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The Sweetness of Bhakti
By Subhag Swami - 15.9 2017 Bhaktivinoda Thakur boldly proclaims, ‘sad-anga saranagati hoibe janhara,’ one who follows these six paths of surrender strictly, the result is ‘tahara prarthana sune sri nanda-kumara’. Krsna will respond to our prayer. Why is this so?...Read more...
Preaching Is The Essence
By editor - 15.9 2017 Personal Preaching: Dealings: Understanding – First of all it is very important to understand a person properly, before one starts actually preaching about Krishna Consciousness philosophy to newcomer. Opening the talk – One must open the talk on the...Read more...
Lithuanian Summer Getaway
By: Madhava Smullen - 14.3 2017 800 Devotees Immerse in Krishna at Lithuanian Summer Getaway Dancing and chanting the Holy Name 800 devotees from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia got to immerse themselves in Krishna consciousness in one of the most...Read more...
India Design Motifs – The Lotus, Part 26
BY: SUN STAFF - 14.9 2017 A study of the historical, spiritual and cultural elements of Vedic design. In our last segment we mentioned the geometric aspects of padmasana, the lotus pedestal upon which Sri Chakram yantra is situated. We'll now begin a comparative look at how the...Read more...
Vaishnava Compassion
By Mayapur-shashi Dasa - 14.9 2017 From Back to Godhead Vaishnava acts of compassion are valuable even when apparently not on the level of transcendence. Pure Vaishnavas care deeply. They feel the suffering of others in the core of their hearts. Their greatest compassionate wish is to...Read more...
Scriptures
By editor - 13.9 2017 In Vedic culture the available body of knowledge comes from the revealed scriptures called Vedas. The word comes from root "vid" (to know, knowledge). The scriptures are mainly of two categories: sruti and smrti. Sruti refers to the four Vedas and they were...Read more...
Vedic Roots of China and Japan
By editor - 13.9 2017 The cultural relations between India and China can be traced back to very early times. There are numerous references to China in Sanskrit texts, but their chronology is sketchy. The Mahabharata refers to China several times, including a reference to presents brought by...Read more...
“Swamiji at Sea” drama script
  By The Vande Arts Team - 13.9 2017 The Vande Arts Team would like to offer this special drama script depicting Srila Prabhupada’s epic voyage on the Jaladhuta. Devotees are welcome to use the script for there own celebrations of Srila Prabhupada’s arrival in the...Read more...
Srila Prabhupada’s Arrival in America
By Giriraj Swami and Sri Prahlada dasa - 13.9 2017 In honor of Srila Prabhupada’s arrival in America, we shall sing the poem he wrote on the ship Jaladuta as he arrived in the Boston harbor. Song [translation]: 1: My dear Lord Krsna, You are so kind upon this useless soul, but I do...Read more...
From Vedic martial arts to Aikido
By editor - 12.9 2017 "Now I've come to understand, that self-defense is defense against my self... that is to say, I'm my own worst enemy." (anonymous) 1. Dhanurveda Dhanurveda, science of fighting and war, is one of the Upavedas connected to Yajur Veda. It is...Read more...
RECEIVING THE BLESSING
By Ravindra Svarupa Dasa - 12.9 2017 Each morning in ISKCON temples we pay homage to our Founder-Ācārya Śrīla Prabhupāda by singing Śrī Guru-vandanā together while offering him guru-pūjā. Śrī Guru-vandanā is a Bengali song composed by Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura....Read more...
Staying Free Of Kali-yuga’s Dark Influence
By Sri Nandanandana das - 12.9 2017 As the age of Kali-yuga moves forward, many people are wondering how bad social conditions will get before they improve, and what can we do about it now. Yet the Vedic texts contain a specific prescription for staying free from the heavy influence that...Read more...
