Philosophy

THE SIX-FOLD POLICY OF THE ARTHASASTRA
By editor - 14.12 2018 History and Background Authored by Kautilya in 300 BCE the Arthasastra was written as a “science of politics” (Boesche 9-10). As the key advisor to the Indian king Chandragupta, Kautilya offered the Arthasastra as discussions on...Read more...
Varnasrama Explained By Srila Prabhupada
Compiled By Damaghosa das - 13.12 2018   March 4 1974 Vrndavana- conversation about Varnasrama and its application Hṛdayānanda: Not necessary. So in this varṇāśrama college there would be two divisions, varṇa and āśr… Learning a materia… Prabhupāda: First of all...Read more...
HINDU VRATAS
By editor - 12.12 2018 All kinds of vows of fasting and asceticism are practiced on the occasion of diverse religious festivals celebrated during the course of the year. These vows can be performed on the occasion of the Hindu rites, which are related to specific stages in life; such as...Read more...
HINDU ASCETICISM
By editor - 12.12 2018 In traditional Hindu life, there are four stages which a Hindu would, theoretically, complete in order to acquire the greatest chance of attaining the ultimate goal of moksa (liberation). These stages include the sisya (student) stage, the ...Read more...
SATI AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS
By editor - 12.12 2018 Introduction In many religious traditions marriage is arguably one of the most sacred institutions on which two people can unite.In the Hindu tradition, a woman’s devotion to her husband is seen as essential and is very important to the marriage itself.However...Read more...
Quantum Mechanics and Krishna Consciousness
BY: CAITANYA DAS - 11.12 2018 In regards to Quantum Mechanics and Krishna Consciousness, it's hard to put exacting measures on the topic, but one things for sure -- when Krishna says 'I am very near yet very far', when He says He is simultaneously situated in every atom and...Read more...
MOKSA
By editor - 5.12 2018 The Hindu concept of moksa is that of complete liberation from suffering and death. Once moksa is attained, individuals are free from the cycle of karma, within which they must endure or reap the consequences of their actions, as well as ...Read more...
WOMEN AND FERTILITY
By editor - 4.12 2018 The Maiden Ideals about women have not changed drastically throughout the centuries. For example, information about women’s rituals wasn’t much valued as a high priority for scribes to write down, although interest in this subject is growing little is still...Read more...
Belief in Reincarnation
Belief in Reincarnation and Some Unresolved Questions in Catholic Eschatology Bradley Malkovsky - 4.12 2018 Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Mainstream Christianity has always rejected reincarnation teaching in all its varieties, e.g., Greco-Roman,...Read more...
Rebirth According to the Bhagavad gītā
Rebirth According to the Bhagavad gītā; Epistemology, Ontology and Ethics Ithamar Theodor - 3.12 2018 Department of Religion and Spirituality, Zefat Academic College, Abstract This paper is engaged with the topic of reincarnation in the Bhagavad gītā, better termed “...Read more...
THE KAMA SUTRA
By editor - 28.11 2018 The purpose and the meaning of the Kama Sutra have been widely misconstrued throughout most of the Western world to be a text regarding the positions in sexual intercourse. Though the Kama Sutradoes contain information about intercourse and the...Read more...
All-Attractive Hari-Katha
By Jaya Gaursundar Dasa GauraVanacari - 26.11 2018 All-Attractive Hari-Kathā: By hearing Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam regularly and always taking the matter very seriously the Personality of Godhead Śrī Kṛṣṇa manifests in the heart very shortly. śṛṇvataḥ śraddhayā nityaṁngṛṇataś ca sva-ceṣṭitam...Read more...
KNOW YOUR NEEDS AND FEELINGS
By Venugopal Acharya - 22.11 2018  “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” – Karl Marx (German philosopher and economist of the 19th century, considered as one of the most influential figures in human history) Mr. Sanjay was in pain, and...Read more...
THE BRAHMA KUMARIS
By editor - 22.11 2018   In traditional Hindu religion patriarchal sects are the most profuse. However, this is not so for one contemporary sect, the Brahma Kumaris (Daughters of Brahma) (Babb 399). Although the Brahma Kumaris was founded by a man, Dada Lekhraj, its female membership...Read more...
THE ARTHA SASTRA
By editor - 22.11 2018 The Artha Sastra means sastra (science) of Artha (earth/wealth/polity) (Prakash 5).The Artha Sastra is one of few written documents that represent ancient India’s political views. The authorship of the Artha Sastra...Read more...
The Best Agent of Krishna
Smita Krishna Dasa - 16.11 2018   The energy of the living entities is technically called kshetragna energy. This kshetragna-shakti, although equal in quality with the Lord, becomes overpowered by material energy out of ignorance and thus suffers all sorts of material miseries. In...Read more...
Cult Mentality & Religious Fanaticism
Q&A with Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda - 16.11 2018 Is there such a thing as religious fanaticism? We always hear people talking about “religious fanaticism.” The two terms contradict. Analyze the two terms - fanaticism and religion. What’s the central characteristic of...Read more...
THE DHARMA SASTRAS
By editor - 14.11 2018 The Dharma Sastras are texts in Hinduism that are concerned with the legal precedent or law that is in relation to dharma (Rodrigues, 535). Dharma as it relates to the Dharma Sastra’s acts as a guide to what a Hindu must do in their life to...Read more...
THE LAWS OF MANU
By editor - 14.11 2018 Also known as the Manu Samhita, Manu Smrti, or Manava Dharma Shastra, The Laws of Manu form the basis of what has been called “the most authoritative and influential text of ancient Indian laws” (Bhatia & Sharma 363). The...Read more...
JATI (BIRTH GROUP OR CASTE IN HINDUISM)
By editor - 14.11 2018 Jati, meaning “birth-group”, is a system in which Hindus are categorized. Caste is another name for the over two thousand Jati groups that exist. These groups are usually based upon occupation, although they can also be categorized in different ways, such...Read more...
THE KSATRIYA VARNA
By editor - 13.11 2018 Varna is the Vedic conceptual framework that views society as the sum of four classes; priests (brahmanas), soldiers (ksatriyas), merchants (vaisyas), and the labourers (sudra). However, this is a very simple generalization of the four classes, as each has differing...Read more...
CELIBACY (BRAHMACARYA)
By editor - 13.11 2018 In classical Hinduism, the origins of ascetic practices such as celibacy are highly debated. Chastity is defined as the abstinence of all sexual intercourse and celibacy was used to describe the single relationship status of an individual, but now more recent...Read more...
Is Duty a Four-letter Word?
By Satyaraja Dasa - 13.11 2018   The ideas of the Western philosopher Kant come close to the concept of dharma. For some, duty is a dirty word—we want to do what we want to do. Period. To hell with duty. But let’s consider this more seriously: What is duty, and should I...Read more...
Resolved to Live The Life of The Soul
By Visakha Devi Dasi - 13.11 2018 The desire to be soul-conscious inspires a move to a soul-compatible place. “The soul [jivatma] is unborn, eternal, immortal, and primeval. It does not die when the body dies.” (Bhagavad-gita 2.20) I first heard details about jivatmathe...Read more...
REINCARNATION AND KARMA
By editor - 12.11 2018 The belief in rebirth and various realms is a common ideology in Hinduism. According to Hinduism a soul is reincarnated again and again, undergoing many experiences, until it achieves perfection and unites as one with the divine. This idea of rebirth is referred to as...Read more...
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