decision . . . .

The World Beyond Time

Our lives are controlled by time, which has no influence in Krishna's eternal abode.

Perspectives on Time and Space

Maha-Vishnu emanating the universes

What do the Bhagavatam and Srila Prabhupada have to say about these universal concepts?

At the beginning of his first book, Easy Journey to Other Planets, Srila Prabhupada writes, "Dedicated to the scientists of the world.” Perhaps it was Lord Krishna's special plan that Srila Prabhupada’s first book be related to science, and space in particular. By this dedication, Srila Prabhupada is inviting scientists and any inquisitive thoughtful people to explore the science in the Vedic literature.

Commendable Commanders

Maitreya Rishi

The pure lives and exemplary character of great acharyas inspire us to follow in their footsteps in our attempts to practice spiritual life.

The greatest pride of a follower of a Vaishnava sampradaya (disciplic succession) lies in that person’s connection with the guru-parampara, the lineage of the great spiritual masters who lead the legacy of that Vaishnava school. The pure lives and exemplary character of these great spiritual commanders, the acharyas, inspire one to follow in their footsteps in one’s attempts to practice spiritual life. Their illuminating commentaries on the timeless scriptures enlighten their sincere followers, giving them the necessary direction on the devotional path.

In Search of Narasimha's Temples

Gulante Yoga Narasimha

An introduction to some of the many deities of the Lord's half-man, half-lion incarnation found throughout India.

Adapted from Narasimha: the Divine Protector, Volume 1: The Lost Temples. Copyright 2017 The Narasimha Foundation. All rights reserved. Available at narasimhathelosttemples.com.

The Life of Devotional Dynamism

Krishna and Arjuna

A quotation from an American dancer and actress inspires thoughts about living a life of bhakti

"What we are is God’s gift to us; what we become is our gift to God." – Eleanor Powell (1912–1982), American dancer and actress

I first came across this quote many years ago and found it intuitively, inspiringly insightful. Over the years, I have contemplated it in the light of the Bhagavad-gita’s devotional wisdom, wisdom that was probably unknown to Powell.

Here I will break this quote into four parts to share how bhakti infuses our life with an untiring devotional dynamism.

Fixing Racism at the Root

The Bhagavad-gita gives the key to ending the scourge of racism.

There’s a perennial deep-rooted phenomena that affects millions of people worldwide. Historically, it has led to untold numbers of vicious hate crimes and revolts. Even today, in some places children are afraid to go to school because of it. It is racism.

Prahlada Maharaja's Exemplary Humility

Lord Narsimha

Srila Prabhupada explains that although the pure devotees of the Lord are in the most exalted position, they are never proud.

shri-prahrada uvacha
brahmadayah sura-gana munayo ’tha siddhah
sattvaikatana-gatayo vachasam pravahaih
naradhitum puru-gunair adhunapi pipruh
kim toshtum arhati sa me harir ugra-jateh

The Hare Krishna Maha-mantra: Our Ultimate Benefactor

Maha-mantra

As Srila Prabhupada points out in a memorable talk, the maha-mantra is "directly enacted from the spiritual platform."

harer nama harer nama
harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva
nasty eva gatir anyatha

“In this Age of Kali there is no other means, no other means, no other means for self-realization than chanting the holy name, chanting the holy name, chanting the holy name of Lord Hari [Krishna].” – Brihan-naradiya Purana 38.126

The Art of Staying Positive

Lord Vamanadeva

Some advice on finding encouragement when life gets us down.

When I received a voice message from an old high school friend, I was overjoyed to hear from her after two decades. My glee was short-lived, however. When I returned her call, she gradually shared with me information about the many negative circumstances surrounding her. Clearly they had adversely molded her thoughts into detrimental self-limiting beliefs. Such obstructive concerns, which usually stem from dark trepidations, had been consuming her for the past few months. I was overwhelmed to witness her drowning in a well of negativity towards people, circumstances, and her own life.

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