May 8 2014 To the editors of Time Magazine

By Pusta Krishna das

I am presenting this to the readers of Dandavats.com in order to illustrate how misdirected and speculative the attempts of searching for the truth can be when not guided by the genuine spiritual teacher or Acharya. We must be mindful how fortunate we are to have the guidance of Srila Prabhupada in our day to day and even moment to moment spiritual practices. My comments are in relation to the cover article for the April 28, 2014 Time Magazine entitled "Let There Be Dark."

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May 6 2014 The Son of the Sun

By Chaitanya Charan das

The Mahabharata is a fascinating book with many of its characters not clearly black or clearly white, but multiple shades of grey. Karna is an intriguing character – virtuous, yet choosing the side of the vicious Kauravas; born as a warrior, but treated lifelong as charioteer’s son; great archer, but defeated and killed in a fight with another great archer. Let’s see where he falls on the spectrum of black to white through a series of question-answers.

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May 4 2014 Only Dead Bodies Stay In Their Houses!

By Gaur Govinda Swami

Krishna says, jivanam sarva- bhutesu - I am the life in all living entities." If you are not carrying Krishna in you, have you love? You have no life. You are dying at every moment. You are a dead body. You are living but dead. You are breathing like the bellows of a blacksmith. If there is no Krishna in you, what is the value of that life? That man or woman, who has no Krishna in them, is dead.

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May 4 2014 Resting The Jiva-Fall / No-Fall Case

By Kesava Krsna Dasa

Is this a daring and overconfident claim? It seems to be an assertion of finality on the fall / no-fall issue. Does this risk jumping over Srila Prabhupada and our previous acaryas? The discussions on this matter continue to produce no outright winners of the debate. Such finality may ‘bore’ the philosopher within us, but we cannot deny its profoundness. Who does not want to know their true origin? Ancestry firms help people trace their family lineage and possible place of origin through birth-given names. By providing one’s DNA sample one might learn of more interesting information involving genetic links to ancestors going back thousands of years. We can be forgiven if this natural curiosity spills over onto the spiritual frontier.

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May 4 2014 Who is “The mother of all padayatras?

By Lokanatha Swami

Padayatra India is often affectionately referred to as "the mother of all padayatras."This is because it has provided inspiration for devotees and leaders alike since its inception in 1976, and more especially since the phenomenal 1984 walk from Dwaraka to Mayapur. Padayatra India has nurtured and encouraged many devotees to organize walks in their own countries or to eagerly participate in them, making padayatra a worldwide phenomenon. The use of bullock carts has also served as a motivation, particularly in Western countries, where the idea was initially thought to be impractical and impossible.

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Apr 27 2014 The Importance of Vaishnava Seva

By Madhavananda Das

Obtaining the mercy of a pure devotee is an absolute necessity for those who aspire for the service and association of the Supreme Lord in the spiritual world. Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami writes in madhya-līlā 22.51. One may doubt whether the servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead will attain perfection, but there is absolutely no doubt that those who are attached to serving his devotees will attain perfection.

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Apr 27 2014 Juvenile crime, Dry asceticism and Oppressive elders represented by Vatsasura

By Shyamananda Dasa

The hordes of demons killed by the Lord during His pastimes on the earthly realm represent the different anarthas we have stock piled in our hearts during our long sojourn in the material world in different species of life. The demon named Vatsasura who took the form of a calf and tried to kill Sri Krishna was killed by the Lord during His boyhood pastimes in Vrndavana. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura in an article titled 'Vatsaura' reveals an esoteric meaning of the Lord's killing of this calf-demon

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Apr 20 2014 “Back to Godhead” means Back to Godhead

By Sita Rama dasa

The original home of the living entity and the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the spiritual world. In the spiritual world both the Lord and the living entities live together very peacefully. Since the living entity remains engaged in the service of the Lord, they both share a blissful life in the spiritual world. However, when the living entity, misusing his tiny independence, wants to enjoy himself, he falls down into the material world

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Apr 20 2014 Maintaining Steady Devotion during Unsteady Practice

By Dulal Chandra dasa

George Harrison's lyrics to My Sweet Lord drew many to the path of Krsna Consciousness and also provide insight regarding states of mind conducive to steady advancement - patience and confidence. The advancing bhakta [sadhaka] must remain equipoised when confronted with the realization that meaningful spiritual advancement "takes so long" on the one hand, and fully confident that mercy is forthcoming through Krsna's pure devotees, "it wont take long" on the other.

