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BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD
By editor - 19.10 2018 The Brhadaranyaka Upanisad is the primary book of the Upanishads, a collection of Hindu philosophical texts. It is one of the oldest Upanishads and its name translates into “the Great Forest Book” (Sastri 29). Written entirely in prose...Read more...
Ramacandra Vijayotsava
BY: SUN STAFF - 19.10 2018 Ravana Painting on Mica, South India, c. 1920 On October 18th, Lord Rama's victory over the demon Ravana is celebrated as Ramachandra Vijyotsava. The Slaying of Ravana Excerpted from the Valmiki Ramayana When Ravana heard from his messengers that Rama...Read more...
Sri Madhvacarya's Literary Works
BY: SUN STAFF - 19.10 2018 Sri Madhvacarya In honor of the Appearance Sri Madhvacarya on October 18th, from 'Madhvacarya (Life and Teachings)' by Bannanje Govindacarya. Sri Madhvacarya has written four works on the Sutraprasthana (the Vedantic school of Brahmansutra): 1....Read more...
Have You Burnt The Ravana Within?
By Caitanya Caran Das - 19.10 2018 The basic storyline of Ramayana is very similar to that of a typical movie. Both feature a hero, a heroine and a villain; both depict the villain lusting for the heroine; both delineate an exciting confrontation between the hero and the villain,...Read more...
WOMEN’S ROLES IN VEDIC RITUALS
By editor - 17.10 2018 The role and importance of women in earlier Vedic literature is much more apparent, and observable than it is today. The participation of women was vital, and much more significant in previous centuries, during Vedic srauta [an extensive body of sacrifices...Read more...
The Use of Images and Murti Puja in the Vedas
By Dr David Frawley - 17.10 2018 Some scholars say there is no murti puja, image worship or what is sometimes called idol worship in the Rigveda. We beg to differ and explain how the use of images and symbols is an essential part of Vedic worship, the Vedic language, Vedic mantras and...Read more...
A genuine alternative to modern misconceptions of God
By Jaya Gopal das - 16.10 2018 Who or what is God? In our modern world, when we observe the amount of energy consumed by all of the other topics that fill our lives, this question is given almost no consideration or thought whatsoever. As such, we are burdened with so many frivolous...Read more...
Spirituality – Why and What???
By Dwaipayan De - 16.10 2018 The English Dictionary defines the word “spiritual” as “Relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things”. Now before we attempt to delve deeper into this topic, it is essential for us to...Read more...
340 West 55th Street: A Second Glimpse
BY: BHAKTA JOHN JAGANNATHA Hare Krishna. First and foremost I humbly prostrate myself before the Vaisnava devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, and beg their forgiveness for all my offenses, mistakes, illusions, imperfections and cheatings. My personal experiences on...Read more...
Predictions about Kali yuga that seem to be manifesting
By editor - 15.10 2018   Among the most striking of these passages from the Vedic sastras are the following: In the Kali Yuga, wealth alone will be the deciding factor of nobility [in place of birth, righteous behavior or merit].And brute force will be the only standard or deciding...Read more...
How Sri Sri Radha Radhanath Captured Me
By Vibhu Chaitanya Das - 15.10 2018 Before formally meeting Hare Krishna devotees, I was one of those who ran in the opposite direction when I saw them coming. I used to think they were from another planet. Who are these guys with their chants and dancing in the street? Or are they going to...Read more...
What is the Purpose of This World?
By Madhudvisa dasa - 12.10 2018 My question is What is the purpose of this world? Why has God created it? And if god has created it then everything happening is HIS wish. So why all this going on??? Why few people love god and have faith in him and why others give all kinds of logic...Read more...
THE MYSTERY OF SACRIFICE
Venugopal Acharya (Vraja bihari dasa) - 12.10 2018 Are you ready to sacrifice who you are for what you will become?” –    Eric Thomas (Motivational speaker and Christian preacher from Chicago, Illinois, USA)   I was at the War Memorial in Perth,...Read more...
