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The Appearance of Lord Krishna
Sri Krsna Janmastami A Talk by Giriraj Swami We read from Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto Ten, Chapter Two: “Prayers by the Demigods for Lord Krsna in the Womb.” TEXT 18 tato jagan-mangalam acyutamsam samahitam sura-sutena devi dadhara sarvatmakam atma-bhutam kastha yathananda-...Read more...
The Gitas Of The Bhagavatam
By Gauranga Darshan Das - 3.9 2018 Srimad Bhagavad-gita is the greatly enlightening philosophical song sung by Lord Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, to instruct the bewildered Arjuna on the battlefield of Kuruksetra. Bhagavad-gita systematically presents the knowledge of the...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 11
BY: ROCANA DASA - 31.8 2018 Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati's Bhagavat-parampara  (siksa-parampara) Any discussion of bringing the guru-parampara list forward from Lord Chaitanya has to include mention of a debate that has been quietly raging on for decades about...Read more...
Material and Spiritual – What’s the balance?
By Yamuna Sundari devi dasi - 31.8 2018 It’s a general concern of devotees which we hear in many of the classes, forums and seminars on what can be the real key to balance one’s material and spiritual lives. There is a very interesting statement made by famous French priest and...Read more...
Mystic Understanding
By Kesava Krsna dasa - 31.8 2018 Some devotees seldom use the word ‘mystical’ when describing other worldly subjects, due to obscure hazy connotations; preferring instead to use terms like inconceivable, transcendental or spiritual. Srila Prabhupada quite often used the word in...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 10
BY: ROCANA DASA Bringing the List Forward from Lord Caitanya With the passing of time, more and more disciples and followers of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada are attempting to understanding the nature, importance and essential meaning of the list of Sampradaya Acaryas presented in...Read more...
The Out of Africa Theory Versus the Vedic View
By Sri Nandanandana dasa (Stephen Knapp) - 30.8 2018             Many geneticists view that modern man developed and came out of Africa where they migrated across lands to settle in ancient India. From there they spread out in all...Read more...
Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 9
BY: ROCANA DASA - 29.8 2018 Kavi Karnapura Terms of Glorification When comparing one list to the next, one of the most interesting points of comparison are the terms of glorification used to describe various individuals. The interspersing of glorifications amidst the listed names is found...Read more...
The Best Benediction
By Mohini Radha Devi Dasi - 29.8 2018 From Back to Godhead Why Krishna’s holy names are the greatest treasure. Some people fantasize about accumulating immense wealth and dream of what they would buy if they only had enough. To them, happiness hovers elusively on the other side of...Read more...
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...
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