Philosophy

Is Religion the Opium of the Masses?
By Chaitanya Charana Dasa - 7.7 2015 Close examination of this old charge against religion raises the opposite question: Might atheism be the opium? “Religion is the opium of the masses” is the argument often used by atheists to dismiss religion without addressing the...Read more...
Death and Dying in the Vedic Tradition
By Giriraja Swami - 6.7 2015 A talk presented to the doctors and nurses of San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine in San Diego, California. It is a great pleasure for me to address you all here, especially because this hospice is recognized as one of the best and...Read more...
Material and Spiritual –  balance?
By Yamuna Sundari devi dasi - 6.7 2015 Material and Spiritual – What’s the balance? It’s a general concern of devotees which we hear in many of the classes, forums and seminars on what can be the real key to balance one’s material and spiritual lives. There is a very...Read more...
What’s Wrong with Sex?
By Chaitanya Charana Dasa - 6.7 2015 Real freedom comes not by becoming free for sex, but by becoming free of sex. When the media assault our eyes with images of half-naked bodies, lawmakers fight back with anti-obscenity laws, and the media complain that the government is policing...Read more...
Lord Parashurama’s Revolution
By Aja Govinda Dasa - 6.7 2015 In a former age, God’s empowered incarnation employed extreme measures to deal with an extreme situation. Sectarian and political disputes are common not only today but occurred even during the time of Sri Parashurama, an empowered incarnation of the...Read more...
Give More Than You Take
By editor - 6.7 2015 [Hare Krishna] Talks by HH Indradyumna Swami and HH Giriraj Swami during the wedding ceremony of Piyush and Lalita-devi dasi, June 3, 2006 Carpinteria, CA Samskaras are Vedic purificatory ceremonies for advancing in spiritual life. One of them is vivaha-samskara, the...Read more...
The Seige on the Kingdom of Puranjana
By Jayadvaita Swami - 6.7 2015 The illustration on this page depicts an allegory, the Story of King Puranjana, which was told ages ago by the great sage Narada to explain some of the perplexities of life in this material world. The Seige on the Kingdom of Puranjana King Puranjana, the...Read more...
Time, the Winkless God
By Mathuresha Dasa - 5.7 2015 A look at what the Srimad-Bhagavatam has to say about time, a concept that has challenged philosophers for centuries. Time is a little difficult to define. Philosophers and theologians have tried for at least twenty-five centuries. Albert Einstein remarked, in...Read more...
Mystic Understanding
By Kesava Krsna dasa - 5.7 2015 Some devotees seldom use the word ‘mystical’ when describing other worldly subjects, due to obscure hazy connotations; preferring instead to use terms like inconceivable, transcendental or spiritual. Srila Prabhupada quite often used the word in the...Read more...
Sankirtana: Welfare for All Beings
By Dayananda Dasa - 5.7 2015 “Is chanting all that your religion does? Don’t you do welfare or anything like that?” Alex, my barber, works at the Pilatos salon in Queens, New York, on the cusp of a Hispanic neighborhood. The salon has mostly Latino hairdressers and...Read more...
A Call to Spiritual Heroism
By Chaitanya Charana Dasa - 5.7 2015 Like Ravana of the Ramayana, the heroes and heroines of today’s movies have a fatal flaw. The Ramayana is an ancient Vedic saga of action, romance, wisdom, and adventure; a saga that has inspired a quarter of the world’s population for...Read more...
Exploring Love
By Vishakha Devi Dasi - 5.8 2015 What is love? Where is it? And how can we get it? Love, we are told, is all we need. It is the subject of numberless books, songs, films, plays, sonnets, articles, conversations, and advertisements; it is meditated on, longed for, and bemoaned; it is a...Read more...
Confusion About Raga-bhakti
By Kesava Krsna Dasa - 5.7 2015 When devotees are confronted with subjects concerning Raganuga-bhakti, many will retreat as if the matter is taboo, beyond explanation, too lofty, mired in controversy, against ISKCON thinking, an unknown quantity, a misunderstood area of thought, and other...Read more...
Giving and Accepting Shelter
By Devaki Devi Dasi - 4.7 2015 Over the Easter holidays we conducted a four-day retreat in the Cologne temple with the topic of “Giving and Accepting Shelter”. It was the first time for the devotees to host such kind of event. Around 25 to 30 devotees had assembled for four days to...Read more...
Truth in a Nutshell
By Satyaraja Dasa -- 4.7 2015 Four special verses in the Bhagavad-gita and four in the Srimad-Bhagavatam lay out the fundamental teachings of Krishna consciousness. My mom always keeps peanuts around the house. Crack the shells open, and you find two peanuts inside. So much goodness in one...Read more...
The Ecstasy of Insignificance
By Vishakha Devi Dasi - 4.7 2015 The Ecstasy of Insignificance: Happiness Through Reality Our drive for significance in this world reveals our ignorance of the basis a true significance. Srila Prabhupada has written: “Sometimes penance and austerity are executed to attract people...Read more...
Praying for the Welfare of Others
By Urmila Devi Dasi - 4.7 2015 On the path of pure devotion to Krishna, where does praying for others fit in? “Thank you!” I said when a friend brought me a plate of lunch. “Can I do anything for you?” “Please pray for me,” she replied. “Ask that...Read more...
Pingala, The Prostitute
By Navakishori Devi Dasi - 4.7 2015 Pingala, The Prostitute: From Bottomless Loneliness to Absolute Happiness (from bhaktiwomen.org) Single people surrounded by music, movies and Tv Shows showing satisfying relationships can’t help but notice their own lack of a relationship. They...Read more...
Existence of God
By Dharmaraja Dasa - 2.7 2015 Sivarama Swami’s debate on the existence of God Dear Devotee, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. On the 19th June 2015, HH Sivarama Swami had a mock debate on the existence of God at the Pandava Sena Alumni program...Read more...
Many branches or types of Yoga
By editor - 30.6 2015 The Sanskrit word yoga stems from the verbal root yuj meaning "to yoke" or "to unite." Thus, in a spiritual context, yoga stands for "training" or "unitive discipline." The Sanskrit literature contains numerous compound terms ending...Read more...
The overview of Vedic Scriptures.
By editor - 30.6 23015 Vedas are also called śruti ("what is heard") literature, distinguishing them from other religious texts, which are called smṛti ("what is remembered"). The Veda, for orthodox Indian theologians, are considered revelations,...Read more...
Which is The Best Mantra For This Age?
By editor - 30.6 2015 Srila Prabhupada has given the following purport about chanting Hare Krishna: "This transcendental vibration – the chanting of Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare | Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare || – is the sublime method for...Read more...
What Are The Benefits of Chanting?
By editor - 30.6 2015 Dr. Daniel Coleman, associate editor of Psychology Today and author of The Varieties of Meditative Experiences, after studying the meditational techniques of members of the Krishna consciousness movement, said, "I found the Hare Krishna devotees to be well-...Read more...
Why Chant Hare Krishna?
By Jayadvaita Swami - 30.6 2015 Below are some of the reasons mentioned by Jayadvaita Swami. They are upheld by evidence from Vedic writings like Bhagavad-Gita, the Upanisads and the Puranas. Chanting Hare Krishna awakens love of God. Chanting Hare Krishna brings liberation as a side...Read more...
The position of a Widow
By editor - 29.9 2015 Srimad-Bhagavatam Canto 3: Chapter Twenty-three, Text 52: PURPORT It is said that the father himself becomes the son in another form. The father and son are therefore considered to be nondifferent. A widow who has her son is actually not a widow, because she has the...Read more...
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