Do Plants Have Memories?
September 25, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment

Ccientists have found that certain plants can remember experiences of drought and dehydration, cold and heat, excess light, acidic soil, exposure to short-wave radiation, and a simulation of insects eating their leaves.

Read the full story »
editorials

Lively, insightful commentary on contemporary issues facing spiritual practitioners.

reviews

Book, film, and audio reviews of contemporary Gaudiya media, as well as a wide variety of media of interest to the spiritually minded.

news

News from around the world with an emphasis on alternative press that is especially relevant to spiritual practitioners.

classroom

Excerpts from classical Gaudiya texts, with and without commentaries, hosted by teachers with whom readers can interact and ask questions.

philosophy

Philosophical articles on Gaudiya Vaisnavism that focus on the tradition’s scriptural conclusions as well as its feeling for the nature of ultimate reality.

philosophy »

Wave of Love
September 14, 2017 – 12:33 am | 5 Comments

young-gmBy B. R. Sridhara Deva Goswami

When normal, I will be able to feel that so many sweet waves are coming from all around to me.

maya santusta manasah, sarvvah sukhamaya disah

“For one who is satisfied with me, then all the directions, all the four directions will bring only good news to him.” (Srimad Bhagavatam, 11.14.12)

All waves will carry only welfare to that person who is satisfied with only God and nothing else. “I want God, and his interests are my interest. He is the loving father, guardian, or friend of everyone.”

Now we are distracted and have many different interests, but if we can put God’s interest in the center, then we shall be able to find, to read, that from all directions only good news is coming to me—no bad or unfavorable news. All favorable news will come to me if I can be on that level, that plane, if my ego can take a stand there. In that universal wave, every vibration will only carry favorable news to me. Maya santusta manasah, “He who is satisfied with me alone,” sarvah sukhamaya disah, “he will see that all the directions are only carrying happy news to him, cent-per-cent good news.” So a readjustment is necessary, and religion means proper adjustment. We are now incorrectly adjusted and are concerned with different types of separate interests; that is the difficulty. We have to change and find out the universal interest. That universal wave is the most fundamental current.

Sa vai pumsam paro dharmo: The highest type of duty for everyone is yato bhaktir adhoksaje, that your attention, your submission will go to Adhoksaja, that unknown universal guardian. Ahaituky-apratihata: this submission is causeless and can never be opposed. The original vibration is forever existing. It is self-existent: none can have created that. It is eternally continuing and none can oppose it— that wave is irresistible. Try to identify your interest with that wave. That is bhakti, bhakti proper. This is the definition of bhakti: sa vai pumsam paro dharmmo; the highest duty of everyone, every soul, is this. That bhakti is adhoksaja. Your attention, your interest should be diverted towards the infinite, to the unknown quarter, up to the Nth degree. The mathematicians speak of calculating, continuing to the Nth degree. But this is beyond the Nth degree. Yato bhaktir adhoksaje. What are its qualities? Ahaituki and apratihata. Ahaituki: No hetu, no cause; it is causeless. And that is eternal, apratihata; it can never be stopped. None can oppose it; none can give any hindrance to it. It is so forceful and continuous, forcefully continuous, that none can stop it.

Such is the original vibration, and that is all sweet, all-accommodating, and all-embracing. So this is the advice of Bhagavatam and Mahaprabhu, and there we will find the wave of love, prema. This is most accommodating, comprehensive. And fulfillment is given in that way: bhakti, prema-bhakti—love. Without love, none can be, none can hold a dignified position. Everything else is defective. Only love is perfect, for justice is also defective. Justice comes to divide things between many; no unity results. This is the position of justice. But above that is the land of affection, the land of love: prema-bhumi. Love only can be the most comprehensive cause; that can accommodate or harmonize anything and everything. Love is the most generous, the most accommodating, and the most fulfilling.

This is the conclusion of the Srimad Bhagavatam, which has been conceived as the ripe fruit of the Veda. The ripe fruit of the Veda means that it is revealed truth. Revealed truth is that which does not originate from the experience of so many fallen souls, from their limited brains. No, it is coming from above, from the land of the eternally extended truth. And ripe fruit means it is in its full-fledged position: the highest conception of love. There we will find love, beauty, affection, mercy, charm. They are all similar, of the same taste and kind.

Our soul must go to that land of love. This body will remain here. Our mind, which is always seeking the limited happiness of this world, will also be dissolved. They will all disappear. At the present, the body and the mind are our “property.” But the inner factor, the soul, that conscious unit which is within us, can only be a member of that soil. The soul is our proper self, and these other things are all encasements. The mental system and the physical system are encasements, and they want this mortal world. That is their misconception.

I can’t chant japa everyday!
September 7, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
I can’t chant japa everyday!

Comic by Krsangi dasa

If I had to tell you about Gaudiya Vaishvavism
July 27, 2017 – 12:32 am | No Comment
If I had to tell you about Gaudiya Vaishvavism

Comic by Krsangi dasi

Unexpected Sanga: Stumbling into Deep Community
July 13, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Unexpected Sanga: Stumbling into Deep Community

Sanga, as it’s known in Hindu and Buddhist circles, is community on steroids: deep “association” with pilgrims on a spiritual path—more than just post-worship potlucks, Sunday School check-ins, and church gossip. Sanga is walking and wrestling in order to grow together. Sangas don’t swerve from the big questions: who are we in relation to God? What is our purpose? How might we serve?

Review: In Search of the Highest Truth: Adventures in Yoga Philosophy
July 10, 2017 – 12:33 am | No Comment
Review: In Search of the Highest Truth: Adventures in Yoga Philosophy

This volume shows how a popularized version of Gaudiya Vaisnavism can indeed engage meaningfully with the modern yoga community, so as to offer new perspectives on important issues of spirituality and philosophy.