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Preaching in USSR
BY: SITALATMA DAS - 26.4 2017 Preaching in USSR 1973-1991 Sometime in 2009, ISKCON TV recorded a long interview with Kirtiraja Prabhu and Hari, former Harikesha Swami, where they talked about preaching in Soviet Union from their side of the Iron Curtain. They give a slightly different take...Read more...
Ghosts - FAQ
By editor - 15.2 2015 "Whenever someone tries to convince me that ghosts don't exist, I challenge them to take a walk through a cemetery at midnight and they turn pale." (anonymous) "The only cure for non-belief is the mystical experience." (Thomas Merton...Read more...
India's dying mother
By Justin Rowlatt - 12.9 2016 The Ganges is one of the greatest rivers on Earth, but it is dying. From the icy Himalayan peaks, where it begins, right down to the Bay of Bengal, it is being slowly poisoned. The Ganges is revered in India but it is also the sewer that carries away the...Read more...
Yoga and How to Get Started
By Stephen Knapp - 9.5 2016       The purpose of any true spiritual path is to raise our consciousness to the point of allowing us to directly perceive the spiritual dimension. Being spiritual means to recognize one’s spiritual identity and practically see...Read more...
Caring For Devotees
By editor - 16.9 2015 Caring For Devotees: The Spiritual Counselor System From Namahatta.org From a series of lectures by HH Radhanath Swami, introducing the Spiritual Counselor System that has been successfully deployed at Sri Sri Radha-Gopinath Temple in Mumbai, Chowpatti....Read more...
Britain must pay reparations to India
By BBC - 29.7 2015 British troops in Kolkata after a religious clash At the end of May, the Oxford Union held a debate on the motion "This house believes Britain owes reparations to her former colonies". Speakers included former Conservative MP Sir Richard Ottaway, Indian politician...Read more...
THE SKANDA PURANA
By editor - 22.6 2018 Skanda on Peacock Mount Kdei Ang, Cambodia. VI or VII century, Musee Guimet, Paris The Puranas are a genre of smrti literature in India. The Puranas literally mean “tales of old” or “ancient,” which adheres to the idea that...Read more...
The Science of Kingship in Ancient India
BY: SUN STAFF - 22.6 2018 King Sagara (Lord Rama's Ancestor)  Company School, Patna, c. 1900   The religious dictates that influenced kingship in Vedic culture. Today we begin a new series, drawing on the work of J. Gonda, who surveyed a broad collection of sastric and...Read more...
Apasampradayas: Sakhibhekis
BY: SUN STAFF - 22.6 2018 Sakhibekhis Prabhupada: "Ha hanta ha hanta visa-bhaksana... Caitanya Mahaprabhu said this sex is the more dangerous than drinking poison for person who are going to advance in spiritual understanding. And they are talking--"Sex is the way of...Read more...
Sri Ganga-puja
BY: JAYA VIJAYA DAS - 22.6 2018 Sri Ganga-puja ki jai! Ganga Ma - Patna, 19th c. Sri Ganga-puja is obesrved on June 22nd. Sri Ganga-puja, also known as Sri Ganga-dushara (she who removes inauspiciousness), appears in the month of Jyestha (May/June) on the 10th day of Sukla-paksa, or the...Read more...
RAVANA
By editor - 21.6 2018 THE RAMAYANA, DEMONS, F. PURANIC MYTHOLOGY AND OTHER HINDU DEITIES, MAJOR CHARACTERS IN THE RAMAYANA RAVANA To individuals who are familiar with the Hindu epic Ramayana, the name Ravana has come to mean the main antagonist of the epic, the...Read more...
Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 108
BY: ROCANA DASA - 21.6 2018   Offering worship to Lord Brahma  Rajput, c. 1800   The last in a serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.   Lord Brahma – Founder-Acarya of the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya We here at the...Read more...
