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

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

Joy of Devotion

By our constitutional nature as spiritual beings we're meant to be happy always.

To some people, “devotion to God” may conjure grave activities: prayer, worship, and religious observances. They may not associate joy with devotion. Yet in fact, joy is a natural result of devotion.

Many Gods or One? Five Prominent Deities and Their Universal Meaning

A discussion of India's panchopasana religious practice provides insight into all religions.

At first blush, Vaishnavism may seem polytheistic, given the various gods associated with the Vedic pantheon. But if we look slightly beneath the surface, we see there is more to this so-called polytheism than meets the eye.

The concept of monotheism – that there is only one God – tends to be associated with the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), but it is found elsewhere as well. So the first point to be acknowledged is that monotheism is more pervasive than is commonly understood.

The Uniqueness of Transcendental Hunger

The science of Krishna consciousness awakens a hunger for an object capable of furnishing unlimited, unending pleasure.

To relish dream delicacies is a fantasy that most fascinates the tongue. Even a flash of the thought of, say, fragrant fried rice layered with chunks of paneer and fresh peas, mingled in a rich, seductive, creamy tomato sauce with a sublime coriander garnish, set out exquisitely on an elegant plate, instantly renders one’s tongue salivating, belly hungering, and mind becoming restless. Now consider having an actual experience of being served such a plate. You will pounce on it in no time.

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