Srila Prabhupada, our most noteworthy example, established an international society amidst overwhelming physical handicaps or apparent setbacks that became a precursor to a worldwide society. Then there are his sincere followers, whose tests and trials amidst obstacles, have realization, trying their best to fulfill his will
Aug 30 2013 Sri Vyasa Puja at ISKCON Vrindavan
We especially treasure your Dictaphone. How many hours did you spend with the microphone in hand, composing your translations and purports? The recordings were then whisked away only to return as beautiful books replete with glorious artwork printed in the best manner possible
Hare Krsna dear devotees, Below are the first Vyasa-puja offerings of two inmate bhaktas. I hope they will bring you great transcendentally pleasure!
Aug 30 2013 What is Enlightenment?
In an essay submitted to the Berlinische Monatsschrift in 1784, Immanuel Kant, an eminent German philosopher, defined enlightenment as mankindâs exit from self-incurred immaturity, a state of irresolution in which individuals remain content to allow others to think for them. He declared the motto of enlightenment to be sapere aude! Dare to know! Have the courage to use your own understanding
Aug 30 2013 Who is ÅrÄ«la VyÄsadeva?
But, the reality is that ÅrÄ«la PrabhupÄda was not specific in this or any other similar statements, he never mentions Ká¹á¹£á¹a DvaipÄyana VyÄsa as a ÅaktyÄveÅa-avatÄra or jÄ«va-tattva but is always using a generic term VyÄsadeva that is used for the post of VyÄsadeva in general.
Aug 30 2013 The Ebb and Flow of History
The country today known as India has been physically at the center of the ancient world with Europe to its West and Asia to its East. As the center it has radiated its influence in both directions. Broadly speaking there were two great reform movements that spun off from the ancient Vedic tradition
Aug 29 2013 Nrsimhadev Nectar
The magic of the Deities' loving reciprocation in this unique abode is wonderful. One time we bought a crystal necklace with large pendant for Lord Nrsimhadev, but never saw Him wear it. My wife prayed to Him "Please let me know what I could buy for You that You will like to wear." The next day when she came to see Him, the merciful Lord was wearing the crystal necklace
Aug 28 2013 29-8-13—Appearance day of HDG Srila Prabhupada
An excerpt from the Prabhupada Lilamrta about Srila Prabhupada's mother, Srimati Rajani Devi. Abhayâs mother, Rajani, was thirty years old when he was born. Like her husband, she came from a long-established Gaudiya Vaisnava family. She was darker-skinned than her husband, and whereas his disposition was cool, hers tended to be fiery
Aug 27 2013 Sri Krishna Janmastami
A lecture by Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami on Janmastami Lord Sri Krishna's appearance day.
Aug 15 2013 Messiah Complex
Russell Brand popped into our countryside temple last week. We strolled around the gardens, had a bite to eat and finished off with half-an-hour of chanting in the main shrine. According to sources, Russell had at one point seriously considered the idea of monasticism!
Aug 13 2013 What Does Automatically Revealed Mean?
Somehow, some of us might secretly feel the need to add (over-intelligent) to what Srila Prabhupada has already given us. Our thoughts could be, âThis process requires too much patienceâ¦ there must be a quicker wayâ¦â which subtracts from our Founder Acarya. How can we acknowledge the fullness of his teachings and what does it mean to have implicit faith in the spiritual master?
Aug 9 2013 Srila Prabhupada: No Nirjana Bhajana
Given recent events I'm reminded of Srila Prabhupada's prophetic words written shortly before he took sannyas. They are as instructive today as they were then. I start with verse 24 in order to tantalize the reader to peruse it in context as it appears later
Aug 4 2013 The Origin of Religion
The classic scientific study in the materialistic vein of religious life was Durkheimâs work The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, a work which proved highly influential in confirming for decided atheists the view that there is no God, and that all phenomena, both material and social, have a material, chaotic origin
Aug 2 2013 Sri Dwarka Dhama
Dwarka means "gateway to the Supreme" or "city of gates." Traditionally, an opulent city would have many gates, indicating the king's confidence in protecting the city
Jul 30 2013 Peter Buffett - on the dualities of giving
Dear Mr. Buffett, The Daily Mail reported today that you say "charity is a perpetual poverty machine" and that "rich people giving away money eases their conscience but doesn't solve the problem." All true. But what is the foundation of the dysfunction?
âThis is possibly the only temple in China where we are still praying to a Hindu God,â says Li San Long, a Chedian resident, with a smile
Jul 19 2013 Varnasrama-dharma and Srila Prabhupada
Although Lord Caitanya stated that varnasrama is external to bhakti (CC Madhya 8.59), all Vaisnava acaryas have recognized the importance of varnasrama in regulating society, and that it should be followed by devotees at least until they reach the perfectional stage
We may read or hear some gurus say that Sri Vrndavana Dhama is the land of Sambhoga, or meeting with Lord Krishna. Devotees might think this is at odds with what Srila Prabhupada taught us in Krishna Book and Srimad Bhagavatam tenth canto. Does not Vipralambha occur in Vrndavana?
