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A Treasure Trove of Vaishnava Literature
By editor - 17.7 2018 In South Kolkata, a treasure trove of Vaishnava literature can be found in ISKCON Mayapur’s Bhaktivedanta Research Centre. This library is a gem hidden in a quiet Kolkata neighborhood, in which can be found copies of almost every book written by the previous ...Read more...
Yukta vairagya or using everything in Krishna’s service
By Haripada Dasa - 17.7 2018 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, Srila Prabhupada says: “…Therefore the origin of lust...Read more...
Qualitative upgradation through forgiveness
By Shubha Vilas Das - 17.7 2018 When it comes to making relations work for a lifetime, probably the most powerful and handy tool available is forgiveness. Every relationship goes through a patch where it begins to ferment from love to hate. The search is for a process that stops the...Read more...
3 Pieces of Helpful Advice for Marriage in Bhakti
By Dharma-setu das - 16.7 2018 Karana and I got married on the 5th of January 2002. Since then I have received a lot of valuable advice that has at various times helped me in my marriage. Three recommendations have been particularly useful and have stood the test of time. I’d like to...Read more...
A Response to The Chaitanya School: Role of Ethics
By Krishna Dharma dasa - 16.7 2018 It was good to see a scholar tackling the uncertain area of morality in Vaishnavism, as did Ms Chatterjee with her essay, ‘The Chaitanya School: Role of Ethics’. I found her essay thought provoking and a valuable contribution to what I feel is...Read more...
The Chaitanya School: Role of Ethics
By Chanda Chatterjee - 16.7 2018 Any discussion on religion remains incomplete without a reference to moral and ethical values. The case of Gaudiya Vaishnavism is no exception to that. It is true that ethics has not been systematically treated by the Gaudiya philosophers and that the issue...Read more...
Sanskrit, Latin And Greek
Sanskrit, Latin And Greek: is there a relation between them? By James Cooper - 16.7 2018 In 1786 Sir William Jones, a Welsh philologist and judge of the supreme court of Bengal, sent shock waves throughout Europe with the following speech he gave in his address to the Asiatic society of...Read more...
Bhaktivinoda Thakur’s Influence
By the EuroGBC - 13.7 2018 Bhaktivinoda Thakur’s Influence On The Establishment And Development Of Iskcon This paper aims to present the contribution of Bhaktivinoda Thakur to the establishment and development of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). It...Read more...
​Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura disappearance
By editor - 13.7 2018 Lecture given by HH Tamal Krishna Goswami on 11th July 1991 in Dallas. Today is the disappearance of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srila Gadadhara Pandit. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura worshipped the deities of Gaura Gadadhara and chose to leave this world on the same...Read more...
Timings of the Four Yugas: The Shastric Evidence
By Sri Nandanandana das (Stephen Knapp) - 12.7 2018 When describing the length of the yugas or ages, and which yuga we are in and how far along we are in it, there is sometimes confusion about how to calculate them. Some people think we are already in the next Satya-yuga, known as the...Read more...
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...
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