Bovinely Inspired: New Vrindaban's Care for Cows

A look at fifty years of cow protection at ISKCON first farm community.

namo brahmanya-devaya
go-brahmana-hitaya cha
jagad-dhitaya krishnaya
govindaya namo namah

"I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Absolute Truth, Krishna, who is the well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas as well as the living entities in general. I offer my repeated obeisances to Govinda, who is the pleasure reservoir for all the senses." (Vishnu Purana 1.19.65)

Draupadi: Dishonored Yet Honorable

A lesson from the life of one of the great heroines of the Vedic tradition.

Draupadi's admirable character is revealed in the most humiliating incident of her life – her attempted disrobing by the wicked Duhshasana. Though victimized in body, she refuses to be victimized in heart. Her exceptional character transforms the lowest point in her life into the highest point. From the incident in which she is the most dishonored, she emerges as the most honorable.


In the opening article of the first issue of Back to Godhead, Śrīla Prabhupāda explains the purpose of his magazine.

To commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of Back to Godhead, we present Srila Prabhupada's opening article of his first issue of the magazine, which he launched on the appearance day of his spiritual master in 1944. The world was at war, and Srila Prabhupada discusses that harsh reality in light of the purpose of the magazine.

The Principle for Spiritual Understanding

Srila Prabhupada introduces the concept of disciplic succession to his storefront-temple audience in 1966.

shri-bhagavan uvacha
bhuya eva maha-baho
shrinu me paramam vachah
yat te 'ham priyamanaya
vakshyami hita-kamyaya

"The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Listen again, O mighty-armed Arjuna. Because you are My dear friend, for your benefit I shall speak to you further, giving knowledge that is better than what I have already explained." – Bhagavad-gita 10.1

Hare Krishna! The Film

A full-length documentary on Srila Prabhupada's life hits the big screen in movie theatres worldwide.

I was in Houston, Texas, for the premiere screening of the Hare Krishna! film, and during the question-and-answer session after the screening, an elderly woman in the front row raised her hand. I called on her.

A Quest for the Essence of Nectar

Desiring to attract people to the realm of bhakti, a writer created a story based on an allegory from the Srimad-Bhagavatam.

[Excerpted from Essence Seekers: A Quest Beyond the Forest of Enjoyment, by Urmila Edith Best. Copyright 2018 Padma Inc. All rights reserved. Available from Amazon.com in both print and Kindle editions.]

Before we get to the excerpt from Essence Seekers, I'd like to spend a few moments explaining why I wrote the book and what it's all about.

The Science of Love

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His followers were experts in the most important science of all.

As a young seeker in the 1960s, I was, like most of my peers, looking for love. Material love, yes, but also spiritual love. I was exploring the world's various religions with this in mind. Did religion have much to teach me about love? Was I, as the saying goes, "looking for love in all the wrong places"? Absolutely not. Indeed, all of the world's theistic traditions have much to say about love in all its permutations. But none of them satisfied my quest like the Vaishnava tradition of India, known in the West as the Hare Krishna movement.

The Art of Living and Leaving

Through the lives of exemplary personalities, the Bhagavatam teaches us how to live in this world and how to depart from it.

"Life is a preparation, and death is an examination" is an often-heard saying, at least in spiritual circles. A fact of life is that everyone who has entered a body has to leave it one day. The time between birth and death is what we call life. Lord Krishna says that the consciousness with which one leaves the body decides his or her next destination. Living a principle-centered life leads one to leave this world to enter a better world. Apart from attaining a wonderful destination, one leaves behind a legacy and a good example for many others to follow.

An Ancient Lesson in Self-Mastery

Though insulted by a king, Jada Bharata reacted coolly, blessing the king with spiritual instruction.

"Sociologists tell us that even the most introverted person will influence ten thousand people during his or her lifetime." Motivational speaker Tim Elmore notes a fact that may seem obvious, but of which many of us may not be conscious: Everyone has some effect on the minds and hearts of the people he contacts. An introspective person will ponder, "If I will end up influencing many people regardless of whether or not I try, why not seek to refine my consciousness so that I can have the best and most lasting impact upon those whose lives I touch?"

Sugriva-Lakshmana: Comfort – Material and Transcendental

Overindulgence in material comforts can erode our sense of purpose.

Comfort breeds complacency. The Ramayana illustrates this paradox through the story of Sugriva, the vanara* hero who had been unfairly exiled by his brother, Vali, due to a misunderstanding. During the exile, after all his attempts at reconciliation with his brother had failed, he formed an alliance with Rama, who Himself had been exiled from His kingdom, Ayodhya, and was searching for His abducted wife, Sita. Rama helped Sugriva right the wrong done by his brother and gain the kingdom. In return, Sugriva promised to help Rama find Sita.

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