Philosophy

What Is Pranayama?
By editor - 15.2 2019 Pranayama is the fourth limb of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga, which was first outlined in his Yoga Sutras. It is also an important part of Hindu asceticism and a vital part of any yoga practice. Prana is the vital energy (breath) in all of us;...Read more...
Five most Potent forms of Devotional Service
By Jaya Gaursundar Dasa GauraVanacari - 15.2 2018 There are two forms of bhakti: cestā-rūpa and bhāva-rūpa bhakti, as distinguished by Rūpa Gosvāmī. Cestā-rūpa -bhakti is the external form of bhakti, the activity you perform with your body and senses. These are the 64 practices of devotional...Read more...
KUNDALINI YOGA
By editor - 14.2 2019 Although Tantric literature has gained popularity throughout the world, Kundalini Yoga remains one of the most mysterious subjects within Hinduism. Perhaps this is because it is one of the most radical forms of worship in Hinduism, and to work with Kundalini is to work...Read more...
KARMA YOGA
By editor - 12.2 2019 Karma Yoga is the path of action. It is a means of preparing oneself for the attainment of moska, self-realization, which is the final goal of life in Hindu tradition (Rao 45). The concept of Karma Yoga has long been acknowledged in Hinduism, but it was not...Read more...
YOGA AND SHAMANISM
By editor - 12.2 2019 Shamanism and Yoga are spiritual practices originally found in Siberia and India, respectively. While Shamanism is practiced in various forms world-wide, traditional Yoga is mainly found in South-East Asia. Although the practices of Shamanism and Yoga share similar...Read more...
Samsara
By Praghosa Dasa - 11.2 2019 A common denominator for practically each of the unlimited varieties of material bodies is that the spirit soul dwelling within is to one degree or another attached to the particular body they reside in. In turn most resided in bodies have others who are also...Read more...
YAMA AND NIYAMA
By editor - 6.2 2019  The words yama and niyama take their origin from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras [more specifically sutra 2:29]. They are the first two limbs of the eight-limbed (ashtanga) raja yoga which Patanjali describes [see: Saraswati...Read more...
The Original Teachings of Yoga
By Dr David Frawley - 6.2 2019 The Original Teachings of Yoga: From Patanjali Back to Hiranyagarbha Many people today look to Patanjali, the compiler of the Yoga Sutras, as the father or founder of the greater system of Yoga. While Patanjali’s work is very important and...Read more...
HATHA YOGA
By editor - 5.2 2019 The ultimate goal of Hatha-yoga, like all forms of yoga is to transcend the self and realize the ultimate reality (atman)(Feuerstein 38). It is different from other forms of yoga because of its focus on using the body and developing its potential so that when the person...Read more...
Wonder of Creation
By Pran Gopinath Das - 4.2 2019 The universe around us appears to be orderly and symmetrical. The planets rotate perfectly in their orbits. Our bodies possess complex circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems. Even the atoms are highly structured. All this suggests that the universe...Read more...
Srila Prabhupada's Books and Purports
By editor - 1.2 2019 (based on a seminar by Ekanath Das, Radhadesh 2000) Books of Srila Prabhupada contain distilled knowledge from commentaries (usually called tikas or bhasyas) of previous Vaisnava acaryas. This makes them unique source of realized knowledge. To know the history and the...Read more...
Samyama or “perfect discipline”
By editor - 1.2 2019 Samyama or “perfect discipline” is the collective and seamless integration or fusion of the three practices of dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (contemplative absorption) (see Miller 46).  The...Read more...
How to keep one’s relationship with Vrndavana
By HH Kadamba Kanana Swami - 1.2 2019   1.) First let us analyze what our relationship is with Vrndavana and then see how we can develop it. Lord Caitanya explained that these are the five most important aspects in devotional service, which if even a little bit performed, can quickly...Read more...
DHYANA (MEDITATION)
By editor - 31.1 2019 Yoga is a very influential and important aspect of the Hindu tradition. There are very many different forms of yoga, some that focus more on strength, and other’s that are predominantly for the mind, and its control. The word yoga stems from the root yujir,...Read more...
IS God a Person or Energy?
By editor - 31.1 2019 Excerpt from the Bhagavad-Gita As it Is 7.7: Chapter 7: Knowledge of the Absolute TEXT 7 mattah parataram nanyat kincid asti dhananjaya mayi sarvam idam protam sutre mani-gana iva SYNONYMS mattah—beyond Myself; parataram—superior; na—not;...Read more...
SAMADHI (CONTEMPLATIVE ABSORPTION)
By editor - 25.1 2019 Samadhi, or contemplative absorption, is the highest state of mental concentration thought possible by Hindus while still existing in the cycle of samsara, and is achieved through yogic meditation. Samadhi is a state undisturbed by all emotions and thoughts...Read more...
AHIMSA
By editor - 25.1 2019 AHIMSA (THE CONCEPT OF NON-HARMING IN HINDUISM) Ahimsa, which literally translates as “non-violence” or “non-injury”, refers to non-violence towards both human and non-human beings physically, mentally, and spiritually (Ghosh 13).  The...Read more...
YOGA OF THE BHAGAVAD GITA
By editor - 23.1 2019 THE BHAGAVAD GITA, KRSNA, THE YOGAS OF THE BHAGAVAD GITA THE BHAGAVAD GITA (A COMPREHENSIVE STUDY)   The Bhagavad Gita remains, to this day, one of the most influential books of the Hindu religion, estimated to originate as far back as...Read more...
The Ancient Yoga of the Sun
By David Frawley - 23.1 2019 What if the most powerful force for energizing all Yoga practices were as obvious and visible as the Sun? The fact is that it is. The Sun, properly understood not merely as an outer but as an inner energy source, reflects the supreme light of Yoga both in...Read more...
THE SAMKHYA
By editor - 22.1 2019 THE SAMKHYA KARIKA Samkhya is one of the earliest philosophical systems, or orthodoxdarsana born of the Hindu tradition. The word samkhya itself is translated directly as “enumeration” or “calculation,” thought to be referring to...Read more...
Kirtana-Yoga and the Maha-mantra
By Satyaraja Dasa - 21.1 2019 Kirtana is a simple and effective way to commune with God. The word kirtana means “praise” or “glory” and is the name given to glorification of God in song, especially in call-and-response style. There are different categories of...Read more...
SATI AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS
By editor - 18.1 2019 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...
The Hare Krsna Mantra
By HH Satsvarupa dasa Goswami - 17.1 2019 When His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada frst arrived in America in the midst ol the cultural turmoil of the sixties, he quickly captured the hearts and minds of the New York hippies and the San Francisco flower children with the...Read more...
THE SAVITRI AND SATYAVAT MYTH
By editor - 15.1 2019 The myth of Savitri and Satyavat is the fictional love story of a Hindu wife following her husband through death and saving him with her great dharmic wisdom. The origin of the story dates back to the Mahabharata. The sage Vyasa had written the Mahabharata with the help...Read more...
Mahaprabhu’s Victory
Mahaprabhu’s Victory – Over the Mayavadis at Benares   By Karuna Dharini Devi Dasi - 14.1 2019 Desiring to drown everyone in the flood of love of God, Lord Caitanya made a special effort to capture misinformed impersonalists. In 1486 CE, Lord Krishna appeared in West...Read more...
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