Jul 17 2013 Congregational Preaching
During the early days of the Hare Krishna movement, spiritual life was perceived as meaning to live in the temple as a full-time devotee. The word âdevoteeâ referred to someone who was living in a temple and engaged in temple activities full time. Those who lived outside were referred to as âkarmisâ
Jul 14 2013 Devadasa and Bhaktivinoda Thakura
There is some confusion regarding the book âDevadÄsaâ, which is ascribed to ÅrÄ«la Bhaktivinoda á¹¬hÄkura. I'm writing this keeping in mind ÅrÄ«la PrabhupÄda's definition of truth: âAlthough sometimes the truth is unpalatable, one should not refrain from speaking it. Truthfulness demands that the facts be presented as they are for the benefit of others. That is the definition of truth.â
Jul 12 2013 The Divinity of Philosophy
Philosophy, defined as "the love for wisdom", instinctively acquires numerous implicitly dubious connotations, thus stimulating many minds into conjuring avast spectrum of speculations
Srila Prabhupada exposes the secret policy of the British to cut down Vedic civilization in India through a letter to Gour Govinda Swami
Jul 12 2013 The Hobo Adventurer Discovers the Hare Krishnas
A professional comedian spends a day as a devotee of Krishna. "To be fair, my Dad was not the only one who voiced concern or raised an eyebrow when I told him I was spending a day with a relatively unfamiliar religious group." And everyone begged the question, 'Why?'
Jul 7 2013 Manu Samhita/Smriti with Six Commentaries
For those who are adept at reading Sanskrit and wish to study the Manu Samhita (in parts or in entirety), I've managed to find and upload the entire Manu Samhita with Six Commentaries in Devanagari Script.
Recently our head architect, Vilasini devi dasi, gave a presentation about the TOVP in Bahrain. The following is an account of her experience with the inclusion of her power point slides
A thoroughly researched, lovingly presented understanding of SP's position by a funny, focused, friendly, firm and foundational Suresvara prabhu
Jul 2 2013 Anniversary of the Incorporation of ISKCON
'Built to last' was a slogan that wasn't lost on Srila Prabhupada's institution. In pursuance of Srila Prabhupada's vision, as far as I know the highest administrative levels of ISKCON have been discussing and examining the 'culture of succession' principle
Jul 1 2013 Can one change svarupa and rasa…?
In his introduction to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srila Prabhupada states: Every living being, out of the many, many billions and trillions of living beings, has a particular relationship with the Lord eternally. That is called svarupa
Jul 1 2013 Sanskrit’s Nature and History
1. âVedicâ Sanskrit and Classical Sanskrit â nature and origin of differences 2. Further differences within Vedic Sanskrit itself, as well as within Classical Sanskrit itself 3. Other languagesâ relations with Sanskrit
This area is non-different from Jagannatha Puri as Lord Jagannatha is eternally resident here. Thus the same benefits of going to Jagannatha Puri are gained by visiting this place
Jun 28 2013 What You See Is What You Get
Iâd like you to take a minute and envision the kind of devotee you would like to be if anything were possible. What qualities would you like to possess? How would you like to act? What kind of mentality and attitude would you like to have?
Jun 27 2013 The Secret of Levitation
By experiencing the higher joy of Krsna consciousness in kirtan and having one's consciousness pacified, one easily gives up attachment to lower material pleasures. But what is even more important: One solicits the most powerful of the Lord's energies: His krpa sakti or mercy potency
Jun 17 2013 Does God Exist
Although Scientists donât believe in god but this article scientifically proves that God do exist and he is the creator, maintainer and destroyer of entire universe. I hope after reading this article all atheists will convert into theist
Jun 15 2013 Make Vrindavan Villages Film
The new film - Make Vrindavan Villages, takes the audience through a wonderful track of contrast between congested city living and simple lifestyle
Jun 13 2013 A Malinadu Gidda Experience
We have a golden hill. Not everyone has a golden hill, but we have. One day, Krishna willing, we will become famous as the HARE KRISHNA GOLDEN HILL. At present we are known as Sahyadri Sri Krishna Balarama Ksetra or SSKBK
Jun 11 2013 Can We Compare Iskcon With Other Faiths?
Scholars and professors like to observe Iskcon and compare us with various religions. Devotees too, can feel that they belong to one of the faiths called Iskcon. Should we accept that we are just one of many, or is there something unique being neglected?
