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The Role of Repetition
July 20, 2017 – 12:33 am | 4 Comments
The Role of Repetition

When we engage in spiritual practice, we have placed ourselves on the stove and turned on the heat. If our practice is halfhearted, then it takes time for that low temperature to transform us. If we practice wholeheartedly, the higher temperature brings us more rapidly to a boil. Either way there is a period when nothing seems to be happening.

Unexpected Sanga: Stumbling into Deep Community
July 13, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Unexpected Sanga: Stumbling into Deep Community

Sanga, as it’s known in Hindu and Buddhist circles, is community on steroids: deep “association” with pilgrims on a spiritual path—more than just post-worship potlucks, Sunday School check-ins, and church gossip. Sanga is walking and wrestling in order to grow together. Sangas don’t swerve from the big questions: who are we in relation to God? What is our purpose? How might we serve?

Respecting the Democracy
July 3, 2017 – 12:33 am | 14 Comments
Respecting the Democracy

Srila Prabhupada’s early followers were attracted to him by his simple, humble, and giving nature.

After New Atheism
June 12, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
After New Atheism

The atheist spring that began just over a decade ago is over, thank God. Richard Dawkins is now seen by many, even many non-believers, as a joke figure, shaking his fist at sky fairies. He’s the Mary Whitehouse of our day.

The Glories of Srimati Gangamata Goswamini
June 1, 2017 – 12:33 am | 2 Comments
The Glories of Srimati Gangamata Goswamini

All the ladies should try to be like Gangamata Thakurani. She never even dreamed of marrying any worldly person. I have come to help you to become a devotee like this.

Shelter at Saragrahi Ashram
April 17, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Shelter at Saragrahi Ashram

Gaudiya Vaishnavism is not a religion. It is a lifestyle. Unlike other traditions, ours is one of ego effacement. It is a practical path where one gradually replaces one’s physical identity with a spiritually focused one.

New Commentaries Protect Srila Prabhupada’s Legacy
February 27, 2017 – 12:33 am | 11 Comments
New Commentaries Protect Srila Prabhupada’s Legacy

The purpose of the parampara is to keep the force of bhakti alive in the world and to find ways to attract people to the practices and ideals of true spirituality. If strategies from the past are getting in the way of this objective, they need to be renovated or disbanded to increase the receptivity of the public.

The Universal Teacher
February 13, 2017 – 12:33 am | One Comment
The Universal Teacher

Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s 1936 homage to his beloved gurudeva.

A Holy Day
January 30, 2017 – 12:33 am | One Comment
A Holy Day

In the following excerpt from Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion Srila Sridhara Maharaja begins to speak about some of the numerous events that make Vasanta-pancami an especially holy day.

Teachers and Masters
January 2, 2017 – 12:33 am | 17 Comments
Teachers and Masters

In honor of Swami B. V. Tripurari’s 63rd Vyasa Puja celebration, the following lecture on the subject of spiritual masters is adapted from a lecture given by Huston Smith in 2003.

The Life of Sri Jiva Goswami
December 29, 2016 – 12:30 am | 9 Comments
The Life of Sri Jiva Goswami

Sri Jiva turned his back on this illusory world to tell us of another, which, as it turns out, is no more than this world when viewed through eyes anointed with divine love.