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Apr 19 2014 Understanding the difference between science and scientism

By Chaitanya Charan das

Consider the experience of seeing a beautiful sunset. We can directly experience the beauty of the sunset. But can any scientific experiment measure that beauty? Science could perhaps measure some parameters like the intensity of the sunlight, but such measurements would do little to convey or explain the actual experience of the beauty.

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Apr 19 2014 Finding Brahminical Candidates to Teach Four Legs of Dharma

By Mayesvara Dasa

At the present moment, society is in a chaotic condition, and everyone has given up the cultivation of spiritual life, which is especially meant for the brāhmaṇas. Because spiritual culture has been stopped all over the world, there is now an emergency, and therefore it is now time to train those who are considered lower and condemned, so that they may become brāhmaṇas and take up the work of spiritual progress. The spiritual progress of human society has been stopped, and this should be considered an emergency.

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Apr 18 2014 Sri Sri Tota Gopinatha Temple And Sri Gadadhara Pandita

By Chandan Yatra Das

Sri Tota Gopinatha is exquisitely beautiful self-manifested Deity of Lord Sri Krishna. Sri Tota Gopinatha is also a most unique Deity because He is the only Krishna Deity in the world “sitting down” and playing His flute. Sri Tota Gopinatha has such a charismatic bewitching quality that draws one to His darshana over and over again. Srila Vrindavana Thakura extols His power: “Even an extreme atheist will be changed upon seeing the Deity of Gopinatha.”

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Apr 16 2014 The Iskcon Cow Protection Culture

By Dusyanta dasa

Because Iskcon is a spiritual holistic society it means Iskcon can demonstrate the alternative to capitalism. When defining the original and conclusive purposes of Iskcon Srila Prabhupada also included a lifestyle principle as well as many other spiritual practices. The 6th purpose of Iskcon is aimed and directed to all members of Iskcon towards their lifestyle so that the whole of Iskcon is single pointedly and united to gaining these goals of life.

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Apr 15 2014 Real Self or Iskcon Self

By Kesava Krsna Dasa

For instance, a ‘strict’ brahmacari gets into managerial positions and manages for the betterment of ISKCON, but in doing so also polarises a number of devotees and congregation members with his ‘take-it-or-leave-it approach. Later, the brahmacari is awarded the sannyasa order. At his sannyasa ceremony, he apologises for any hurt he might have caused. Would that apology be an institutional apology or a self-apology? It is an institutional apology. Are we to expect that this type of apology will absolve him of all offences committed on a personal self-level? In the meantime he might feel safe knowing he is ‘exonerated’, but Vaisnava realisations teach us that the offences will remain until they are forgiven on a person-to-person self-level.

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Apr 15 2014 What is the difference between the past ages and the present age?

By Chaitanya Charan das

Lord Chaitanya, the Kali-yuga incarnation of Krishna, inaugurated this golden age and Srila Prabhupada expanded its golden influence all over the world by his tireless outreach efforts. Each one of us has the fortune to receive and share this divine legacy and thereby become models and messengers of integrity amidst this age of perversity.

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Apr 13 2014 The Qualification to Hear

By Madhavananda Das

In this age of instant communication, we expect immediate answers to our questions. From nearly anywhere in the world we can google from our cell phones and in seconds find out whatever facts we are interested in. Moreover, there are hundreds of translations of vaiṣṇava literatures available today, including descriptions of intimate and esoteric pastimes of Krishna and the gopīs.

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Apr 12 2014 Toward Krishna Conscious Governance

By Indra Krishna Das

A clarion call for devotees and like-minded people to come together and, by Krishna conscious governance, save the world from its precarious condition - before it is too late.

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Apr 5 2014 Is the Ramayana relevant today?

By Chaitanya Charan das

Perhaps the most relevant example for us as spiritual seekers is that of Sita when separated from Lord Rama and held in captivity in Ravana’s Lanka. All of us are also separated from the Lord of our hearts and are held in captivity in material existence which is the arena of Ravana-reminiscent materialism.

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Apr 3 2014 Ocean of Mercy: Bhakti Benefits for Doomed Cows?

By Devamrita Swami

Myths and fantasies are an essential part of ordinary human culture. Through science fiction, legends, and fairy tales, the mundane imagination soars, unfettered by reality. But here's one daydream Krishna's devotees, in the real world of bhakti, can do without: we spiritually benefit the condemned cow by offering its milk to Krishna.

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Mar 30 2014 The Psychological Stages Of Spiritual Advancement

By Dulal Chandra Dasa

This seventh verse from the 2nd cloudbank of Sri Visvanatha Cakravarti's Madhurya Kadambini delineates two kinds of devotional service, the unsteady practice [anistha] of one just beginning and the steady practice [nistha] of one who has attained eligibility to easily tread the path of sadhana bhakti by prolonged and steadfast practice.

