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Happiness by Living in Goodness

Srila Prabhupada explains how we can overcome the influence of nature's lower modes.

tada rajas-tamo-bhavah
kama-lobhadayash cha ye
cheta etair anaviddham
sthitam sattve prasidati

"As soon as irrevocable loving service [to Lord Krishna] is established in the heart, the effects of nature's modes of passion and ignorance, such as lust, desire, and hankering, disappear from the heart. Then the devotee is established in goodness, and he becomes completely happy." – Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.19

Summary of Srimad-Bhagavatam from the Narada Purana

Lord Brahma gives his son Marichi a canto-by-canto description of this great work.

[The Sanskrit verses, omitted here, are included in the printed magazine.]

(1)

Brahma said: Listen, O Marichi [a son of Brahma]. I will tell you about the Purana named Srimad-Bhagavatam, devoted to the subject of Brahman [with focus on Sri Krishna] and rendered by Vedavyasa.

(2)

Its eighteen thousand glorious verses in twelve cantos have the form of a wish-fulfilling tree and destroy sins.

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Krishna, Integrity, and Us

Why integrity is essential to our own bhakti practice and to bhakti communities as well.

Integrity is defined as (1) honesty and fairness, (2) adhering to moral principles and values, and (3) being whole. It also means (4) being sound and unimpaired, as in “the structural integrity of a building.” Here I focus on the third meaning of integrity, one that’s integral to the root of the word, namely, the state of being complete or whole, of being unified and undivided.

What’s Wrong with Using a Crutch?

Religion is a crutch, they say. So what?

While riding in the elevator at my workplace the other day, I noticed that one of my fellow passengers was supporting himself with a pair of crutches. I asked him why, and he responded that he had broken his leg while skiing. After the interaction, I found myself reflecting on the view that many people have of religion as a crutch. They mean it, of course, as a slight, implying that religion is for the weak, whereas the strong have no need for such artificial support.

The Origin of Our Family Business

Srila Prabhupada engaged his followers in a mission with a long, venerable history.

[ Excerpted from Our Family Business: The Great Art of Distributing Srila Prabhupada's Books, available from the Krishna.com Store. The original material included three footnotes, and we've added a few here to aid newer readers.]

Bhagavad-gita: Five Universal Stages, From Existential Agony to Love of God

A look at the progression that aspiring transcendentalists go through.

The Bhagavad-gita is not just another religious text; nor is it merely a Hindu scripture. Rather, it provides what can be called applied spiritual technologies, or systematic procedures by which anyone of any religious faith can advance toward the ultimate goal of life. In other words, the Gita transcends its natural associations with India and with the sectarian boundaries within which most people would place it.

Do We Have Free Will?

According to modern biology, we don't. What does the Gita say?


Biology and Free Will

The biological behavior of human beings is currently thought to be due to their genes, which encode proteins, which form functional blocks of neurons and other cell types, which form the brain and other tissues of the human body.1 Free will, or the capacity to make an independent choice, from a biological point of view is therefore an illusion given that behavior is not under the control of the person.

Two Boys Who Found God

One the son of a pious king, the other the son of a demon.

The Vedic literature presents many stories meant to enlighten us with transcendental knowledge and help us proceed along our spiritual path. One such story deals with a five-year-old boy named Dhruva.

Unity – Within and Without

In the Ramayana, a disagreement threatens to thwart the search for Sita.

The Ramayana features many intriguing group dynamics, among human groups, vanara* groups, demon groups, and even groups comprising both humans and vanaras. In the group of vanaras that went south in search of Sita, divisive and cohesive forces are graphically evident.

The Dynamics of Environment: A Factor for Assuring Success

What we do matters. And often, so does where we do it.

I recently visited Sringeri, situated on the Tunga River amid picturesque mountains in the South Indian state of Karnataka. Adi Sankaracharya, the eighth-century philosopher who propagated Advaita Vedanta and unified India culturally and religiously, chose the idyllic setting of Sringeri as the spot for his first matha (monastery). While I was there, far from the conveniences of life in a modern city, I wondered what made Sankaracharya choose this place?

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