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Sherlock Holmes and the Limits of Modern Knowing

Why Holmes's approach to problem solving gets us only so far.

“Elementary, my dear Watson, elementary.”

Who's First: Vishnu or Krishna?

Though They are the same eternal Supreme Person in different forms, paradoxically one is the source of the other.

When I speak to college students or professors, a particular question often arises: Who is prior, Vishnu or Krishna? Most of my educated friends know that Vishnu and Krishna are names for two distinct manifestations of the same Personality of Godhead. They further know that Vishnu is generally seen as God while Krishna is considered His incarnation. Most dictionaries refer to Them in that way, with Vishnu taking the prior position.

The Laws of Bhakti

Krishna consciousness is not blind faith, but a science, guided by principles and verifiable by experiment.

Discussions about the relationship between science and religion usually end in a stalemate: Scientists accuse religionists of relying too much on faith, which they say is experimentally unverifiable, while religionists accuse scientists of relying too much on physical and chemical laws, which they say fail to measure the emotions and sentiments of a conscious living entity.

Perfect Ingredients for a Cake

A spiritual oasis in the heart of Africa's Kalahari Desert.

As we venture over the northwestern border of South Africa by car into Botswana, we sense an almost instant change in landscape. The mercury seems to have crept up a notch or two as we drive along a narrow road away from the border post, headed towards the county’s capital, Gaborone. The dry Kalahari terrain is meagerly populated with plant life. The beige sand extends as far as the horizon and is decorated with greenish-brown hues of what little vegetation there is.

A Day at ISKCON Boston

Spiritual life is blissful, but it is not whimsical. The regulative principles of bhakti-yoga (the yoga of devotional service), as defined by the spiritual master and the authorized scriptures, form the standard way for the conditioned soul to come to the purified stage of spiritual existence, and one must first reach that joyful stage of purification before he can serve Krsna in spontaneous love. The Krsna consciousness bhakti schedule in Boston is rigidly followed. The day is filled with various activities, especially sankirtana (the public chanting of Hare Krsna), the printing of the spiritual master's literature, and the worship of the Deity in the temple.

Spiritual life is blissful, but it is not whimsical. The regulative principles of bhakti-yoga (the yoga of devotional service), as defined by the spiritual master and the authorized scriptures, form the standard way for the conditioned soul to come to the purified stage of spiritual existence, and one must first reach that joyful stage of purification before he can serve Krsna in spontaneous love. The Krsna consciousness bhakti schedule in Boston is rigidly followed.

Offering Dandavat: A Nurturing Display of Surrender

Ultimate spiritual realization entails a loving and willing yielding of our self to the Supreme Whole, of whom we are an eternal part.

Surrender. Submission. Such words may conjure up images of war and aggression, where the weaker party regretfully yields to the stronger, possibly with thoughts of future victory or vengeance. With such images in mind, we may cringe when we read in the Bhagavad-gita that we must surrender to Krishna. And our qualms about surrender may increase when we see devotees exemplifying surrender by offering dandavat, or lying prostrate in submission before the Lord.

Krishna Consciousness: The Golden Opportunity

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Avatar, delivered the best process for spiritual perfection for the current age.

In general, people like gold. It represents wealth and success. A golden age refers to an era of goodness and plenty, acknowledged in Greek, Roman, and Indian cultures. If you have everything, you were born with a golden spoon in your mouth. The Golden Rule is the epitome of cosmic justice or fairness: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. As the saying goes, "As good as gold."

Wrestling for Krishna: A Meditation Teacher's Journey

Seeming coincidences help foster an awakening interest in Krishna.

As a student, I competed in the sport of wrestling for eight years, from 1963 to 1971, but happiness eluded me. In high school, even when I won the California Interscholastic Federation championship at 123 pounds, I felt strangely empty inside. At the University of California at Berkeley, wrestling was a diversion, but I couldn't forget the Vietnam War and the countless problems that hung over my generation.

The W.R.I.T.E. Service

Among other benefits, writing about Krishna consciousness helps us grasp what we hear and read.

"Realization means you should write. Every one of you. What is your realization? What is this Back to Godhead for? You write your realization—what you have realized about Krishna. That is required.” (Srila Prabhupada, Lecture, August 14, 1972)

The Unknown Goal

Srila Prabhupada explains the error in using our human energy only to solve temporary problems.

gatir bharta prabhuh sakshi
nivasah sharanam suhrit
prabhavah pralayah sthanam
nidhanam bijam avyayam

"I am the goal, the sustainer, the master, the witness, the abode, the refuge, and the most dear friend. I am the creation and the annihilation, the basis of everything, the resting place, and the eternal seed."—Bhagavad-gita 9.18

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