This work, "Srila Prabhupada: The Founder-Acarya of ISKCON", authored by Ravindra Svarupa Dasa, is officially endorsed by ISKCON's Governing Body Commission (GBC). The GBC requests all devotees and friends of ISKCON to give deep and careful attention to this work. To do so will broaden our collective understanding of, and appreciation for, the position of Srila Prabhupada and his unique role in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
This perfect knowledge can be achieved by a person who is already engaged in devotional service with faith, steadiness and full detachment, and who is always absorbed in thought of the Supreme. He is aloof from material association
Mar 26 2009 Superbird
If dedicated transcendentalists are compared to swans, it should come as no surprise that committed materialists are likened to crows.
Mar 22 2009 The Krsna-approaching Body
Before I encountered the KŠĻõŠĻ£ŠĻáa consciousness movement, I was engaged in graduate religious studies in a university. One day a professor remarked: ‚ÄúThe issue is not whether or not God exists. The issue is whether or not God is available.‚ÄĚ
Aug 2 2007 Immortal Longings
No one likes to be the bearer of bad news. Not only is it unpleasant; it can be dangerous. Kings routinely used to kill on the spot hapless messengers bringing word of defeat.
May 24 2007 Bylaws and Centralization - the Facts
No honest, well-informed person can find any such attempt at centralization in the current undertaking. We all understand and accept Prabhupada principles of management and fully realize the need for local empowerment and autonomy. At the same time, we also understand that Prabhupada ordered the GBC to exercise certain spiritual and managerial authority over the temples.
One needs to become acquainted with two contrasting social ideals, or models, transmitted to us by Srila Prabhupada. The first is that of a society of Vaisnavas, of transcendental, liberated devotees who conduct themselves spontaneously in accord with the principles called sanatana-dharma. The second is that of a society of materially conditioned human beings who strictly conduct themselves in obedience to the injunctions of the Vedas under the system called varnasrama-dharma.
Jan 3 2007 New Vrindaban History, for the Record
Some time later, Michael Stein told me that he had concluded‚Äďfrom his talk with Maharaja and whatever else he‚Äôd gathered from the government‚Äôs investigation‚Äďthat Radhanatha Swami was not implicated in any of the criminal activities in New Vrindavan.
Dec 30 2006 Nama Hatta in USA
When I first began to associate with devotees, in Philadelphia in 1970, I was married, with one child and another on the way. I owned my own house ‚ÄĒ actually very near the temple ‚ÄĒ I was a graduate student in Religious Studies, and it looked like I had a good career ahead of me.
Jun 6 2006 Pure existence
Selves are beings that experience, centers of consciousness, subjects. Matter does not experience; it is without subjectivity, it is completely an object. Selves live; matter is lifeless.