Bringing Krishna's Mercy to the Aged

The Vedic Care Charitable Trust aims to help devotees in their final years.

The Bhagavad-gita teaches that we cannot avoid old age, disease, or death. When Srila Prabhupada brought Krishna consciousness to America in 1965, his young disciples accepted the truth of this teaching. And as time has passed and devotees have aged, this teaching has become more relevant. Gurudas, one of Prabhupada's earliest disciples, has spent his life in Krishna's service.

Cutting the Knots of Material Attachment

Srila Prabhupada explains how we – the soul – are bound to this world of suffering by karmic knots and how we can break free.

bhidyate hridaya-granthish
chidyante sarva-samshayah
kshiyante chasya karmani
drishta evatmanishvare

"Thus the knots of the heart and all misgivings are cut to pieces. The chain of fruitive actions, or karma, is terminated when one sees one's self and one's master." – Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.21

The Right to Lament

At times, this disparaged emotion can serve a spiritual purpose.

It is difficult to tolerate separation from a beloved. The loss of a friend or relative can affect us for months or years. Chaplains and psychologists have special counseling for people who suddenly find themselves grieving for a loved one.

I lost my mother two years ago, and feelings of “someone very important is missing” still come over me unexpectedly. I once knew a woman who never failed to shed tears whenever she recalled a death in her family that happened thirty years before.

Bhakta-vashyata: Bound by Love

Vaishnava scriptures provide unique insights into one of God's most endearing qualities.

Jatayu: Victorious in Defeat

A memorable character in the drama of the Ramayana gives his life and receives a priceless reward.

No one likes to lose. When we find ourselves losing, we often try to team up with someone stronger to emerge victorious. When people start worshiping God, they hope that He will help them win their battles. And the world's scriptures contain celebrated narratives of how the devoted overcame herculean odds by divine grace.

Out Walking in the USA

ISKCON's "Walking Swami" retraces Srila Prabhupada's early travels in America.

When Srila Prabhupada arrived in America in 1965, he first stayed at the home of Gopal and Sally Agarwal in Butler, Pennsylvania. After a month he traveled to New York, where he opened the first storefront temple. Then he went on to establish a temple in San Francisco.

Dealing with Difficulties

When approached with the right attitude, life's challenges can nurture our spiritual growth.

“O Govinda Within My Heart”: Krishna’s Long Journey from Braj to Brooklyn

Krishna in the form of Govinda is eternal, but He has revealed Himself in the course of history.

I have always had a personal relationship with Krishna in the form of Govinda. Though I’m not sure why, the very utterance of His name makes me happy. For me, there is something beautiful about its simple sound: “Go-vinda.”

Barnyard Karma

A painful misstep in a British Columbia barn inspires thoughts about a universal law.

I'm looking out my window at rounded mounds of snow piled against the tool shed. The winter British Columbia sky is gray, and pointy icicles are hanging from the edge of the roof. I'm warm and cozy inside our log cabin, and quite comfortable except for the swollen black eye I'm nursing. Let me tell you about the eye.

The Only Way to See God

Srila Prabhupada explains that although formulas recommended for transcendental realization may help us progress, they fall short of the ultimate goal.

na sadhayati mam yogo
na sankhyam dharma uddhava
na svadhyayas tapas tyago
yatha bhaktir mamorjita

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