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Education and Evolution

The theory of evolution pervades the world of education, most insidiously in subtle ways not always easy to detect.

The children’s science video began with a view of the vast night sky blazing with stars. A scientist described as a famous evolutionist appeared in a corner of the screen.

“When we examine the origin of the universe and the life that is in it," he said, "we find our source to be a cold, impersonal machine.”

The Creation and Dissolution of the Material World

If not evolution, then what? Quotations from Srila Prabhupada and Srimad-Bhagavatam present the Vedic account of creation.


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Intelligent Design and Krishna Consciousness

Should Hare Krishna devotees align themselves with the Intelligent Design movement?

Back to Godhead spoke about intelligent design (ID) with Lalitanatha Dasa, author of the recent book Was Darwin Wrong? A Vedic Study of Darwinism and Intelligent Design (Bhaktivedanta Book Trust). The book argues for ID and includes chapters by three prominent ID scientists: biochemist Dr. Michael Behe, mathematician Dr. William Dembski, and biologist Dr. Jonathan Wells.

BTG: Is everything about ID compatible with Krishna consciousness?

Krishna’s Perfect Timing: Revealing a Covered Devotee

A devotee examines his own life in the light of Krishna's teachings about aspiring transcendentalists.

Fire: A Meditation

We can learn to appreciate Krishna's presence through His energies, including fire, which is always with us in one form or another.

The Adriatic Sea laps at my feet on a Croatian beach. The last rays of the sun are long gone, and the sky is the deepest blue. Across the bay is an oil refinery, and the flame at the top of a chimney, invisible during the day, has become prominent. I watch the flame dance and marvel at how fire captures one’s attention.

From Ignorance to Enlightenment

Srila Prabhupada explains that for true success in life one requires the guidance of a genuine guru.

parabhavas tavad abodha-jato
yavan na jijnasata atma-tattvam
yavat kriyas tavad idam mano vai
karmatmakam yena sharira-bandhah

Global Environmental Management and the Vedic Triguna

A Ph.D. candidate uses the concept of the three modes of material nature to investigate the quality of consciousness of environmental scientists.

Srila Prabhupada on Darwin and Darwinism

A selection of quotations on evolutionary theory from His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, with commentary.

In Srimad-Bhagavatam (4.24.73) we learn that Brahma, the first demigod, instructed subordinate personalities called the Prajapatis to generate the various kinds of material bodies at the beginning of creation. The Sanskrit word prajapati means “generator of population.” Srila Prabhupada comments in his purport to this text:

A Vision from the Heart

Blind from childhood, a man discovers devotional service to Krishna and a taste for chanting His holy names.

I first heard about Bilvamangala Thakura Dasa, who is blind, when I arrived at the ISKCON temple in Belgaum, Karnataka, where he lives. When I saw him at the early-morning mangala-arati, he was dancing and singing joyfully, and shouting "Gauranga!" and "Jaya Srila Prabhupada!" Later he sat down to chant his japa and after a short break joined in Guru-puja and the Bhagavatam class.

Learn from the Self-Controlled

Srila Prabhupada explains why real knowledge is gained by hearing from authoritative sources.

anyad evahur vidyaya
anyad ahur avidyaya
iti shushruma dhiranam
ye nas tad vichachakshire

"The wise have explained that one result is derived from the culture of knowledge and that a different result is obtained from the culture of nescience."
Sri Ishopanishad, Mantra 10

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