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Once You Visit You Never Leave: A Pilgrimage to Vrindavan and Mayapur

The stay begins in the holy town of Govardhan, at the ISKCON temple, a place with "a real feeling of quiet devotion."

I started planning my pilgrimage to Vrindavan and Mayapur early last summer at my home in Taiwan. As my dates were becoming fixed, Sankirtana Dasa, my friend and mentor from the Taipei temple, told me he would also be visiting Vrindavan around the same time, and we synchronized our outbound flights so we could travel together. The weeks flew by, and suddenly it was October 4 and time to meet up for a flight to Shanghai, and from there to New Delhi, arriving at 1:10 A.M. (local time) the next day.

The Prayers of Queen Kunti and Prabhupada’s Triumph Over Adversity

When Srila Prabhupada faced challenges in his life of service to Krishna, he often took refuge in the words of Lord Krishna's aunt and pure devotee.

Queen Kunti, who walked this earth some five thousand years ago, was the sister of Vasudeva, Krishna’s father. Her story is briefly told in the Bhagavata Purana, also known as the Srimad-Bhagavatam, where we find her heart-rending prayers embodying the pinnacle of Krishna conscious philosophy.

Surfing or Suffering?

The apparent pleasure of surfing provides a fitting illustration of a universal principle of material existence.

In her book Prabhupada Stories, Govinda Dasi recalls her spiritual master’s reaction when he first witnessed American boys sporting in the ocean in 1967:

Toward Krishna Conscious Governance

Do devotees of Lord Krishna have any responsibility in the face of the present calamities created by bad leadership all over the world?

Little Ahmed stretches his small hands to beg. By his side, his littler brother cries in pain and his mother hides her face in shame. Bombed out buildings give an eerie backdrop to what was previously a respectable locality. I turn the pages of the newspaper. On another page, a woman cries over the dead body of her husband.

Why Is the Bhagavad-gita So Pessimistic?

Even if we find Lord Krishna's view to be realistic, we still have ample reason for optimism.

After teaching a university seminar, I was asked questions I had myself raised when I first encountered the philosophy of Krishna consciousness: “Why is the Vedic philosophy so pessimistic? When the world offers both pleasures and pains, why does the Bhagavad-gita call the world a place of misery?”

Over my decade and a half of practicing and sharing Krishna consciousness, I have been preparing and refining the answer to these questions. Here's my short four-point answer:

Writing for Krishna: The Price and the Prize

A BTG associate editor and steady contributor of articles offers advice and encouragement on writing for this magazine.

I received an email from a budding, but discouraged, devotee writer. He had submitted articles to this magazine but had repeatedly received negative reviews from the editors.

“How is it possible to get an article published in BTG?” he asked.

The Vaishnava Path in George Harrison’s Songs

Samples of his lyrics reveal an understanding of the progressive levels of devotion to God reached by dedicated practitioners of bhakti-yoga.

My sweet Lord . . .

I really want to see you
Really want to be with you
Really want to see you, Lord,
but it takes so long, my Lord.

George Harrison released “My Sweet Lord,” his first solo single, in America in November 1970. Internationally, sales soon exceeded five million copies.

Bhaktivedanta Manor: Celebrating 40 Years!

A photographic overview of the 2013 Janmashtami festival at the Hare Krishna temple that former Beatle George Harrison bought for Srila Prabhupada forty years ago.

The queue in the front yard of the Manor (above) gradually brings people into the temple room. Before joining this line on the lawn, pilgrims walk past an outdoor exhibition of Krishna’s Vrindavan pastimes, allowing them to meditate on the pastimes as they prepare to see Krishna in the temple.

Truth in a Nutshell

In the Gita and the Bhagavatam, Lord Krishna concisely reveals the most important eternal truths.

My mom always keeps peanuts around the house. Crack the shells open, and you find two peanuts inside. So much goodness in one little package: beneficial nutrients, plant proteins, fats, fiber, and plenty of vitamins, minerals, and bioactives.

The City of Virtue Resounds to Krishna’s Names

ISKCON's New Vedic Cultural Centre, built over a span of seven years, is one of the largest temples in Pune.

Peace and harmony were the recurring themes as the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, inaugurated ISKCON's new spiritual and cultural complex in the Indian city of Pune on February 24, 2013.

After describing the founder-acharya of ISKCON, Srila Prabhupada, as an "exemplary ambassador of Indian culture," the President called upon the movement to dedicate itself to the cause of humanity by spreading the message of peace, harmony, love, and compassion.

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