Nov 29 2013 Female Diksha Guru — some considerations

By Basu Ghosh Das

The eagerness of a section of devotees to see a female blessed as diksha guru in ISKCON posthaste is akin "affirmative action" in the USA, as well as the reservation system for the backward classes here in India. Call it "social engineering", if you want. The mood is “let’s have a token woman diksha guru” to affirm that women are equal to men in ISKCON


Nov 28 2013 Blind, Or Fanatical Following Of Srila Prabhupada

By Kesava Krsna Dasa.

Are all of Srila Prabhupada’s relative quotes and observations absolute? If perhaps, some of these opinions do not match up precisely to observable reality, would that compromise his status as a perfect pure devotee? Or are our expectations of this perfection distorted to suit our dogma?


Nov 28 2013 More On The Hot Issue - Female Diksa Guru

By Devaki Devi Dasi

I have no intention whatsoever to prove with my article "The Hot Issue - Female Diksa Guru" that women cannot be Diksa Guru. If any of my readers understood the article in this way, then they missed the very essence of it


Nov 26 2013 Continuation of Guru Issue

By Dusyanta dasa

Isn’t it better to produce all the evidence from a transparent point and let the reader make up his mind unless you are an Uttama Adhikari writer? In Iskcon we continually make this mistake of presenting our own ideas based upon what we have read. But are we taking everything into account and are we presenting it accurately. My answer would be no we are not


Nov 25 2013 If spiritual happiness is eternal, why is our experience of that happiness temporary?

By Chaitanya Charan das

Let’s use an analogy that is drawn from the Srimad Bhagavatam and elucidated by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in his devotional classic Harinaam Chintamani. Krishna and the happiness in his devotional service are like the sun, whereas our material conditionings are like clouds that block the vision of the sun


Nov 24 2013 Sannyasa Candidates Training Seminar – Service of Sannyasis to ISKCON’s Mission – Video

By Lilasuka Das

Presentation by His Holiness Prahladananda Swami during the Sannyasa Candidates Training Seminar in Mayapura


Nov 23 2013 Appreciations of Srila Prabhupada from Direct Disciples

By Damodara Vamsidha

H.H. Tamal Krsna Goswami ACBSP 1968 : "Though I had no previous qualification, Srila Prabhupada gave me His Divine association and instructions which have saved me from material existence and given me the means to perfect my human life-Krishna Consciousness, pure devotional service to His lotus feet and the lotus feet of Sri Pancha Tattva."


Nov 21 2013 The Not-So-Hot Issue: Women Diksa-gurus

By Kaunteya das

I – and perhaps other readers of both genders – find myself scratching my head and asking myself: “If according to Devaki Mataji this is a hot issue and if women’s vision is clouded by emotions and ‘they cannot see things as they really are,’ why on earth she attempted to write this article and provide clarity? If she is clouded, why does she try to instruct the whole world?”


Nov 20 2013 The Hot Issue - Female Diksa Guru

By Devaki Devi Dasi

"...Lord Siva could understand Citraketu very nicely, but Parvati could not. Thus even in the higher statuses of life there is a difference between the understanding of a male and that of a female. It may be clearly said that the understanding of a woman is always inferior to the understanding of a man."


Nov 16 2013 The glorious history of 40 years of devotion of the Bhaktivedanta Manor in pictures, year by year

By Bhaktivedanta Manor Staff

Srila Prabhupada first came to London in September, 1969. His 'Hare Krishna movement' was immediately popular. In these few pages we present a glimpse of the history of the Manor through a selection of photographs spanning four decades.


Nov 16 2013 Remembering a song two decades later

By Vraja Bihari Das

“I have brought medicine to awaken every living being from perpetual sleep. Please receive the holy name of the Lord, the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, and awaken.”


Nov 15 2013 Euro RGB: To please Srila Prabhupada!

By Dina Dayala Dasa

The Euro RGB is an assembly of Global GBC, Euro RGB and elected senior leaders. Their purpose is to watch after the welfare of Srila Prabhupada’s movement in Europe. They have an annual meetings, in which they discuss continental preaching strategies and pending crisis situations. Their internal structure includes a Chairman, 1st Vice-Chairman, 2nd Vice-Chairman, Special Officers, and a Secretary.


Nov 13 2013 Change the language from ‘I should do’ to ‘I want to do’

By Vraja Bihari Das

The more we learn the language of choice- “I am responsible for my life and I do things because I want to do them”-the more honest we’d become and we’d also be more naturally situated in Bhakti. And yes, of course, we’d also be happier.


