Philosophy

The Nyāya Conception of a Scientific Theory
By editor - 10.9 2021 Below is the translation and commentary on some of the Nyāya Sutras, which describe the nature of a scientific theory as comprised of four aspects. The first aspect represents the purpose of the system; the second, the functional parts that execute this purpose; the...Read more...
Impersonalism
Impersonalism and the Doomed to Fail Attempt to Judge Sadhus By Madhavananda Das - 9.8 2021 The proud practice of using our dull material senses to try to judge who is sadhu and who is not is the same as the neti neti endeavor of the impersonalists. The impersonalists try to understand...Read more...
Challenges Facing Science and Religion
By Sadaputa Dasa - 6.8 2021 While scientific discoveries test religious dogma, religious and  paranormal experiences challenge scientific theories. In the Vaisnava tradition of India, God is defined as Brahman, Paramatma, and Bhagavan: the unlimited light of pure being...Read more...
Four schools of Buddhism refuted by Vedanta-sutra
By Suhotra Prabhu - 21.6 2021 Srila Vyasadeva, being tri-kala-jna, foresaw 5000 years ago the rise of Buddhism. Therefore in his Vedanta-sutra (second adhyaya, second pada) he encapsulated a description and a refutation of each of the four main schools of Buddhist philosophy...Read more...
Impersonalism vs demigod worship
Urmila (Devi Dasi) ACBSP - 18.6 2021 It is difficult to say which is "better."  In the Isopanisad it is stated that impersonalism is worse than demigod worship, and that demigod worship leads one to ignorance.  But in Bhagavad-gita demigod worship is described as being in...Read more...
Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Asana
Dr David Frawley - 10.6 2021   Raja Yoga commonly refers to the royal or higher Yoga of meditation. While the term is not specifically mentioned in the Yoga Sutras, the Yoga Sutra tradition has been commonly called Raja Yoga over time. Raja Yoga is an ancient term found in the works...Read more...
Make Progress Towards the Transcendence
BY: SUN STAFF - 14.4 2021 HDG Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, 'Colloquies With Foreigners'. Talk to Mrs. Nora Morell of Germany September 1, 1936 We should have firm faith in the Divinity. We are absolute infinitesimals, and it is only proper we should associate...Read more...
The illusion of reality
By Krishna Ragini Devi dasi - 7.4 2021 We all complain we don’t have enough time. So many schedules, so many deadlines, so many tasks to attend to, so many phone-calls to answer and make, so many demands we have to fulfill: our check-to-do lists seem inexhaustible. Absorbed in all...Read more...
Words of wisdom from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
By editor - 2.9 2021 By Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura 1. We are put to test and trial in this world. Only those who attend the kirtana of the devotees can succeed. 2. Every spot on earth where discourses on God are held is a place of pilgrimage. 3. Possession of objects not...Read more...
Seven stages of purification
Seven stages of purification and transcendental elevation BY ADMINISTRATOR - 12.10 2020 By H.H. Radhanath Swami ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam sreyah-kairava-candrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanam anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamrtasvadanam...Read more...
Non-sectarian Vaisnava-dharma
BY: SUN STAFF- 8.10 2020 Introduction to Sri Krishna-samhita by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur. The people of India and other countries may be divided into two categories- the asslike and the swanlike. Of these two, the asslike are in the majority. The swanlike are in the minority. Swanlike...Read more...
Mind as Your Best Friend or Worst Enemy
By Vamadeva - 2.10 2020 Your own mind is your best friend or worst enemy, depending upon how you relate to it. The mind is the part of your nature closest to and most intimate to your inner Self and Being, but also connected to the external world and its influences. Much of what we call...Read more...
FOUR PRINCIPLES OF POSITIVE THINKING
By Venugopal Acharya (Vraja bihari dasa) A few years ago, I went through a serious crisis. I’d been hearing bad rumours about someone I respected and was disturbed by the news. Moreover, my relationships with people I knew closely had soured. I was distressed and began to feel...Read more...
Gopi Bhava vs Sakhi Bhava
By Radhacharan Das - 3.9 2020 There are various Sampradaya doing Vraj bhav upasana in Madhurya Rasa. Some call it Gopi Bhava some calls Sakhi Bhava or Sahchari bhava or Sringara bhava or Manjari bhav. But the broad difference made between them is Gopi Bhava and Sakhi bhava. This sakhi...Read more...
Beyond Sectarianism
By editor - 1.9 2020 Edited from a lecture by Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa It is normally taken by people that religion means a type of faith, but this is not actually the real meaning of religion. In the introduction to the Bhagavad Gita As It Is, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami...Read more...
Sastras vs commerce
By editor - 21.8 2020 Selling sastras and teaching them for money is prohibited. APANYAM ATHA PANYAM VA VIKRAYAM NA PRAYOJAYET One should not sell something that should not be sold, or that has already been sold to someone else. (HBV 11.778; an example: salagram - HBV 5.436-7) ...he...Read more...
When a Ghost Attacks God…
By Gauranga Darshan Das - 5.8 2020 Ghosts do not have gross bodies. But they do have subtle bodies. Gross bodies are made of earth, water, fire, air, and ether. Subtle bodies are made of mind, intelligence, and ego. Both of these bodies are material and all individuals in this world are...Read more...
Six Qualities that Enhance Bhakti: Dhairya
BY: SUN STAFF - 9.7 2020 Six Qualities that Enhance Bhakti by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Dhairya - Patience For the practitioner of devotional service, dhairya, patience, is extremely necessary. Those who possess the quality of dhairya are called dhira, sober. Due to lack of this...Read more...
The Mechanistic Darwinian
BY: CAITANYA DAS - 21.5 2020 The puffed up Darwinian scientific community think themselves very advanced in knowledge. Their effective brainwashing education programs have indoctrinated millions upon millions of supposedly intelligent students, but anyone with real intelligence -- and there...Read more...
Analogies for Preaching
By His Divine Grace A.C.B. Swami Prabhupada Authorities and Lawyers (2:10:51) Any question that is put forward may be answered by quoting the authority, and that satisfies the saner section. That is the system even in the law court. The best lawyer gives evidence from the past judgement of...Read more...
The Souls Origin
By Mahesh-das - 8.5 2020 So the conclusion is that whatever may be our past, let us come to Krsna consciousness and immediately join Krsna. Just like with a diseased man, it is a waste of time to try to find out how he has become diseased, better to spend time curing the disease. 91-05-14...Read more...
Dharma - Karma - Samsara
By editor - 1.5 2020 The System Of Cosmic Justice Science of reincarnation Karma - the law behind reincarnation Dharma - cosmic ethics Sanatana-dharma: higher aspect of dharma Every civilized society has systems assuring its smooth work and protecting it from various negative...Read more...
What Is Mind?
 A Bhagavatam Conception of Mind By Bhanu Swami - 1.5 2020 . 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 of...Read more...
Final Words of a Dying Father
By Janakinatha Dasa - 31.3 2020   Every December, the book marathon promises to be an exciting event. While travelling from door to door, village to village, through remote parts of India, we invariably meet someone who has been miraculously touched by Krishna’s mercy. One...Read more...
The Vanaprastha-asrama and its practical application
By Jaya Gaurasundara dasa Gauravanacari - 25.3 2020 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...Read more...
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