Philosophy

Yoga as a Science of Consciousness
By editor - 18.6 2019 Need for Higher Consciousness How can we bring a higher consciousness into the world to create peace and harmony, removing all division and conflict? That is the foundation of the practice of Yoga. As long as we are trapped in our usual self-centered thoughts and...Read more...
Flat-Earth or Globular Earth
BY: MAYESVARA DASA - 10.6 2019 Part One The following is the first part of a response to Danavir Goswami's article, "Flat Earth or Globular Earth?". We welcome this public statement by Danavir Goswami as it brings the discussion of the Vedic Earth into the open, and...Read more...
GANDHARVAS
By editor - 7.6 2019 The Gandharvas are a very difficult idea to define, but simply, they are supernatural beings strongly tied to music. They are celestial bards, demi-gods, demons, but predominantly celestial musicians (Thite 52-53). They preside in many places but are mostly...Read more...
Time and Again
By Mathuresha Dasa - 7.6 2019 Being God, Krishna has no work to do and simply enjoys in His original abode, while His expansions and energies, such as time, take care of the material creation. As working men and women we typically leave home in the early morning and spend eight or nine...Read more...
Timings of the Four Yugas: The Shastric Evidence
By Sri Nandanandana das (Stephen Knapp) - 7.6 2019 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...
Lord Brahma
By His Divine Grace A.C.B. Swami Prabhupada O Brahma, whatever appears to be of any value, if it is without relation to Me, has no reality   Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana) – Canto 2: The Cosmic Manifestation – SB 2.9: Answers by Citing the Lord’s Version SB...Read more...
Life and Afterlife
By Navina Syama Dasa - 4.5 2019 Life and Afterlife: Does Modern Science Have it Right? The intellectual community fails to even consider the validity of evidence of reincarnation. I recently read one of the latest books by Ian Stevenson, entitled European Cases of the Reincarnation Type...Read more...
CARVARKA (MATERIALIST) PHILOSOPHY
By editor - 31.5 2019 The Carvaka (sweet-talkers), also known as Lokayata philosophy, is a heterodox Hindu philosophy named after its founder and often classified with its fellow dissenter philosophies of Buddhism and Jainism. However, unlike Jainism and Buddhism, Carvaka has not turned into...Read more...
JAINISM - THE HETERODOX PHILOSOPHIES -MAHAVIRA
By editor - 30.5 2019   In the year 599 BCE, a son was born to the ruler of a territory in India known as Kundalpura. The ruler’s name was Siddhartha, and his wife, Trisala, was sister to the king of a large collection of clans, the Vajjis. They belonged to a religion called...Read more...
Segments of life: Looking at death under another perspective
By Matsya Avatara Dasa - 30.4 2019 Nowadays the great innovations of medical and scientific science can maintain patients alive, even those that in the past were given no hope to survive. These innovations can prolong the patient’s existence artificially even knowing that they will...Read more...
Transcendental Poetry and Muslim Poets
By Damodara Nityananda Dasa - 29.5 2019   For centuries, Muslim poets have revealed their attraction to all-attractive Lord Krishna. In Chaitanya-charitamrita (Madhya 22.80), Lord Chaitanya lists “poetic” as one of the twenty-six qualities of a Vaishnava,...Read more...
Spiritual Lessons From Flying
By Suvarna Radhika Devi Dasi - 29.4 2019   I leaned back in my seat and closed my eyes. My flight was circling over Delhi, waiting for permission to land. My thoughts flashed through the entire process of flying from purchasing the ticket till reaching my destination. Some facet of...Read more...
Is God Partial?
By Gauranga Darshan Das - 25.4 2019 How would you feel if your parents are partial towards your sibling? Would you be comfortable when your teacher is biased towards your classmate? It is natural to expect from one’s superior or guardian a similar treatment as one’s equals...Read more...
How Much Can You Tolerate?
By Giriraj Swami - 25.4 2019 As long as we are in the material world, we must suffer—pain caused by others, pain caused by our own bodies and minds, pain caused by acts of nature. And unless we can tolerate, we cannot live in this world. But how much can a person tolerate? Should we...Read more...
Why is There Suffering?
By Sri Nandanandana dasa (Stephen Knapp) - 17.4 2019 It is natural that at some point in our lives we ask, “Why is there suffering?” Or “Why am I not happy?” “Why can’t we simply go on with life and not undergo so many trials and tribulations? Why can...Read more...
Pancaratrika-vidhi versus Bhagavad-vidhi
By Nrsimha Kavaca dasa - 16.4 2019 The world around us is changing at an ever-increasing rate. The notion of keeping up with the changing world may have relevance in devotional service. But is this perspective relevant in all areas of our practices of bhakti? Are there some elements of...Read more...
Essential Technologies For Empowered Management
By Bhakti Tirtha Swami - 16.4 2019   The metaphysical technologies listed here are simple yet profound tools that you may want to incorporate into your management style. To reap the greatest benefits from these principles, you can include meditation on these ten technologies in your...Read more...
Is the Ramayana relevant today?
By Chaitanya Charan das - 15.4 2019 Question: Is the Ramayana, comprising as it does stories from ancient times, practically relevant today? Answer: Yes, it is relevant because the stories, though from an ancient setting, embody timeless values. From “me” to “we...Read more...
The Floating Stones
By Gauranga Darshan Das - 15.4 2019 “Nothing Is Impossible for the Omnipotent! “ How can stones float on water!? But they did…once upon a time! In treta-yuga, God appeared as a human being, and engaged some monkeys to throw stones in water. By the power of His name...Read more...
The incident of Lord Rama and the Dog
By Shyamasundara Dasa - 12.4 2019 [The following history from the Valmiki Ramaya is full of import for anyone who wants to be a guru, GBC, temple president or leader in ISKCON or any spiritual institution.] The incident of Lord Rama and the Dog From Valmiki’s Ramayana Uttara...Read more...
How Could Sri Rama Do That To His Pregnant Wife?
By Kesava Krsna Dasa - 12.4 2019 How many devotees will answer the question of how Mother Sita was banished by Sri Rama to Valmiki’s hermitage? “Rama was righteous… He set an example for all…?” Or is there a deeper reason? Such an answer can take the ‘...Read more...
The Life of King Kulasekhara – a great Rama Bhakta
By Shyamasundara Dasa ACBSP - 124 2019 The name of King Kulasekhara Alvar is well known to the followers of Srila Prabhupada. His Divine Grace used to relish with great ecstasy the Mukunda Mala Stotra written by this great saintly king. This stotra is commonly known in ISKCON as the Prayers...Read more...
Many Gods or One?
By Satyaraja Dasa - 8.4 2019 Many Gods or One? Five Prominent Deities and Their Universal Meaning Is Krishna consciousness polytheistic? A discussion of panchopasana provides a clear answer that also helps us understand all religions. At first blush, Vaishnavism may seem...Read more...
Ravana refused Rama’s invitation and met with annihilation
By Purushottam Nitai Das - 8.4 2019 With just his tail, Hanuman effortlessly burned the entire city of Lanka. But he too wasn’t successful in burning the lust and ego of Ravana, the powerful king of Lanka. In fact Ravana’s real well wishers such as his brother Vibhishana and his...Read more...
Religion and Hinduism
By Dayananda Das - 5.4 2019 The words “religion” and “Hindu” are problematic. Both are confusing, inaccurate, and not useful words. Religion Depending on the context, the use of the word religion can be ill-defined and even offensive—for example, when...Read more...
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