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The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 50
BY: SUN STAFF - 18.4 2019 Sufis Mystics and Attendants  Ibrahim b. Adham, Mughal, 17th c. A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society. Today we continue on with the narrative provided by authors Shourie, Narain, Dubashi, Swarup and Ram Goel in their book, ...Read more...
Balarama Rasayatra and Sri Krsna Vasanta Rasa
BY: SUN STAFF - 18. 4. 2019 Sri Krsna's Rasa Dance Balarama Rasayatra and Sri Krsna Vasanta Rasa are observed on April 18th. April 14th marks the auspicious remembrance day of Lord Balarama's springtime rasa dance with His cowherd girlfriends. It is also the day of Sri Krishna...Read more...
Mother Earth: Holder and Giver of Wealth
By Vishakha Devi Dasi - 18.4 2019   A life that allows us to reunite with mother earth and offer her products to Krishna favors our spiritual growth. Srila Prabhupada writes, “Whatever is taken from the earth—either from the mines, from the surface of the globe, or from...Read more...
VIBHISANA
By editor - 17.4 2019 Vibhisana was one of the Raksasas [demons] and the brother of Ravana in the Hinduism epic the Ramayana. Vibhisana was the son of Visravas and Malini and was Ravana’s younger half brother. Ravana was the ten-headed demon king from the Hindu epic...Read more...
YUDHISTHIRA
By editor - 17.4 2019 Yushithira is the eldest of the five Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata. The Mahabharata is the most voluminous epic poem in the world (see Sarma 88), being composed of 100,000 verses. It is said to have been composed between 400 B.C.E and 400 C.E. by a...Read more...
My Deities and Home Altar
What My Deities and Home Altar Means to Me and My Appreciation of Srila Prabhupada By Omkara devi dasi - 17.4 2019 I feel very much blessed to have the shelter and ability to take darshan of Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarkadisha in New Dwaraka. I have lived in and outside of the temple community for...Read more...
The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 49
BY: SUN STAFF - 16.4 2019 Jami Masjid, Mandu A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society. Over the last several segments of this series we have been summarizing the evidence presented by authors Shourie, Narain, Dubashi, Swarup and Ram Goel in their book, Hindu...Read more...
The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 48
BY: SUN STAFF - 16.44 2019   A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society. In their book, Hindu Temples: What Happened to Them, authors Shourie, Narain, Dubashi, Swarup and Ram Goel provide an excellent overview of the Muslims destruction of India's temples...Read more...
Stone-Alive
By Abhijit Tolley - 15.4 2019   Presence of joy is higher than absence of sorrow. I was zooming along a beautiful tree-lined highway when I slammed on the brakes. Screeeech! Thud! Generally, when you run over a squirrel scampering across the road just a little too late for you to...Read more...
Bloody jewel in crown of British Empire
By editor - 15.4 2019 Bloody jewel in crown of British Empire: How India was mistreated during colonial rule Measuring land for cultivation, Allahabad, India, 1877. © Global Look Press / Science Museum   From the East India Company to the Raj, India was a British colony until...Read more...
The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 47
BY: SUN STAFF - 12.4 2019 Ruins of Rajchakla Panchkot, Bengal A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society. Continuing on with our narrative from the book Hindu Temples: What Happened to Them by authors Shourie, Narain, Dubashi, Swarup and Ram Goel, today we...Read more...
Lord Rama: Fact or Fiction
By Sri Nandanandana das (Stephen Knapp) - 12.4 2019 As of late, in the year 2007, the idea of whether Lord Rama exists or not has been called into question, by no less than some of the politicians in India. So it is a wonder how such persons can be accepted as leaders of the people of...Read more...
The Ramayana – A Summary
By Sri Nandanandana Das - 12.4 2019 The story of Rama is divided into four parts: 1. Early life of Rama 2. Rama’s exile 3. Abduction of Sita (Rama’s wife) and 4. Slaying of Ravana, the abductor of Sita, and Rama’s coronation. Dasharatha was the king of Kosala, an...Read more...
The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 46
BY: SUN STAFF - 10.4 2019 Mandu, Madhya Pradesh Ruins A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society. While we hope our readers have enjoyed the various angles of vision incorporated into this series, such as considering the Mughal influence on Vaisnava India through...Read more...
The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 45
BY: SUN STAFF - 10.4 2019 Akbar's Attack on Merta Akbarnama, c. 1561 A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society. In our last segment we offered an excerpt from the writings of Vishal Agarwal on the Mughal influence in Vrindavan, along with his...Read more...
Evidence for the Existence of God
By Syamananda Dasa - 10.4 2019   In believing our senses, how far do we go? “Not enough evidence, God! Not enough evidence!” The atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell was once asked what he would say if he found himself standing before God on judgment day and God asked...Read more...
Sri Ramanujacarya Appearance
Sri Ramanujacarya’s Life History (By Sri Ubhaya Vedantha Anbil Ramaswamy) Sri Ramanuja (1017 – 1137 CE), the most important philosopher-saint of Sri Vaishnavam and one of the most dynamic characters of Hinduism. He was a philosophical as well as a social reformer, displaying a...Read more...
The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 44
BY: SUN STAFF - 8.4 2019 Vrindavan Ruins A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society. In yesterday's segment, we mentioned the writings of Amitav Ghosh, an English fiction writer who made comments typical of some modern historians, that 'contemporary Hinduism...Read more...
Making Krishna’s Joy Our Joy
By Shauna - 8.4 2019 “In the material world everyone is thinking how they will be happy. In the spiritual world, everyone is thinking how Krishna will be happy.” -Jayapataka Swami. We’re here to find the highest goal, and our bodies are temporary, so why would that goal...Read more...
OCHS celebrates its 20th anniversary at the House of Lords
By Shaunaka Rishi Das 8.4 2019 The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, the world’s leading Centre for Hindu Studies, celebrated its 20 years at the House of Lords at the River Room, hosted by Lord Dholakia. It was attended by invitees from Hindu Mandirs, organisations from up and down...Read more...
VARIATIONS OF THE RAMAYANA
By editor - 5.4 2019 The Ramayana is a traditional Hindu epic that has been orally passed down through many generations in Southeast Asia. It was originally composed in the Sanskrit language.  There are many different versions of the Ramayana, however the first...Read more...
Adventures in Mail Order
By Swarupa das - 5.4 2019 I began my service with the Mail Order Department in September of 1969 and although two and a half years had gone by since that ad not much had changed nor was there much growth. The address had changed from 26 Second Avenue to 61 Second Avenue and two more books...Read more...
Bhaktivinoda Thakur’s Influence
By the EuroGBC - 5.4 2019 Bhaktivinoda Thakur’s Influence On The Establishment And Development Of Iskcon This paper aims to present the contribution of Bhaktivinoda Thakur to the establishment and development of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). It regards...Read more...
MYTHS OF ARJUNA AND KRSNA
By editor - 4.4 2019 Arjuna and Krsna are two characters in the Vedic epic known as the Mahabharata. The Mahabharata is a tale about the descendants of Bharata (a character in the Ramayana epic). The Mahabharata is about the families of two brothers,...Read more...
The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 43
BY: SUN STAFF - 4.4 2019 Mughal Equestrian  Rajasthan, 18th century A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society. One of the points that we have made repeatedly throughout this series is that history is written from the viewpoint of the observer, then told and...Read more...
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