From One Percent to a Hundred

A devotee sees Krishna's hand as she witnesses danger and death among her circle of family and friends.

The past year and a half in my circle of family and friends was fraught with tears and valuable lessons in the face of danger and death, but during that difficult time, a pattern emerged. Whoever was in touch with Krishna – in whatever way – benefited from His presence in their life. Krishna did not forsake anyone striving to come closer to Him.

The Reliable Way to Gain Knowledge

Of the two basic ways to find answers to life's deepest questions, the Vedic tradition promotes the top-down approach.

Intention in Tension?

As one saying puts it, "Words hurt more than swords."

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me.” This saying urges us to become thick-skinned and not let people’s harsh words hurt us. It is an expression of a conscious intention, a rallying call to steel oneself against painful words, whose power to injure is conveyed in another aphorism: “Words hurt more than swords.”

In Defense of the Vedic View

A challenge to the presumption that all reality can be subordinated to our sense perception and intellect.

It is the grand conceit of the materialistic worldview that “man is the measure of all things.” When we dig a little deeper, we find that this premise is based on a profoundly arrogant presumption, namely, that all reality can ultimately be subordinated to our sense perception and intellect.

Action Without Reaction

Srila Prabhupada explains why even what he terms "pious acts" are not ultimately beneficial.

yajnarthat karmano ’nyatra
loko ’yam karma-bandhanah
tad-artham karma kaunteya
mukta-sangah samachara

"Work done as a sacrifice for Vishnu has to be performed; otherwise work causes bondage in this material world. Therefore, O son of Kunti, perform your prescribed duties for His satisfaction, and in that way you will always remain free from bondage." (Bhagavad-gita 3.9)

A Tale of Two Disciples

The examples of Ishvara Puri and Ramachandra Puri are instructive for anyone who wants to progress in spiritual life.

On the spiritual path, initiation by a qualified guru is of paramount importance. From the Bhagavad-gita and other authorized scriptures we learn that accepting a guru is necessary for getting an advanced connection with the Lord and going beyond the limitations of material nature.

See Criticism with a Critical Eye

While pursuing our lofty spiritual goals, we must carefully guard against the fault of criticism.

jadyam hrimati ganyate vrata-ruchau dambhah shuchau kaitavam
shure nirghrinata munau vimatita dainyam priyalapini
tejasviny avaliptata mukharata vaktary ashaktih sthire
tat ko nama guno bhavet sa guninam yo durjanair nankitah

ISKCON's Presence in Greater Mumbai

An overview of ISKCON temples in this leading metropolis and some of the projects connected to them.

The Sri Sri Radha-Rasabihari Temple

In the 1970s, Srila Prabhupada struggled against all odds to build a temple at Juhu Beach, firmly believing it would provide wonderful opportunities for the citizens of Mumbai to develop their Krishna consciousness. Forty years later, Sri Sri Radha-Rasabihari daily attract thousands to Their magnificent marble temple, a spiritual oasis for the city’s residents and tourists alike.

Srila Prabhupada's Bombay Office

Prabhupada spent much time in Bombay unfolding his plans for spreading Krishna consciousness in India.

[Excerpted from Bombay Is My Office: Memorable Days with Srila Prabhupada in Bombay, a memoir. Copyright 2018 by Padayatra Press. Available from Amazon.in.]

Lord Buddha: Making the Faithless Faithful

Suggestions on how Vaishnavas should think of Lord Buddha today.

In the May 5, 1956, issue of Back to Godhead, Srila Prabhupada published his article “Lord Buddha: The Emblem of Theism.” The opening paragraph informs us of the transcendental poet Sri Jayadeva Acharya’s worship of Lord Buddha. Srila Prabhupada then quotes the poet’s Sanskrit prayer to the ten incarnations of the Personality of Godhead Keshava (Sri Krishna), and then gives this translation: "O my Lord, the Personality of Godhead Keshava!

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