New Book: The 7 Maxims of Soul Happiness
The Boat of Transcendental Knowledge
New book by Paul Rodney Turner (Priyavrata Das) teaches readers how to unleash their inner bliss.
The Inner Child
Life in this material world is just like an ocean of ignorance. We are in the midst of this terrible ocean, which has been tossing us in the repeated cycle of birth and death from time immemorial.
Lost in the Cosmos - Drowning in Shallow Relationships
I’m getting old. I admit it – the hair is disappearing, the back is failing and the glasses are coming. Materially speaking, it’s a downhill story. Spiritually, however, the passing of time should deliver a range of invaluable gifts.
Fighting With Temptations
In today’s culture of party hardily and hookup mightily, some men or women decide they can no longer keep up the pace, in the frantic hedonistic race.
To Fear and Not
We all have to fight an inner war against temptation. In that war, our mind is like a discouraging inner voice that keeps making our opponent seem bigger and tougher than what it actually is.
Flat Earth or Spherical Earth?
A beautiful poem by Ananada Vrindavan dasi, temple president of ISKCON Washington, D.C.
Read Or Relish?
According to Vedic cosmology, the planet earth we live on is located on the southern-most portion of Bhu-mandala’s central island of Jambudvipa. Is it flat or spherical?
Notre Dame Is Damaged; The Holy Name Shines On
I once asked a saintly devotee how we should read. He looked somewhat surprised – “I don’t read these books” he said, “I relish these books!” I loved it.
Draupadi – Dishonored Yet Honorable
Some thoughts on the recent burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Nowhere To Hide
Draupadi’s admirable character is revealed in the most humiliating incident of her life: her attempted disrobing by the wicked Dushasana. Though victimized in body, she refuses to be victimized in heart.
Beyond Border Control/Mind Control
Surrounded by a plethora of convenient justifications, we often avoid doing the internal soul-searching required for any sincere spiritualist.
Respect The Dark Within You
We’re not controllers. When we accept this, we have an opportunity to practice patience and humility which strengthen our ability to control the mind.
We all have an enemy within us: our dark side. This dark side is comprised of our lust, anger, greed, envy, arrogance and illusion. Such dark drives are stored as impressions in our mind.
How to Grow Small
People have heart attacks in Vrindavana – not just physical, but spiritual ones too. Holy places ooze with a divine influence that overthrows material consciousness and inexplicably ushers one towards transcendence.
Our Seven Mothers
Spiritual life is an invitation to opposites. It’s the acceptance of both matter and spirit, it’s the notion that less is more, it’s the experience of being in control and not.
“May Mother Ganges Bless You Today”
There always have been, and always will be great teachers who are women. There have always been all different kinds of people. And this is not only a function of modernity.
One Path, Many Paths
Going anywhere outside the Guru Karishni Camp was a challenge because there was a veritable flood of humanity outside its confines: an estimated 64 million people were descending upon the Mela to bathe on February 4th, the most auspicious bathing day.
When we start exploring life’s spiritual side, we may hesitate to commit ourselves to any particular spiritual path: “Won’t that make me close-minded and incapable of appreciating other paths?”
Unless we are on a total media fast, we have likely heard of the notion of tidying our home with the KonMari method of asking the question of our belongings - ‘does this spark joy for me?’. If not, we thank it for being in our life and bid it farewell. What’s powerful about this is the experience of personalism.
A poem written by Gaurangi Dasi in New Mayapur, France in 2005.
Intelligent Design in a Modern Vedic Context
Musician Jahnavi Harrison enters a world of sacred plants revealing that, in many religious traditions, plants are seen as spiritually symbolic – sometimes acting as intermediaries with the divine world.
Introducing “Ahimsa Balancing”
Consciousness is our most immediate experience. Yet, when it comes to studying consciousness beyond one’s own conscious experience, we can only study circumstantial evidence.
As an aspiring devotee of Krishna, I face a moral problem: I am pro-dairy but anti-cruelty and anti-slaughter, and I know that the dairy industry and the slaughter industry are partners in cruelty and killing.
Most times we can’t make up our mind. Even when we do, we keep changing our mind. When there are challenges, we lose our mind.