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What profit in all our labors?

A Vedic perspective on the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes.

[From Vanity Karma: Ecclesiastes, the Bhagavad-gita, and the meaning of life (Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, 2015, ISBN 0-89213-449-6, trade paperback $15.95, www.vanitykarma.com), a cross-cultural commentary on the Book of Ecclesiastes. Available at the Krishna.com store and elsewhere. For this excerpt, we've retained the book's style for dealing with Sanskrit words.]

"Do Not Fear"

Lord Krishna invites us to come to Him for shelter, and thus gain freedom from the fear that pervades material existence.

I was sitting in the college library one afternoon when suddenly my friend and classmate Abhishek ran frantically into the building, breathless and perspiring. In apparent desperation, he approached one of our teachers and asked, “What if I fail my HSC board exam?* How will I face my friends and relatives?” The teacher patiently calmed him down, advising him to stay positive instead of getting so agitated by something that had not yet happened.

The Forty-Year History of ISKCON Padayatra

Srila Prabhupada inspired the first walk in 1976, and his followers have continued this mode of taking Krishna consciousness directly to the people.

For thousands of years, people in India have performed padayatras ("walking festivals") to tour holy places and spread spiritual teachings. Like many great spiritual teachers before Him, Lord Chaitanya went on padayatra. For almost six years He walked throughout India to spread the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and establish the superiority of krishna-bhakti.

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.

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