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Ghosts - FAQ
By editor - 15.2 2015 "Whenever someone tries to convince me that ghosts don't exist, I challenge them to take a walk through a cemetery at midnight and they turn pale." (anonymous) "The only cure for non-belief is the mystical experience." (Thomas Merton...Read more...
India's dying mother
By Justin Rowlatt - 12.9 2016 The Ganges is one of the greatest rivers on Earth, but it is dying. From the icy Himalayan peaks, where it begins, right down to the Bay of Bengal, it is being slowly poisoned. The Ganges is revered in India but it is also the sewer that carries away the...Read more...
Yoga and How to Get Started
By Stephen Knapp - 9.5 2016       The purpose of any true spiritual path is to raise our consciousness to the point of allowing us to directly perceive the spiritual dimension. Being spiritual means to recognize one’s spiritual identity and practically see...Read more...
Caring For Devotees
By editor - 16.9 2015 Caring For Devotees: The Spiritual Counselor System From Namahatta.org From a series of lectures by HH Radhanath Swami, introducing the Spiritual Counselor System that has been successfully deployed at Sri Sri Radha-Gopinath Temple in Mumbai, Chowpatti....Read more...
Britain must pay reparations to India
By BBC - 29.7 2015 British troops in Kolkata after a religious clash At the end of May, the Oxford Union held a debate on the motion "This house believes Britain owes reparations to her former colonies". Speakers included former Conservative MP Sir Richard Ottaway, Indian politician...Read more...
Blood transfusion
By editor - 24.3 2017 Blood transfusion, Blood and Organ Donation Guest (2): Are blood transfusions permissible, Swami? Paramahamsa: He says, "Are blood transfusions permissible?" When one is in an accident or cut and he loses blood, they take another man's blood and put it...Read more...
The Problem with the World
By Karnamrita dasa - 24.3 2017 The Problem with the World in Two Letters: MY The concept that we are not our bodies is considered a preliminary basic understanding for devotees, yet this conception has proved not so easy to put into practice. We can all look within ourself and at our...Read more...
The Significance of the Om
By Vivek Tanna - 23.3 2017 Since the time of ancient Vedic civilization, the syllable “Om” has had a prominent place in Hindu philosophy.  Today, it can be found in many Hindu contexts, whether or not authentic, and it has several mentions in pop culture.  But...Read more...
Meeting The Dalai Lama in Vrindavan
By Indradyumna Swami - 23.3 2017 Yesterday on parikrama with a group of devotees in Gokul, Vrindavan we passed by Karshni Ashram run by Sharanananda Ji Maharaja. When we noticed a small crowd gathering outside we stopped to inquire what was happening. Much to our amazement we were told that...Read more...
Barn Ready
By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON New Vrindaban Communications - 23.3 2017 Barn Ready, Rock Steady: Ananda Vidya and Lalita Gopi As residents and aficionados of ISKCON history know well, New Vrindaban winters are not exactly forgiving. And with the austerity, guests decrease, some residents go...Read more...
Festival of Holi
By Larry Bleiberg, Special for USA TODAY - 22.3 2017 10 great places to celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi     If you’ve started to notice clouds of color every spring, it’s not your imagination. The Hindu festival of Holi (pronounced “holy”),...Read more...
The Legend is Back in Mo-town!
By Uma devi dasi - 22.3 2017 “I visited Detroit once before… somewhere around 1980” When Arjun Bhattacharyya started telling us that Agnideva Prabhu, the legendary Agnideva Das, was coming to Detroit, most of us didn’t believe him. In the spirit of...Read more...
Papamocani Ekadasi
BY: SUN STAFF - 21.3 2017 Papamocani Ekadasi (observed on Mar 23rd in Los Angeles, 24th in Mayapur), from the Bhavishya-uttara Purana. Sri Yudhisthira Maharaja said, "Oh Supreme Lord, I have heard from You the explanation of Amalakii Ekadasiii which occurs during the light fortnight...Read more...
Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting, Part 25
BY: SUN STAFF - 21.3 2017 Radha offering Krsna a Bowl of Curds  Basohli school, Punjab Hills, late 18th c. A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in paintings, sculpture and temple architecture. THE PAHARI SCHOOLS 17th to 19th Centuries BASOHLI SCHOOL In our last...Read more...
Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting, Part 24
BY: SUN STAFF - 20.3 2017 Krsna Takes Rukmini Away from Devi Shrine  Basohli School, Punjab Hills, c. 1790 A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in paintings, sculpture and temple architecture. THE PAHARI SCHOOLS  17th to 19th Centuries Today we begin the...Read more...
Until We Meet Again
Diary of a Traveling Preacher – Volume 9, Chapter 16 – September 2, 2008 By Indradyumna Swami - 20.3 2017 My dear Godbrother Sridhar Maharaja, Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Today is the celebration of your Vyasa-puja. It is a day...Read more...
How to understand Lord Krishna?
By Sri Nandanandana dasa (Stephen Knapp) - 20.3 2017 Sometimes people say that they want to see God, or that God is not perceivable. And this is confirmed in the Vedic scripture, but with additional points of instruction on how we can perceive the Supreme Being. The Svetasvatara Upanishad (4...Read more...
Scared to become a devotee
By Jatayu dasa (SDG) - 17.3 2017 A long, long time ago when I was not an ISKCON devotee I developed a growing interest in spiritual life. After many years of taking drugs and attending rock concerts I had become sick of life. I had been manager in several companies I worked for, most of...Read more...
Throwing Coloured Dyes on Holi
By Gandhari Devi Dasi - 17.3 2017 We are seeing that now more Iskcon centers are celebrating Holi with burning of Holika and throwing the colored dye festival. So there are some points to be mentioned about these celebrations. I was requested by a senior mataji to share this information....Read more...
The Guru: A Checklist
By Kripamoya Das - 17.3 2017 Here is a brief checklist to help you with your testing of a prospective guru. Education Has he studied Vedic literature sufficiently to become a teacher? Has he become an expert in any particular literature? Has he passed any examinations? Can he recite...Read more...
Opposites & Unlikely Sources
By Kesava Krsna dasa – GRS - 16.3 2017 Was there ever a time when we underestimated someone? We judged a book by its cover? And rained down our prejudices from on high, suspecting intellectual inferiority or a flawed disposition, unworthy of our dignified consideration; then the person...Read more...
How Your Beliefs Affect Your Commitments
By Mahatma Das - 16.3 2017 In this article I focus on how our degree of commitment to our vows and promises is affected by what we believe is possible for us. I also look at how beliefs affect us in general. Some of our beliefs give us strength and some make it difficult or impossible to...Read more...
You have to choose One of the pair
By Bhakti Vichar Vishnu Maharaja - 15.3 2017 Supreme Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu once visited His devotee Srila Gauri Das Pandit, along with His brother Sri Nityanand Prabhu. When They were to leave, Srila Gauri Das Pandit requested Them to stay permanently at his place in Ambika-...Read more...
Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting, Part 23
BY: SUN STAFF - 15.3 2017 Sri Krishna holding Mount Govardhan (detail)  Nihal Chand, Kishangarh, c. 1755 A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in paintings, sculpture and temple architecture. CENTRAL INDIAN AND RAJASTHANI SCHOOLS  17th – 19th Centuries...Read more...
BBT Day 2017
By editor - 15.3 2017   Faithful followers of the BBT have adopted March 14th as “BBT Only Day” in recognition of a significant instruction Srila Prabhupada issued to all temples and members of the Society on March 14th 1974 in the following letter: As is evident from this...Read more...
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