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The Life of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur
Compiled by Manu dasa - 5.9 2017 From Back to Godhead Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura (1838-1914) is a prominent preceptor acharya in our succession of spiritual masters and disciples coming from Lord Krishna. He was a pioneering spiritual leader, a householder, a magistrate working in colonial...Read more...
India Design Motifs – The Lotus, Part 23
BY: SUN STAFF - 4.9 2017 Krsna Dancing on a Lotus South India, c. 1825  A study of the historical, spiritual and cultural elements of Vedic design. Before we proceed with our exploration of the lotus rendered as a design motif in Vedic art and architecture, we present this beautiful...Read more...
Learn from Lord Vamanadeva
Kripamoya Das - 4.9 2017 The many lessons for Vaishnavas to learn from Lord Vamanadeva Lord Vamanadeva appeared within this world from the womb of Aditi, the mother of the gods. He appeared at midday on the shravan-dvadasi, the 12th day of the lunar month of Shravan when the moon is waxing...Read more...
The Appearance of Lord Vamanadeva
By Radhanath Swami - 4.9 2017 “Bali Maharaj, very intelligent personality. He was the son of Virochana, grandson of Prahlad, great grandson of Hiranyakashipu, great grand-nephew of Hiranyaksha. A very mixed up type of family heritage!” So he performed yajna to please his guru...Read more...
Interest Of Europeans In Bharatavarsha
By editor - 31.8 2017 Interest Of Europeans In Bharatavarsha And Its Ancient Literature The battle of Plassey, fought in Samvat 1814, sealed the fate of India. Bengal came under the dominance of the British. In Samvat 1840, William Jones was appointed Chief Justice in the British...Read more...
The History Of The Vedas
By editor - 31.8 2017 The History And Traditional Source Of The Vedas It may be asked, how were the Vedas established? What were their origins? What is their history? How were they divided and why does it seem that there are different paths to choose from within the Vedas? First of all...Read more...
The Historical Development of Vaisnavism and ISKCON
By editor - 31.8 2017 3102 BCE/BC: the end of Dvapara-yuga/beginning of Kali-yuga; the departure of Lord Krishna; the compilation of Vedic literature by Srila Vyasadeva 6th century BCE/BC: Lord Buddha, rejected the Vedas as an emergency measure to prevent indiscriminate animal slaughter,...Read more...
India Design Motifs – The Lotus, Part 22
BY: SUN STAFF - 31.8 2017 Thousand-petaled Golden Lotus  A study of the historical, spiritual and cultural elements of Vedic design. The sacred Lotus (Latin, Nelumbo nucifera) is known by many names in Sanskrit. It is calledkokanada rakta-kamala when reddish, pundarika...Read more...
History of the Fibreglass Mridanga
By Ishan dasa - 30.8 2017 My name is Ishan das. I created the Balaram mridanga in L.A. It is really quite a story. But I’ll give you the brief version. Some time in 1972-73 Srila Prabhupada saw that the East Indians were not carrying on the tradition of making the original mridangas...Read more...
Cobras in Srila Prabhupada’s Quarters
By Srutakirti dasa - 30.8 2017 As I walked past the first toilet stall a huge six feet long cobra quickly slithered past me into the stall. Terrified I raced out of the bathroom as fast as my shaking body could take me. I was not sure what kind of snake it was. I didn’t want to create...Read more...
What is Initiation?
By Roy Barrios - 30.8 2017 This seems like a simple question since so many devotees have taken initiation. But I have asked a few devotees and they seem not to really understand what is real initiation. So this is my humble attempt to try to understand what is real initiation. It seems...Read more...
Srila Prabhupada and Govardhana!
By editor - 30.8 2017  [A devotee asked Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Maharaja if there was any special significance in Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja Prabhupada having expressed a desire to go to Govardhana at the very end of his life. The following is Srila Gurudeva’s reply...Read more...
The World-Peace
by Prof. Nimananda Sevatirtha - 30.8 2017 Attempts are made from time to time to make the Kingdom of Heaven descend on earth. They are of different characters. One set of such attempts is being constantly directed to effect the world-peace. Peace is a most blessed thing. There are none who...Read more...
