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Review: Avatar Art: Neo-Vedic Paintings Celebrating Life
February 16, 2017 – 12:33 am | One Comment
Review: Avatar Art: Neo-Vedic Paintings Celebrating Life

The book is a must for artists and lovers of art, and for all who want to fully appreciate the visual beauty of Krishna Consciousness. It evinces a beautiful foray into an aspect of the Krishna movement that is rarely explored—its art.

Book Review: Sacred Preface
November 21, 2016 – 12:33 am | 7 Comments
Book Review: Sacred Preface

At the heart of this book is the methodology of Swami Tripurari’s constructive theologizing, which follows a hermeneutical trend set by Kedarnath Datta Bhaktivinoda, a predecessor theologian of the Vaisnava tradition.

Book Review: Swami in a Strange Land
May 5, 2016 – 2:16 am | No Comment
Book Review: Swami in a Strange Land

By the story’s dramatic conclusion, readers have met a true holy being, and many may come to agree with Greene that the title’s “strange land” is the world we all inhabit, and that the Swami has come to free us all from our illusions.

The Amazing Inner Lives of Animals
November 30, 2015 – 4:34 am | 7 Comments
The Amazing Inner Lives of Animals

Are our egos “threatened by the thought that other animals think and feel? Is it because acknowledging the mind of another makes it harder to abuse them?”

Know Nothing: The true history of atheism
April 2, 2015 – 12:30 am | No Comment
Know Nothing: The true history of atheism

Science does not—it isn’t designed to—recommend approaches to what Emerson calls “the conduct of life.”

Review: Sam Harris’ Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religon
September 9, 2014 – 3:12 am | No Comment
Review: Sam Harris’ Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religon

Harris takes the fashionable route of mixing the rigidly precise, if thematically narrow, empirical neuroscience with the wishy-washy warbling of new age spiritualism. Much like his ignorance of Plato on the topic of the soul, Harris seems unaware of almost the entirety of the Western philosophical tradition. Either this or he silently rejects it.

Review: Pluralism and the Mind
June 5, 2014 – 4:16 am | 4 Comments
Review: Pluralism and the Mind

A review of “Pluralism and the Mind” by Matthew Colborn, wherein a critique of current neuroscience and philosophy of the mind provides an admirably clear overview of the existing approaches and some alternative definitions of consciousness.

Review: Realization and Manifestation of Your Eternal Identity
May 16, 2014 – 12:30 am | 89 Comments
Review: Realization and Manifestation of Your Eternal Identity

“As a book to acquaint and inspire those who have yet to embark on the path of raganuga-bhakti, for the most part succeeds, but caveat emptor applies…”

Film Review: The World Before Her
January 11, 2014 – 9:17 am | 3 Comments
Film Review: The World Before Her

The World Before Her reveals two polarities of a cultural conflict driven not so much by Prachi and Ruhi, but by an older generation of Indians represented by a narrow-minded father and a rather villainous diction coach. They cannot conceive of a cultural synthesis that might retain essential spiritual principles while adopting aspects of western liberality.

Review: Hare Krishna in the Modern World
October 21, 2013 – 8:42 am | 12 Comments
Review: Hare Krishna in the Modern World

This book offers an important viewpoint into current discussions within the movement. In this sense, it can function as a sourcebook to what is going on within Iskcon in the 2010s.

Review: Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk
October 1, 2013 – 12:05 am | 4 Comments
Review: Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk

“Is it real?” This short interrogative phrase looms large in J. Dana Trent’s first literary outing, Saffron Cross.