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Opinion

  • The Deepest Conspiracy

    Conspiracy theories abound: COVID-19, G5, the New World Order, and, of course, the deep state.  I remember a time when life was simpler. There was only one conspiracy in town: Maya, the illusionary energy.

  • It’s Time to Open Up!

    In these unprecedented times, we encourage devotees to share their thoughts, poems, and prayers via ISKCON News' special Covid-19 section.  The first offering comes from our GBC Minister of Communications, Anuttama dasa, who lives in Washington DC.

  • Valisudana Das Loves Conspiracies

    He never found a conspiracy theory he didn't like.  Valisudana - not his real name - craves hearing how malevolent groups hatch secret, unlawful, harmful plans for evil, destructive purposes.

  • Contradictions

    A deep fear about losing family and friends… but are we as worried about how we relate to them while their alive?

  • Moose in the Neighborhood

    These days, by a reversal of fortune, we are the ones that are locked in like zoo animals, while they are the ones that can roam free. Good for them. They have deserved some break after all the millennia of mistreatment and abuse they had to suffer by our hands. 

  • We All Have The Opportunity To Save Lives

    During a pandemic, the medical care providers are the frontline warriors. Actually, we all have the opportunity to save lives. How? By understanding what life is and what saving it means.

  • Kovida Compass

    The word “kovida” appears in a celebrated verse from the Bhagavata-Purana: “Those who are intelligent and philosophically inclined (kovida) should endeavour for that which is beyond the material world." Let the mantra become part of you: adjust your expectation, accept your situation, and aspire for connection.

  • How Spirituality Can Help Fight Coronavirus Effectively

    1.3 billion Indians observed the Janata Curfew on 22nd March, to fight Covid-19. Billions of people in different parts of the world are already under lockdown. There is an undeclared curfew in almost all the parts of the world. Coronavirus, the tiny little virus, which cannot be seen with our eyes have brought the whole world to a standstill. 

  • Contradictions

    Someone asked me if we should pray for the protection of our loved ones – of course we should! But it got me thinking.

  • Isolate, But Don't Stagnate

    Millions of people are lying low to limit the spread of COVID-19. Self-isolation and social distancing, they say, will help curb the crisis. Next problem: how do you cope with being cooped up for days on end? How do we use this time wisely?

  • The Coronavirus Mercy

    Sometimes I wonder, do we forget we are going to die? What is the difference between dying from any other situation or dying from corona virus?

  • Four Principles of Community Building

    How interesting that community building starts with our own internal work. How we show up, how we set our minds, how we hold radical responsibility, and how we value those around us.

  • Fear, Coronavirus and Detachment

    When I read the news this morning, I got scared. People all over the world are starting to brace themselves in fear of the coronavirus epidemic.

  • With Mercy, Nothing Is Impossible

    My sister—19-year old, wheelchair-bound, muscular-dystrophic Madana-mohana-mohini dasi--was the No. 1 female book distributor in Pune, India last December.

  • Nityanandashtakam

    Lord Nityananda is the most ecstatically merciful, dearest brother of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

  • The Inner Child

    "Somewhere along the lines I veered off track. I’ve lost my simplicity, my childlike innocence and the humble sincerity that I started this journey with."

  • The Great Ruler Who Lived Miserably and Died Pitifully

    Hiranyakashipu had all the riches of the world but still it wasn’t sufficient enough to buy him happiness. He was the most powerful person of the universe, but he was always insecure.

  • Stating the Obvious

    Sometimes, for convenience,  we choose not to see what we don’t want to see.

  • Cold Showers

    The best things I ever did were often the very things I passionately resisted in the beginning. The things I avoided, argued against and convinced myself were unnecessary – those were the things that brought me the invaluable jewels of growth.

  • Needs, Loss, and Krishna

    The evolution from seeing Krishna as the supplier of our needs to seeing him as our greatest need usually takes many lifetimes.

  • Cheaters to Teachers

    You have a 20-second window to make an impression – they stop, you size them up, put in a spiritual pitch, something interesting, inspirational and endearing, and wait for a reaction – hit, miss or blank… anything could happen! One thing is for sure – people are perceptive. They can sniff out any sense of superficiality, selfish motive, or insecurity within moments.

  • Give Me hope

    Hope, faith, inspiration and enthusiasm, which give us the hunger for life, are perhaps our most precious assets – if we have those, we have everything.

  • Should We Forgive Those Who Have Hurt Us?

    We all have heard the virtue of forgiveness a number of times. But we all know how difficult it is to forgive someone especially those who have intentionally tried to make our life miserable.

  • Bursting Bubbles

    It’s easy to get boxed into our own little worlds, sealed in a bubble and oblivious to reality, losing perspective and drowning in ethereal thoughts.

  • Time I Am

    "Why do I have to die? Why do I have to suffer? / But wait it will not. That minute is gone now and  / then another and another takes its place."