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Tears of Sorrow, Tears of Gratitude: Seeing Krishna’s Hand in the Tragic Deaths of Devotees

Sometimes it's hard to remember that every event in the life of aspiring devotees is an opportunity to deepen our love for Krishna.

Sometimes devotees meet with fatal accidents, as happened in June of last year when an air crash tragically killed eight dedicated members of the ISKCON Mumbai, Chowpatty, devotee congregation. As the community gathered to mourn the loss of their dear fellow devotees, one question arose repeatedly and insistently: “If Krishna is truly the protector of His devotees, then how can we make sense of such a ghastly accident?” This question resonates far beyond any particular event and relates to the overall pattern of Krishna’s interactions with His devotees.

How to Approach a Guru

Srila Prabhupada draws lessons from the meeting of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and one of His most prominent disciples.

tabe sanatana prabhura charane dhariya
dainya vinati kare dante trina lana

“nicha jati, nicha-sangi, patita adhama
kuvishaya-kupe padi’ gonainu janama!"

Saved by the Bell: Madana-Mohana, the First Krishna Deity in ISKCON

Discovered in an unlikely place in New York City, Madana-Mohana waited six years to receive standard worship.

When Srila Prabhupada arrived in New York City in September 1965, he felt deep separation from Vrindavan and the major deities there—“My Lords, Govindaji, Gopinath, and Radha Damodar,” as he noted in his diary. After seven months of mixed results, he opened his first temple on the Lower East Side. Centers soon opened in San Francisco, Montreal, Los Angeles, and London as his movement took root.

Where Is Our Education Leading Us?

If we consider Vedic concepts of knowledge and education, we'll find our institutions of higher learning lacking in the essentials.

This is the first annual Bhaktivedanta Swami Lecture, given at Wits University in Johannesburg under the auspices of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Africa. The lecture was given last March.

A Colorful Spectacle Showcased in White Splendor

Opened last year, ISKCON's Radha-Krishna temple in Chennai shines like a jewel among the beaches and resorts along popular East Coast Road.

“The Taj Mahal of the ECR,” exclaimed a German gentleman on beholding the splendor of ISKCON’s Chennai temple, even as the magnificent white shrine, still receiving finishing touches, was partially hidden behind scaffolding. ECR, the popular name for the East Coast Road, is every Chennaite’s cherished pleasure drive, especially on weekends. The ECR connects Chennai with the ancient heritage spot of Mahabalipuram, and the beaches, resorts, and restaurants along the ECR are favorites of the affluent.

Krishna, the Ever Youthful Cowherd Boy

Srila Prabhupada explains that although the origin of everything is the oldest, He never gets old.

krishnera svarupa-vichara shuna, sanatana
advaya-jnana-tattva, vraje vrajendra-nandana

sarva-adi, sarva-amshi, kishora-shekhara
chid-ananda-deha, sarvashraya, sarveshvara

ishvarah paramah krishnah
sach-chid-ananda-vigrahah
anadir adir govindah
sarva-karana-karanam

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.

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