SURYA: THE VEDIC SUN-GOD
By editor - 12.10 2018 Introduction Surya has been the object of Indian devotion since the early Vedic times and is considered to be the soul of the universe (Charak 9). Surya travels along the sky in a massive chariot which moves on a single wheel that is attached to the polar star, or...Read more...
Indological Writings in Latin
BY: SUN STAFF - 12.10 2018 A detailed survey by Satkari Mukhopadhyaya for Kriti Rakshana, National Mission for Manuscripts. Latin (Lingua Latina) belongs to the Italic branch of the Indo-European family of languages. She is the parent of the modern Romance languages, such as Italian,...Read more...
Ashram Changes and Temple Development
By Bhurijana dasa - 123.10 2018 Most devotees’ lives and views on devotional service change as their ashram changes. When several devotees pass through ashram changes at approximately the same time-or even if one respected devotee within a temple changes his ashram-a temple can become...Read more...
VARUNA
By editor - 11.10 2018 Varuna is one of the oldest gods in Hindu history and is noted as a “universal monarch” (Choudhuri 33). In the past, Varuna was said to be king of the gods holding utmost power in Vedic India. Scholars say that Varuna is a “majestic Jehovah,...Read more...
What a saint learned from a prostitute
By Chaitanya Charan das - 11.10 2018 Frustration gives way to illumination during one extraordinary night in the life of a prostitute. While prostitutes are often depicted negatively in traditional literature, some religious texts depict them positively as testimonies to the...Read more...
Srila Prabhupada on investing money
By bh. Jan Mareš - 9.10 2018 Beware of inflation: As the meeting drew to a close, they discussed establishing a bank in Mayapur. So far only a local cultivators' financial cooperative has shown interest, but Prabhupada doesn't want to deal with them as they want a large...Read more...
INDRA (GOD OF THUNDER AND LIGHTNING)
By editor - 9.10 2018  In Vedic mythology, the god Indra “is viewed as the king of all the gods to whom most of the Vedic hymns are dedicated” (Jansen 66), and is regarded as the god of the Aryan people. Indra’s name is unlike most of the other Vedic gods, and does not...Read more...
Red Alert Report on ISKCON Moscow
BY: JAYA MADHAVA DASA (ACBSP) - 8.10 2018 A desperate appeal to the GBC body to fix the mistakes made here by its former Russian GBC and his followers. I call for a serious investiagation to fix the problems. Moscow Temple was robbed a while back of 2 Million Rubles, during mangal artik...Read more...
Mastering the Art of Unplugging and Managing Stress
By Felipe Araujo - 8.10 2018 A simpler life might be trendy now, but the Hare Krishna have been doing it for centuries…with a few quirks Jai Nitai Dasa at the temple. Photo: Felipe Araujo James Edwards was 16 and partying at Lollapalooza when a Hare Krishna devotee handed him a...Read more...
The spirituality of money
By Sutapa Das - 8.10 2018 I recently connected with a childhood friend who also became a monk. As you can imagine, we had lots to talk about, and lots in common. In his tradition, one of the monastic vows is to never touch money; and if he does, even by accident, he observes complete fasting...Read more...
Origins of Rice in India
By Sankaran Nair - 5.10 2018 Historian Asko Parpola has assumed that the cultivation of rice spread from the Ganges valley to Swat, Pirak (Kachi plain) and Gujarat during the first quarter of the second millennium BC. He says that the rice undoubtedly came from the Ganges valley, and...Read more...
Prana and Pranayama
By Swami Sivananda - 5.10 2018 Pranayama is an exact science. It is the fourth Anga or limb of Ashtanga Yoga. “Tasmin Sati Svasa prasvasayorgativicchedah Pranayamah”—Regulation of breath or the control of Prana is the stoppage of inhalation and exhalation, which...Read more...
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