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The Authority of the Puranas

A taste of Srila Jiva Goswami's six-volume masterpiece.

[Excerpted from Sri Tattva-sandarbha, by Srila Jiva Goswami, translation and commentary by Gopiparanadhana Dasa. Published by Giriraja Publishing, a branch of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. The book is available from the Krishna.com Store.]

Spiritually Deepening Experience: The International Vaishnavi Retreat

Women of devotion meet in Krishna's hometown.

I rushed home from my dance practice, grabbed my suitcases, and ran with my mother to catch the bus. Just on time! We sat in the very last seats, sweating from all the rushing. Summer had arrived in Vrindavan, where we live. We were headed to ISKCON's fourth annual Vaishnavi Retreat, as I was scheduled for a dance performance. The retreat was being held in the village Jatipur, near Govardhan.

As we got off the bus and picked up our luggage, my mother excitedly burst out, “Oh, we've been here before, Shatakshi!”

Finding Ultimate Meaning

In the words of Viktor E. Frankl, we all "yearn for the transcendent."

A young woman from South Africa, where I live, is a candidate for the Mars One project, the brainchild of a Netherlands-based group hoping to set up a colony on Mars by 2025. She anticipates years of vigorous training, many grueling hours of intense research, an eight-month-long journey in a confined spacecraft, and difficult living conditions on a strange planet. She is excited to be part of the first human settlement on Mars, despite the stipulation of never returning to Earth.

Somehow Fix Your Mind on Krishna

Srila Prabhupada elaborates on points raised in the introduction to his own book The Nectar of Devotion.

Pradyumna Dasa, Srila Prabhupada's Sanskrit editor, begins reading The Nectar of Devotion, Introduction: "Invoking auspiciousness: Lord Sri Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the cause of all causes, the reservoir of all rasas, or relationships, which are called neutrality, or passive adoration, servitorship, friendship, parenthood, conjugal love, comedy, compassion, fear, chivalry, ghastliness, wonder, and devastation.

Bhaktivedanta Hospice: Aid for the Journey Home

As death nears, souls preparing for their next destination find spiritual solace in Krishna's sacred land.

In his book Mathura Mahatmya, the great devotional scholar and acharya Srila Rupa Goswami states, “They who die in the area of Mathura and Vrindavan become perfect and attain the supreme destination.” But most devotees do not reside in Vrindavan, and until recently, even those who had sufficient notice and facility would not find a proper support system to see them through their final stages once they arrived.

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!

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