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Kala Bhairava: The Lord of Time
By Radha Pukan - 3.10 2018 Kala Bhairava is a fierce manifestation of Lord Shiva and is highly revered across the Indian subcontinent. He is depicted in an aggressive form with angry eyes shaped like lotus blossoms, blazing hair, tiger’s teeth, snake coiled around his neck or...Read more...
What’s Wrong with Our Politicians
By editor - 3.10 2018 What’s Wrong with Our Politicians – Three Examples of Perfect Leadership From Back to Godhead To say that most politicians are incompetent, and in many cases downright dishonest, isn’t very controversial. We’ve all read about their blunders,...Read more...
Srila Prabhupada’s Arrival in America
By Giriraj Swami and Sri Prahlada dasa - 3.10 2018 In honor of Srila Prabhupada’s arrival in America, we shall sing the poem he wrote on the ship Jaladuta as he arrived in the Boston harbor. Song [translation]: 1: My dear Lord Krsna, You are so kind upon this useless soul, but I do...Read more...
The Yamadutas at the Time of Death
By Subhangi Devi Dasi - 3.10 2018 Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupad! All glories to all of the Vaishnavas, especially the preachers who are saving the world from hell! All glories to your service! Have you ever heard of terminal restlessness? Probably not,...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 25
BY: ROCANA DASA Biographies of the Sampradaya Acaryas Jayadharma (Jayadhvaja / Vijayadhvaja Tirtha): Jayadharma is 15h on the guru-parampara List of 32. Jayadharma lived the life of an exemplary Vaisnava, and his pastimes took place during an important era in the history of the...Read more...
Do we Overearn?
By Purushottam Nitai Das - 1.10 2018 A research published in the journal “Psychological Science” in June, 2014 shows people tend to accumulate more than they can consume. (source: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/business/you-cant-take-it-with-you-but-you-still-...Read more...
The Illusion of Heavenly Planets
By Khonika Gope-Kumar - 1.10 2018 Like many others, I had a misconception that the 7 subterranean planets mentioned in the scriptures are actually hellish planets meant for punishing the sinners. Hell no! (no pun intended) The seven subterranean planets, i.e. those are below the earthly...Read more...
Promoting the Vedic Culture
By Bhakti Nilaya das - 1.10 2018 A sign of a good leader is that he does not request those under him to do something that he is not prepared to do. So before we desire to distribute this Vedic culture to the whole world, we ourselves have to be following it in such a way that nobody can find...Read more...
DEMONS IN VEDIC LITERATURE
By editor - 27.9 2018 In Hinduism, demons are often considered to be anthropomorphic. They can be classed into four basic categories; these are abstract, celestial, atmospheric, and terrestrial demons. Although demons may be classed in these groups the divisions between categories are not...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 24
BY: ROCANA DASA - 26.9 2018 Biographies of the Sampradaya Acaryas Vidyanidhi (Vidyadhiraja Tirtha): The next Sampradaya Acarya in the line for whom Jaya Tirtha Charan dasa provides a biographical sketch is Vidyanidhi, who is 13th on the List of 32. However, the author comments in some...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 23
BY: ROCANA DASA - 25.9 2018 Biographies of the Sampradaya Acaryas Jaya Tirtha: The biographical pastimes of Jaya Tirtha, 10th on the guru-parampara list, are presented in Jaya Tirtha Charan's paper and are quite remarkable. The stories of Jaya Tirth's transcendental...Read more...
Visvarupa-mahotsava
Visvarupa-mahotsava and Srila Prabhupada’s Sannyasa By Giriraj Swami - 25.9 2018 Today is Visvarupa-mahotsava, the date on which Lord Chaitanya’s older brother, Visvarupa, took sannyasa, the renounced order of life. And on the same date some four hundred and fifty years...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 22
BY: ROCANA DASA - 24.9 2018 Biographies of the Sampradaya Acaryas Aksobhya: Aksobhya Tirtha, who is 9th on the List of 32, gives us our first opportunity in this comparative survey of Sampradaya Acaryas to consider members of the elite disciplic succession from the standpoint of ...Read more...