Nov 12 2013 The Secrets And Beauty Of Spiritual Culture

By Vadhu Rupa Dasi

Sometimes devotees might think that within spiritual culture there is no room for women to preach. They might be afraid that spiritual culture is closing the doors to preaching. But it is just the opposite: once we gain deeper insights into spiritual culture, then the doors to preaching open further and further.


Nov 11 2013 Is Hinduism polytheistic…?

By Puskaraksa das

In order to cast some light on the often understood to be polytheistic practices in so-called Hinduism, I often take the example of a Presidential Regime...


Nov 8 2013 Brilliant interview of Gadadhara Pandit Dasa by Huff Post Live for their show “Guru’s Forum”

By Josh Zepps

It's time for a spiritual refresher! Today, Josh and his fellow gurus discuss the Hindu holiday Diwali, the origins of creativity and the burdens of striving for absolute perfection.


Nov 8 2013 Who Should Give Bhagavatam Class?

By Vraja Vilasa dasa

Can anyone give class? Should anyone give class? Who should actually give class? In response to a few devotees asking me questions on what exactly are the qualifications for giving the Bhagavatam class, I compiled a few quotes for them. I thought it might be useful for the wider devotional community also.


Nov 8 2013 Do We All Worship the Same God?

By Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

(ForThe Huffington Post) I would like to think so. Something tells me that heaven isn't divided up into a Hindu, Christian, Muslim and Jewish heaven. I would like to think that, up there, we are united regardless of our faith here on Earth.


Nov 3 2013 Govardhana Puja

By Ambika devi dasi

The name 'Govardhana' has two meanings: 'Go' means 'cows' and 'vardhana' means 'nourishment'. 'Go' also means 'the senses' and 'vardhana' is 'to increase'. So Govardhana nourishes the cows and increases the senses in attraction to Krishna


Nov 2 2013 Srila Gaura-Kisora Dasa Babaji

By Chandan Yatra Das

Srila Gaura-Kisora dasa Babaji was a renunciation personified. He had very few possessions: Tulasi-mala (Tulasi beads) around his neck; another Tulasi-mala on which he chanted; and a few books such as Narottama Dasa Thakura's Prarthana and Prema Bhakti Chandrika. He refused service from anyone and would not let anyone serve him, though many tried


Oct 29 2013 Un-Holy Holi?

By Mayesvara Dasa

It’s taken me over a week to try and figure out how to go about writing this article because I have two very strong but conflicting feelings about the way we are introducing the Holi Festival to the Western world. On one hand I have a tremendous respect for those who have made these events so exceptionally successful. The public response has been extraordinary and the credit for that goes to the devotees who visualized and successfully coordinated the huge Holi festivals which have been attracting tens of thousands of participants


Oct 26 2013 “Ahimsa Duud, it doe a body good!”

By Gadi das

Our cows fall asleep standing up when they are being hand milked and sung to. They are at peace, they feel the auspiciousness of their life, being surrounded by loving caretakers. Their milk and all the products thereof derived, carry the message of their reciprocation


Oct 25 2013 Dharma – the Combination of Matter and Spirit

By Visakha Priya dasi

Those souls who try to deny their prakriti nature and who want to experience the taste of being the purusha, meaning that they desire to enjoy separately from God and to try themselves to be God – the Lord, the center for whose pleasure everything is meant – those souls are cast into the material world


Oct 25 2013 Aitihya - Updated with Part 2

By Mukunda Datta dasa

In Krsëa consciousness (as in any philosophy), a major concern is how to know or ascertain truth. This necessarily involves pramaëa (i.e., epistemological evidence, authentic assertion), which itself includes an important epistemological tool Lord Krsëa calls “aitihya” (historical tradition), as explained below


Oct 25 2013 God and the Universe

By Isana Gaura das

Along the course of my work I have found several errors in the way of planetary distances given in the Fifth Canto of the Bhagavatam. I am now preparing a map of the universe which will mandate that these errors be rectified


Oct 22 2013 Rakhe Krishna Bakrid ke…!!

By Varada Krsna Dasa

The miraculous rescue by Iskcon devotees, of a cow who was supposed to be slaughtered, with the involvement of the police and other higher authorities


Oct 21 2013 European Traveling Sankirtan Party Presentation

By Amala Bhakta das

We are a group of brahmacharis from Estonia, Tallinn traveling around Europe in every town and village making Harinama Sankirtana. We would like to show you a presentation of our Traveling Sankirtan Party which was one of Srila Prabhupada desires.


