Philosophy

Strength from Above
By Yogesvara Dasa - 11.2 2020 ON DAYS SET ASIDE FOR SELLING Back to Godhead magazine, he packed copies in a cloth sack and boarded the morning train to Delhi. With nowhere to stay in Delhi he had to return to Vrindavan by evening, which gave him only a few hours of daylight. Sales...Read more...
THE MARATHAS (AND THEIR SOCIAL MOBILITY)
By editor - 30.1 2020 Hinduism is composed of a caste, jati, system and class, varna, system (Rodrigues 132). According to Hindu myth, the four main varnas, compromising the brahmin or “priestly” class, the ksatriya or “warrior”...Read more...
Life and Afterlife
Life and Afterlife: Does Modern Science Have it Right? By Navina Syama Dasa - 29.1 2020 The intellectual community fails to even consider the validity of evidence of reincarnation. I recently read one of the latest books by Ian Stevenson, entitled European Cases of the Reincarnation Type...Read more...
Radha Dasyam - The highest Bhava
By editor - 28.1 2020 Prabhodananda Saraswati  writes in his Vrndavana Mahamamrta 2.35 as follows: “Glorious are those persons who desire to climb out of the well of material existence and attain liberation; even more glorious are they who have dedicated themselves to the...Read more...
Sri Vishnupriya
By editor - 28.1 2020 Katha-Kirtan on Sri Vishnupriya-devi (Gour Govinda Swami sings a song of Srila Narottama dasa Thakura) jaya jaya guru gosani-sri-carana sara yaha ha-ite haba para e bhava-samsara “All glories to the glorious feet of the spiritual master and the Supreme...Read more...
The Story of Shaubhari Muni
By Radhanath Swami - 27.1 2020 (SB 11.10.17) Translation Although the performer of fruitive activities desires perpetual happiness, it is clearly observed that materialistic workers are often unhappy and only occasionally satisfied, thus proving that they are not independent or in...Read more...
Agamas
By editor - 24.1 2020 Introduction: The Agamas (Sanskrit: आगम) are a collection of scriptures of several Hindu devotional schools. The term literally means tradition or “that which has come down”, and the Agama texts describe cosmology, epistemology,...Read more...
The Churning of the Milk Ocean, Part Two
BY: SUN STAFF - 23.1 2020 Churning the Milk Ocean Thanjavur, c. 1830 Collection of British Museum   A two part summary of sastric descriptions of the great Churning pastime.   THE RAMAYANA CANTO XLV -- QUEST OF THE AMRIT High and more high their wonder rose As the...Read more...
Animals of Indian Mythology
Dr. Krishnanand Kamat - 22.1 2020 Excerpted from The Quarterly Journal of the Mythic Society Vol. LXXXV Issue 2, June 1994.   First published as "Attitude of our ancestors towards animals" Ancient Indians had recognized the animals' right to co-exist with man and...Read more...
Yoga and Buddhism: Similarities and Differences
By Vamadeva (David Frawley) - 22.1 2020 Yoga and Buddhism are sister traditions which evolved in the same spiritual culture of ancient India. They use many of the same terms and follow many of the same principles and practices. For this reason it is not surprising that many of us,...Read more...
The Churning of the Milk Ocean
BY: SUN STAFF - 21.1 2020 A two part summary of sastric descriptions of the great Churning pastime. Samudra manthan, or the pastime of the 'Churning of the Ocean of Milk', is one of the most famous episodes in the Puranas, and is celebrated in a major way every twelve years at the...Read more...
Not One Blade of Grass
BY: CAITANYA DAS - 17.1 2020 It is said not one blade of grass moves without Krishna knowing it. How can this be? Indeed this suggests that everything is connected or at one, consequently when one part of the gigantic body moves the other parts are aware, and in the case of Krishna fully...Read more...
Avoiding Sahajiyaism
BY: SUN STAFF - 13.1 2020   Following are a number of interesting quotes from our Sampradaya Acaryas on various aspects of sahajiyaism and the need to avoid it: "Bhakti-siddhanta-viruddha refers to that which is against the principle of unity in diversity, philosophically known...Read more...
Yukta vairagya
Yukta vairagya or using everything in Krishna’s service By Haripada Dasa - 13.1 2020 In the Srimad Bhagavatam 7 canto it is said: The Supreme Personality of Godhead and His devotee know how to use properly lust, anger, greed, illusion, pride and envy. In the Bhagavad Gita 3.37,...Read more...
Lord Shiva worship
Why Lord Shiva’s independent worship and dvaitavada promoted By editor - 7.1 2020 Please note that the contents of the article is not a personal opinion but the references from sastra. The intention is not to defame other panths dedicated to Shiva and Devi as one can attain...Read more...
Qualification to read Astakaliya lila
By editor - 3.1 2020 Asta-kaliya Lila are the divine erotic pastimes of Radha Krishna throughout the day . Many of us have often come across the situation that when we read and hear Radha Krishna’s madhurya lila or discuss it with other devotees including the Glories of Srimati...Read more...
Katha Upanishad with Commentary of Adi Shankaracharya
By The Editor - 3.1 20230 [Katha Upanishad with Commentary of Adi Shankaracharya] The Katha Upanishad is a collection of philosophical poems representing a conversation between the sage Naciketas and Yama (the god of death). They discuss the nature of the atma (the soul), brahman (the...Read more...
Different Indian school of Philosophy
By Sri Satyanarayana Das Babaji Maharaj 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 philosophy. The very...Read more...
Vedic Influence in Iraq and Iran
By Stephen Knapp - 6.12 2019 . Vedic Influence in Iraq and Iran, Bharatvarsha, and ancient Iran was also hardly distinguishable from India. It is recognized that some forms of Vedic culture prevailed in Western Asia. Long, before the advent of Islam, even as early as the third millennium...Read more...
The Gita Condensed
By Kalakantha Dasa - 25.11 2019 A concise refresher on Lord Krishna’s immortal teachings. In 1968 His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada published the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, which has since sold tens of millions of copies in dozens of languages. As a lifetime devotee...Read more...
IS God a Person or Energy?
By editor - 25.11 2019 Excerpt from the Bhagavad-Gita As it Is 7.7: Chapter 7: Knowledge of the Absolute TEXT 7 mattah parataram nanyat kincid asti dhananjaya mayi sarvam idam protam sutre mani-gana iva SYNONYMS mattah—beyond Myself; parataram—superior; na—not;...Read more...
Vaidhi bhakti does not lead to Raganuga bhakti
By editor - 22.11 2019 It is the general opinion of many devotees that vidhi bhakti leads to raganuga bhakti but it is not. Vaidhi Bhakti and Raganuga bhakti are two different sadhana process leading to different destinations in spiritual world. Vidhi bhakti is followed mainly by Sri...Read more...
Speculation Is Neither Science Nor Philosophy
By Srila Prabhupada - 18.11 2019 The following conversation between His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and some of his disciples took place in July 1975 on an early-morning walk in Chicago. Srila Prabhupada: Where does Darwin begin? Disciple: He begins...Read more...
All about origin of Jiva
By editor - 14.11 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...
The Unbroken Chain
By Nashvin Gangaram - 13.11 2019 What is the point of happiness if it doesn’t last forever? What is the key to everlasting happiness? Srimad Bhagavatam, the ripened fruit of Vedic knowledge, offers us a solution: “Any person who seriously desires real happiness must seek a bona...Read more...
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