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The mystery of Sri Shankaracharya
By Amala Bhakta Dasa, Bangalore - 24.6 2015 Lord Shiva, the foremost devotee of Krishna and His guna incarnation is one of the twelve mahajanas or authorities in the science of devotional service. Vaishnavanam yatha Shambhu. Lord Shiva resides as Nandishwara meditating on Lord...Read more...
Vivekananda on Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
By Agrani Krishna Dasa - 23.6 2015 “Now I am mentioning something about God Sri Chaitanya Dev appeared in this Aryan country in a foremost Brahmin family. He has distributed the idealism of love-addicted extra-special mood of Gopis to the world “Apani Achari Dharma Jivere...Read more...
History of the Bhaktivedanta Tape Ministry
A Short History of the Bhaktivedanta Tape Ministry (Preserving Srila Prabhupada’s Audio Tape Legacy Began in 1971) By Pratyatoṣa Dāsa (ACBSP), 23.6 2015   In November, 1969, I came into contact with the devotees in Washington DC. They had started ISKCON’s first temple in...Read more...
Divine  in the Puranas
By editor - 22.6 2015 The astras are transcendental, supernatural weapons created by the Lord, and presided over by a specific Deity. In order to summon or use an astra, one must have the required knowledge, i.e., the specific mantra that will arm, direct, and disarm the astra. The presiding...Read more...
Abhimanyu and the Battle of Kurukshetra
By editor - 22.6 2015 Abhimanyu is a key personality featured in the epic Mahabharata. The son of Arjuna and Subhadra, half-sister of Lord Krishna, Abhimanyu is a partial incarnation of Chandra. An unparalleled archer, he was considered equal to his father in prowess with the bow and arrow...Read more...
Siddhis, Riddhis and Mystical Experiences
By editor - 22.6 2015 (Originally published in Tattva Prakasha newsletter.) It has become quite popular nowadays to speak about mystical experiences and “siddhis”. Most yoga and meditation groups speak of them, along with other esoteric blabber such as the raising of kundalini,...Read more...
Gods, Demigods and Incarnations
By editor - 22.6 2015 A question someone wrote to us: In Srimad Bhagavatam 5.17.12, Srila Prabhupada explains that people have sex in the spiritual world and there is no possibility of conception there. How is sex possible between different persons in the spiritual world and how can they be...Read more...
The Vedic Religion in Ancient Iran
By editor - 21.6 2015 The Vedic Religion in Ancient Iran and Zarathushtra Scholars generally agree that before the advent of Zarathushtra, the religion of the devas was current in Iran. For want of a better term, some have called the pre-Zoroastrian religion Persian paganism. But here we...Read more...
The Location of the Island of Lanka
By editor - 21.6 2015 India’s Ramayana refers to an island called Lanka somewhere in the southern ocean beneath the Indian subcontinent. Scholars initially sought to forge a link between the island of the Ramayana with the former British crown colony of Ceylon, which is known today as...Read more...
Churning of the Milk Ocean
By editor - 21.6 2015 [Samudra Manthan] Along with the magnificent temple artifacts found in Central Java, the sculptures at Angkor Wat offer an amazing visual record of many famous transcendental pastimes. The Churning of the Milk Ocean is one such inconceivable pastime that is described...Read more...
Agnihotra and Combustion Sciences
By editor - 21.6 2015 Agnihotra is one of the five great duties (pancamahayajna) of every householder. Even in the student life, a brahmacari is expected to perform the same in his/her gurukula. It has been an integral part of the Indian tradition that every marriage ceremony includes...Read more...
Vahanas: The Transcendental Carriers
By editor - 20.6 2015 The Sanskrit word Vihana means ‘vehicle’ or ‘carrier’, denoting an animal or creature that serves as a vehicle or mount for a deity. The vahana accompanies, pulls the chariot of, or serves as the seat or mount of the transcendental personality he...Read more...