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Mar 28 2014 Conversion to What: Intolerance or Transcendence?

By Chaitanya Charan das

This article is a compilation of several conversations between Hindu intellectuals (HI) and ISKCON scholars (IS) on various occasions. To cover the various issues in a systematic way, all these conversations are presented here as one, continuous conversation between two individuals.

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Mar 27 2014 Reality, Poetry, Consciousness, Enlightenment, Metaphor and Srimad-Bhagavatam

By Akruranatha Dasa

In Srimad-Bhagavatam culture, there is not such a breakdown between prosaic reality and poetic metaphor. Actual reality is far more enchanted and magical and strange than our modern scientific, mechanistic, deracinated conception. Things that we think of as concepts -- like fear, love, intelligence, decay and so on -- are actually living beings who can interact with other, similar beings. The universe is full of demons, demigods, ghosts, goblins, sages, yogis, siddhas, gandharvas, caranas, apsaras, humans, animals, plants, and all kinds of mystical beings.

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Mar 23 2014 Isn’t it better to be spiritual instead of being religious?

By Chaitanya Charan das

Religion without philosophy is sometimes fanaticism: Just as people can be healed by different treatments, people can become lovers of God by practicing different religions: Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, for example. The decisive test for a religion is whether it enables its followers to become spiritually healthy, to become lovers of God. In this light, religious fanatics are like narrow-minded proponents of a particular medical therapy who are ready to destroy the books and the infrastructure associated with other therapies.

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Mar 19 2014 Theistic interpretations of empirical observation

By Jaganmohini Devi Dasi

When one studies the life and works of several prominent scientists, such as Newton, Planck, Pasteur, Einstein and Schrödinger, one discovers that they were inclined towards spirituality in comprehending their worldview of nature and reality. Their reflections are thus great assets to the works of Bhaktivedanta Institute that focuses on 'Theistic interpretation of empirical observation'.

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Mar 19 2014 Why I will never leave ISKCON

By Narayani Devi Dasi

Narayani Mataji is a devotee of Lord Krishna since 40 years. Her guru is Srila Prabhupada. She speaks on how she continued to stay in ISKCON inspite of so many problems. She talks about women in ISKCON and about the devotees in ISKCON. She talks about the organisation and about the devotees. She talks about splinter groups and controversies in ISKCON. Srila Prabhupada said that ISKCON is my body. She also tells us what to do if we see something in ISKCON that is not appearing right.

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Mar 16 2014 Sri Krishna Chaitanya (Gauranga) Mahaprabhu - Appearance

By Srila Bhaktivinod Thakura

I know no one but Krsna as my Lord, and He shall remain so even if He handles me roughly by His embrace or makes me brokenhearted by not being present before me. He is completely free to do anything and everything, for He is always my worshipful Lord, unconditionally.

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Mar 14 2014 Maintaining Steady Devotion during Unsteady Practice (the Psychological Stages of Spiritual Advancement)

By Dulal Chandra Dasa

While treading the path of sadhana-bhakti, scorching rays of contrary mentalities burn in our head; our feet stumble on pebbles of misconception; thorny bushes of material desire obstruct our passage. Although our mind screams with good reason to retreat, we somehow push on. Stumbling to the ground we notice something shimmering on the roadway. Reaching out we grasp a polished gemstone - Is this meant for me? Suddenly the entire pathway is paved with such gemstones, fragrant flowers line our path and a cloud bank of amazing sweetness shades us. How magical. How has this happened? Who has manifested this mystical oasis?

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Mar 14 2014 What does the Bhaktivedanta Institute Do?

By Rasaraja dasa

His Divine Grace saw Krishna Consciousness as a 'science" in the sense material scientists define science too.Thus, there is a place within our siddhanta for a scientific study of matter to be in the contemporary sense of the word, as pointed out by Srila Prabhupada. We have taken it that the Bhaktivedanta Institute has to fulfil this instruction. This point needs to be fully grasped to adequately understand the work of Bhaktivedanta Institute as a truly scientific institute, presenting the scientific basis of Krishna Consciousness in a rigorous manner, as Srila Prabhupada wanted.

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Mar 13 2014 The Blue Ticket

By Jeevanmukta Das

Once upon a time, a youth in the prime of his stupidity, was given a sum of money by his father and told, ‘You are old enough now, go on, go out and start a fine business on your own and prosper.’

