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We Do Not Tell Lies Do We?
By Kesava Krsna dasa - 11.7 2018 Have we ever embellished a telling of a lie with an assortment of trivial details to disguise the actual truth? Have we ever pretended to be someone we never were, by exuding a persona larger than ourselves? Are there any angels among us who can boldly claim...Read more...
Choosing to Fall Down
By Mahatma das - 11.7 2018 What is falldown? Breaking the four regulative principles or giving up devotional service is generally referred to as falldown. Although this is the main focus of this article, the principles I discuss relate to positively dealing with any kind of setback in...Read more...
Urdhva-pundra - Vaisnava Tilak
BY: SUN STAFF - 10.7 2018 Tilak Markings "One who wants to satisfy Visnu, he is called Vaisnava. That is Vaisnavism. Visnu means the Supreme Lord. So everything is arranged to satisfy the Lord Visnu. ...The cats and dogs, they can be trained up for satisfying Visnu? No, there is no...Read more...
Responsibility
Why is it so difficult to find people who will take responsibility? Answer by Niranjana Swami [Question]: Managers have to deal with some unpleasant things like problems and financial crisis or whatever, and then if they get more in to spiritual life, they are generally losing...Read more...
Apasampradayas: Bauls, Kartabhajas and Daravesas
BY: SUN STAFF - 9.7 2018 Baul Singers   Bauls "The bauliyas, or baulas, are one of thirteen unauthorized sects that pass as followers of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The Lord ordered Govinda, His personal assistant, not to allow Kamalakanta Visvasa to come in His presence because he...Read more...
The Best Days of Our Lives
By Praghosa Dasa - 9.7 2018 I recently heard a somewhat humorous exchange between two devotees. The first devotee in a mood of perhaps legitimate grumpiness said; “I have given the best years of my life to ISKCON” [therefore surely ISKCON owes me] The second devotee replied...Read more...
How I Met Swami Bhaktivedanta
By Haridas Das Brahmachari - 9.7 2018 I knew right away that he was my teacher. It was like something that happens in books. In September 1965 I went up to Ananda Ashram, an hour and a half out of New York City. I went there mostly to get out of the city. The Indian guru who presided at...Read more...
The Unknown History of Big Book Distribution
By Mahatma Das - 9.7 2018 (The following is an excerpt from an unfinished book about my life in Krsna consciousness. It details the history of how big book distribution began in Iskcon, a history which has not been chronicled in any Iskcon publications. The scene takes place in Vancouver,...Read more...
Apasampradayas: Gauranga-nagaris
BY: SUN STAFF - 5.7 5018 Shada Bhuja Caitanya "There is a class of devotees called Gauranga-nagari, who stage plays of Krsna's pastimes using a vigraha, or form, of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. This is a mistake that is technically called rasabhasa. While Caitanya Mahaprabhu is trying to...Read more...
How Studying Science Strengthened My Faith
By Samita Sarkar - 5.7 2018 Many people think that science and spirituality will always be at odds, but true religion must be supported by science, and true science must be supported by religion. Real religion is sanatana dharma, or eternal duty. It is based on universal truth rather...Read more...
Jayapataka Swami – 50 years of service in ISKCON
By Satya Medha Gauranga dasa - 3.7 2018 50 years ago, an enthusiastic young man dedicated his life in the service of Srila Prabhupada to fulfil the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. On 30th of June 1968, 19-year-old Jay shaved up his head, dressed in dhoti and chadar, singing Hare...Read more...
Lord Chaitanya Visits Vrindavan
By Lokanath Swami - 3.7 2018 From Back to Godhead Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was always absorbed in thoughts of Sri Vrindavan, often enquiring in a deep devotional mood, “Where is Vrindavan?” On several occasions, His devotees, fearing separation from Him, diverted, discouraged, or...Read more...
