Philosophy

Three modes of material nature
By Chirag Dangarwala - 18.10 2017 In Bhagavad-Gita 14th Chapter, Lord Krishna explains the three modes of natures that are controlling the activities of all the living entities in the material world. Lord Krishna says, sattvaḿ rajas tama iti guṇāḥ prakṛti-sambhavāḥ nibadhnanti mahā-...Read more...
REINCARNATION – FACT OR FICTION?
By editor - 17.10 2017 Who am I? The science of the soul- of our Journey of Self Discovery course at the Ruparel College, a young boy raised his hand and claimed to be a case of reincarnation. An uneasy silence filled the room; is this someone trying to grab attention? But for those who knew...Read more...
Dialectical Spiritualism: Carl Jung
BY: SUN STAFF - 17.10 2017 Conversations wtih HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, excerpted from  Dialectical Spiritualism: A Vedic View of Western Philosophy. XIII. PSYCHOANALYSIS  Carl Gustav Jung (1875 - 1961) Hayagriva dasa: Jung gave the following criticism of...Read more...
Dialectical Spiritualism: Sigmund Freud, Part 7
BY: SUN STAFF Conversations wtih HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, excerpted from  Dialectical Spiritualism: A Vedic View of Western Philosophy. XIII. PSYCHOANALYSIS  Sigmund Freud (1856-1934) Hayagriva dasa: Freud writes: "The believer will not let his faith be...Read more...
Ten Subjects of Srimad-Bhagavatam
By editor - 16.10 2017 The Bhagavata Purana, commonly referred to as the Srimad-Bhagavatam, is considered the ripened fruit of all Vedic knowledge. Sri Vyasa Muni, the compiler of the Vedic texts, advises us as follows: nigama-kalpa-taror galitam phalam shuka-mukhad amrita-drava-samyutam...Read more...
Dialectical Spiritualism: Sigmund Freud, Part 6
BY: SUN STAFF - 12.10 2017 Conversations wtih HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, excerpted from  Dialectical Spiritualism: A Vedic View of Western Philosophy. XIII. PSYCHOANALYSIS  Sigmund Freud (1856-1934) Hayagriva dasa: Freud further writes: "The riddles of the...Read more...
Dialectical Spiritualism: Sigmund Freud, Part 5
BY: SUN STAFF - 12.10 2017 Conversations wtih HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, excerpted from  Dialectical Spiritualism: A Vedic View of Western Philosophy. XIII. PSYCHOANALYSIS  Sigmund Freud (1856-1934) Syamasundara dasa: For Freud, the sexual energy, or libido, is...Read more...
Dialectical Spiritualism: Sigmund Freud, Part 4
BY: SUN STAFF - 11.10 2017 Conversations wtih HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, excerpted from  Dialectical Spiritualism: A Vedic View of Western Philosophy. XIII. PSYCHOANALYSIS  Sigmund Freud (1856-1934) Hayagriva dasa: It has often been noted — initially by...Read more...
Dialectical Spiritualism: Sigmund Freud, Part 3
BY: SUN STAFF - 10.10 2017 Conversations wtih HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, excerpted from  Dialectical Spiritualism: A Vedic View of Western Philosophy. XIII. PSYCHOANALYSIS  Sigmund Freud (1856-1934) Syamasundara dasa: Freud felt that most of our problems, which...Read more...
Which is superior: fate or one’s own exertion and effort?
By Bhayahari Dasa - 10.10 2017 From Back to Godhead Are we simply puppets, helplessly manipulated by the strings of our past activities? I look on with dismay as the tow truck drives away with the wreck that used to be our car. “It’s all right,” my wife tries to...Read more...
Sudy of Bhakti Rasamrta-sindhu
By editor - 10.10 2017 Summary study of Srila Rupa Goswami’s ‘Bhakti Rasamrta-sindhu’ NECTAR OF DEVOTION Class notes from: Bhurijana prabhu and Giriraja Swami We begin this study of Nectar of Devotion, summary study of Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu of Srila Rupa Goswami, by...Read more...
When our ‘failure’ is a success
By Vraja Bihari Das - 9.10 2017 We are afraid to make chanting our number one priority in life because of the fear of failure. Chanting Hare Krishna can be the most humbling experience, especially if we make it the most important goal of our life. Krishna is inaccessible to the conditioned...Read more...
