Aug 27 2012 Age of Reason
The Vedas contain the contemplation and cognition of God. The intelligent beings study the Vedas and learn about God's being and his mind
The Vedas contain the contemplation and cognition of God. The intelligent beings study the Vedas and learn about God's being and his mind
A vast corpus of knowledge lies hidden in Sanskrit, a language many consider dead. Now, the faculty at Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute, a non-profit educational institution, is going to excavate it, and make it available for the institute's member
The celebrations of Sri Krishna Janmastami and Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs Vyasa-puja in Los Angeles were wonderful, and after two days of festivities, I took a japa walk at Pacific Palisades. There I passed a woman who, observing a small animal, exclaimed, ‚ÄúOh, what is that? Is he a squirrel?‚ÄĚ
In just a dozen years, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada gave the world a legacy that will last forever
August 1973 at the Bhaktivedanta Manor, in the countryside near London. Several thousand guests (including the Indian High Commissioner) listen to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada speak about the day Lord Krsna made His appearance on earth
I remember in late night I was chatting with several friends and also reviewed the dandavat site I found one article from one mataji ‚ÄúE-Maya‚ÄĚ on the home page. which was related to using twitter, FB etc.
Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs appearance and accomplishments are a turning point not only in Gaudiya Vaisnavism, but in the very history of human civilization, so it is not surprising that they were predicted many centuries ago
In the early days, Prabhupada asked devotees how they wanted to serve Krsna. Usually they would say something like, ‚ÄúWhatever you want, Srila Prabhupada.‚ÄĚ And he would respond, ‚ÄúNo, I want to know what you want to do for Krsna"
The surrender and sacrifice we need as a community of devotees in ISKCON to fulfill Prabhupada's desire and be relevant in the world that surrounds us must come from a foundation of love and care, of concern for the peaceable minds of the devotees we live and serve with, and not from whatever demand of obligation we may invent from within our false ego
Today is the appearance day of Lord Balarama, the Personality of Godhead who is the first expansion of Lord Krsna, the original Personality of Godhead. As Krsna states in the Bhagavad-gita (4.7), ‚ÄúWhenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion‚ÄĒat that time I descend Myself.‚ÄĚ
Many mass killers and criminals have become heroes and they have their fans. How often do we see evil characters in movies and novels earning our sympathy, being given the best lines and starring roles, and are portrayed as victims of an oppressive and bullying modern-day society, and dressed with an agreeable niceness that makes us think, ‚ÄúOh what a shame‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ Could there be a link?
On the next pages you will find a letter to all of you from Sarvabhavana, a picture of his family in the new house, pictures of the building on the property they hope to use for a temple and preaching project, copies of the legal documents for the house, and a full financial accounting
This Sunday, 22nd July 2012 is the Disappearance day of Srila Vamsidasa Babaji. Who was this great personality and what are some of the pastimes he performed?
Another very great advantage of visiting temples is the opportunity to meet His devotees who are compassionate souls and are keen and eager to discuss Krishna and His transcendental pastimes with others, in the hope that they may also be attracted to Him
Can the guru say no wrong and do no wrong in all circumstances? This perfection of purpose is tested daily as disciples of gurus hold management positions and have to occasionally disagree on decision-making and policy, sometimes against their own gurus. Many disciples would be terrified of doing this, but it happens. How does this affect the guru/disciple relationship?
