Philosophy

Vraja-prema only increased by knowledge of Krsna’s position
By Bhurijan Das - 16.8 2019 How is it possible to understand the mood of separation of the Brijbasis without the equivalent amount of love for Krsna. Of course, it is not possible. … … Here are some mundane poems about love in separation. Rupa Gosvami heard one such mundane...Read more...
We’re All in Maya
By Nagaraja Dasa - 13.8 2019   In the Bhagavad-gita (7.14) Lord Krishna refers to maya, the deluding material energy, as mama maya: “My maya.” We Vaishnavas accept His word on this, with profound philosophical implications. The chief philosophical opponents of Vaishnavas...Read more...
Spirituality – Why and What???
By Dwaipayan De - 6.8 2019 The English Dictionary defines the word “spiritual” as “Relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things”. Now before we attempt to delve deeper into this topic, it is essential for us to...Read more...
Concentration on brahmacarya? Is it for you?
By Vivasvan das - 1.8 2019 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...
GARUDA
By editor - 25.7 2019 Garuda, is the name for the large bird-like vehicle, or vahana, of the great Vedic god Visnu. The name Garuda is often said to come from the word garutmat, the winged one, from the root garut, which is the word for a wing (Fausboll 79). Garuda...Read more...
THE VAISNAVA SAMHITAS
By editor - 24.7 2019 The Vaisnava Samhitas are a genre of scriptures that revolve around the god Visnu.  Historians are unable to determine the exact age of the Samhitas because not all of the texts have been published (Matsubara 16). It is said that these texts emerged after the...Read more...
Death and Dying in the Vedic Tradition​
By Giriraj Swami - 23.7 2019 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...
Showing Radharani’s Lotus Feet
Showing Radharani’s Lotus Feet Position Paper – ISKCON Deity Worship Ministry The ISKCON Deity Worship Ministry (IDWM) acts on behalf of the GBC to ensure that the worship in our temples and centres is done according to the standards as given by Srila Prabhupada. It also provides...Read more...
The Vanaprastha-asrama and its practical application
Jaya Gaurasundara dasa Gauravanacari - 22.7 2019 A. Introduction 1. What is vanaprastha? The word vanaprastha is composed of the words vana, meaning “forest” and prastha, meaning “to go,” so a vanaprastha is “One has gone to the forest.” Vanaprastha is...Read more...
Bhakti Comes from Bhakti
By Giriraj Swami - 15.7 2019 When Srila Prabhupada was coming to America on the Jaladuta steamship, as he was nearing Commonwealth Pier in Boston, he prayed to Krishna, “All living entities have come under the control of the illusory energy by Your will, and therefore, if You like, by...Read more...
The Gopis
By Venu Gopal Das - 11.7 2019 The Gopis: An Ambrosial Dance Crew or Something More? A day in the life of Shri Krishna is filled with numerous activities: tending cows, playing pranks on the women of the village, feasting on sumptuous food with the cowherd boys and vanquishing an ill-fated...Read more...
True Happiness Must be Eternal
By Upendra Dasa - 11.7 2019   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...
What a saint learned from a prostitute
By Chaitanya Charan das - 9.7 2019 Frustration gives way to illumination during one extraordinary night in the life of a prostitute. While prostitutes are often depicted negatively in traditional literature, some religious texts depict them positively as testimonies to the transformational...Read more...
The spirituality of money
By Sutapa Das - 9.7 2019 I recently connected with a childhood friend who also became a monk. As you can imagine, we had lots to talk about, and lots in common. In his tradition, one of the monastic vows is to never touch money; and if he does, even by accident, he observes complete fasting...Read more...
Modes of Material Nature
By Bhurijana dasa - 9.7 2019 Teaching and Disciplining in the Modes of Material Nature According to the Bhagavad-gita, one’s activities can either be in goodness, passion, or ignorance.  There is no being existing, either here or among the demigods in the higher planetary...Read more...
Differentiating material and spiritual attachments
By Radhanath Swami - 3.7 2019 “When we love those who love the Lord, the Lord reveals his love to us. Krishna sends his loving devotees to this world, so that we can transfer our attachment.”- Radhanath Swami Shivananda Sen, he was taking all the 200-300 devotees from Bengal to...Read more...
Mystic Understanding
Mystic Understanding By Kesava Krsna dasa 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...Read more...
A Bhagavata Philosophy Of Education
  By Radhika Ramana Dasa (Prof. Ravi M. Gupta). Charles Redd Chair of Religious Studies, Utah State University Philosophy as a field of study is generally divided into four branches: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics (or praxis), and aesthetics. Thus, for ease of organization, we...Read more...
The Many Faces of Impersonalism
BY: MAYESA DASA (ACBSP) - 27.6 2019 IMPERSONALISM is the cancer of humanity. It appears everywhere. Impersonalism is behind the killing of the unborn. Impersonalism is behind the call for Socialism and Communism. In Vaisnava spiritual circles, impersonalism appears in many guises. Lets...Read more...
A genuine alternative to modern misconceptions of God
By Jaya Gopal das - 21.6 2019 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...
Relativity and the Path to the Absolute
By Arcana Siddhi Devi Dasi - 21.6 2019 Because many factors influence the way we see the world, too much faith in our own perspective can be materially and spiritually dangerous. My husband and I were counseling a couple and making progress, but then we reached an impasse. The husband...Read more...
Yoga as a Science of Consciousness
By editor - 18.6 2019 Need for Higher Consciousness How can we bring a higher consciousness into the world to create peace and harmony, removing all division and conflict? That is the foundation of the practice of Yoga. As long as we are trapped in our usual self-centered thoughts and...Read more...
Flat-Earth or Globular Earth
BY: MAYESVARA DASA - 10.6 2019 Part One The following is the first part of a response to Danavir Goswami's article, "Flat Earth or Globular Earth?". We welcome this public statement by Danavir Goswami as it brings the discussion of the Vedic Earth into the open, and...Read more...
GANDHARVAS
By editor - 7.6 2019 The Gandharvas are a very difficult idea to define, but simply, they are supernatural beings strongly tied to music. They are celestial bards, demi-gods, demons, but predominantly celestial musicians (Thite 52-53). They preside in many places but are mostly...Read more...
Time and Again
By Mathuresha Dasa - 7.6 2019 Being God, Krishna has no work to do and simply enjoys in His original abode, while His expansions and energies, such as time, take care of the material creation. As working men and women we typically leave home in the early morning and spend eight or nine...Read more...
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