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Mar 13 2014 New finds take archaeologists closer to Krishna

By Bhama Devi Ravi

CHENNAI: The conch and the Sudarshana Chakra are unmistakable. Although the figures do not match popular images of Kirshna sporting a peacock feather, archaeologists are convinced that the coins are of Krishna, revered as an avatar of Vishnu.

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Mar 8 2014 The Spirit of Sannyasa

By Giriraj Swami

On the occasion of the acceptance of the renounced order of life by Badrinarayan Swami—some relishable instructions from Srila Prabhupada.

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Mar 4 2014 Is forgiveness practical?

By Chaitanya Charan das

Forgiveness involves our cultivating virtue independent of the other person, whereas trust is our reciprocation conditional to that person’s cultivating virtue. By carefully understanding the difference between the two, we can transform unfortunate episodes in our relationships into spiritual growth opportunities at least for ourselves – and possibly even for the other person.

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Mar 3 2014 The Advent of Pancha-tattva in Sri Mayapur Dham Feb 21st-23rd, 2004 - living again the bliss of Their appearance!

By the Hare Krishna Today Magazine

Models of the Pancha-tattva were made after researching the scriptures on the exact dimensions, proportions and qualities of each member, who were made in accordance to the descriptions found. It was decided that each deity should have an individual pose. Thus each is holding His hands differently. Lord Chaitanya with His hands wide open worships Lord Krishna to teach all the conditioned souls how to take shelter of Him.

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Mar 2 2014 “SRI DHAMESWAR MAHAPRABHU Temple” at Sri Koladvipa Island of Sri Mayapur Dhama

By Chandan Yatra Das

This beautiful neem Deity of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu is the Deity that Srimati Visnupriya, wife of Lord Gauranga worshiped for 80 years after Lord Caitanya took sannyasa.

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Mar 2 2014 Mahabharata & Our Generational Challenge

By Sankirtana Das

In 2012-13, as I was bringing my book – Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest - to completion, I kept asking myself: what about the Mahabharata would be most relevant to today’s readers. The book has endured for thousands of years. It’s revered by millions of Hindus all over the world. But what does it have to say to anyone else? Is Mahabharata just for Hindus or does it have a place in world literature, or in the very fabric of our diverse cultures?

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Feb 28 2014 How can we say no to the mind when its force seems irresistible?

By Chaitanya Charan das

All of us undergo times when our mind just doesn’t let us do what we need to and want to do. We try to study, but the mind goes blank. We try to work, but the mind doesn’t focus. The mind’s obstinacy that troubles us when we are meeting our worldly obligations often rises to scary heights when we engage in devotional activities like chanting.

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Feb 27 2014 “The powerful lure of material accumulation” - scientists document the atyahara principle

By Matt Richtel

(For nytimes.com) You Can’t Take It With You, but You Still Want More! The study show that even when people know clear boundaries — that they absolutely can’t take the candy with them when they go — they still earn more than they can possibly use.

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Feb 26 2014 The encouraging, more encouraging and most encouraging messages of the Gita

By Chaitanya Charan das

“I am my worst enemy.” Some of us may have felt like this when we came under the grip of sudden, irrational impulses, and spoke and acted in ways that hurt others or ourselves or both. We make plans and efforts to change our illogical, uncongenial behavior, yet the heat of the moment often overpowers us. When we repeatedly succumb to the same self-defeating behavior, we may become possessed by the gloomy thought: “Maybe this is just the way I am; maybe this is my unchangeable nature.”

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Feb 21 2014 I am

By Damodar Prasad Das

It was a momentous winter’s day when Descartes sat down with the sole intention of demolishing all of his opinions. Descartes began by rejecting all knowledge gained from the senses, as the senses sometimes deceive. He concluded that whereas the empirical sciences can be classed as dubious, the abstract sciences such as arithmetic and geometry cannot. However, so determined was he to call into question all of his knowledge, that he conceived of a cunning and powerful demon, who was exerting all of his power to deceive him, even in matters related to the abstract sciences.

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Feb 21 2014 The Philosophy of “the Seer and the Seen” of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati

By Shyamananda dasa

"A bhogi (one who attempts to enjoy this world) considers himself the seer(drasta), and everything else, including the Supreme as the seen (drsya), his object of vision(darsana). Due to their bitter experience of this world, so-called renouncers wish to deny the plurality of drasta, drsya and darsana and thus regard them as one. Only devotees have the proper vision to appreciate that Krishna is the Supreme enjoyer and alone is fully independent and no one's servant, being the drasta, should be served by all, for the jivas and all else that be are drsya, objects of His darsana."

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