Haridasa Thakura’s Disappearance Day
A Talk by Giriraj Swami - 24.9 2018 Today is the disappearance day of Namacarya Srila Haridasa Thakura, so we shall read from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Antya-lila, Chapter Eleven, ‘The Passing of Haridasa Thakura’: The summary of this chapter is given by Srila...Read more...
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srila Prabhupada
By Giriraj Swami - 24.9 2018 Today marks the anniversary of the birth—the appearance—of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, “the pioneer of the program for benedicting the entire world with Krishna consciousness.” To honor the occasion, I would like to share a short piece I...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 21
BY: ROCANA DASA - 21.9 2018 Biographies of the Sampradaya Acaryas Madhava: Relatively little information is available on Madhava Tirtha's life. He is 8th on the List of 32, and was the third acarya in charge of Madhvacarya's math after his departure. Previously he lived the life...Read more...
The Appearance of Srila Jiva Goswami
BY: SUN EDITORS - 21.9 2018 Jiva Gosvami The Appearance Day of Srila Jiva Goswami is observed on September 21st. Srila Jiva Gosvami made his appearance in 1455, Sakabdha (1533 A.D.), on the 12th day of the bright fortnight in the month of Bhadra. He disappeared from view at the age of 85...Read more...
The Transcendental Arts of Srimati Radharani, Part 3
BY: SUN STAFF - 21.9 2018 Radha and Krsna Looking Into a Mirror  National Museum, Delhi , c. 1800 The 64 transcendental arts. Before we proceed with our study of the individual items which comprise the list of Srimati Radharani's 64 transcendental arts, we will begin to look at...Read more...
11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Lord Vamanadeva
By Gauravani dasa - 21.9 2018 1. He is known by many names, the most common ones being Vamana (the little dwarf), Trivikrama (he who has taken three step; the giant form), and Upendra (Indra’s younger brother); 2. In every planetary system the denizens worship a particular visnu-...Read more...
Lessons from Lord Vamanadeva
By Kripamoya Das - 21.9 2018 The many lessons for Vaishnavas to learn from Lord Vamanadeva Lord Vamanadeva appeared within this world from the womb of Aditi, the mother of the gods. He appeared at midday on the shravan-dvadasi, the 12th day of the lunar month of Shravan when the moon is...Read more...
The Appearance of Sri Vamanadev
BY: SUN STAFF - 20.9 2018 Lord Vamanadeva Begs Charity from Bali Maharaja Vamana Dvadasi, the auspicious Appearance Day of Sri Vamana Avatar is observed on September 21st. The fifth among the Dasavatara is Sri Vamana-avatara. There are innumerable lila-avataras. Among them are twenty-...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 20
BY: ROCANA DASA Biographies of the Sampradaya Acaryas Nrhari (Narahari Tirtha): Nrhari is 7th on the List of 32. According to his biographical sketch, he was divinely chosen by the royal elephant as a replacement for the departed King. He quickly surrendered his role as King, passing it...Read more...
The Transcendental Arts of Srimati Radharani, Part 2
BY: SUN STAFF - 20.9 2018 Krsna and Balaram are Instructed on the 64 Arts by Sandipani Muni    The 64 transcendental arts. In Sanskrit, the word kala means, among other things, the arts, and specifically 64 fine or mechanical arts. We have already mentioned two...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 19
BY: ROCANA DASA Biographies of the Sampradaya Acaryas One of ISKCON's scholars in the field of guru-parampara is Sriman Jaya Tirtha Charan dasa, a disciple of HH Jayaptaka Swami, who resides in Katikati, New Zealand. He is the author of a book entitled The Life and...Read more...
The Seven Wonders of the Word
By Sivarama Swami - 19.9 2018 From Back to Godhead What is the effect of chanting Hare Krishna? The names of the Lord in the maha-mantra Hare, Krishna, and rama are invested with His full potencies. Singing God’s names, therefore, is to contact Him through the medium of...Read more...
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