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As one of the most senior and respected spiritual leaders of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Hridayananda das Goswami (Howard J. Resnick, Ph.D.) is an early pioneer and renowned teacher of bhakti yoga in the Western world. At the forefront of contemporary religious dialogue, he is celebrated for his unique ability to adapt the wisdom of ancient Indian philosophy into teachings that are comprehensible for Western audiences.


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What does ego really mean to you? Is ego bad?

Ego is the Greek pronoun “I”, and Sanskrit aham. In the dictionary and in our culture, it has at least one negative meaning. For Freud, of course, it didn’t have negative meaning. The ego was just a person. But it has at least one pejorative sense in our culture. It also has a neutral sense, simply prescribing or describing someone as the subject of their own consciousness… What does ego really mean to you? Is ego bad?

The difference between false ego and self-respect

I try to be fair about it, evaluate objectively.  As far as feeling bad, if we see ourselves the way God sees us, we won’t feel bad.  If you know that you are infinitely loved, that the greatest conscious being thinks very highly of you, then you won’t feel bad.  The difference between false ego and self-respect

H.D.Goswami’s 2020 Vyasa Puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada

As I reached the age at which you came to America on the Jaladuta and founded your great mission, ISKCON, I found I could understand and appreciate more than ever your bold, straightforward, and skillful presentation of Krishna consciousness. Sociologists confirm that a movement must grow its core of committed followers in order to achieve sustainable, meaningful growth. You expressed this very idea in your unforgettable metaphor — you were looking not for many stars, but for a moon that could actually illumine the darkness of Kali-yuga. H.D.Goswami’s 2020 Vyasa Puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada


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