Belief in Reincarnation
Bradley Malkovsky - 9.10 2017 Belief in Reincarnation and Some Unresolved Questions in Catholic Eschatology Mainstream Christianity has always rejected reincarnation teaching in all its varieties, e.g., Greco-Roman, Albigensian, Hindu, Buddhist, New Age, etc. as being incompatible with the...Read more...
The Reincarnation(s) of Jaya and Vijaya
Steven J. Rosen - 9.10 2017 The Reincarnation(s) of Jaya and Vijaya: A Journey through the Yugas Journal of Vaishnava Studies, New York, NY, USA Among the earliest reincarnation narratives found in India’s Puranic texts, we find the stories of Jaya and Vijaya, the two gatekeepers of...Read more...
Concentration on brahmacarya? Is it for you?
By editor - 9.10 2017 The whole world is absorbed in sense gratification of which the ultimate expression is gross sex life. Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu has summed it up nicely: “The idea that we can achieve happiness though the enjoyment of our senses, especially through that...Read more...
Dialectical Spiritualism: Sigmund Freud, Part 2
BY: SUN STAFF Conversations wtih HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, excerpted from  Dialectical Spiritualism: A Vedic View of Western Philosophy. XIII. PSYCHOANALYSIS  Sigmund Freud (1856-1934) Syamasundara dasa: Freud contends that anxieties and tensions are caused by...Read more...
Chance and the Unity of Nature
By Sadaputa Dasa - 4.10 2017 From Back to Godhead “Probability is the most important concept in modern science, especially as nobody has the slightest idea what it means. —Bertrand Russell Throughout human history, philosophers and seekers of knowledge have sought to discover...Read more...
Dialectical Spiritualism: Sigmund Freud
BY: SUN STAFF Conversations wtih HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, excerpted from  Dialectical Spiritualism: A Vedic View of Western Philosophy. XIII. PSYCHOANALYSIS  Sigmund Freud (1856-1934) Syamasundara dasa: Freud saw a conflict between the primal self, which he...Read more...
Dialectical Spiritualism: Jean-Paul Sartre, Part 6
BY: SUN STAFF - 2.10 2017 Conversations wtih HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, excerpted from  Dialectical Spiritualism: A Vedic View of Western Philosophy. XII. EXISTENTIALISM  Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) Syamasundara dasa: Sartre believes that the fate of the world...Read more...
Overcoming Material Desires
By Bhakti Visrambha Madhava Swami - 2.10 2017 Statement of the problem. What are we here for? Madhya‑lila: Chapter Twelve, Text 135 ei‑mata puradvara‑age patha yata sakala sodhila taha ke varnibe kata TRANSLATION Outside the gateway of the temple, aIl the roads were also.cleansed,...Read more...
Summaries of main Upanisads
Gopiparanadhana Dasa - 30.9 2017 Kena Upanisad This Upanisad explains the Supreme, but without revealing His personality directly. The Upanisad is in fact named after its first word, kena ("by whom?"), which is grammatically in an "oblique" case. The Supreme is "...Read more...
Dialectical Spiritualism: Jean-Paul Sartre, Part 5
BY: SUN STAFF - 29.9 2017 Conversations wtih HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, excerpted from  Dialectical Spiritualism: A Vedic View of Western Philosophy. XII. EXISTENTIALISM  Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) Syamasundara dasa: Sartre concludes that since things have no...Read more...
From Lust to Love–With Krsna’s Mercy
By Giriraj Swami - 29.9 2017 We read from Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Chapter Three: “Karma-yoga.” TEXT 41 tasmat tvam indriyany adau niyamya bharatarsabha papmanam prajahi hy enam jnana-vijnana-nasanam TRANSLATION Therefore, O Arjuna, best of the Bharatas, in the very...Read more...
The City of Nine Gates
By Drutakarma Dasa - 29.9 2017 An allegory from the Srimad-Bhagavatam sheds light on the mind/body connection. This article was originally presented at ‘Toward a Science of Consciousness,’ an international conference attended by leading scientists, physicians, philosophers, and...Read more...
Diksa and Siksa
BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS - 28.9 2017 Any of us generally knows the difference between diksa and siksa. And accepts the idea that we may have as many siksa-gurus as our situation and Krsna will make us have. Krsna can appear through anyone to teach us something. Even materialists, demons and...Read more...
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