The GBC College and Iskcon’s Sankirtan
By Hanumatpresaka Swami - 21.6 2018 We have been asked by several agencies to write a report on the recent GBC-College in Brazil. This would include its broader implications for ISKCON’s global Sankirtan (playing the big mṛdanga). First, it is a very big and powerful topic, so we...Read more...
An Unforgettable Experience
By Radha Dasi - 21.6 2018 Hare Krishna, dear devotees! My name is Radha, I’m 19 years old and I am a student in my final year at Sri Mayapur International School. I want to share with you my incredible experience of book distribution in London this summer. I hope that it will please...Read more...
Dasarajna: Battle of the Ten Kings
BY: SUN STAFF - 20.6 2018 King Porus' Army On kingship and the Bharatas' sound defeat of the Puru armies. "When his merits from past good actions have been exhausted, a pure man descends to earth from the heavenly realms and is born as a king. Such a person is indeed great...Read more...
The virtues of demon’ crazy
By Kesava Krsna dasa – 20.5 2018 Srila Prabhupada’s keen observation picked out the demon word in pan’demon’ium and demon’strate. He likewise slotted in words befitting his siddhantic stance. Democracy did not escape his scathing, if not light-hearted censure....Read more...
The Many Faces of Halva
By Kurma Dasa - 20.6 2018 Anyone who has ever visited a Hare Krishna Temple feast or a Hare Krishna restaurant will have undoubtedly tasted halva. The memory of its sweet, warm, moist, spiritually-infused ‘comfort food-iness’ will no doubt have lingered long after all traces of...Read more...
FATAL FAT
By Caitanya Caran Das - 20.6 2018 A two inch tongue can kill a six feet man. This traditional saying is being confirmed by modern obesity statistics. The prosperity of the Indian middle class is showing up – in a not-so-pleasant way in the burgeoning waistline, of over 25% of urban...Read more...
THE 64 YOGINIS
By editor - 19.6 2018 Yoginis Statue - 10th century Sackler Gallery Washington DC In the Hindu religion Yoginis are females credited with magical powers (Kinsley 287). The history surrounding the yoginis is scarce and can vary from source to source. Consensus is that the cult...Read more...
Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 107
BY: SUN STAFF - 19.6 2018 Lord Brahma A serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship. As we near the end of our presentation on temples dedicated to the worship of Lord Brahma, we offer this brief glorification of Brahmadev.   Sri Brahma Stotra MANTRA 1 Namaste...Read more...
Apasampradayas
BY: SUN STAFF - 19.6 2018 Unbonafide Sampradayas Baul musician, Ramakrishna Mission, Kabir, Kartabhajas, Swami Sivananda (top right, clockwise) "There are four Vaisnava sampradayas (systems) of disciplic succession. One sampradaya comes from Lord Brahma, one from the goddess of...Read more...
The Saivites
BY: SUN STAFF - 19.6 2018 Worshipper of Lord Siva "Lord Siva's symptoms of austerity are not exactly those of a Vaisnava. Lord Siva is certainly the number one Vaisnava, but he exhibits a feature for a particular class of men who cannot follow the Vaisnava principles. The Saivites...Read more...
Construction of New Vrindavana
By Varsana Swami - 19.6 2018 Did Indra help the construction of New Vrindavana’ s Govindaji Mandir? “Excavation for Govindaji Mandir began in the spring of 1973. New Vrindaban hired Bob Black, a local farmer who owned a backhoe, to excavate the footer for Govindaji Mandir. I...Read more...
Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 106
BY: SUN STAFF - 18.6 2018   A serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.   Sri Brahma-samhita As we approach the end of this now lengthy series on the places where Lord Brahma is worshipped, some of our readers may wonder why we are pursuing such a detailed...Read more...
Srila Prabhupada On Education By Example
By Indira-sakhi Devi Dasi - 18.6 2018 Srila Prabhupada stressed that character development was an inseparable part of education. He explained that the teachers themselves should be exemplary role models to successfully impart Vedic knowledge to the students. You are right when you say that...Read more...
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