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


Sep 14 2013 Surrender Of The Fewest

By Kesava Krsna Dasa

Are the historical differences between Iskcon members living during the nineteen sixties, seventies and eighties with the twenty first century Iskcon members so pronounced, as to be of little comparison? Comparison with what? If Srila Prabhupada has a universal Siksa presence, is there a gulf of difference in his accessibility to all, past and present?


Sep 12 2013 Srila Prabhupada’s seven purposes of ISKCON in reference to congregational development

By Romapada Swami

When incorporating his worldwide mission dedicated to spreading Krishna consciousness all over the world, Srila Prabhupada outlined seven purposes which capsulized the essence of his mission. By analyzing these seven purposes, one can see how congregation development is aimed at fulfilling all of these seven purposes, when the congregation is properly organized and directed


Sep 11 2013 In Step With Krishna

By Ranjeni A Singh

From a visit to Mayapur, the headquarters of Iskcon, for that much needed break from hectic city life


Sep 5 2013 SRI SIDDHA-BAKULA Bhajana Kutir of Namacarya Srila Haridasa Thakura at Sri Ksetra Jagannatha Puri Dhama

By Chandan Yatra Das

Sri Siddha-Bakula is located near Gambhira Temple on Bali Sahi road in Sri Jagannatha Puri Dhama. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu personally arranged for Srila Haridasa Thakura to reside at this place. This is the place where he performed his daily bhajana of chanting 192 rounds (3,00,000 names) of Hare Krishna maha-mantra


Sep 4 2013 Difficulties In Devotion : A Blessing in Disguise?

By Bhaktisiddhanta Swami

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

By Adi Kesava Das

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


Aug 30 2013 2 Vyasa-puja Offerings from the ISKCON Prison Ministry

By Bhakti-lata Dasi

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?

By Damodar Prasad das

In an essay submitted to the Berlinische Monatsschrift in 1784, Immanuel Kant, an eminent German philosopher, defined enlightenment as mankind’s 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 Śrīla Vyāsadeva?

By Akiñcana Balarāma Dāsa

But, the reality is that Śrīla Prabhupāda was not specific in this or any other similar statements, he never mentions Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana Vyāsa as a śaktyāveśa-avatāra or jīva-tattva but is always using a generic term Vyāsadeva that is used for the post of Vyāsadeva in general.


Aug 30 2013 The Ebb and Flow of History

By Vaishnava Das

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

By Amogha das

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

By Prabhupada Lilamrta

An excerpt from the Prabhupada Lilamrta about Srila Prabhupada's mother, Srimati Rajani Devi. Abhay’s 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

By Gour Govinda Swami

A lecture by Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami on Janmastami Lord Sri Krishna's appearance day.


Aug 15 2013 Messiah Complex

By Sutapa das

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!

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