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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Feb 21 2014 The compassion of the liberated soul

By Gadi Das

The pure devotee of Krsna cannot bear to watch the unfortunate souls of this world squander their lives in the useless pursuit of temporal, painful enjoyments. Seeing such “enjoyments” as the binding karmic links to an endless chain of births and deaths….The pure devotee cannot bear to see their suffering.

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Feb 20 2014 Lecture called Living the Matrix by Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

By Rev. Jim Hetzer

Thank you, Gadadhara Pandit Dasa for being an authentic human being. Gadadhara Pandit Dasa is the first Hindu to be part of the campus ministry at Columbia University through the Union Theological Seminary. Pandit gave a lecture on Feb. 14, 2014 at Yoga on High in Columbus. The goal of the lecture was to relate some of the philosophical questions raised in The Matrix movie to traditional Hindu beliefs as expressed in the Bhagavad Gita, which is considered to be the major Hindu holy text.

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Feb 16 2014 Why is God not humble?

By Chaitanya Charan das

Before passing judgment on Krishna, we need to understand the application of humility in the context of the philosophical reality and compassionate necessity that underpins the Gita.

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Feb 16 2014 Dog of Krishna!

By Raveena Emmanuel

I always wondered why Srila Prabhupad said we are Krishna’s dog. This thought always bothered me why he chose a dog. Few days ago one of a very old friend of my family engaged himself and me in a long conversation. This uncle mentioned about qualities of Dog. He said a dog has up to 40 qualities; out of which one of the most important qualities is his humility. No matter how much you hit your dog, scold them, be rude to them they will still wag their tails on seeing you.

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Feb 16 2014 Festivals to primary schools

By Dhirabhakta Das

Unlike high school's there is no direct learning outcomes set by SACRE (Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education) which frees the primary teachers to explore in their own unique manor; those requesting visits have asked me to cover festivals. Which raises a unique challenge, I cannot just put together one presentation that covers all; (a one size fit's all approach which many feel comfortable with) but a multiple layered approach given the vast age range.

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Feb 16 2014 Gems of Wisdom

By Premanjana Das

I have been collecting clippings and articles written by His Holiness Radhanath Swami maharaj from the Mumbai edition of ‘The Free Press journal newspaper, I collected his writings for a few months and to share them with everyone, so here I present this compilation named ‘Gems of Wisdom’.

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Feb 16 2014 That Muslim Girl

By Premanjana Das

I met her on a leading social networking website, her name was Nazia Mujeeb and she had a picture of Krishna in her profile, it surprised me that how a young muslim girl living in Mumbai had Krishna’s picture on her page. I sent her a friend request which she accepted as even I had Krishna in my profile, I started telling her more about Krishna and ISKCON on that website.

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Feb 13 2014 Lord Nityananda’s mercy: The magnitude, the motivation and the magic

By Chaitanya Charan das

Magnitude: The sheer magnitude of the mercy was mind-boggling, even for Yamaraja. To have two people whose sins were so numerous, even mountainous, as to be impossible to even keep track of, being freed from all their sins in one moment of mercy was so astonishing, so historical, so utterly unprecedented that, as the Chaitanya Bhagavata mentions, Yamaraja on coming to know about it fainted in sheer ecstasy.

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Feb 13 2014 New Vrindaban Amid “Transformation of a Spiritual Community”

By Madhava Smullen

When the community was first established under the guidance of ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada in 1968, it became, for many years, a shining example of the best that ISKCON had to offer. Prabhupada would often direct devotees from other newly emerging communities to study what the devotees at New Vrindaban were doing and to follow their lead in areas such as cow-protection and Deity worship. Meanwhile the cooks, jewelry makers, craftsmen and seamstresses were among the best in ISKCON.

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Feb 10 2014 Why does mantra meditation seem to be a burden?

By Chaitanya Charan das

Mantra meditation is like a workout for the mind. It strengthens us by first straining our mental muscles. We need to willingly go through the strain to get to the rewards of peace and joy.

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Feb 10 2014 An Imaginary Letter to a Fallen Soul

By Visakha Priya dasi

Some years ago in Bangalore I met an elderly Indian woman in love with London. She had been living there for a long time and could not wait to go back. Seeing the Vaisnava tilak on my forehead she told me about “a wonderful book” she’d just read: “My conversations with God.” Therein, “God” tells the author there is nothing wrong with sex and money—and so many other things in support of hedonism. “In any case, the woman concluded, “all scriptures are manmade, so there is no meaning to all these restrictions we’ve been brought up with.”

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Feb 10 2014 FDG Revisited - A paper on the FDG/Female Diksa Guru Issue

By Ambika Dasi

According to religious principles, a female guru must be chaste assistant/helpmate to her husband. She is thereby called dharma-patni. If her husband is a diksa-guru brahmana, she becomes a brahmani/guru-patni/dharma-patni. Therefore, the term FDG for Female Diksa Guru is more aptly named Female Dharma-patni Guru for there is no authorized system in a bonafide Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya for a Female to supercede her husband as Acarya.

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Feb 2 2014 “SRI ISODYANA” Nandana Acarya’s House - Where Lord Nityananda and Lord Caitanya Met The First Time

By Chandan Yatra Das

I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda, the root of the tree of Krishna-Bhakti, who wandering around in Bengal approached the door of every home. With upraised arms he exclaimed: "O Brothers! Please constantly chant the holy names of Hari. If you do so, I will take the responsibility to deliver you from the ocean of material existence."

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Feb 1 2014 Isn’t renunciation a sign of frustration?