THE GODDESS PARVATI
By Genna Barsky - 29.6 2018   Bronze masterpiece depicting the goddess Parvati, consort of Siva; 14th century, Thanjavur Palace Museum The goddess Parvati is worshiped in the Hindu tradition for her affection and beauty. Her name denotes “she who dwells in the mountains.” (...Read more...
Pure love binds Krishna, and nothing else
By Purushottam Nitai Das - 29.6 2018 Neither Krishna likes to be worshipped as God and nor his pure devotees want to worship him as the Supreme Lord. Krishna prefers an informal relationship with his very close devotees as friend, as son and as a paramour. He enjoys joking, laughing, playing...Read more...
ABC of sattva-guna
By Muniraja dasa - 29.6 2018 Many of us struggling sadhakas know that overcoming laya, sleepiness, during chanting, hearing and meditating is not always an easy thing. Some devotees struggle year after year, regularly wandering in a realms of tamo-guna and sleep while Srimad Bhagavatam-class...Read more...
The Science of Kingship in Ancient India, Part 3
BY: SUN STAFF - 28.6 2018 King Citraketu, Lord Sankarsana and the Four Kumaras    The religious dictates that influenced kingship in Vedic culture.   CHAPTER II., Part One   The king as a mediator; manifestations of royal power; salvation expected from kingly...Read more...
Before I Die…
By Ananda Vrindavanesvari Devi - 28.6 2018 In downtown San Antonio there is a large blackboard on the side of a building that reads “Before I Die…”. Beneath the heading there are spaces for people to fill in the blank – Before I die I want to ___________. Death is...Read more...
Do We Complain Too Much?
By Kesava Krsna dasa – 28.6 2018 Here we are, entombed within these bodies as animated walking talking transformations of food, shaped and destined according to our will, getting whipped by our own past deviations by natural justice, yet feel raw injustice enough to complain about our...Read more...
Looking for the Supreme God
By Manali D. Bijlani - 28.6 2018 From Back to Godhead “Whom are we worshiping in the temple? This query of mine was unanswered till I reached ISKCON.” I was born and brought up in a Hindu family in Delhi, and we used to go to various temples and offer prayers before the gods...Read more...
Apasampradayar Svarupa
BY: SUN STAFF - 27.6 2018 Thakur Bhaktivinoda   The Smarta Doctrine Two kinds of smrti sastra: 1) spiritual, or satvata smrtis; 2) material, moral or fruitivework oriented smrtis. Satvata smrtis include: Sri Bharadvaja Samhita (included in Narada Pancaratra), Brhat Samhita,...Read more...
Chanting with Feelings
Excerpt from the lecture by HH Nirañjana Swami - 27.6 2018 Baltics Winter Festival, January 17, 2014 The following is a partially-edited transcription of an excerpt of a lecture given on January 17, 2014, at the Baltics Winter Festival – Chanting with Feeling Today I wanted...Read more...
Apasampradayas: Smarta-brahmanas
BY: SUN STAFF - 26.6 2018 Smarta-brahmanas "There is a hereditary class of brahmanas called the smarta-brahmanas, however, who are of the opinion that even if such persons who are chanting the holy name of the Lord are accepted as purified, they still have to perform the Vedic rites...Read more...
What is the matter with the world
By A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - 26.6 2018 On the 16th of February 1957 a meeting was held at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to discuss the above subject matter. Distinguished gentlemen from different categories spoke on the subject, but practically nobody could give us a definite...Read more...
Practice Loving Krishna
By HH Sridhara Swami - 26.6 2018 Through bhakti-yoga we can finally reunite with the person we’ve wanted all along. The Sixth Chapter of Bhagavad-gita, discusses dhyana-yoga, or meditative yoga. Texts 13-14 say: “One should hold one’s body, neck, and head erect in a...Read more...
Lust blinds love liberates
By Purushottam Nitai Das - 25.6 2018 Bilvamangala Thakura was a wealthy south Indian Brahmin and belonged to a cultured family. But he got attracted to a prostitute named Cintamani. The attraction soon became attachment. And as it happens when we get attached to worldly enjoyment we lose our...Read more...
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