Category: Essay

Sri Krsna

Sri Krsna

Srila Rupa Gosvami enumerates the sixty-four transcendental qualities of the Supreme Lord Krsna. These qualities appear in Chapters Twenty-one and Twenty-two of The Nectar of Devotion, Srila Prabhu- pada’s summary study of Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu. The devotees, who are never satiated with hearing the Lord’s glories, relish these descriptions…

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Radio Shows

Radio Shows

This is my private radio station. The red light is on over the door, warning, “Recording, Do Not Enter.” It’s 3:24 P.M. Time costs money. I had better get started. I remember as a teenager listening to Jean Shepherd’s radio shows. I was about seventeen when I started tuning into them. My sister, Madeline, who was two years older than me, made fun of my devotion to him…

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Niti Sastras

Niti Sastras

Canakya Pandita lived approximately three thousand years ago. He was the brahmana advisor and prime minister to the last Hindu king, Candragupta. Although he was the king’s prime minister, Canakya maintained his brahminical status by living in a small cottage outside the palace walls and refusing a salary. In this way, he remained independent of anyone’s patronage or control. Once, the emperor asked Canakya to ex- plain something he did…

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My Relationship

My Relationship

I have a relationship with Lord Krsna. Krsna is God. I don’t know Him very well, not like I know Srila Prabhu- pada. Even Prabhupada sometimes seems far away. (I am even afraid to approach him sometimes.) Krsna is all-pervading—I can feel that—and yet far away, the Supreme Person. Lord Krsna is present in His murti form…

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Memories

Memories

The inspiration for Memories and the freedom to write it was given to me by Lord Krsna and Srila Pra- bhupada while residing in the ISKCON community in Wicklow, Ireland. This book is not an autobiography but a compilation of independent pieces or vignettes, each with its own title. While both the pre-Krsna conscious memories and memories since 1966 flowed, I encountered the usual obstacles…

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Living With the Scriptures

Living With the Scriptures

This is a book of essays based on selected verses of Vedic literature. I have chosen verses that have special meaning in my life, with the hope that discussing them will make for interesting and instructive reading. In the life of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, there also appeared to be particular verses which especially guided him…

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From Copper To Touchstone

From Copper To Touchstone

This book is not intended as an overview of the Caitanya-caritamrta, but as a collection of selected readings. I have divided it into four sections: the first four essays cover the first four chapters of the Adi-lila and give a basic, but com prehensive, understanding of Lord Caitanya’s identity. The next section consists of selections from my favorite chapters of the Caitanya-caritamrta and will give us a taste of Srila Prabhupada’s purports. The next section consists of Lord Caitanya’s talks with Ramananda Raya, and the last section consists of a glimpse into the personal nature of ISKGON…

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A Poor Man Reads. Vol 2

A Poor Man Reads. Vol 2

I am writing this preface especially for readers who may come to Volume Two of A Poor Man Reads the Bhagavatam without having read the introductory material in Volume One. In Volume One, I described how I was yearning for a long-term Krsna conscious writing project. Krsna sent this project to me in answer to my prayers while visiting Vrndavana in January 1996; it is His mercy and the mercy of Srila Prabhupada…

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