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The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 20
BY: SUN STAFF - 15.2 2019 Battle scene from Akbar's 'Hamza Nama'  Mughal, c. 1570 A.D. A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society. Although Emperor Akbar is considered by many today to have been the most benevolent of the early Mughal rulers, his...Read more...
The Disappearance of Sri Ramanujacarya
BY: SUN STAFF - 15.2 2019 Photo by Koyil Tirumanjanam S. Kannan On the observance of Sri Ramanujacarya's Disappearance, a description of His samadhi murti and life pastimes. "Sri Ramanuja Acarya appeared around 1017 A.D in a pious brahmana family. He became the formost Acarya in...Read more...
Bhaimi Ekadasi
BY: SUN STAFF - 15.2 2019 Bhaimi Ekadasi, from the Bhavishya-uttara Purana, observed on February 15th in Los Angeles, 16th in Mayapur. NOTE: The half day fast (vrata) for the Appearance of Lord Varahadev is also observed on this Ekadasi day, and the utsav (festival celebration - pujas and...Read more...
Bilvashtakam Stotram and it’s Significance
By Sainath Reddy - 14.2 2019   Bilva, a simple leaf yet swollen with divinity is one of the most sacred ingredients that enhance the presence of Lord Shiva in the heart of the Devotee. Emotion that is so strong & it becomes a song when the perfect offering of Bilva is made to...Read more...
The Problem with the World in Two Letters: MY
By Karnamrita dasa - 14.2 2019 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 communities and society and contemplate how our...Read more...
Spreading Lord Jagannath’s Mercy
By Hari narayana das Spreading Lord Jagannath’s Mercy in the land of Samudranta, West Papua Lord Jagannath captured the attention of many thousands of people as they came to attend the 15th Papua and Nusantara Cultural Arts Day in Manokwari. Held on Tuesday (02/06/2019), Lord...Read more...
The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 19
BY: SUN STAFF - 13.2 2019 Emperor Akbar and wife Jodha A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society. Today we begin what will be a multi-part study of the Mughal emperor Akbar, the son of Emperor Humayun, who died in 1556. Akbar is generally described as the most...Read more...
The Disappearance of Bhismadeva
BY: SUN STAFF - 13.2 2019 The auspicious observance of Bhismastami is on February 12th. From Srimad Bhagavatam Chapter Nine with select Purports by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.   The Passing Away of Bhismadeva in the Presence of Lord Krsna TEXT 1 Suta...Read more...
The Disappearance of Sri Madhvacarya
BY: SUN STAFF - 13.2 2019 The Disappearance Day of Sri Madhvacarya is observed on February 13th. Madhvacarya was born around 1238 A.D. eight miles south-east of the modern town of Udipi, in the Karnataka State. He is reputed to be the incarnation of Bhima, taking birth in Kali-yuga to...Read more...
Science and Krishna Consciousness
Drutakarma Prabhu - 13.2 2019 Science and Krishna Consciousness: Questions on How to Position Oneself Krishna Kripa Das: [Drutakarma Prabhu read a paper about how to position oneself as a scientist and as a devotee in which he asked a lot of relevant questions. I asked him for the paper,...Read more...
Tantra
By Dr David Frawley - 12.2 2019 Tantra and its Misconceptions: Reclaiming the Essence from the Illusions The best way to understand real Tantra is as an expanded form of Raja Yoga. Like the Yoga Sutras and in more detail Tantra teaches asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and...Read more...
Pili Pokhar Pastime
By Varsana Swami - 12.2 2019 Creation of Navadvipa Dhama So in a discussion between Parvati and Lord Shiva on the creation of Navadvipa Dhama, Mahadeva explained that Srimati Radharani manifests Navadvipa Dhama  as Her masterpiece of creative art work to lure Krsna back from a...Read more...
The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 18
BY: SUN STAFF - 11. 2019 Battle between Arjuna's son Babhruvahana and the Nagas  Razmnama, c. 1598 A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society. Today we continue our discussion of the Razmnama, a Persian adaptation of the Mahabharata which Emperor Akbar...Read more...
The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 17
BY: SUN STAFF - 11.2 2019 Yudhishthira and Brothers ask Bhishma for Permission to Fight Razmnama illustration, c. 1617 A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society. Our segment yesterday discussed the Mughal destruction of temples in Kuch Bihar, which began in the...Read more...
Global Environmental Management and the Vedic Triguna
By Padma Devi Dasi - 11.2 2019 Can knowledge of the three modes of nature shed light on the underlying causes of substandard environmental practices? It may be safe to say that deterioration of the global natural environment is today no longer a contested issue. All nations acknowledge...Read more...
Why We Play Bells in Temples?
By Bhaskararaya - 8.9 2019   The Ghanta (bell) is an integral part of our culture. Bell chimes are heard at the commencement of any puja. The yajamana performing the ritual recites a sloka that begins as ‘Agamartham tu devanam, gamanarthantu rakshasam’ meaning...Read more...
What is Dhyana?
By The Editor - 8.2 2019   Dhyan is a state of pure consciousness, which transcends the inner and outer senses. The climax of Dhyan is samadhi. In Indian tradition, it is used for inner soul growth. Western psychologists link it with mental concentra-tion and consider it a...Read more...
Gajendra Moksha
BY: SUN STAFF - 8.2 2019 Vishnu and Garuda Save the King of the Elephants  c. 1660, Gouache on Paper The unpretentious village of Krishnapuram, near Kayamkulam, Kerala, is home to a stunning mural depicting the pastimes of Lord Visnu and the elephant Gajendra. In a small palace...Read more...
Scholarship and Devotion: Can They Co-Exist?
By Prof. Keith Ward - 8.2 2019 Can a scholar be a true believer? Can a believer be a good scholar? Two parts of a problem that has exercised many in the West since at least the Enlightenment. Prof. Keith Ward, Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity at the University of Oxford, takes a fresh...Read more...
Light Of Hope In The Darkness Of Sorrow
By Madhava Gopal Das - 8.2 2019 “In the insurmountable darkness of sorrow in this world, the only light of hope is the association of pure devotees and their instructions on devotional service. “ Perfect happiness in this world is just a dream thing Once there lived a...Read more...
Kanada, Great Physicist and Sage of Antiquity
By Subhash Kak - 7.2 2019   Kaṇāda, son of Ulūka, I am going to argue, is the greatest physicist of antiquity. He anticipated the laws of motion, and he attempted something that no other physicist has dared to do: he created a formal system that includes space, time, matter, as...Read more...
THREE LEVELS OF PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY
By Venugopal Acharya (Vraja bihari dasa) “May noble thoughts come to us from all sides.” –           Rig Veda (Ancient Indian scripture) When we moan about life, spirituality seems vague. That’s when we wonder...Read more...
The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 16
BY: SUN STAFF - 7.2 2019 Jalpeshwar Temple, Baneshwar  A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society. In our ongoing discussion of Hindu temples destroyed by the Mughal invaders in India, today we consider the events that took place in 1661 A.D., when the Mughals...Read more...
The Self at War
By Yogesvara Das - 6.2 2019 The hero of India’s epic Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna, is at a crossroad. He is intelligent, well-intending, and overwhelmed by a dilemma we all might recognize: the apparent incompatibility of worldly responsibilities and other-worldly aspirations. Arjuna is a...Read more...
The Glories of Lord Caitanya
By Drutakarma Dasa - 6.2 2019 Revealing the Land of Krsna Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s visit to Vrndavana opened the doors to the spiritual world for all humanity. Among the sacred cities of the world, Vrndavana is probably the least well known. Yet this small town in northern India...Read more...
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