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Preaching in USSR
BY: SITALATMA DAS - 26.4 2017 Preaching in USSR 1973-1991 Sometime in 2009, ISKCON TV recorded a long interview with Kirtiraja Prabhu and Hari, former Harikesha Swami, where they talked about preaching in Soviet Union from their side of the Iron Curtain. They give a slightly different take...Read more...
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...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 5
BY: ROCANA DASA - 20.8 2018 Genesis of the Guru-parampara List Given the great importance of the list of spiritual masters in perfection in the disciplic succession -- the guru-parampara or 'List of 32' -- we must consider the genesis of the list. The fact that...Read more...
Chosen People Or People Who Choose?
By Drutakarma dasa - 20.8 2018 The rich theology of the Vedic literature can end speculative attempts to resolve the apparently contradictory concepts of predestination and free will. Kimberly picks up a tape by a rock band known for its satanic image and clicks it into her Walkman....Read more...
Suitable arrangements for marriages
By Candramauli Swami - 20.8 2018 atas tvam rsi-mukhyebhyo yatha-silam yatha-ruci atmajah paridehy adya vistrnihi yaso bhuvi TRANSLATION: Therefore, today please give away your daughters to the foremost of the sages, with due regard for the girls’ temperaments and likings,...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 4
BY: ROCANA DASA Srila Prabhupada's Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.12-13, New Vrindavan, June 11, 1969 We find an abbreviated version of the list of Sampradaya Acaryas in Srila Prabhupada's Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.12-13, June 11, 1969: "Our,...Read more...
THE VEDANGAS
By editor - 16.8 2018 The word Vedangas in Sanskrit means “limbs of the Vedas” which is appropriate because it is a collection/genre that is an appendage of the Vedas. The origin of the Vedangas can date back to as early as 1200 BC but some speculate on an even earlier...Read more...
AGNI (GOD OF FIRE)
By editor - 16.8 2018 Agni is said to be one of the closest connected gods with humans than any of the other deities in the Hindu tradition. The god Agni is identified with being the producer of fire and referred to as being Indra’s (god of thunder and lightning) brother (Macdonell 57...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 3
BY: ROCANA DASA Srila Prabhupada's Letter to Upendra, February 13, 1968: Another iteration of the list of Sampradaya Acaryas was given by Srila Prabhupada in his letter to Upendra, February 13, 1968 [Table1/Chart 4]: "My Guru Maharaja was in the 10th generation from Lord...Read more...
Dey Family Claims BBT Copyrights
BY: VASTAVIKA DAS On June 8, 2015, the ownership of the 60 titles of Srila Prabhupada's books published through 1977 were claimed by the Dey family - Prabhupada's sons and relatives. Also claiming the copyrights (of 65 titles) is the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International. Hmmm. In...Read more...
Ideal Family Life
By editor - 15.8 2018   Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 7: The Science of God Chapter 14: Ideal Family Life Summary Maharaja Yudhisthira inquired from Narada Muni: O my lord, O great sage, kindly explain how we who are staying at home without knowledge of the goal of life may also easily...Read more...
Remember God? Coming Back to My Eternal Friend
By Bhakti-lata Devi Dasi - 15.8 2018 From Back to Godhead After years searching and struggling, she finally found the right place to develop the natural connection she felt with God. It was the third day in the hospital. The IV was still in my right arm. As I gazed through the window, a...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 2
BY: ROCANA DASA - 14.8 2018 Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Adi lila 6:40 In his purport to Adi 6.40, Srila Prabhupada narrates the List of 32 up to and including Madhavendra Puri: Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Adi 6.40: "The Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (22) clearly states the...Read more...
A KGB agent named Leonid…
By Karma-jna Das - 13.8 2018 I was working in the Soviet army. I spend quite some years also in the Afghanistan war. It was such a nasty experience that I wanted to orient myself to a more peaceful atmosphere. So I joined the Moscow Institute that trained KGB staff. Of course it is not...Read more...
BRAHMA PRAJAPATI
By editor - 10.8 2018 The Rg-Veda is a sacred collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns and is also one of the four major sacred texts of Hinduism, the Vedas. Within the Rg-Veda many Hindu deities are identified as are the origins of their creations. Among these deities, there...Read more...
KUBERA: GOD OF WEALTH
By editor - 10.8 2018 Kubera holds a variety of titles within Hinduism, most notably being the god of wealth and riches. He is also regarded as the god of fertility, a tutelary household spirit, the protector of sailors and god of the dead (Coulter and Turner 283). In the Satapatha...Read more...
Hatha Yoga and the Bhagavad-gita
By Satyaraja Dasa - 9.8 2018 From Back to Godhead How the Gita teaches the eight steps of hatha yoga, the topic of Patanjali’s Yoga-sutras. According to a survey by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, an estimated 13.4 million Americans practice yoga, and many more...Read more...
One more applause for George
By Dhananjaya Das - 9.8 2018 The last time George associated with a large group of devotees was when he and his wife, Olivia, visited the Manor in the summer of 1997. We had invited him to a celebratory dinner a few days after we got permission to build the new approach road. This dinner...Read more...
Bob Dylan and the Devotees
By Patita Pavana dasa - 9.8 2018 There are a few ISKCON old-timers, relics of the ’60’s—including me—who feel that Dylan was sort of planted into the wonderland of that era’s counter culture by a guiding hand of destiny. Much of his influence was positive in...Read more...
Many Gods or One?
By Satyaraja Dasa - 7.8 2018 Many Gods or One? Five Prominent Deities and Their Universal Meaning From Back to Godhead Is Krishna consciousness polytheistic? A discussion of panchopasana provides a clear answer that also helps us understand all religions. At first blush,...Read more...
Looking at death under another prospective
By Matsya Avatara Dasa - 6.8 2018 Nowadays the great innovations of medical and scientific science can maintain patients alive, even those that in the past were given no hope to survive. These innovations can prolong the patient’s existence artificially even knowing that they will...Read more...
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