2019 Vyasa-Puja – Submitting Written Offerings

Dear Devotees,

Please accept our humble obeisances.
All glories to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada & His Holiness Hridayananda das Goswami!

With great excitement, we announce that H.D. Goswami’s official Vyasa-puja date will be on November 1st, 2019 (not to be confused with the celebration on September 13-15th in San Diego, CA). This year will be extra special, since we will also be celebrating his 50th anniversary of joining ISKCON. Thus, we are collecting written offerings from godfamily, disciples, and well-wishers. The deadline is on Monday, September 30th.

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History of the Science-Religion Interaction in the West – A Summary

To explore the topic of consciousness in science, I begin with a simple, and hopefully uncontroversial, dictionary definition of science: “Science is an intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. Scientists tend to assume  History of the Science-Religion Interaction in the West – A Summary


Species Equality Does not Lead to Social or Political Equality

It is well known that to get a clear understanding of Prabhupada’s view on a particular topic, we must look at all his statements on that topic. Prabhupada clearly taught that we follow guru-sadhu-shastra, and he made equally clear that Species Equality Does not Lead to Social or Political Equality


A Message to Disciples and Well-Wishers – Dec. 8th 2018

Dear Devotees,

Jaya Prabhupada! I am writing to inform you that due to physical limitations, I will have to adjust my email protocol. On a normal day, I send out between 40 and 60 emails. Out of sincere respect for the devotees, I have always endeavored to respond promptly.

Unfortunately, I am beginning to suffer a recurrence of very severe eye strain. I first had this problem over 35 years ago when I was working hard to finish Prabhupada’s Bhāgavatam. I never recovered fully from this problem, and when it reoccurs, I am unable to read at all for some time, and this prevents me from doing most of my devotional service. This condition is also painful. In fact this inability to read as quickly as normal scholars, or to read many books, forced me to give up my hopes for an academic service career after I finished at Harvard. In various ways, I have compenated for this permanent disability, without bringing it to the attention of other devotees. But now, I am forced to explain it.

At present, it is simply not physically possible for me to continue to personally read the volume of email that arrives every day. Therefore, I must take the following step: I will adopt Prabhupada’s own system and have a secretary read most letters to me. I will then dictate a response, which will be sent out.

In cases that reasonably require absolute privacy, you can write CONFIDENTIAL in the subject line. I must emphasize that such confidential letters cannot be very long. Given my physical condition, and the real danger of it becoming worse and crippling my service, I must take these measures. I fully trust that you will understand my situation and help me to deal with it.

With best wishes,

Hridayananda dasa Goswami