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!

A Sheltered King

Lord Vishnu protects King Ambarisha from a fiery demon conjured up by an angry ascetic.

Canto 8, Chapter 4: Ambarisha Offended by Durvasa Muni

Limited and Unlimited Consciousness

Srila Prabhupada explains a fundamental difference between us and God.

What is the objective of this Krishna consciousness movement? It is a process for purification of consciousness. In the Bhagavad-gita (2.17) Lord Krishna says, avinashi tu tad viddhi yena sarvam idam tatam: "That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible." There are two kinds of consciousness. One consciousness is limited, and the other consciousness is unlimited.

My Metamorphosis from Judaism to Vaishnavism

His journey included Conservative Judaism, Native American Vision Quests, various forms of Hinduism, and a reluctance to enter a Hare Krishna temple.

What was I, a nice Jewish fellow, doing in front of the Radha-Krishna temple? I didn’t fit in there with the Indian culture. I couldn’t relate to the women in saris. I wasn’t wearing a dhoti. I wasn’t wearing tilaka. I didn’t belong there. Maybe I should have gone back to my local synagogue and looked for God there. That’s where I belonged. But I didn’t go there. I persisted in looking for my self-realization at this ISKCON Temple in Philadelphia.

Beyond the Resplendent Rainbows

An engineer explains the science behind rainbows to help us appreciate the supreme artist who makes them possible.

In 1666 Newton demonstrated that normal white light is composed of all the colors. By refracting (bending) light through a glass prism, he separated it into its component colors. Then, by sending the refracted light back through another prism, he combined the components back into white light, proving that the prism itself wasn’t creating the colors. He also figured out that many materials refract light, including water.

Inaugurating Govind Dham

With a population of 800,000 and rising, this important New Delhi satellite city was ready for a major ISKCON temple.

After one crosses the Yamuna River from Delhi, India’s overcrowded capital city, the sight of Noida, a large satellite city in the National Capital Region, creates a welcoming impression.

Death and Dying in the Vedic Tradition

In a talk to hospice workers, Giriraja Swami highlights the goal of fixing one's consciousness on God at the time of death.

It is a great pleasure for me to address you all here, especially because this hospice is recognized as one of the best and largest in the world and as the global leader in hospice education.

In the Bhagavad-gita, which is considered the essence of the Vedas, Lord Krishna informs us:

"Do You Still Believe in God?"

A former classmate wonders why God didn't protect a devotee friend from a painful injury.

I recently came across a Gallup poll, conducted in 2011, in which Americans were asked, "Do you still believe in God?" Ninety percent answered yes.

The poll reminded me of an exchanged I had with a college friend that same year.

“Do you still believe in God when He didn’t – or couldn’t – protect you in His own temple?”

Srila Prabhupada’s Transcendental “Otherness”

In language reflective of the era, a hip Lower East Side newspaper's 1966 cover story introduced the children of the counterculture to the Swami in their midst.

I recently spoke to Peter Leggieri. The name might not mean much to most readers of Back to Godhead, but, in fact, Peter was engaged by Krishna to help establish the Krishna consciousness movement in the West.

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