A Texas-sized Temple with Room to Grow

For more than forty years, Hare Krishna devotees have introduced Krishna to the people of Space City.

Photos by Thejas K. Rajaram, Namananda Dasa, Ruchi Sinha, Pavan Kumar, Chaitanya Kapadia, and Abhay Joshi.

Texas is a big state, but Srila Prabhupada's disciple Dina Bandhu Dasa recalls how the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in Houston, Texas, began in a small way.

Is Religion the Opium of the Masses?

Or might religion be the antidote for the mental haze induced by the real drug?

“Religion is the opium of the masses” is the argument often used by atheists to dismiss religion without addressing the substantial issues it deals with. Though others before Karl Marx had promoted the idea, he made it famous: “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”

Gita Nagari: Prabhupada's Vision for an Ideal Life

A Pennsylvania farm pursues a model laid out by Srila Prabhupada nine years before he arrived in America.

In a 1956 issue of Back to Godhead magazine (Volume 3, Part 6), Srila Prabhupada wrote what is tantamount to a mission statement for a Krishna conscious farm community. Here's an excerpt from the article titled "How to Broadcast the Teachings of Bhagwat Geeta":

The Nature of the Self: A Gaudiya Vaishnava Understanding

The Upanishads say we're one with God; they also say we're different from Him. Can both statements be true?

Can God Be Immoral?

Why we worship Krishna even though He steals things, dances with others' wives, and performs other seemingly immoral acts.

When we tell someone that we worship Lord Krishna, they are often taken by surprise: “How can you worship a God who is immoral?” They refer to Krishna’s stealing the garments of the young gopis (the cowherd damsels of Vrindavan) and later dancing with them. How could Krishna dare to take away the clothes of young girls and force them to stand naked before Him? How could He dance with other men’s wives in the middle of the night? And for all this, He is worshiped as God? That’s outrageous!

A Sheltered King

Lord Vishnu protects King Ambarisha from a fiery demon conjured up by an angry ascetic.

Canto 8, Chapter 4: Ambarisha Offended by Durvasa Muni

Limited and Unlimited Consciousness

Srila Prabhupada explains a fundamental difference between us and God.

What is the objective of this Krishna consciousness movement? It is a process for purification of consciousness. In the Bhagavad-gita (2.17) Lord Krishna says, avinashi tu tad viddhi yena sarvam idam tatam: "That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible." There are two kinds of consciousness. One consciousness is limited, and the other consciousness is unlimited.

My Metamorphosis from Judaism to Vaishnavism

His journey included Conservative Judaism, Native American Vision Quests, various forms of Hinduism, and a reluctance to enter a Hare Krishna temple.

What was I, a nice Jewish fellow, doing in front of the Radha-Krishna temple? I didn’t fit in there with the Indian culture. I couldn’t relate to the women in saris. I wasn’t wearing a dhoti. I wasn’t wearing tilaka. I didn’t belong there. Maybe I should have gone back to my local synagogue and looked for God there. That’s where I belonged. But I didn’t go there. I persisted in looking for my self-realization at this ISKCON Temple in Philadelphia.

Beyond the Resplendent Rainbows

An engineer explains the science behind rainbows to help us appreciate the supreme artist who makes them possible.

In 1666 Newton demonstrated that normal white light is composed of all the colors. By refracting (bending) light through a glass prism, he separated it into its component colors. Then, by sending the refracted light back through another prism, he combined the components back into white light, proving that the prism itself wasn’t creating the colors. He also figured out that many materials refract light, including water.

Inaugurating Govind Dham

With a population of 800,000 and rising, this important New Delhi satellite city was ready for a major ISKCON temple.

After one crosses the Yamuna River from Delhi, India’s overcrowded capital city, the sight of Noida, a large satellite city in the National Capital Region, creates a welcoming impression.

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