One of the most wonderful aspects of our society of devotees in ISKCON is the tremendous level of diversity we all share. Within this diversity of race, nationality, and gender, there is a multiplicity of opinions as to how we should create and make enduring our culture of devotional service together
I always had the desire of visiting all the 4 ISKCON temples in Mumbai as I had heard so much about them and the preaching activities in Mumbai. Sri Sri Radha Rasa Bihari ji in particular always captivated me for some unknown reasons
When I was a very new devotee, my first temple president, His Grace Tulsi dasa Prabhu, summed me up as follows: ‚ÄúYou are very independent‚ÄĚ he said, ‚Äúbut there‚Äôs nothing wrong with that. You can use your independence for Krsna.‚ÄĚ
What is Transhumanism? Transhumanism is the belief that through the use of technology, man will ‚Äútranscend‚ÄĚ the limits of his conditioning-his mortal coil-and will become something ‚Äúpost-human‚ÄĚ-a god essentially
In Bhagavada Gita 10.36, Lord Krishna describes gambing as the greatest form of cheating. In modern terms, this cheating is described as the ‚Äúgamblers fallacy‚ÄĚ. The gamblers fallacy can be proven false with simple mathematics; so it is interesting that scientist‚Äôs, who have advanced degrees in mathematics, develop theories which contain this same gamblers fallacy
I have written several articles on vows and feel that any discussion on vows wouldn‚Äôt be complete without addressing sexual restraint. Plus, men often ask me how to control sexual desire and I felt that to do justice to this question I would need to write an article
Material intelligence so vastly differ from spiritual intelligence that even a materially intelligent person is perceived as unintelligent when measured by spiritual standards. The reason is that what we call intelligent in the material world has nothing to do with spiritual intellect. Only after recognizing that intelligence is not a personal asset but that it is an all-pervasive form of the Supreme Lord can we receive the blessings of spiritual intelligence
This is the real purpose of our society, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness: to become Krishna conscious‚ÄĒto chant and hear about Krishna and fix our minds on Krishna, mainly through the process of chanting and hearing in the association of devotees
This article is about the 12 signs of the zodiac. It‚Äôs not about, ‚ÄúIf you are born between this and that date your personality is like this.‚ÄĚ It is meant for people with a fairly serious interest in astrology, and is especially important for practicing astrologers
Srila Prabhupada is the Founder-Acarya of Iskcon and the Institutor of the BBT. Besides being our current link in the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya, these are His two main qualifications. I may say that all His innumerable transcendental qualities and qualifications are covered by and included in these three transcendental designations
Some devotees lament that Iskcon has left us, or them, being almost unrecognisable compared to days past. Our present generation of Iskcon members rely on hearing from seniors on how Iskcon was, prior to the formation of congregation based devotee communities. The present generation is unable to compare, so should the ‚Äėloss‚Äô be of concern to us, if at all this is the case?
The tussle between ‚Äúfreewill‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúdestiny‚ÄĚ has been primordial. There is one famous Greek play titled ‚ÄúOedipus Rex‚ÄĚ by Sophocles. The main character Oedipus has the tragic destiny of marrying his own mother revealed to him by the soothsayer. Shaken by the revelation, he decides to escape his fate by leaving his royal parents and his kingdom, but ironically the more he tries to give a slip, nearer he gets to the prediction.
Caitanya Mahaprabhu's participation in the rathayatra is described in the madhya-lila (chapter-13) of Sri Caitanya Caritamrta, "The ecstatic dancing of the Lord at rathayatra," and it is briefed here. As said before, the miraculous pastimes of Lord Caitanya's dancing exhibited during the rathayatra was a fascination to the crowd five centuries ago
I believe there is a general unease within society that stems from the inability to understand the cause of things. In The Wealth Of Nations, Adam Smith spoke of an ‚Äúinvisible hand‚ÄĚ said to guide macro economic development. As society has become more complex, the separation between the cause and the effect has become ever more obscure to the point that today it truly is invisible
Are we free to act or are we forced to act due to destiny? To what extent are we able to exercise our freedom? What exactly constitutes free will and freedom? If everything is pre-destined according to the laws of nature, what is the meaning or purpose of desire?
This celestial cow is the mother of the entire universe [matrah sarva bhutanam / gavah sarv sukh prada], she can sustain the complete creation, she is dharma herself, in the form of milk she provides ‚Äúliquid religiosity‚ÄĚ, just by her service one attains dharma, artha, kama and moksha.
We are indebted to all our fathers, biological and preceptorial. To those still with us, wish you Happy Father‚Äôs Day. To those who have left us, we love you and miss you, and we shall try to act in such a way as will please you‚ÄĒand Krsna, the Supreme Father
Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs disciple Tejiyas dasa sent me this remembrance, and I thought to share it with you. ‚ÄďGiriraj Swami
Please find below the final, official version of the GBC Understanding ISKCON's Lines of Authority paper. The themes of this paper were approved at the GBC AGM in Mayapur this February. This final version has taken into consideration all comments received in Mayapur and thereafter. The release of this version as the full and final paper has been approved by the GBC executive committee
There have been many articles where devotees have converted to vegetarianism or vegan-ism because they want to be Non-violent or Ahimsa. The idea of Cow protection resonates happily in their hearts, the production of Ahimsa Milk also appeals to Vegans as an alternative to the commercially produced milk from dairy farms globally
For a long time I have wanted to share some beautiful Krsna conscious artwork the inmates have made. Recently, Sanjay Goel prabhu has generously donated a wireless printer/scanner so I can scan the inmates' artwork
What was originally predicted in May 1997 to take 18 months has taken fifteen years to come about. By Their transcendental pleasure, Their Lordship Sri Sri Gaura Nitai have now, in May 2012, moved to Their own land or at least to the refurbished house right next to it. This certainly is a historical step toward the establishment of their final Brisbane residence
Some of our pujaris insist that only white flour and white sugar should be used in bhoga offerings for our Lordships, while many of us, being health conscious, will avoid eating such adulterated or suspicious foods. Should we feel a guilty conscience if we eat healthily, but the Lord does not?
