Of Jedi Knights and Santoshi Mata

Of Jedi Knights and Santoshi Mata

The 1977 movie Star Wars IV: A New Hope mentioned the Jedi knights for the first time, and they were instantly popular. They have remained the central theme of subsequent movies as well as novels and games based on that franchise. Although these knights are entirely...
Where Friendly Talks Failed

Where Friendly Talks Failed

At a particularly important point in his life, Arjuna decided that his friendship with Kåñëa was  actually causing him a lot of problems. Of course, the problem was not of Kåñëa’s doing. It was Arjuna who was not able to derive  proper advantage of being so close to...
Four Sobering Thoughts on PK

Four Sobering Thoughts on PK

These are the four most prominent objections raised by the movie PK, and we have tried to address them: 1.PK says it is OK to deride Vedic gods. Poking fun at Vedic gods and goddesses:The Vedas teach that our material world is produced from intelligence.There is a...
Nine Processes Of Devotional Service

Nine Processes Of Devotional Service

In the Vedic scriptures devotional service unto Shree Krishna is described as joyfully performed and everlasting. This service is divided into nine processes: Hearing the name and glories of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; Chanting His glories Remembering the Lord...

Failures As Stepping Stones To Success

My spiritual master used to say that it is a principle that failure is the pillar of success. But it can be applied to our spiritual lives. One very famous speaker has said that “Success is going from failure to failure to failure, without losing ones enthusiasm.” We...

4 Metaphors of Transcendental Knowledge

Academic knowledge provides information of the world, but spiritual knowledge awards us eternal liberation. One of my friends in college was known for his immense general knowledge. He knew the names of all recent Hollywood and Bollywood movies, the actors, directors,...

Krishna An Immoral or Trans-moral God?

Whenever we tell someone that we worship Lord Krishna, they are often taken by surprise: “How can you worship a God that is immoral?” They refer to Krishna’s stealing of the garments of the unmarried women and His dancing with cowherd damsels of Vrindavana. How could...

Queen Kunti’s Amazing Plea

Why an exalted devotee asked Lord Krishna to keep putting her into dangerous situations. Most people worship God with a material motive. As Lord Krishna explains in the Bhagavad-gita (7.16), such people can broadly be classified into four groups: the distressed, the...

In Search Of Lost Love

The most incredible discovery of my life was the simple truth that all our desires have a single origin – forgetfulness of love that is dormant within our hearts. Finding   love is our greatest need because it brings true fulfillment in life. Love can empower us to be...

The Laws of Bhakti

Far from being a sentimental activity, devotional service is based on well-defined principles that systematically guide a practitioner to ultimate perfection. Discussions about the relationship between science and religion usually end in a stalemate: Scientists accuse...