His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) is widely regarded as the foremost Vedic scholar, translator, and teacher of the modern era. He is especially respected as the world's most prominent contemporary authority on bhakti-yoga, devotional service to the Supreme Person, Krishna, as taught by the ancient Vedic writings of India. He is also the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

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In 1961, Srila Prabhupada was invited to make a presentation at Japan's Congress for Cultivating the Human Spirit.

Theories about the origin of life come and go like fashion trends. India's Vedic tradition, however, has always remained consistent on this point; "life" is the natural condition of everything; there has always been and always will be life, manifesting in infinite varieties.

Life Comes From Life is a collection of conversations between Srila Prabhupada and his disciple Thoudam D. Singh, Ph.D., an organic chemist, in Los Angeles during the mid-1970's.

Kṛṣṇa (pronounced "Krishna"),The Supreme Personality of Godhead, is a summary study of the tenth canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam. The Bhagavatam is an encyclopedic, 18,000 verse text—divided into twelve Cantos—chronicling many of Krishna's various incarnations over the millennia.

Everyone—every plant and single-celled organism included—prefers pleasure to pain. The Vedas say this is because our source—the Absolute Truth, the Supreme Person—is also the supreme enjoyer. The frustration we feel at not being able to have a good time all the time arises from our misconception of who we are. We're spiritual beings, yet somehow we think we'll be happy by enjoying material things. That never works.

On July 29, 1971, Srila Prabhupada spoke at the University of Florida in Gainesville on the meaning and goal of yoga. The lecture was transcribed, edited, and later published as Krishna Consciousness, the Topmost Yoga System.

Krishna Consciousness, the Matchless Gift is a collection of transcribed lectures by Srila Prabhupada on the philosophy and practice of bhakti-yoga—the process of reestablishing our connection with the Supreme Person.

Introduction to Bhagavad-gita is a valuable companion to any edition of the Bhagavad-gita, and every bit as informative as the book it was intended to introduce. Srila Prabhupada wrote it in 1968 as his introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is—before he even knew if he'd be able to publish the entire Gita—and included within it the essence of all the Gita's teachings.

The real you is not physical (the collection of elements we call the "body") but spiritual (the conscious self within the body). Our quality of life depends much more on the quality of our consciousness than it does on bodily pleasures or comforts.

Space travel may be considered a relatively new human achievement, but the world's oldest writings say no. Space travel has always been possible, and people have been traveling the universe long before the invention of rockets and shuttles. Vedic evidence suggests that yogis and other more evolved beings can travel freely throughout the cosmos via technologies that are practically unknown to us today.

The Sanskrit word dharma refers to the inherent, unchanging nature of something; sugar's dharma is to be sweet, water's dharma is to be wet, and fire's dharma is to emit heat and light. Dharma also means our natural duty; beavers build dams, spiders build webs, and dogs bark. As humans, we have social, familial, religious, and civic duties. But our ultimate human dharma is to find life's ultimate answers; who we are, why we're here, and what we're supposed to do.

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