Have you ever wondered why and how Laxmidevi resides in cow dung? Why cows are considered most significant of all animals? How come cows have varied horns? How were cows created? How cows got their position in Goloka?
As we approached the entrance to the temple room Jiva explained that they were just finishing their Tulsi ceremony and inquired whether or not I wished to take part. I said yes and soon found myself falling into line with others who were chanting while walking around a circle
As we have shown the Surya Siddhanta is not meant for erecting a horoscope, it is a collection of theorems and formulas. To calculate a horoscope you would use a text in the sarini class such as Makaranda, (today you would use an ephemeris)
Sri Ganga-puja, also known as Sri Ganga-dushara (she who removes inauspiciousness), appears in the month of Jyestha (May/June) on the 10th day of Sukla-paksa, or the waxing fortnight of the full moon. On this day, Maharaja Bhagiratha‚Äôs desire of bringing Ganga to this mortal world was finally fulfilled as the sacred river descended from Lord Siva‚Äôs blessed head at Mount Kailasa
In this response I will focus on the article ‚ÄúThe Argument for the Tropical Zodiac in Vedic Astrology‚ÄĚ by Laura Barat that you posted. It should be noted well that my response should not be construed as an attack on the tropical system of astrology, I am simply responding to the statements made by the author.
When the young prince Siddhartha, who was later to become Gautama Buddha, first ventured out of the palace, having been overly sheltered in his tender years of childhood and adolescence, he experienced for the first time the shocking truth about life, namely the cruel sufferings related to disease, old age and death
You can become Krishna conscious despite what happened in the past or whatever obstacles you face at present. The key is your belief that this is possible, your intention to succeed, and your dependence on Krishna‚Äôs mercy. I see that you want this, but you are concerned, based on past history and your nature, that it might not be possible or that you may fall away from Krishna consciousness again
The following information about what a temple should do during an eclipse is applicable for both solar and lunar eclipses and can be filed away for future references as there are a minimum of 3-4 eclipses every years with as many as 7 being possible
Our cow, Surabhi was lying sick in a helpless state, unable to even stand on her legs. The doctors in the city are good only for treating cats and dogs. Their apathetic treatment had made me rely on the Lord Himself and seek guidance from baba, my father in the law staying in a village in Orissa
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura: Give to death that part of you that is ordained to die, and the eternal part of you will remain
When a person is alive we choose either not to talk about him or most of the times we talk negative about him, and when the same person leaves the body, we make sure that he/she deserves appreciations. Why such an attitude? Why can‚Äôt we be grateful to such devotees for their wonderful service; encourage them to do more or get inspired to do something similar even when they are among us?
After an evening class I was suddenly informed that a plane crash in Nepal had killed at least six devotees. I was stunned and dismayed on hearing this very sad news. I quickly checked web sites to see any details of the tragedy. I read the brief photo and devotional biography summaries of the "victims". They were all wonderful devotees, having distinguished themselves with glorious devotional service
When Srila Prabhupada preached in the early 60's and 70's, during the period of the hippy age, mostly all those who joined him were from the age group of 13 to 22 years, and a lot were dropouts from colleges. They were in search of something beyond material qualifications and thereby were attracted to Krishna consciousness very sincerely
By the strength and mercy of my Gurudeva, Mahaprabhu, and the Vaisnavas, I have attempted to translate the Bangla poem "Dusta Mana" by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati ŠĻ¨hakura. Your feedback will be honored
For some reason the subject of womanhood and the roles they play within our midst has raised strong feelings, usually centred on celibacy and the potential for victimisation. This shows that women are not really the problem - our inordinate fixation on matters 'celibate' is the problem
There is presently difficulty finding consensus on implementing Varnasrama Dharma within the devotee community according to time and place. There are different reasons for this but we won‚Äôt go into it in detail here. Instead, in the first part, we will look at why we need to start varnasrama immediately and in the second part, the practical ways to do so without letting the issues get in the way
From a lecture on NŠĻõsiŠĻĀhadeva‚Äôs Appearance Day by Gour Govinda Swami 14 May 1995 Bhubaneswar
Human life is meant for growth. Although physical growth stops before several decades, emotional, psychological, intellectual and spiritual growth can and should continue throughout every person's life. In order to grow properly however, we need a proper place
Lord Surya Narayana is a representation of The Personality of Godhead Shri Vishnu in the material world. The Sun is the father of this material universe because he controls time and gives sustenance. Whether there is not enough Sun or if there is too much of his energy‚ÄĒeither way the Universe can be destroyed