Celebrating Radhastami
BY: SUN STAFF - 29.8 2017 By Nandanandana das (ACBSP). tvam me pranadhike radhe  tava pranadhiko 'py aham na kicid avayor bhinnam  ekangam sarvadaiva hi "O Radha to Me You are more dear than life To You I am more dear than life also We are not different We are one...Read more...
Srimati Radharani's Appearance
BY: SUN STAFF - 29.8 2017 The glorious observance of Sri Radha's Appearance Day is observed on August 29th. HOW RADHARANI APPEARED AS THE DAUGHTER OF KING VRSHABHANU From Sri Lalita Madhava by Rupa Goswami   (Scene 1, with text numbers) 4 Gargi: What is...Read more...
Sri Radhastami
A Talk by Giriraj Swami August 30, 2009 San Diego For the most auspicious celebration of Sri Radhastami, we shall read from Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto Two, Chapter Three: “Pure Devotional Service.” TEXT 23 jivan chavo bhagavatanghri-renum na jatu martyo ‘bhilabheta...Read more...
Srila Prabhupada’s Presentation of Radharani
By Satsvarupa dasa Goswami - 29.8 2017 Knowledge about Srimati Radharani, Her relationship with Krishna, Her relationships with Her sakhis and gopi manjaris is expanded throughout the confidential literatures of Gaudiya Vaisnavism. In recent years these books are becoming more accessible to...Read more...
On Tilak: Urdhva Pundra Vidhi
By editor - 28.8 2017 1. Atharvana Upanisad Anyone who marks his body with the tilak which resembles the lotus feet of Lord Hari becomes dear to the Paramatma. He becomes fortunate and attains liberation. 2. Maha Upanisad One gets released of all the bondage of samsara when one marks...Read more...
Why Srimati Radharani descended from Goloka?
By editor - 28.8 2017 Brahma-vaivarta Purana – Chapter Two Sridama-Radha-kalaha-varnana Description of the Quarrel Between Sridama and Radha 1-2 On whose request did Krsna come to the surface of the earth, what the Lord did before He returned to His own abode, how He removed the...Read more...
Srimati Radharani’s names
By Srila Rupa Goswami - 28.8 2017 Srimati Radharani’s names, meeting places, pets and more Radharani’s 3 baths, 7 places, 8 pets, 8 yogapithas, 16 & 10 Names Radhika’s Three Baths: Karunyamrta – the nectar of grace Tarunyamrta – The nectar of youth...Read more...
Srimati Radharani – the Supreme Goddess
By Sri Nandanandana Das - 28.8 2017 Srimati Radharani is the Supreme Goddess. She is most always seen with Lord Krishna. It is described that She is the Chief Associate and devotee of Lord Krishna, and topmost of all Goddesses. Her name means the She is the most excellent worshiper of Lord...Read more...
Cows are sacred
By editor - 26.8 2017 (from the Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva, Sections LXXXIII - LXXVII - LXXVI) Bhisma said: No sacrifice can be performed without the aid of curds and ghee (clarified butter). The very character of sacrifice which sacrifices have, depends upon ghee. Hence ghee (or, the...Read more...
Ayurveda-vedanta: Chakras and Energy Healing
Atmatattva Dasa - 26.8 2017 Tattva Prakasha - Illuminations of Truth: Volume 2, Issue One. In the ancient Indian historical records called Puranas we find the following text: ekah svayam san jagatah sisrikshaya dvitiyayatmann adhi yogamayaya srijasy adah pasi punar grasishyase yathorna...Read more...
The Self at War
By Yogesvara Das - 25.8 2017 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...
Srila Prabhupada and the Sixth Commandment
Srila Prabhupada explained to the late Cardinal Daniélou the importance of the commandment ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’. By Satyaraja Dasa - 25.8 2017 At a recent interreligious conference, I happened to mention that we devotees of Krishna are vegetarian, and in the midst of...Read more...
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