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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 | 19 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.

Review: From All Angles of Vision
June 2, 2013 – 2:43 pm | 5 Comments
Review: From All Angles of Vision

Bhrigupada Dasa voices appreciation for the intersection of bhakti and academia.

Review: Give to Live
May 15, 2013 – 9:12 am | 2 Comments
Review: Give to Live

Too often we encounter either complete beginner’s guides to spiritual practice or the classic sacred texts, which have endured yet may be hard to penetrate. Karnamrita’s book falls nicely in between these extremes.

Review: Blazing Sadhus: Or Never Trust a Holy Man Who Can’t Dance
February 2, 2013 – 8:28 am | 10 Comments
Review: Blazing Sadhus: Or Never Trust a Holy Man Who Can’t Dance

Achyutananda’s genuine tone pairs beautifully with his sincere discipleship. We might hope to hear more from Achyutananda Das in the coming years, especially at a time when other, less humanizing versions of Srila Prabhupada may otherwise become the standard narrative.

Review: On the Way to Vaikuntha
October 26, 2012 – 3:45 am | 14 Comments
Review: On the Way to Vaikuntha

In this book, Bon Maharaja shares his dreams with us, both literally and figuratively, and we see a sincere and repentant sadhu.

Review: Religion for Atheists
April 25, 2012 – 11:05 pm | 3 Comments
Review: Religion for Atheists

Alain de Botton’s attempt to encourage secular society to steal religion’s most fruitful ideas is admirable but ultimately hollow.

Review: A Universe from Nothing
March 25, 2012 – 11:16 pm | One Comment
Review: A Universe from Nothing

In this new book, Krauss argues that the laws of quantum mechanics have in them the makings of a thoroughly scientific and adamantly secular explanation of why there is something rather than nothing. Period. Case closed. End of story. I kid you not.

Review: Christ and Krishna: Where the Jordan Meets the Ganges
November 2, 2011 – 2:00 pm | No Comment
Review: Christ and Krishna: Where the Jordan Meets the Ganges

At the confluence of India’s holiest rivers, two childhood friends meet and share the respective traditions to which they have committed their lives.