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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.]

Tests

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.

Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama in the Abode of the Reclining Vishnu

A new ISKCON temple has arisen in Trivandrum, an ancient holy city and the capital of the state of Kerala.

Sanatana Goswami: The Teacher of Devotional Service

A short biography of the leader of the illustrious Six Goswamis of Vrindavan.

The hero turning his back on great riches and privilege to follow a life of complete spiritual devotion, only to be thrown into jail to prevent his leaving, then finding a way to escape, fleeing cross country to meet his (spiritual) hero – it all sounds like the plot to some blockbuster film, but such was the life of Sanatana Goswami.*

A Sadhu at Red Square

One of the honor guards at Lenin's tomb remembers the unusual sight all those years ago.

The Gitas of the Bhagavatam

Special "songs" in the Bhagavatam exemplify the variety of flavors found in this richest of scriptures.

Srimad Bhagavad-gita is the greatly enlightening philosophical song sung by Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, to instruct bewildered Arjuna on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra. The Bhagavad-gita systematically presents knowledge of the soul, karma-yoga, jnana-yoga, ashtanga-yoga, bhakti-yoga, the modes of material nature, the virat-rupa, and so on.

Don't Identify with the Mind – Identify the Mind

Like other yoga practices, bhakti-yoga requires that we control our mind. Here are four strategies.

To identify with the mind means to accept its desires as our desires and act according to them. To identify the mind means to recognize that the desires popping up inside us are the mind's desires – "Aha! That's the mind speaking" – and to evaluate them intelligently before deciding what to do with them.

Our Intimate Relationship with Krishna

Srila Prabhupada explains that like Arjuna when Lord Krishna left this world, we too are missing our eternal friend.

suta uvacha
evam krishna-sakhah krishno
bhratra rajna vikalpitah

nana-shankaspadam rupam
krishna-vishlesha-karshitah

Suta Goswami said: Arjuna, the celebrated friend of Lord Krishna, was grief-stricken because of his strong feeling of separation from Krishna, over and above all Maharaja Yudhishthira's speculative inquiries. – Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.1

Bearer of Light for the West

After a lifetime of preparation, Srila Prabhupada embarked on what his friends could only consider an impossible mission.

[Excerpted from Swami in a Strange Land, by Joshua M. Greene (Yogeshvara Dasa). Copyright 2016 Joshua M. Greene. Available from the Krishna.com Store and Amazon.com. This excerpt retains the book's style for dealing with Sanskrit words and other considerations.]

I am victory and adventure.
– Sri Krishna in Bhagavad Gita, 10.36

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