India Design Motifs – The Lotus, Part 25
BY: SUN STAFF - 12.9 2017 Laksmi Devi on Padmasana  Painting by Raja Ravi Varma A study of the historical, spiritual and cultural elements of Vedic design. In the last several segments of this series we began a study of the Lotus in Vedic design, beginning with some of the...Read more...
How should devotees deal with envious persons?
Damaghosa Dasa - 11.9 2017 “ishvare tad-adhineshu, balishesu dvisatsu cha, prema maitre kripopeksha, yah karoti sa madhyamaha” (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.2.46) An intermediate or second class devotee is called a madhyama who:  offers his love to the Lord is a...Read more...
The pen is mightier than the sword
By Vaisesika Dasa - 11.9 2017 Journalist Thomas Paine in 1776 sparked the American Revolution by writing and widely distributing his pamphlet, Common Sense. Fidel Castro – while in a Cuban prison – crafted his speech History will Absolve Me, had it smuggled it out...Read more...
Who’s Pulling the Strings
By Vishakha Devi Dasi - 11.9 2017 From Back to Godhead Why are some people by nature outgoing and talkative while others are quiet and shy? What are the forces of nature that compel people to act the way they do? How do these forces work, and who is controlling them? Dr. and Mrs. A. B....Read more...
To Be Politically Incorrect
By Kesava Krsna Dasa - 11.9 2017 If we look back into Vedic history we will probably find many incidents that contravene modern-day standards of human rights and discrimination. If say, a liberal human rights monitor group were to go back 5,000 years, they would likely report negatively to...Read more...
The Dham is nirguna
By Jagadananda Das - 8.9 2017 The Dham is nirguna and independent in its power Jiva Goswami spends several sections of the Bhakti Sandarbha (152-159) explaining that bhakti is free of the material qualities. In this discussion, he also mentions the holy dham and so I wish to...Read more...
Moon Madness
BY: NARASIMHA DAS - 8.9 2017   Recently I heard an odd accusation from a so-called senior devotee. He suggested that those who teach what Srila Prabhupada taught or repeat what he said about various controversial facts are trying to embarrass Srila Prabhupada because they hate...Read more...
Hear Srimad Bhagavatam
By editor - 8.9 2017 When and how to read, recite, chant and hear Srimad Bhagavatam Srimad-Bhagavatam SB Canto 4 SB 4.8.5, Translation: My dear Vidura, I have summarily explained the causes of devastation. One who hears this description three times attains piety and washes the sinful...Read more...
Visvarupa-mahotsava and Srila Prabhupada’s Sannyasa
By Giriraj Swami - 7.9 2017 Visvarupa-mahotsava, the date on which Lord Caitanya’s older brother, Visvarupa, took sannyasa, the renounced order of life. And on the same date some four hundred and fifty years later, our own spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, also accepted...Read more...
Associations With Srila Prabhupada
By Bhakti Caru Swami - 7.9 2017 Hare Krsna, We were discussing about Srila Prabhupada, my experiences and associations with Prabhupada. So from Mayapur Srila Prabhupada went to Bombay. The main reason for Prabhupada’s going to Bombay was a big Pandal program in Cross Maidan. In the...Read more...
What It Was Like To Be With Prabhupada?
By Mahatma Das - 7.9 2017 Devotees often ask, “What was Prabhupada like?” I prefer to answer this question by relating what we personally experienced in our hearts in his presence, and how those feelings changed us, uplifted us and inspired us to fully give our youth to him. It...Read more...
The Sensibility of Krishna West
By Padma devi dasi - 6.9 2017 In my eyes, H.D. Goswami’s Krishna West program constitutes a sensible and pragmatic approach to outreach in the Western world. It claims nothing more than adherence to what our past Vaisnava acaryas have taught since time immemorial: to preach according...Read more...
Beyond Victimhood
Written by Giridhari das - 6.9 2017 Understand that you’re in control and that feeling like a victim will disempower you. Your entire well-being rests exclusively on you. It’s all in your hands. We have to go beyond victimhood and take control of our life situation to achieve...Read more...
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