Death And Dying In the Vedic Tradition

Sep 5, 2014 A talk presented to the doctors and nurses of San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine in San Diego, California. It is a great pleasure for me to address you all here, especially because this hospice is recognized as one of the best and...

Bal Thackeray Mourned by Millions

Jan 1, 2013 A senior ISKCON leader remembers his help with gratitude. Balasaheb Keshav Thackeray, the founder and chief of the Shivsena political party, passed away in Mumbai on November 17, at the age of 86. The next day, an estimated one million people assembled at...

Reflection on Titanic Disasters

Jun 1, 2012   Without realizing Krishna as the ultimate real shelter, we can never attain peace and happiness in this material world. To mark the centennial of the sinking of the luxury liner Titanic, which went to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean early in the...

Dam Maro Dam, Hare Krishna Hare Rama

Apr 1, 2011 An early ISKCON devotee recalls how a Hindi movie  song popularized the Hare Krishna mantra. After the Delhi pandal program in 1971, Srila Prabhupada got an invitation to go to Madras. But he was planning to go to Vrindavana, taking his disciples there for...

Srila Prabhupadas Mercy

Nov 1, 2010 An early disciple of Srila Prabhupada reminisces some old stories with profound lessons for the present time. This article is based on a talk given by the author on Srila Prabhupada’s disappearance day in 2009. We have gathered at the lotus feet of...

Snana-yatra

Jun 1, 2009 An explaination of different pastimes of Lord Jagannatha (Based on a talk given by the author on 13 July 2008, in Berkeley, California, USA) It is a great honor, privilege, and pleasure to be here, in New Jagannatha Puri-dhama, on the auspicious occasion...

Merciful Lord Shiva

Feb 1, 2009 Understanding Lord Shiva from different perspectives (Adapted from a talk given on Shivaratri 2003) The Vedic literatures inform us that there are two categories of controllers: God, the Supreme Lord (bhagavan, full in all opulences), and the demigods...

Starting To See The Center Of Things

Sep 1, 2006 A simple explanation convines a young man to dedicate himself to a life centred around chanting the names of and serving God. “Ever since the Stone Age, people have come up with so many nonsensical ideas to explain the forces of nature.”...

Qualified By Simplicity

Sep 1, 1999 For serving Lord Krsna, is being simple a bad thing? AFTER SUCCESSFULLY launching the Hare Krsna movement in the West, Srila Prabhupada returned to India with plans to build at least three large centers, including one in Mumbai. I worked on the Mumbai...

Reverence for All Life

Mar 1, 1999 The key is to acknowledge the origin of all life. I RECEIVED A PHONE CALL from Sri Bhari B. R. Malhotra, a prominent industrialist based in Pune, India, inviting me to speak at a conference on “Reverence for All Life.” Considering the...