Great souls cheat others for a great cause


Srimad Bhagavatam 1.13.37 Translation Sanjaya said: My dear descendant of the Kuru dynasty, I have no information of the determination of your two uncles and Gandhari. O King, I have been cheated by those great souls. Purport That great souls cheat others may be astonishing to know, but it is a fact that great souls […]

Interview with HH Sacinandana Swami on leadership excellence


What is in your opinion excellence for the members of ISKCON in today’s environment? Sacinandana Swami: Srila Prabhupada used to always encourage us to do our best for Krishna. I feel the past has taught us that you cannot measure everyone’s “best” by the same standard. It is always an individual contribution, because everyone has been […]

“Dhauti” means “the act of washing”


The Sanskrit word ‘dhauta’, ‘cleansed,’ by itself, does not mean ‘cloth’ and much less ‘dhoti’. In fact, in the entire Vedabase, as well as in the Sanskrit dictionary, the word dhauta is only used as an adjective, not as a noun. And the Sanskrit noun ‘dhauti’ means ’the act of washing’. In our sacred texts, […]

The Bhaktivedanta Memorial Home for Retired Sannyasis


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Gay monogamy preferred to promiscuity


In a recent (2004) essay “Vaisnava Dharma is very liberal“, Amara prabhu raises the following question: Gay marriage is . . . taken to be outside of the rigid varnasrama system and the ordinary prescription for married life, but suppose it is found to be the best practical arrangement to sustain a person’s bhakti, someone […]

Vaishnava-dharma Is Very Liberal


Difference between Naimittika-dharma & Vaishnava-dharma There are two types of dharma or religion described by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in his book Jaiva Dharma. One is “naimittika-dharma,” or religious practices that are circumstantial and temporary by nature (varnasrama-dharma falls within this category), and the second is “sanatana-dharma” or religious practices that are eternal and based upon […]

Srila Prabhupada the Greatest Feminist


Never has there been a greater feminist in Vaishnava tradition than Srila Prabhupada, who turned the hierarchy of power upside-down by giving women brahmana initiation and allowing them to live in ashramas and temples side by side with men. Only few have realized yet how revolutionary a message Srila Prabhupada’s dealings conveyed: men and women […]

Srila Prabhupada and gay devotees


Over the past few years it has become commonplace for devotees to depict Srila Prabhupada as very hateful and condemning of gays. What a great disservice this has been to His Divine Grace! I suspect this is more a reflection of the mentality of such devotees themselves, and not that of Srila Prabhupada. As far […]

Uniting All Vaishnavas


Please consider the following words of the great Gaudiya Vaishnava Acharyas Srila Thakura Bhaktivinoda and Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura from their book Vaishnavism and Nam-Bhajan. ‘Vaishnavism and Nam-Bhajan’ excerpts On pages 2-3, these two illustrious Chaitanyaite Vaishnava Saints give the following astounding definition of “Vaishnava.” Real Vaishnavism: The word ‘Vaishnavism’ indicates the normal, eternal […]

Lift travel restrictions on HH Hridayananda das Goswami

Krishna West Hridayananda

Sign the petition HERE Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! We are hereby writing to you regarding the recent request by the GBC to Hridayananda das Goswami to forego his planned travels outside the United States until further consultation on the GBC stance in relation to Krishna West is effected. We […]

Common Misconceptions of Krishna West


Krishna West is being formally introduced all over the world. Given the history of ISKCON it is natural and even laudable that devotees may question if this is another attempt to corrupt or disrupt ISKCON. This document aims to allay some of the most common fears and to show that Krishna West is a fully […]