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Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 8
BY: ROCANA DASA - 28.8 2018 Sri Guru-parampara in Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON Songbook There is one more iteration of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta's Sri Guru-parampara to be considered – the version found in Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON songbook. Here we find what...Read more...
The Pastimes of Lord Balarama
By editor - 28.8 2018 APPEARANCE Sri Baladeva is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. He is equal in supremacy to the Supreme Godhead, yet wherever Krishna appears, Sri Baladeva appears as Krishna’s brother, sometimes elder, sometimes younger. In his vaibhava-prakasa feature,...Read more...
Lecture on Lord Balarama’s Appearance Day
By editor - 28.8 2018 Gargamuni said: This child, the son of Rohini, will give all happiness to His relatives and friends by His transcendental qualities. Therefore He will be known as Rama. And because He will manifest extraordinary bodily strength, He will also be known as Bala. Moreover,...Read more...
A Question Of Authority
By Mandaleshwara dasa - 28.8 2018 A spiritual gathering in ancient India yields sage advice for our age of skepticism. “Once, in a holy place in the forest of Naimisharanya, great sages headed by the sage Saunaka assembled to perform a great thousand-year sacrifice for the...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 7
BY: ROCANA DASA - 24.8 2018 Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati's Guru-parampara List In an article entitled Sri Gaudiya Kantahara ("The Necklace of the Gaudiya Bhaktas") by Atulakrsna Dattaji [9], a disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur's, we...Read more...
Strength from Above
By Yogesvara Dasa - 24.8 2018 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...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 6
BY: ROCANA DASA - 23.8 2018 Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana's List of the Sampradaya Acaryas In his purport to Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 6.40, Srila Prabhupada mentioned another source with respect to the members of the disciplic succession, that is, the Prameya-ratnavali...Read more...
Lord Parashurama’s Revolution
By Aja Govinda Dasa - 23.8 2018 From Back to Godhead In a former age, God’s empowered incarnation employed extreme measures to deal with an extreme situation. Sectarian and political disputes are common not only today but occurred even during the time of Sri Parashurama, an...Read more...
Death – The Life Stalker
By Kesava Krsna Dasa - 22.8 2018 Death is a 100% certainty. How are we going to face it? If it comes when we least expect it, this is what makes death so mystifying, yet it is often kept away at a distance within the mind. People know they will die, but how they die is the unknown...Read more...
The Macmillan Miracle
By Satyaraja Dasa - 22.8 2018 From Back to Godhead The surprising events surrounding the initial publication of Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is. The Bhagavad-gita was important to Srila Prabhupada. He saw it as the perfect book to convey Krishna consciousness, as it...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 5
BY: ROCANA DASA - 20.8 2018 Genesis of the Guru-parampara List Given the great importance of the list of spiritual masters in perfection in the disciplic succession -- the guru-parampara or 'List of 32' -- we must consider the genesis of the list. The fact that...Read more...
Chosen People Or People Who Choose?
By Drutakarma dasa - 20.8 2018 The rich theology of the Vedic literature can end speculative attempts to resolve the apparently contradictory concepts of predestination and free will. Kimberly picks up a tape by a rock band known for its satanic image and clicks it into her Walkman....Read more...
Suitable arrangements for marriages
By Candramauli Swami - 20.8 2018 atas tvam rsi-mukhyebhyo yatha-silam yatha-ruci atmajah paridehy adya vistrnihi yaso bhuvi TRANSLATION: Therefore, today please give away your daughters to the foremost of the sages, with due regard for the girls’ temperaments and likings,...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 4
BY: ROCANA DASA Srila Prabhupada's Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.12-13, New Vrindavan, June 11, 1969 We find an abbreviated version of the list of Sampradaya Acaryas in Srila Prabhupada's Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.12-13, June 11, 1969: "Our,...Read more...
THE VEDANGAS
By editor - 16.8 2018 The word Vedangas in Sanskrit means “limbs of the Vedas” which is appropriate because it is a collection/genre that is an appendage of the Vedas. The origin of the Vedangas can date back to as early as 1200 BC but some speculate on an even earlier...Read more...
AGNI (GOD OF FIRE)
By editor - 16.8 2018 Agni is said to be one of the closest connected gods with humans than any of the other deities in the Hindu tradition. The god Agni is identified with being the producer of fire and referred to as being Indra’s (god of thunder and lightning) brother (Macdonell 57...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 3
BY: ROCANA DASA Srila Prabhupada's Letter to Upendra, February 13, 1968: Another iteration of the list of Sampradaya Acaryas was given by Srila Prabhupada in his letter to Upendra, February 13, 1968 [Table1/Chart 4]: "My Guru Maharaja was in the 10th generation from Lord...Read more...
Dey Family Claims BBT Copyrights
BY: VASTAVIKA DAS On June 8, 2015, the ownership of the 60 titles of Srila Prabhupada's books published through 1977 were claimed by the Dey family - Prabhupada's sons and relatives. Also claiming the copyrights (of 65 titles) is the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International. Hmmm. In...Read more...
Ideal Family Life
By editor - 15.8 2018   Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 7: The Science of God Chapter 14: Ideal Family Life Summary Maharaja Yudhisthira inquired from Narada Muni: O my lord, O great sage, kindly explain how we who are staying at home without knowledge of the goal of life may also easily...Read more...
Remember God? Coming Back to My Eternal Friend
By Bhakti-lata Devi Dasi - 15.8 2018 From Back to Godhead After years searching and struggling, she finally found the right place to develop the natural connection she felt with God. It was the third day in the hospital. The IV was still in my right arm. As I gazed through the window, a...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 2
BY: ROCANA DASA - 14.8 2018 Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Adi lila 6:40 In his purport to Adi 6.40, Srila Prabhupada narrates the List of 32 up to and including Madhavendra Puri: Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Adi 6.40: "The Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika (22) clearly states the...Read more...
A KGB agent named Leonid…
By Karma-jna Das - 13.8 2018 I was working in the Soviet army. I spend quite some years also in the Afghanistan war. It was such a nasty experience that I wanted to orient myself to a more peaceful atmosphere. So I joined the Moscow Institute that trained KGB staff. Of course it is not...Read more...
BRAHMA PRAJAPATI
By editor - 10.8 2018 The Rg-Veda is a sacred collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns and is also one of the four major sacred texts of Hinduism, the Vedas. Within the Rg-Veda many Hindu deities are identified as are the origins of their creations. Among these deities, there...Read more...
KUBERA: GOD OF WEALTH
By editor - 10.8 2018 Kubera holds a variety of titles within Hinduism, most notably being the god of wealth and riches. He is also regarded as the god of fertility, a tutelary household spirit, the protector of sailors and god of the dead (Coulter and Turner 283). In the Satapatha...Read more...
Hatha Yoga and the Bhagavad-gita
By Satyaraja Dasa - 9.8 2018 From Back to Godhead How the Gita teaches the eight steps of hatha yoga, the topic of Patanjali’s Yoga-sutras. According to a survey by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, an estimated 13.4 million Americans practice yoga, and many more...Read more...
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