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Cultivating Surrender
November 20, 2017 – 2:30 am | 35 Comments
Cultivating Surrender

The feeling of dependence is purifying and humbling and is the foundation for treading the path of saranagati.

Why Being Certain Means Being Wrong
November 13, 2017 – 12:33 am | 14 Comments
Why Being Certain Means Being Wrong

Complex decision-making requires we defer the feeling of being right, by tolerating the tension of not knowing, but our innate craving for certainty undermines our ability.

Our Affectionate Guardians, Chapter Two
October 14, 2017 – 12:34 am | 2 Comments
Our Affectionate Guardians, Chapter Two

Chapter two of Our Affectionate Guardians offers a brief glorification of Srila B. R. Sridhara Deva Goswami, written by his beloved godbrother, Srila Bhakti Promode Puri Goswami.

Considering the Mercy of Srila Prabhupada
September 12, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Considering the Mercy of Srila Prabhupada

Considering objectively what Srila Prabhupada did in his lifetime, we can safely conclude that he set the perfect example of sacrificing everything to satisfy Krishna.

Global Ethics for a Global Economy
September 11, 2017 – 12:33 am | 7 Comments
Global Ethics for a Global Economy

Under Ashoka, Afghanistan was a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural state, built on fundamental values of tolerance, nonviolence, and respect for life.

The Myth of Progress
September 4, 2017 – 12:33 am | 8 Comments
The Myth of Progress

Suggesting that a technology represents progress in any meaningful, moral sense would require understanding the values of the people affected by the technology.

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.