Last week I was blessed to be granted an interview with devotional music veteran Nirantara Das, a direct disciple of Srila Prabhupada, practitioner and preacher of bhakti-yoga for nearly 40 years
Jun 8 2013 Primary and Secondary Rules
Vaiá¹£á¹avas follow various vidhis or rules. However, it's not that all of these vidhis have equal importance. For example it is a rule that one should take bath daily, it is also a rule that one should chant the holy names daily, but of the two vidhis the latter is much more important
Jun 6 2013 The Cat Baba and the Blind Vulture
A story based on the Sanskrit Hitopadesh of Sri Vishnu Sharma with some comments compiled by Madhavananda Das speaking about false devotees and institutions
Jun 5 2013 Of religion and philosophy
Bertrand Russell, famed agnostic philosopher, has criticised Thomas Aquinas, famed Catholic philosopher for knowing in advance the outcome of his argument. He has claimed âThe finding of arguments for a conclusion given in advance is not philosophy, but special pleading.â
Criticism is fine when the hidden motivation is to support the spiritual welfare of another but when it is there to undermine without any pure desire for their spiritual upliftment, then that is a reactionary affair
Parnia: (a doctor at Stony Brook University Hospital and director of the schoolâs resuscitation research program) There may be something in the brain we havenât discovered that accounts for consciousness, or it may be that consciousness is a separate entity from the brain
The 5th ISKCON Vedic Ecology Convention was held recently at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. The event was attended by a diverse audience which included school learners and educators, university students and members of the public
Very often, the only link an inmate has with the outside world is his correspondence with the IPM devotees. Some are fortunate enough to have supportive family or friends, but most are not
What is the history of the events? What are the successes and what are the reasons for any failures? And what would Srila Prabhupada say, looking at the path followed by the first Vaishnavas in Moscow?
May 19 2013 Strictness is the Strength of ISKCON
It seems most devotees in ISKCON rely on intuitive assumptions regarding the psychology of the audience we preach to; however, our assumptions can be erroneous. Strictness increases the attractiveness of religious organizations. This paper presents the logic behind this assertion and some recent empirical research on the role strictness plays in religious organizations
May 16 2013 Humility Means No Resistance
Bhaktivinoda Thakura explains that grass doesnât resist when it is walked on or thrown around. It doesnât complain or scream out, âHow dare you step on me or throw me here and there?!â As we say in California, âIt goes with the flow.â
May 16 2013 Rising Through The Ranks
Some devotees feel that they have to be extra educated or materially qualified, or to be a GBC, sannyasa or guru with disciples, in order to serve properly in devotion. Falling short of these positions, we may feel unqualified. There are some good news for all âunqualifiedâ devotees
May 16 2013 Doomsday Stop Drilling the Earth
Today the Earth planet we inhabit, Mother Bhumi, is facing a monumental catastrophe in the form of exploiting her for oil. Though this modern artificial so-called civilization is based around wholesale destruction and pillaging of the environment, there are a few who have arisen to defend Mother Earth though soon it could be too late
May 16 2013 Sanskritâs Nature And History
This is several questions made in the form of an article. I find them intriguing and aspire for answers. I beg kind insightful devotees to offer insights, and, if they find time, to evaluate or critique the answers which i have offered according to my own limited understanding
May 15 2013 “Sri Nrsimhapalli” Or Devapalli
The Place Where Lord Nrsimhadeva Came To Take Rest And Wash The Blood From His Hands After Killing Hiranyakasipu
May 9 2013 Being ISKCON
Simple living and High thinking is the solution to economic problems. Therefore the Krishna Conscious movement is engaging devotees in producing their own food and living self-sufficiently so that rascals may see how one can live very peacefully, eat the food grains one has grown one self, drink milk, and chant Hare Krishna
May 9 2013 The endless dance of theism and atheism
In his summation during his debate with self-confessed atheist Stephen Law, HH Sivarama Swami made the following point: He said that for those individuals who take up the science of spiritual life, who âperform the experimentâ, there is no need to argue
May 8 2013 Special souls
The Grade 2 children (ages 6 and 7) of Sri Mayapur International School have been studying the life of Srila Prabhupada with their teacher Kirti Kumari devi dasi. As part of their project they wrote responses to Srila Prabhupada's poem 'Markine Bhagavat Dharma' thinking about what Lord Krishna would say to His dear devote
May 6 2013 Why bad things happen to good people like me
Most of the time we complain. Sometimes we may be vocal about it but most of the time we silently complain. Why did it happen to me? Why always bad things happen to good people like me? We always consider ourselves a victim of an unjust system
I am happy to report that the GBC passed my proposal to make Srila Prabhupada's presence on the home page of all Iskcon temples and preaching centers an official guideline of the Society. Srila Prabhupada's picture is currently MIA (missing in action) on numerous temple websites around the world
Apr 26 2013 Grihastha Ashram
If you have been to a circus you may have seen a tightrope walker constantly adjusting his long pole to keep it horizontal. Without these readjustments, the performer may lose his balance and fall. Similarly, by avoiding extreme views or behaviors that will throw us off our chosen life path, we can remain mentally, physically and spiritually balanced