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The Vedic Space-Time Continuum
By Gautam Saha - 13.6 2017 Vedic reality is a space-time continuum in which all events of past, present and future are laid out. This however, does not negate the free choice exercised by humans. Vedic time is not just a linear progression of seconds, minutes, hours, days and years. Within...Read more...
Woodstock Revisited
By Patita Pavana das Adhikary - 13.6 2017 Woodstock Revisited – A review of Bhurijana das’ My Glorious Master In a previous article I mentioned that in 1969 “I was one of three devotees at the first Woodstock”. But no, there were four shaved-up brahmacharis in...Read more...
Turning to Prayer
From Back to Godhead By Dvarakadhisa Devi Dasi - 11.6 2017 God is a person, and out of His infinite kindness He allows us even in our present condition to render Him personal service. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam, the devotee Prahlada Maharaja, a great spiritual authority, says,...Read more...
Caturmasya: Vows and Benefits
Nayana-ranjana Das - 10.6 2017 "One who passes the Caturmasya season without observing religious vows, austerities and chanting of japa, such a fool although living should be considered to be a dead man." (Bhavisya Purana) If one can't follow the things given below, at least...Read more...
New Preaching Center Inauguration in Negara, Bali
By Hari Narayana Das - 10.6 2017 As we approached the new preaching centre, which looks like some sort of a dainty little villa, a small girl of barely 3 years, comes to greet us in her broken words saying ‘hare krishna’. She is Kalindi, daughter of Gadadhar das and Krishna devi...Read more...
Affirmation, repetition, contagion
By Anandini Padayachee - 10.6 2017 “They [the masses] must have their illusions at all costs; they turn instinctively, as the insect seeks the light, to the rhetoricians who accord them what they want. No truth, but error has always been the chief factor in the evolution of nations...Read more...
The Mahajanapadas of Jambudvipa, Part 14
BY: SUN STAFF - 9.6 2017 Ravana battles Jatayu  Illustration from Ramayana  Paithan School, Maharashtra, 19th c. A serial exploration of the island of Jambudvipa and the sixteen Great States residing there. The Assaka Kingdom The Kingdom of Assaka, or the Ashmaka tribe was...Read more...
Saint Cynic and modern cynics
By Kasya das - 9.6 2017 Sixteenth chapter of Bhagavad-gita denote godly and above all demoniac qualities – daivasura sampad vibhaga, which are to be found in a man’s heart. One of the human quality is cynism. I was curious, where Krishna describes that in sixteenth chapter, so...Read more...
Situation in Kali-yuga
By editor - 8.6 2017 According to the Vedic scriptures, our current age, known as Kali-yuga, is one of spiritual darkness, violence and hypocrisy. Srimad-Bhagavatam (12.2.31) records Kali-yuga as having begun when the constellation of the seven sages (saptarsi) passed through the lunar...Read more...
The Structural Gambit for Celibacy and Chastity
By Vrndavanlila Devi Dasi (Dr Vrinda Baxi) - 8.6 2017 Despite this fast changing world where promiscuity encouraged by the hedonist approach to life is overtaking almost everywhere, India still preserves its age old veneration towards celibacy. The vast majority of girls and boys still...Read more...
The Mahajanapadas of Jambudvipa, Part 13
BY: SUN STAFF - 7.6 2017 Illustration from Ramayana  Paithan School, Maharashtra, 19th c. A serial exploration of the island of Jambudvipa and the sixteen Great States residing there. The Magadha Kingdom The Kingdom of Magadha was one of the most prominent and prosperous of...Read more...
Inconvenient Foods: The Happy Facts
By Kesava Krsna Dasa - 7.5 2017 We love to picnic, barbecue, celebrate birthdays and entertain guests. We may hesitate on what fast-foods are on offer. Here is some “Party-pooping” information, which should enhance our parties even more. So “let’s party,” as...Read more...
Humility and Faultfinding
By Mahatma das - 7.6 2017   Our false ego prevents us from looking at our own faults. It makes it difficult for us to acknowledge our faults and therefore, instead of being introspective, we see those faults in others. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur said, “Because I am...Read more...
Exciting Plans Afoot for Spain’s New Vrajamandala
By: Madhava Smullen - 6.6 2017 The beautiful New Vrajamandala temple New Vrajamandala, a beautiful 300-hectare farm just outside the little town of Brihuega near Guadalajara, Spain, has flower and vegetable gardens, a goshala for cow and ox protection, and gorgeous Deities of Sri-Sri...Read more...
India Design Motifs, Part 3
BY: SUN STAFF - 6.6 2017 Rangoli decorates a yajna kunda A study of the historical, spiritual and cultural elements of Vedic design. In Chapter 75 of Krsna Book, 'Why Duryodhana Felt Insulted at the End of the Rajasuya Sacrifice', Srila Prabhupada relates the pastime of King...Read more...
Protecting the relationSHIP from sinking
By editor - 6.6 2017 “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.” — Dale Carnegie However fast world may progress towards automation and robotics, every individual will still require an another human to love...Read more...
Seeing the Prime Cause
By Padmapani Das - 6.6 2017 On July 29, 1971, Srila Prabhupada was interviewed on television at the University of Gainesville in Florida (which His Divine Grace described as “a remote corner of the world, thousands of miles from the birthplace of Lord Caitanya”). At one point,...Read more...
India Design Motifs, Part 2
BY: SUN STAFF - 5.6 2017 Sri Yantra A study of the historical, spiritual and cultural elements of Vedic design. At the most basic level, design motifs are physical representations. They may represent sound or a form of nature, the living entities, or any other thing found in the material...Read more...
Finding Perfect Joy
By Radhanath Swami Finding Perfect Joy – A Lesson from St. Francis In Italy, near the city of Perugia, is the place called Assisi, the birth place of a very popular saint named Francis. He was the son of a wealthy merchant, but he took up the life of renunciation. Committed to a life...Read more...
Ayurveda
By editor - 2.6 2017 A short but comprehensive research into Ayurveda and its implications for devotional life ISKCON Publications Division Foreword As a Vaishnava who is compassionate for other people's pains, I have sometimes been thinking how unnecessary sicknesses of our bodies...Read more...
India Design Motifs
BY: SUN STAFF - 2.6 2017 A study of the historical, spiritual and cultural elements of Vedic design. Today we begin a series on India Design Motifs. We have a great appreciation for Vedic design in all forms: architecture, painting, sculpture, textile, etc., and while the Sun archives are...Read more...
Ambrosial Srimad Bhagavatam
By Giriraj Das - 2.6 2017 O expert and thoughtful men, relish Srimad-Bhagavatam, the mature fruit of the desire tree of Vedic literatures. It emanated from the lips of Sri Sukadeva Gosvami. Therefore this fruit has become even more tasteful, although its nectarean juice was already...Read more...
Western Indologists: A Study in Motives
By Purohit Bhagavan Dutt - 1.6 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...Read more...
Onions and garlic
Why don't you use garlic and onions? [Question] We have all your cookbooks, and eagerly await the next one. We have always meant to ask you - why don't you use garlic and onions? (Belinda and Peter Hanrahan, Oxford, UK) [Answer] By Kurma das - Dear Belinda and Peter, You may know...Read more...
Orthodox monks from Mount Athos and their sadhana
Krsna Candra Das - 31.7 2017 I just returned from a pilgrimage to the holy Mount Athos in Greece. It is considered the spiritual center of the Orthodox tradition. It is a shelter for all sincere persons searching for God. Athos is a independent state. Only monks live there. Still nowadays...Read more...
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