Oct 19 2013 The Great Need to Understand Mental Illness in ISKCON

By Karuna Dharini Dasi

Due to the tragic death of Subuddhi Raya prabhu, our New Dwaraka community is suffering the shock and grief for the three weeks since his passing. Subuddhi was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in Mayapur in 1976 and he was a carpenter and repair man for the temple. Subuddhi had been to war in Viet Nama and was discharged as a conscientious objector. He lived in a van adjacent to one of the temple buildings for twenty-five years


Oct 19 2013 European Farm Conference Almviksgaard – Sweden

By Syamasundara dasa

Lalitanatha Prabhu commented that the greatest pest in society in the USA is lawns. More energy and water is used on lawns than on food production. He said that all our food needs can be grown on lawns and stated that at one time Paris maintained its population under siege by growing its own food inside the city walls


Oct 18 2013 ISKCON European Leaders: Traditional Vaisnava diet: Milk in ISKCON

By ISKCON European Leaders

Today the animal rights lobbyists are very outspoken about animal welfare and often they advocate a vegan diet due to the cruelty inflicted on Mother cow in the dairy industry. Many devotees are being influenced by the vegan argument. We will have two presentations on this topic from different points of view


Oct 18 2013 Urja-vrata

By Vaisesika Dasa

Wherever one resides, one should daily offer a lamp to the Lord and sing the Damodara astakam. One should also increase one's other devotional activities, especially hearing and chanting the names and pastimes of the Lord. All these practices will be quickly effective during Kartika


Oct 14 2013 Letter from a Bookbinder

By Patita Pavana das

I beg to offer my humble dandavats in the dust at your lotus feet. I bow before you, my beloved spiritual master who was specifically sent to to this world by Lord Shri Krishna. You were sent by the Supreme Personality of Godhead and ordained by Him to ignite the spark which set off the chain reaction for the enlightenment the world


Oct 11 2013 Who Is This Ramo?

By Palaka das

Many devotees within ISKCON are now chanting this Hare Krishno and Hare Ramo style of kirtans all around the world. Most simply follow what they are being shown by the leading men and think nothing of it. It's become the norm as these kirtan leaders explain it away as nothing more than a simple Bengali pronunciation, so there is no harm


Oct 9 2013 Are We The Masters Of Our Own Destiny?

By Gautam Saha

Each individual comes into this world as a separate entity, being physically, mentally and emotionally distinct and one off. The differences between individuals are of three types. Physical and mental differences are generally broadly based on inherited genetics.


Oct 9 2013 Undergoing a profound transformation at Goloka Dham

By Kanupriya Devi Dasi

When I came to Krsna consciousness fifteen years ago, the process seemed very simple to me: "Chant Hare Krishna and be happy....".


Oct 2 2013 Sri Ksetra Jagannatha Puri Dhama Yatra

By Chandan Yatra Das

Sri Ksetra Jagannatha Puri Dhama represents the Aisvarya (opulence, power & grandeur) of Dvaraka and Kurukshetra. Sri Navadvipa-Mayapur Dhama represents Audarya (compassion). Sri Vrindavan Dhama represents Madhurya (sweetness)


Sep 29 2013 How Could Sri Rama Do That To His Pregnant Wife?

By Kesava Krsna Dasa

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 ‘controversy’ out of it


Sep 17 2013 Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srila Prabhupada

By Giriraj Swami

Today marks the 175th anniversary of the birth—the appearance—of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, “the pioneer of the program for benedicting the entire world with Krishna consciousness.


Sep 17 2013 Bhakti Is Deliberate Effort, Intense Covetous Desire, And Greed

By Radhakrishna Dasa

Bhaktivinode Thakura, in his Sri Chaitanya Siksamrita, has described that the soul naturally evolves upwards, first from animalistic materialism, to the theistic morality of varnasrama, to vaidhi bhakti and finally to raganuga bhakti, but none of these transitions are automatic. Each requires great effort and desire to overcome the attachment to the former rung


Sep 14 2013 The Man in the Machine

By Damodar Prasad das

“A person is not considered a great sage unless he disagrees with another sage”. This adage suitably describes the career of La Mettrie, whose contentious writings during the eighteenth century were almost universally reviled by his contemporaries during the age of the Enlightenment

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