A Different Kind of Book Distribution

For more than thirty years, I have been teaching at the college and university levels of education. And during each one of those years, I have required students to purchase Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Bhagavad-gītā As It Is, and then read large portions of it for my courses. Well, during the pandemic, it is no exception. In…

Anatomy of Grief: On Losing a Vaishnava

By Garuda Das, PhD (ASBSP) I offer you some heartfelt thoughts and reflections here on Vaishnava loss, grief, and the departure of beloved Vaishnavas: This is a time of grieving such a great loss for you. If the passing away of a loved one were not already challenging enough, factors such as the departed one’s…

Bhakti Saṅga

Sādhu-Saṅga… is the most important simply because it is the one practice that “awakens bhakti”.

“I am the silence of secrets” (BG 10.38)

Every secret rests on a foundation or a frame of silence. In order for secretiveness to exist, there must be the larger context of silence. Just as a picture relies on a frame to declare it to be art, to declare its separateness from all else, so a secret must be surrounded by silence in…

A Letter On Guru

Dear Esteemed Vaishnava Friends, Pranamas . . . I’m writing to each and all of you to inform you that I have agreed to formally accept a Vaishnava disciple. Over twenty years I have turned away those who have approached me for dīkshā in the ISKCON fashion, i.e., authorized gurus toward whom ISKCON devotees are funneled. However, I…

The Eternal Dance of Divine Love

The final day of the holy month of Kartika, on which the full moon appears, is well known for the celebration of the Rāsa Līlā…