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“A book is a mirror,” observed Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, the eminent eighteenth-century German scientist and aphorist. “If a monkey peers into it, an apostle can hardly be expected to look out." This aphorism tends to spring to mind whenever I pick up one of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s...

Each morning in ISKCON temples we pay homage to our Founder-Ācārya Śrīla Prabhupāda by singing Śrī Guru-vandanā together while offering him guru-pūjā. Śrī Guru-vandanā is a Bengali song composed by Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura. In the hymn’s second stanza, that great ācārya directs our attention to...

As I write, the resplendent Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, its central dome now towering 350 feet above the alluvial soil of Śrīdhāma Māyāpur, continues to reveal its form, within and without. This temple, when complete, will realize a key component of the International Society...

After retiring from the GBC in 2014, I began to miss Europe and the devotees in Europe. I had had many occasions to associate with both in the course of my service, especially after I was assigned oversight there in 2000. So when the opportunity...

It has been seven years since Sanātana Gosvāmī’s Śrī Kṛṣṇa Līlā Stava, translated with commentary by Gopīparāṇadhana dāsa, came to us via The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, Northern Europe division. The worn and taped dust jack of my copy and its many similarly treated pages testify...

It has been seven years since Sanātana Gosvāmī’s Śrī Kṛṣṇa Līlā Stava, translated with commentary by Gopīparāṇadhana dāsa, came to us via The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, Northern Europe division....

So It Happens hasn’t happened for a while—if the span of half a dozen years counts as a “while.” Time enough for a child to go from birth to first grade, anyway....