By Chaitanya Charan das

Doesn’t renunciation indicate an absence of the will to keep fighting amidst frustration? Not necessarily. Renunciation can also be a sign of realization; it can indicate the presence of the insight that there is more to life than fighting futilely for perishable material pleasures.

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Jan 31 2014 Bhakti Charu Swami’s Research of Shastras and Udayananda’s letter to him

By Udayananda Dasa

I recently received an email from one of our Godbrother’s. It was a copy of some excerpts from a talk you gave on November 14, 2013 regarding "The Glorious Position of Srila Prabhupada". The paper was seven printed pages long and gave amazing vijnana realizations of the appearance and pastimes of Srila Prabhupada supported by appropriate shastras. This was very clear, relevant and accurate forecasting of HDG by the shastras themselves.

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Jan 30 2014 Where Do Our Departed Vaisnavas Go?

By Kesava Krsna Dasa

At a recent farewell gathering for a departed Vaisnava, God brothers spoke. One sannyasa-guru Godbrother said that his Godbrother has gone Back To Godhead. Another sannyasa-guru Godbrother said that his Godbrother has gone to take another birth in Krishna or Gaura-lila, which seemed to put a dampener on things. Are they saying two different things?

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Jan 30 2014 Depending on Krsna’s Protection

By Inmate Bhakta Joseph P.

The time I spend chanting the Maha-mantra in the quiet early mornings is one of my most favorite times of the day. It is that special time spent in direct association with our dear Lord Sri Krsna. But there are days when I don’t feel anything special, that even in this most auspicious transcendental activity, I feel alone, and oh, so far from my dear Lord. When this happens, it is easy to wonder if I am actually receiving His mercy; if there is purpose to my chanting or if I am just wasting my time.

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Jan 27 2014 How can we improve our concentration during meditation?

By Chaitanya Charan das

Action is what catches our attention. For example, in a cricket test match, when the action slows down as the batsmen start playing defensively, our interest sags. But when the action rises – the bowler delivers a googly that clean bowls the batsman or the batsman hits a huge six, for example – then our attention peaks effortlessly.

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Jan 25 2014 How I came to Krishna consciousness - I could not see the lord but lord could see me

By Ravikant Jagtap

My gratitude now flows to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada who painstakingly laid the foundations of the philosophy of Krishna Consciousness with the authentic conclusions of the past acharyas of the Gaudiya Vaishnava parampara

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Jan 25 2014 Science, Society, and Kṛṣṇa Consciousness

By Krishna-kirti das

For many devotees, and especially for non-devotees, a doubt may arise as to the authority of the Vedic scriptures over the body of scientific evidence produced by the social sciences. Over the years, the hard sciences have produced many discoveries—powered flight, heart transplants, telephones, cars, computers, and so forth. In previous eras these would have been considered miraculous. For the social sciences, the expectation is held that if science is applied to the study of humanity similar miracles will be produced.

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Jan 19 2014 Fulfilling our longing for love

By Chaitanya Charan das

Love is our innermost longing. Gita wisdom declares that our longing for love is best fulfilled when we learn to love Krishna. Let's understand this central Gita teaching in five parts: Loving Krishna enables our love to break free from all limitations, Krishna is eminently lovable, Krishna loves all of us impartially, Krishna's love for us is unconditional and Krishna engages his omnipotence to help us when we choose to love him.

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Jan 18 2014 Iskcon Cares starts with “I” learn to care

By Dhirabhakta Das

During a recent visit to one of the Sanga's held in London I was asked by one of those attending if it was possible to visit their terminal ill farther in many ways an continuation of the request made to me by my Guru Maharaja.

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Jan 15 2014 My journey with Food for Life – A summary of 40 years

By Priyavrata das

I could hardly imagine Food for Life being so successful when I first became a volunteer way in 1984. Back then I worked as an assistant cook and server at a free food cafe called, Gopals in Parramatta, Australia. That was one of the first free food cafes set up by the Hare Krishna movement in Australia and it was a forerunner to other Food for Life projects throughout Australia.

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Jan 11 2014 Three levels of transcendental knowledge in Bhagavad Gita

By Shyamananda dasa

Srimad Bhagavad Gita being aimed at elevating souls on different levels of conditioning by the three modes of nature and with different spiritual proclivities gives instructions on different levels to ultimately bring them to the pure devotional platform.

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Jan 6 2014 How can we avoid rash impulsive behavior?

By Chaitanya Charan das

Many times we speak insensitively or act indiscreetly on the spur of the moment and later regret: “If only I had thought a bit before doing like that…” How can we avoid such rash impulsive behavior?

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Jan 5 2014 Entrance Into Eternity - Video

By Kriyate

As the rising moon dispels darkness, spreading its soothing rays in all directions, so too did the Golden Avatar Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appear in this world to bestow infinite light, hope, and love. Day by day, the worldwide bhakti revolution He ignited accelerates, as the background noise of doubt and fear is drowned by the vibration of sacred mantra. Entrance Into Eternity is a multi-part film series tracing this sankirtan movement back to its divine source, the epicenter of devotional ecstasy, the kirtan capital of the universe, Sridham Mayapur.

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Jan 5 2014 More than 100 years of a Divine Legacy

By Iksvaku dasa

This year, ISKCON’s Congregational Development Ministry is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Srila Bhaktivinda Thakura's disappearance. The legacy left from his missionary work is still prevalent in our society due to his systematic preaching methods revolutionizing the preaching field in his days and setting a universal perspective in spreading Krishna Consciousness.

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