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Film Review: Food, Inc.
July 16, 2009 – 11:04 pm | 3 Comments
Film Review: Food, Inc.

Robert Kenner’s Food, Inc. is a non-sensationalist yet quietly infuriating exposé of U.S. chicken, cattle, and corn production. If the phrase “essential viewing” still has any meaning, it applies to this documentary.

Review: Reason, Faith, and Revolution
July 14, 2009 – 7:58 pm | 25 Comments
Review: Reason, Faith, and Revolution

Terry Eagleton opens his defense of humankind’s God-search with “Religion has wrought untold misery in human affairs.” Anyone with religious affiliation might sigh and wonder what sort of ally has enlisted in the defense of the divine.

Review: What is the Difficulty?
July 6, 2009 – 11:47 pm | 4 Comments
Review: What is the Difficulty?

An inordinate emphasis on the guru’s divinity can in the least eclipse the sweetness of his humanity. At worst such an emphasis can turn into religious fanaticism. In my opinion, it is the humanity of Srila Prabhupada as portrayed by Srutakirti that makes his book most relishable.

CD Review: Ten Million Moons
July 4, 2009 – 12:06 am | One Comment
CD Review: Ten Million Moons

Gauravani & As Kindred Spirits has managed to make a record that sounds like it’s straight from the 21st century while at the same time carrying the same original passion and devotion that the songs were originally written with.

Ancient Text, Modern Commentary: A Daunting Task
June 18, 2009 – 12:44 am | One Comment
Ancient Text, Modern Commentary: A Daunting Task

In this review of an English translation and commentary of the Narada-bhakti-sutra, Brighupada assesses the success of the author in presenting a contemporary rendition and explores the difficulties inherent in modern commentary.

Audarya Lila: The Death of Tuomas Makinen
June 6, 2009 – 9:07 pm | No Comment
Audarya Lila: The Death of Tuomas Makinen

In The Death of Tuomas Makinen, Tuomas’s decision to join a Californian Hindu monastery is carefully depicted through the eyes of his parents, the heart of his ex-girlfriend, and finally, his own experiences.

Daniel Dennett’s Dangerous Idea
May 26, 2009 – 12:55 pm | 38 Comments
Daniel Dennett’s Dangerous Idea

Daniel Dennett’s fertile imagination is captivated by the very dangerous idea that the neo-Darwinian theory of biological evolution should become the basis for what amounts to an established state religion of scientific materialism

Palace of Illusions: The Feminist Mahabharata?
May 15, 2009 – 12:14 am | 8 Comments
Palace of Illusions: The Feminist Mahabharata?

We all know what happened with the armies of men fighting at Kuruksetra, but what was the fate of all the soldiers’ widows? Divakaruni tells the story.

With Faith in Mind
May 13, 2009 – 11:14 am | No Comment
With Faith in Mind

Using brain imaging studies Andrew Newberg asserts that traditional spiritual practices such as prayer and breath control can alter the neural connections of the brain, leading to “long-lasting states of unity, peacefulness and love.”

The Journey Home
April 25, 2009 – 1:42 am | One Comment
The Journey Home

Every recent generation has had its mystic guidebook. The next generation belongs to The Journey Home. Like its predecessors, it offers readers an intimate look into a true seeker’s life and the tradition he ultimately chose to follow.

Huston Smith: Beyond the Postmodern Mind
April 9, 2009 – 12:41 pm | 6 Comments
Huston Smith: Beyond the Postmodern Mind

Are we to simply roll over and accept Postmodernism’s endless doubts of anything connected with the grand narratives of previous societies? Does Gaudiya Vaisnavism have a place in the “perennial philosophy”?