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Mahamantra controversy
Mahamantra controversy: Hare Krishna or Hare Rama first ? By editor - 27.9 2019 Many  people from other sampradayas raise concern over the order of usage of word Krishna and Rama in the Hare Krishna Mahamantra based on an advaitin edition of Kali Santarana Upanishad in the...Read more...
Tulsi Gabbard Leads Kirtan
Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard Leads Kirtan at New York Rathayatra By: Madhava Smullen - 18.6 2019 Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard leads kirtan at New York Rathayatra - photo by Hari Kirtan Kaufmann Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Congresswoman from Hawaii, took a break from politics to...Read more...
The Miracle Plays of Mathura - Part 4
BY: SUN STAFF - 19.1 2021 Ramlila Performance Excerpted from "The Miracle Plays of Mathura" by Norvin Hein. History of Jhanki "Almost nothing can be offered on the history of Jhanki theater. The earliest reference found is S.M. Tagore's publication of 1879. The...Read more...
The Narada Purana
BY: SUN STAFF - 19.1 2021 The Sages at Naimisharnya     nardoktam puraanam tu naardiyam prachachhate The Narad Purana is said to comprise about twenty-five thousand stanzas, but the currently available version contains not more than twenty-two thousand stanzas. The content...Read more...
The Secret Behind “The Secret”
By Arcana Siddhi Devi Dasi - 19.1 2021   Discover Krishna’s law of attraction, the real power behind the latest rage in the self-improvement marketplace. The Secret, a book and DVD by Rhonda Byrne, is getting a lot of attention as sales soar. The author claims that if we apply...Read more...
Timings of the Four Yugas: The Shastric Evidence
By Sri Nandanandana das (Stephen Knapp) - 19.1 2021 When describing the length of the yugas or ages, and which yuga we are in and how far along we are in it, there is sometimes confusion about how to calculate them. Some people think we are already in the next Satya-yuga, known as the...Read more...
Consciousness in the Mode of Goodness
BY: D. DAS - 18.1 2021 The sastras clearly state that their transcendental message cannot be appreciated before one's consciousness is purified to the mode of goodness. The question to ask, then, is what is it that constitutes such consciousness (in the mode of goodness)? It is...Read more...
The Miracle Plays of Mathura - Part 3
BY: SUN STAFF - 18.1 2021 As described in Part 2 of this series, the famous 'miracle play' performances of Mathura feature various types of devotional theater. One of these, known as Jhanki, is comprised of a tableaux of performers depicting some divine pastime. The...Read more...
Krishna, Lord of Paradox
By Satyaraja Dasa - 18.1 2021   A brief analysis of Bhagavad-gita 9.4, 9.5, and 9.6. The Bhagavad-gita is one of the world’s perennial wisdom texts. Because it offers knowledge of the Absolute Truth, some of its texts can be difficult to understand. Few are as...Read more...
A genuine alternative to modern misconceptions of God
By Jaya Gopal das - 18.1 2021 Who or what is God? In our modern world, when we observe the amount of energy consumed by all of the other topics that fill our lives, this question is given almost no consideration or thought whatsoever. As such, we are burdened with so many frivolous...Read more...
Material and Spiritual – What’s the balance?
By Yamuna Sundari devi dasi - 18.1 2021 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 interesting statement made by famous French priest and...Read more...
Krishna, the Purest of the Pure
By Rasa Purusha Dasa - 18.1 2021   Why we should surrender to Lord Krishna’s lotus feet. At the junction of two ages, amidst two immense armies arrayed on the battlefield at Kurukshetra, Arjuna scans his foes and becomes confused. When Krishna expounds eternal dharma to...Read more...
Life v/s Wealth – what’s more important?
Vraja Bihari Das - 15.1 2021 As soon as the lockdown was announced, many skeptics asked, “This will adversely affect the daily wage earners. How can you be so insensitive? They will die of hunger? The economy will crash. Who will foot the bill?” Those supporting the government...Read more...
Jesus Predicted in the Vedic Literature?
By Stephen Knapp - 15.1 2021               Every once in a while someone writes in to ask me what I know about Jesus being mentioned in the Vedic literature, specifically the Bhavishya Purana. So I've decided to make the...Read more...
The Miracle Plays of Mathura, Part 2
BY: SUN STAFF - 15.1 2021 A Janmastami Performance Jhanke performance of Ramlila in Mathura. Indian literature about drama and theater contain few references to the dramatic form known as Jhanki. Sourindro Mohan Tagore described Jhanki as "tableaux vivants", wherein...Read more...
Srila Jiva Gosvami’s Disappearance Day
By Giriraj Swami - 15.1 2021 Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila, Chapter Ten describes the branches of the tree named Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. TEXT 1 sri-caitanya-padambhoja-   madhupebhyo namo namah kathancid asrayad yesam   svapi tad-gandha-bhag bhavet TRANSLATION...Read more...
The Solution to Global Economic & Environmental Problems
Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa (Chris Butler) - 14.1 2021 Question: It seems like every day there is another national or world crisis in the news. Is there a solution to the global economic and environmental problems facing us today? Jagad Guru: The real question is,...Read more...
Gold in Indian Culture
By Vikas Kamat - 14.1 2021   India's Love for Gold Indian culture cannot be fully understood without understanding the craze of gold acquisition in India. India is said to consume 25% of all gold production in the world. It is a perplexing phenomenon for economists -- for a poor...Read more...
Chaos and Crisis in Washington DC
By: Anuttama Dasa - 14.1 2021 Riot at the US Capitol building on January 6th, 2021. Lord Krishna explains in the sacred text, Bhagavad-Gita, “Whatever action a great man performs, others will follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues....Read more...
From Ego to Atman: Vedic View of Association
By Vamanadeva - 14.1 2021 Ego as the Basis of the Human Mind  Each human being is a unique individual with his or her own angle of vision, point of view, or determination of reality. Yet unless we are able to recognize the different points of view of others or the diverse orientation...Read more...
Is Jiva Gosvami’s philosophy the same as Sri Caitanya’s?
Dina Dayala dasa (Dario Knez) - 14.1 2021   Introduction Jiva Gosvami (1513-1598) is the youngest of the six Gosvamis of Vrindavana[i] who are honoured as genuine representatives of the teachings and faith of Caitanya Mahaprabhu...Read more...
Animals in Indian Culture
Dr. Krishnanand Kamat - 13.1 2021 Excerpted from The Quarterly Journal of the Mythic Society Vol. LXXXV Issue 2, June 1994.   First published as "Attitude of our ancestors towards animals" Ancient Indians had recognized the animals' right to co-exist with man and...Read more...
True Happiness Must be Eternal
By Upendra Dasa - 13.1 2021   Sri Brahma-samhita is one of the oldest Vedic scriptures, and it is accepted by Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu (an incarnation of Krsna Himself who appeared 484 years ago) as the essence of Vaisnava (Krsna conscious) philosophy. The first verse...Read more...
TOVP Chairman 2020 Review and 2021 Message
By Ambarisa das - 13.1 2021 Dear TOVP Supporters, Please accept my obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Hare Krishna! The year 2020 has been one of the most unusual and difficult years in the history of modern civilization worldwide. No doubt, karma is taking its toll and we...Read more...
The four headed Brahma’s diminutive intelligence
The four headed Brahma’s diminutive intelligence Vs Srila Sanatana Goswami’s first class humility By Jaganmohini devi dasi - 12.1 2021   Sri Ramanavami day was special for us this year. As I was doing our regular morning worship in our altar with flowers, fruits and...Read more...
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