Democracy in Ancient India
By editor - 20.6 2015 Historians who are interested in democracy often insist it must be understood in context of a unique western tradition of political development beginning with the Greeks. The spread of democratic ideals and practice to other cultures, or their failure to spread, have many...Read more...
Introduction to Ramayana
By editor - 20.6 2015 Vedas and Puranas dominated the ancient religious scenerio of Hinduism. Vedas are great storehouses of knowledge and deal in a very sacred holy form as to how to lead a normal life, giving stress to the ideal method of living. Side by side the history of the religion...Read more...
Sanskrit is the oldest language
By editor - 20.6 2015 Sanskrit is the oldest and richest language in the world, and recorded history shows the study of Sanskrit has continued for over five thousand years. The oldest known form of this language is found in the Rgveda. In Vedic culture, the language was used in the public...Read more...
Women as the Representatives of God
By editor - 19.6 2015 Women are given a greater importance in this country. Any beautiful thing in this nature is compared and spelled with female gender only. Even nature is termed with female gender, as ‘prakrti maatha’!. That is the greatness a woman possess. In simple words...Read more...
Prophecy of the Golden Age
By Jahnava Nitai Das - 19.6 2015 Prophecy of the Golden Age from Brahma Vaivarta Purana The following are ten verses from the Brahma-vaivarta Purana that were spoken by Lord Krishna to Mother Ganga just before the beginning of Kali yuga (the age of quarrel and strife). Kali yuga began...Read more...
UFOs – the Vedic Perspective
By Atmatattva Das - 18.6 2015 at the UFO Expo West, Los Angeles Airport Hyatt, California. The Vedas glorify our planet earth, as the most important planet in the cosmic system. She is celebrated for her infinite variegatedness in every aspect of her existence. She is the bearer and...Read more...
Jainism and Buddhism in Jagannath Culture
By Pabitra Mohan Barik - 18.6 2015 Lord Jagannath of Puri occupies a significant position in the socio-cultural and religious history of not only Orissa, but also India. The early history of Lord Jagannath is very difficult to know because of non-availability of facts and recorded history...Read more...
Ancient Script Found in Egypt
By editor - 17.6 2015 Ancient Tamil Brahmi Script Found in Egypt and Oman A broken storage jar with inscriptions in Tamil Brahmi script has been excavated at Quseir-al-Qadim, an ancient port with a Roman settlement on the Red Sea coast of Egypt. This Tamil Brahmi script has been dated to...Read more...
The Kohinoor Diamond in the British Crown
By editor - 16.6 2015 The Kohinoor Diamond in the British Crown Jewels was the Eye of Hindu Goddess of Warangal The Kohinoor diamond was originally installed as one of the eyes of the presiding goddess of Warangal by the Kakatiya kings. In 1323 Ghiyath al-Din Tughluq defeated the Kakatiya...Read more...
Why do we do Pradakshina or Parikrama?
  By Bharath K. - 16.6 2015 Going around Deities and Temples Pradakshina (Sanskrit), meaning circumambulation, consists of walking around in a ‘circle’ as a form of worship in Hindu ceremonies in India. The devotees walk around the garbha griha, the innermost...Read more...
Slavery to Banks: A Vedic Prophecy
By editor - 15.6 2015 As related in the Bhagavata Purana, at the start of Kali-yuga, King Pariksit declared that the seeds of evil will manifest in four things: intoxication, gambling, illicit sex, and the killing of innocent creatures, especially for meat-eating. These were the activities...Read more...
The Beginning of Kali Yuga, 3102 BC
By editor - 15.9 2015 We have taken the beginning of kali yuga as the fixed point to determine the chronological dates of the events, kings, Divine dignitaries and the important personalities of our history. It is a common understanding that kali yuga started about 5,000 years ago (in...Read more...
Vegetarianism: Recommended in Vedas
By editor - 15.6 2015 Many times there seems to be some confusion or lack of clarity on whether the Vedic path condones or condemns the eating of meat. Often times I hear Indians and followers of the Vedic path explain that meat eating is all right, that the Vedic shastras do not condemn it. Of...Read more...
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