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

The Path of Heartfulness

A concise handbook introduces bhakti-yoga to spiritual seekers and western yogis.

[Excerpted from Wise-Love: Bhakti and the Search for the Soul of Consciousness, by Pranada Comtois. Copyright by the author. Available from amazon.com. This concise handbook introduces bhakti-yoga to spiritual seekers and western yogis. We've retained the book's style for dealing with Sanskrit and other considerations.]


A daughter's final exam inspires a mother's thoughts on life's tests.

When the younger of my two daughters recently passed her final college exam, she was, as she said, "Ecstatic!" To reach the number of credits required to graduate, she had to pass that test, and all the preparation, tension, and drama surrounding it made me think of how tests and spiritual life are intertwined.

The Life of a Text: Bhagavad-gita Through the Centuries

A biographical narrative of the Gita reveals her dimensions and the personalities who broadened her reach.

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad-gita As It Is. Although many articles have been written about the Gita as a philosophical poem, exploring its meaning and theological implications, and although both devotees and nondevotees have written elaborate studies of Srila Prabhupada's translation, few articles deal with the text as a historical phenomenon, something that came to us after a long journey of commentary and explication.

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