The Thread of Life
Whether it’s the coldest pre-dawn hours of winter, or the staggering heat of May and June, the external conditions in Vrindavan are far from perfect.
Dynamics of Guru-Disciple Relationship: What Makes it Work
When we forget that divine connectivity and try to harness nature for our separate and selfish purposes, she sometimes unleashes her divine fury.
Our Mistakes Are Not Krishna’s Plan, But Krishna’s Plan Accommodates Our Mistakes
In general, accepting criticism is the ability to stay strong and to expand. Today people cannot handle criticism. Even the thought of it throws their status quo out of control.
Srila Prabhupada: Social Reformer
Some people say, “Everything is God’s plan.” Is it really? Are our mistakes his plan? If some people become alcoholics or commit suicide, did God plan that they ruin their lives?
“Truth Isn’t Truth” – The Vedic Perspective
Srila Prabhupada's role as a social innovator is sometimes overlooked when we speak about Krishna consciousness. It deserves greater emphasis.
The Relief of Turning Away from the Social Mirror
“Truth isn’t truth.” Recently Rudy Giuliani uttered this statement on a television interview. It bewildered some and angered others. What was Giuliani trying to say?
The Most Intimate Witness
While navigating through life’s inevitable challenges, we often increase our burdens by uncritically accepting prevailing definitions of success as our life’s goals.
Absolute privacy is a myth. Modern technology with its security cameras, internet cookies and shopping-lists from our loyalty cards ensures that we are now more highly monitored than ever before.
Walking With Dinosaurs
The concept of tolerating difficulty is fast disappearing from the modern dictionary.
Losing Sensual Pleasure – Losing Spiritual Pleasure
There is an astonishing correspondence in the descriptions of universal time and planetary measurements in both ancient Hindu scriptures and modern scientific calculations. But, the conclusions they reach are very different.
Hall of Fame
We don’t like to lose things. If a choice entails some loss, we recoil from it. Such recoiling can make us miss out on choices that involve initial losses but lead to eventual gains.
Vrindavana is like a hall of fame. Everywhere you turn there are stories, landmarks and temples commemorating the saintly people who lived here. Ironically, they never wanted any fame.
The Taj Mahal: Enduring Monument to Love
The Sages of the East describe the paradoxical demeanor of perfected spiritualists: harder than a thunderbolt, and simultaneously softer than a rose.
He Did His Time
At first view, it was “breathtaking,” she said. But the closer you get, the less impressive it looks.
Courage to Dream – Courage to Hand our Dream over to Krishna
I was dressed in my devotional attire when I arrived at Newark airport en route to the Sadhu Sanga Retreat in Boone, N.C. I reflected that the mood in America on Memorial Day was markedly different than it was in Russia on Victory Day.
Open Doors, Open Hearts
Achievers often talk about the courage needed to dream big and to work untiringly for actualizing the dream.
Dead End: Losing Our Way to Find Our Way
Vrindavana has an open door policy. Just take a stroll around the village lanes and someone will invite you in for a meal somewhere. It’s a stark contrast to our modern world, which is closed up and shut tight.
When People Just Don’t Get It …
Life sometimes brings us to a dead end. In the face of overwhelming obstacles, everything seems lost. We feel as if we have lost our way completely, not knowing where to go or what to do.
Humility Transforms a Protest Against God Into a Prayer to God
We sometimes need to confront people who hold views different from ours. If their view is incorrect, we may need to correct them. Sometimes however, they stay stuck to their opinions.
When we face perplexities or adversities, we may protest, “Why is this happening to me?” And if we accept God as the supreme controller, we may protest against him, “Why are you letting this happen?”
My Thoughts on Cancer
Last week, a friend requested some ancient insights on stress management. Gita to-the-rescue again.
Do Animals Have Morality?
The last month has been a rollercoaster journey. For over 40 years I have spoken about the harsh reality of life in lectures, funeral sermons, congregational gatherings and personal meetings. Now I am facing those same realities in my own life.
The Knowledge of the Arrogant Defeats the Purpose of Knowledge
There have been a number of scientific studies recently that try to analyse if animals have any form of morality. The subject is important to many people because there seems to be various beliefs with vested interests in the interpretations.
Dharma: Finding Your Calling
Humility means to acknowledge that reality is bigger than our conceptions.
In recent times, a common theme keeps surfacing in our spiritual circles: the need to find yourself, your purpose, nature, contribution and calling.