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40 YEARS LATER… Remembering the Bhagavad-Gita
By HH Bhakti Raghava Swami - 18.12 2018 I was walking down Rideau Street in the city of Ottawa some time during the summer of 1973. Although I had still not found what I really wanted in life, I was somewhat relieved that I had been able to walk out of the expected social pressures of modern...Read more...
Celebrating Gita Jayanti
An Address by Giriraj Swami to Leaders of Hindu Organizations October 23, 2009 Houston The Bhagavad-gita is also known as the Gitopanisad and is considered one of the Upanisads. The title Bhagavad-gita is sometimes translated as “The Song of God.” Gita mean “song.”...Read more...
Feminist Diksha Gurus are Coming
BY: MOHAN DAS - 17.12 2018 If you thought that because all was quiet on the Western front in regard to Feminist Female Diksha Gurus and that the issue had died then you were wrong. While ISKCON India was lulled into a false sense of security the opposing party has been furiously but quietly...Read more...
SEXUALITY IN HINDUISM
By editor - 14.12 2018 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...
THE KAMASUTRA
By editor 14.12 2018 The full details of the composition of the literary text, Kamasutra, is not fully known but is estimated to have been composed around the first century B.C.E. (Peterson 135). It was composed by Vatsyayana in northern India and written in the ancient Indian...Read more...
NASA Moon Landing Hoax
NASA Moon Landing Hoax — Explained by Srila Prabhupada The Main Point “Apart from this discussion, the point is that a living entity has immense and unlimited desires for material enjoyment, and he has to transmigrate from one gross body to another until these desires are...Read more...
Bhakta-vatsalya of Sri Krishna
By Jaya Gaursundar Dasa - 14.12 2018 In Bhagavad-gītā Lord Kṛṣṇa describes four kinds of pious men (su-kṛtinaḥ) begin to render devotional service unto Him – the distressed (ārto), the desirer of wealth (arthārthī), the inquisitive,( jijñāsuḥ), and he who is searching for...Read more...
SAMSKARAS AND PREGNANCY
By editor - 12.12 2018 Pregnancy in the Hindu tradition is a very important time for a woman, especially if it is her first pregnancy, which it is hoped will take place as soon after marriage as possible. A new bride goes to live with her husband’s family, and in many cases, she has...Read more...
THE HINDU DOWRY SYSTEM (ORIGINS)
By editor - 11.12 2018 Although the tradition of a bride/groom price is not common in the Western world, many different religious groups still continue to practice it. Currently, the dowry refers to the wealth that the bride brings with her into her marriage. This wealth can vary from gifts...Read more...
God Proposes, Man Accepts
By Chaitanya Charan Das - 11.12 2018 “Man proposes, God disposes” has been the cause of immense frustration for humanity since time immemorial. The best plans are often foiled forever in a single moment by factors beyond human control. Misery can be said to be the condition in...Read more...
Quantum Physics and Krsna Consciousness
BY: D. DAS - 10.12 2018 Because these days the importance of material scientific dogmas is rapidly increasing in the minds of the masses due to being pushed into the front of our awareness at the cost of religious education, it is vitally important for the mental health of humanity to...Read more...
Whom to Worship?
By Gauranga Dasa - 10.12 2018 We all worship someone all of us but the question is… One of the principles of worship is at traction. When you are reverentially attracted to someone, you have the desire to establish a relationship with that person, and when the relationship is...Read more...
Happy Holidays
A Talk by Giriraj Swami December 17, 2000 Ojai, California In the West this is the holiday season, with Christmas and Hanukkah both coming up. As Srila Prabhupada explained, the Lord comes to this world to enlighten people with transcendental knowledge. Sometimes He comes personally, and...Read more...
BIRTH SAMSKARAS
By editor - 5.12 2018 Samskaras are sacraments that pertain to the rites of passage in Hinduism. Sacraments are evident in many religious traditions, for example the baptismal rites within the Catholic Church. Sacrament refers to a “religious ceremony or act regarded as outward with a...Read more...
Vedic Counseling: A New Model
By Dr. David Frawley - 5.12 2018 The Counseling Renaissance Today we are discovering many new dynamic tools for understanding ourselves and for bringing greater meaning into our lives, not simply at a physical level, but at deeper levels of consciousness. Our model of the human being is...Read more...
Bali Maharaja - The Personification of Surrendering
BY: SUN STAFF - 5.12 2018 Vamana Avatara and Bali Maharaja 19th c., Patna British Museum Collection   "So Bali Maharaja dedicated atma-nivedana, everything: his property, his personal body, everything. So in exchange, Vamana, Lord Vamana became his doorkeeper. So Vamanadeva...Read more...
God and Smog
God and Smog Conference Promotes Environmental Action in Religious Communities By: Madhava Smullen - 4.12 2018   Dr Ravi Gupta (Radhika Ramana) speaks, next to representatives from the Buddhist, Vaishnava, Latter Day Saints and Episcopal Church communities About 150 students,...Read more...
ARRANGED MARRIAGE
By editor - 4.12 2018 In the Hindu tradition arranged marriage is the most prevalent form of marriage. Rather than a man or woman seeking a relationship with a partner, family members, kin or community elders will select a mate based on particular criteria and the couple will enter into...Read more...
Chance and the Unity of Nature
By Sadaputa Dasa - 4.12 2018   “Probability is the most important concept in modern science, especially as nobody has the slightest idea what it means. —Bertrand Russell Throughout human history, philosophers and seekers of knowledge have sought to discover a single...Read more...
Comets in the Vedas, Part Four
BY: SUN STAFF - 3.12 2018 Great Comet of 1861 The last in a serial exploration of Vedic references to comets, their effects, and their association with great floods. In our last segment we mentioned the numerous civilizations that appear to have collapsed around 2300 B.C., and the fact...Read more...
The Reincarnation(s) of Jaya and Vijaya
The Reincarnation(s) of Jaya and Vijaya: A Journey through the Yugas Steven J. Rosen - 3.12 2018 Journal of Vaishnava Studies, New York, NY, USA Among the earliest reincarnation narratives found in India’s Puranic texts, we find the stories of Jaya and Vijaya, the two gatekeepers of...Read more...
History of Kirtan in ISKCON
History of Kirtan in ISKCON for a ELM (European Leaders Meeting) project. By Candramauli Swami - 03.12 2018 History of Kirtan in ISKCON for a ELM project. Doing research into how kirtan has evolved in our society from the very beginning, with styles, instruments, singing, arrangements in...Read more...
DEATH AND CREMATION
By editor - 30.11 2018 Cremation in Hinduism is classified as the last samskara (life cycle rites); the last ritual to perform that concludes a life. Cremation is considered a samskara because it is changing the state of the person from one realm to another; it is viewed...Read more...
SAMNYASA (RENUNCIATION)
By editor - 30.11 2018  The exact roots of samnyasa (renunciation) in the Hindu tradition have been a subject of some debate by scholars. Many scholars propose that the roots of renunciation are found in the Vedas, specifically the Rg Veda [For a list of conclusions...Read more...
Srivatsa on Visnu and Tilak
Ekanath Das - 30.11 2018 The meaning of Srivatsa on Lord Visnu's chest What exactly is the mark of Srivatsa on Lord Visnu's or Krsna's chest? There are a number of passages in our books that seem to offer different explanations, and many devotees do wonder what this mark...Read more...
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