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Judging Without Understanding: The Recipe for Ruining Relationships

Lessons from the relationship between Vali and Sugriva, significant characters in the Ramayana.

A poignant subplot in the Ramayana is the fratricidal confrontation between the two monkey brothers Vali and Sugriva. In theMahabharata, fraternal animosity between the virtuous Pandavas and the evil Kauravas continues till the death of the Kauravas. In contrast, the Ramayana features a deathbed reconciliation between the simian siblings that is as emotionally riveting as it is ethically illuminating.

Demigod Father, Demon Son

Neglecting his father's dying wish, he was "speeding towards the darkest region of hellish existence."

While distributing Srila Prabhupada's books village to village, door to door, in remote parts of India, I invariably meet someone who has been miraculously touched by Krishna’s mercy. One such person was Chandu, whom I met in Srirampur, Maharashtra. His tall stature and heavy build contrasted with his soft, humble demeanor. Curious to know his background, I asked him to tell me his story of choosing the path of Krishna consciousness. – JD

His ISKCON Branch

In 1966, Srila Prabhupada's desire to have an institution to carry out his mission finally bears fruit.

To honor the fiftieth anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s incorporation of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, BTG presents Part Five of a series celebrating Srila Prabhupada’s unique, transcendental position in ISKCON, as well as every follower’s foundational relationship with him.

How to Identify an Avatar

In an early lecture in New York City, Srila Prabhupada speaks on the authority of the Vedic scriptures.

sarvajna munira vakya – shastra-‘paramana’
ama-saba jivera haya shastra-dvara ‘jnana’

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, "The Vedic literatures composed by the omniscient Mahamuni Vyasadeva are evidence of all spiritual existence. Only through these revealed scriptures can all conditioned souls attain knowledge." – Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila 20.353

His Mission’s Roots

Key meetings and correspondence with his spiritual master forged in Srila Prabhupada's heart an unshakeable determination to carry out his guru's order.

To honor the fiftieth anniversary of Srila Prabhupada’s incorporation of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, BTG presents Part Four of a series celebrating Srila Prabhupada’s unique, transcendental position in ISKCON, as well as every follower’s foundational relationship with him.

Try to Hear About Krishna

Srila Prabhupada explains the significance of Parikshit Maharaja's first question to Shukadeva Goswami.

shri shuka uvacha
variyan esha te prashnah
krito loka-hitam nripa
atmavit-sammatah pumsam
shrotavyadishu yah parah

shrotavyadini rajendra
nrinam santi sahasrashah
apashyatam atma-tattvam
griheshu griha-medhinam

My Life as an Actor in ISKCON

A devotee in the UK reflects on his experiences in presenting Krishna consciousness through the medium of drama.

I come from a typically pious Gujarati family. My family moved from Kenya to the UK in the winter of 1969. I was seven years old and remember being greeted by snow and biting cold weather. Nonetheless, we adapted and began our new British way of life. But all that was to change in the summer of 1971. Call it fate, karma, or the guru’s mercy, but my eldest brother was handed a Back to Godhead magazine, and we soon found ourselves going to 7 Bury Place for the celebrated Hare Krishna Sunday feast.

Prabhupada: The Moments That Made His Movement

An overview of the life of the world's greatest modern exponent of India's matchless spiritual wisdom.

Lord Chaitanya Visits Vrindavan

Five hundred years ago, Lord Krishna returned to His eternal earthly home in His form as the Golden Avatar.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was always absorbed in thoughts of Sri Vrindavan, often enquiring in a deep devotional mood, "Where is Vrindavan?" On several occasions, His devotees, fearing separation from Him, diverted, discouraged, or dissuaded Him from visiting Vrindavan.

Transcendental Poetry and Muslim Poets

For centuries, Muslim poets have revealed their attraction to all-attractive Lord Krishna.

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