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


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.

The Duty of One About to Die

Shukadeva Goswami and King Parikshit

How should we prepare for that final moment that will arrive for each of us?

Death. We don’t like to talk about death. In fact, the topic is pretty much taboo in all contemporary societies. Why? Because death is, well, so final. It’s the end, and most people don’t know what comes after “the end.” Consequently, death is a fearful contemplation. We don’t know what happens after death. Or we wonder if anything happens.

Yoga Practice: Sincere and Show-Bottle

Though the popularity of yoga continues to rise, like most things there's a right way and a wrong way to do it.

Bhagavad-gita gives much information to help us in our steady spiritual progress, including warnings to guide us against deviation. To begin with, Arjuna asks Lord Krishna to define a person who is genuine and accomplished in the practice: "What are the symptoms of one whose consciousness is thus merged in transcendence? How does he speak, and what is his language? How does he sit, and how does he walk?" (Gita 2.54)

Shiva, the Supreme Vaishnava


When devotees of Lord Krishna venerate Shiva as the greatest devotee of the Lord, they are offering him the highest praise.

Srimad-Bhagavatam is an amazing collection of the glories and activities of Sri Krishna and His devotees, the Vaishnavas. The Bhagavatam (12.13.16) declares Lord Shiva to be the greatest of all Vaishnavas: vaishnavanam yatha shambhuh. Lord Shiva’s special position, his post, his personality, and his activities are fascinating to know. The following is a short collection from the Bhagavatam of various attributes and activities of Lord Shiva.

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