Philosophy

Which is superior: fate or one’s own exertion and effort?
By Bhayahari Dasa - 12.11 2019   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 console me. “...Read more...
Intelligent Design in a Modern Vedic Context
By Leif Asmark Jensen, (Lalitanatha dasa) - 8.11 2019   Consciousness is our most immediate experience. Yet, when it comes to studying consciousness beyond one’s own conscious experience, we can only study circumstantial evidence. One such category is studies of the...Read more...
33 million Gods ?
By editor - 6.11 2019 The four primary Vedas represent the accomplishment of a highly developed religious system and encourage satisfaction of material desires through worship of the demigods. They contain many directions for increasing one’s power and position, or for reaching the...Read more...
Different Indian school of Philosophy
By Sri Satyanarayana Das Babaji Maharaj - 31.10 2019 Indian civilization is the oldest living civilization in the world. The reason for it to survive even after being subject to the onslaught of foreign invaders and rulers for thousands of years is its roots that are grounded in...Read more...
Matter and Karma
By Bhanu Swami - 24.10 2019 Karma – Activities of the Conditioned Soul Ignorance of Krsna Desire to Enjoy Material body Identity with body Desire to enjoy in body Action to get enjoyment Immediate Experience Of enjoyment Or suffering Attachment to objects causing...Read more...
Bahulastami is Not the Appearance Day of Sri Radha-kunda
BY: BRIJABASI DAS - 23.10 2019 The eighth day of the waning moon in the month of Kartik has been almost universally accepted as the appearance day of Sri Radha-kunda. It is mentioned in the vast majority of Vaisnava calendars printed by many branches of the Gaudiya tradition, including...Read more...
All about origin of Jiva
By editor - 17.10 2019 The Vedanta-sutra (1.1.1) states, athato brahma jijnasa: “Now one should inquire about Brahman – The absolute truth, the transcendental, spiritual nature“. So when we start inquiring about absolute truth a question naturally appears in our mind...Read more...
ISKCON's Proposal on Women Acharyas Opposed
BY: SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT - 16.10 2019 TIRUPATI, ANDHRA PRADESH (HINDU) — Srivaishnava acharyas express concern over the organisation going against established doctrines The proposal of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) to allow women to become acharyas...Read more...
Is God Male or Female?
By Caitanya Caran Das - 7.10 2019 God is neither – and is both. Let’s see how. Before we can understand whether God is male or female, we need to clearly understand that we ourselves are neither male nor female. We are at core spiritual beings, souls, whereas our gender refers...Read more...
WHEN GOD IS AFRAID
By Venugopal Acharya - 27.9 2019app-facebook   Struggles and Joys of Bhakti Yoga 83 “Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, become My devotee, offer obeisances to Me and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.” Bhagavad...Read more...
THE TANTRAS
By editor - 20.9 2019 The Tantras are a genre of religious literature that shows how to achieve salvation through various esoteric practices, making these texts distinct from other religious literature of India, such as the Vedas or Puranas (Barthakuria 1). Still, ordinary Tantras share some...Read more...
SAIVA SIDDHANTA
By editor - 19.9 2019 Saiva Siddhanta is a bhakti (loving devotion) tradition. This system is a dualist (this is somewhat problematic but will be discussed in the section on philosophy) form of Saivism that has ancient roots in north India, though is most popular now in southern...Read more...
Meditation in Yoga and Ayurveda
By Dr. David Frawley - 19.9 2019 Meditation is the key practice of traditional Yoga and the prime factor behind an authentic Ayurvedic lifestyle. Meditation goes to the root of our consciousness and prana, connecting us to our higher Self and aligning us with the healing and...Read more...
Why do we hate?
By Syamananda Dasa - 18.9 2019   “No one is born hating another because of the color of his skin/ his background/ or his religion. People must learn to hate/ and if they can learn to hate/ they can be taught to love/ for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its...Read more...
How Free Are We?
By Navin Jani - 17.9 2019   Prescience and the Vedic Literature One aspect of the Vedic culture—knowledge of the future—may seem at first glance to contradict free will, but this is not so. In fact, St. Augustine’s explanation of this phenomenon in relation to the...Read more...
The Vedic Conception of Sound
By Jahnava Nitai Das - 17.9 2019 Welcome to the seventh issue of Tattva Prakasha. This week our main topic of discussion will be the Vedantic conception of sound. If you are a new subscriber to Tattva Prakasha, I would like to mention that though most of our articles deal with general...Read more...
Women and Lust
By Satyanarayana Dasa - 11.9 2019 There are popular statements found in smṛtis and nīti sāśtra that women have eight times more kāma than men. For example: strīṇāṁ aṣṭa-guṇā-kāmaḥ (Bṛhat-pārāśara-smṛti) kāmaśca aṣṭā-guṇaḥ smṛtaḥ (Garuḍa-purāṇa 1.109.33, Hitopadeśa 2.71) The word kāma...Read more...
HINDUISM AND FEMINISM
By editor - 31.8 2019 Discussions of gender within Hinduism are particularly interesting because “Hinduism is marked by a heritage of patriarchal hierarchy” with “a strong matriarchal mythology” (Joshee 73). Although the trinity in Hinduism [Brahma, Visnu and...Read more...
SEXUALITY IN HINDUISM
By editor - 30.8 2019 Sexuality in Hinduism is most notable through the observance of kama, one of Hinduism’s catur-purusartha’s (four human aims).  Within the Dharma Sastras contain prescriptions for how one should live one’s life, as well as...Read more...
Aspects of the Absolute Truth
  Though conceived of in various ways, ultimately the Absolute Truth is the Supreme Person who shares intimate loving exchanges with the best of His devotees. By Srila Jiva Goswami Here we present an excerpt from the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust edition of Srila Jiva Goswami’s Sri...Read more...
Misconceptions about Advaita
By Dr. Frawley - 28.8 2019 The Allure of the Direct Path Advaita, which refers to the state of non-duality of the Self and God, can easily lend itself to all sorts of misconceptions. Indeed one can argue that since the Advaitic state transcends all thought and dualities, all...Read more...
What Is Mind?
What Is Mind? A Bhagavatam Conception of Mind By Bhanu Swami - 27.8 2019 Story of Puranjana King Puranjana had unlimited desires for sense enjoyment. Consequently he traveled all over the world to find a place where all his desires could be fulfilled. Unfortunately he found a feeling...Read more...
How Many Species of Lives in Creation?
BY: PRAPHULLA SHYAMA DASA   It was a spiritual inspiration that made me write this short article after recently hearing, with my limited understanding, the lecture of HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam dated March 3, 1967 in San Francisco. While...Read more...
Rebirth According to the Bhagavad-gita
Rebirth According to the Bhagavad-gita; Epistemology, Ontology and Ethics By Ishvara Krishna Das (Dr Ithamar Theodor) - 22.8 2019 Department of Religion and Spirituality, Zefat Academic College, Safed 1320610, Israel Abstract: This paper is engaged with the topic of reincarnation in...Read more...
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...
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