On the practice of Japamala

Questions Hare Krishna Prabhu. Please accept my most humble and sincere obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. A question about the recital of the Maha Mantra. I chant it when I have time and often not in optimal conditions keeping in mind the number of recited Mantra. Most of the time I … Read More

Sul canto del japamala

Domande Hare Krishna Prabhu. Ti prego di accettare i miei più umili e sinceri omaggi. Tutte le glorie a Srila Prabhupada. Una domanda in merito alla recita del Maha Mantra. Io lo recito quando ho tempo e, spesso, non in condizioni ottimali tenendo a mente il numero dei Mantra recitati. Il più … Read More

The City of Nine Gates: A Complex Model for Mind/Body Dualism from India’s Bhagavata Purana

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Presented at Toward a Science of Consciousness 1996, April 8-13, 1996, Tucson, Arizona  by Michael A. Cremo Research Associate in History and Philosophy of Science, Bhaktivedanta Institute, 9701 Venice Blvd. Suite 5, Los Angeles, CA 90034 Email: 105406.257@compuserve.com, (310) 837-5283, Fax (310) 837-1056 Topical Area: Phenomenology/Culture Key words: Consciousness, dualism, religion, India, … Read More

Cross-cultural Traces Of Vedic Civilization

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From Back to Godhead By Sadaputa Dasa   The ancient Greek writer Aratos tells the following story about the constellation Virgo, or the virgin. Virgo, he says, may have belonged to the star race, the forefathers of the ancient stars. In primeval times, in the golden age, she lived among mankind as … Read More

Lecture, Srila Prabhupada

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Seattle, Oct. 9, 1968   Prabhupāda: [kīrtana] [prema-dhvani] Thank you very much. [devotees offer obeisances] [14:19] Why don’t you sit on the chair if you feel inconvenient? I’m asking you. You can sit down on the chair. That’s all right? Hare Kṛṣṇa. [chants:] Govindam ādi-puruṣam tam ahaṁ bhajāmi. cintāmaṇi-prakara-sadmasu kalpa-vṛkṣa- lakṣāvṛteṣu surabhīr abhipālayantam lakṣmī-sahasra-śata-sambhrama-sevyamānaṁ … Read More

Chant for upliftment by Kadamba Kanana Swami

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We chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra because it is said that by chanting these sixteen syllables all the influence of the Kali will be destroyed. Under the influence of Kali, we are becoming totally degraded. Illicit activities such as meat eating, gambling, intoxication and illicit sex are rampant in the world. Day-by-day, we become pulled … Read More

The Secret of Bhakti-yoga by Sri Nandanandana dasa

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There are various kinds of yoga; such as karma-yoga, based on purifying our activities; Jnana-yoga, based on acquiring spiritual knowledge and insight; Raja-yoga, the mystical yoga system; and Bhakti-yoga, attaining union with God through love and devotion. From these yoga systems, additional systems have also developed. But these four basic forms of … Read More

Bhakti is not just a choice of the head – it is also the calling of the heart

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Suppose we are driving to some destination and come to a fork. If we are unsure about which way to go, we will move slowly or not move at all. But even if we are sure, that conviction alone will not take us ahead – we need to drive ahead. A similar … Read More

Lecture, Srila Prabhupada

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Seattle, Oct. 4, 1968 Prabhupāda: [kīrtana] …śrī-gurūn vaiṣṇavāṁś ca śrī-rūpaṁ sāgrajātaṁ saha-gaṇa-raghunāthānvitaṁ taṁ sa-jīvam sādvaitaṁ sāvadhūtaṁ parijana-sahitaṁ kṛṣṇa-caitanya-devaṁ śrī-rādhā-kṛṣṇa-pādān saha-gaṇa-lalitā-śrī-viśākhānvitāṁś ca [I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master and of all the other preceptors on the path of devotional service. I offer my respectful obeisances unto all … Read More

Who we are and who we are not by Prahladananda Swami

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We have to remind ourselves again and again who we are and who we are not. Most people seek only to increase their sense gratification rather than to understand who they are. Everyone is in a rush going nowhere. If people can understand their bodies are changing but they are not changing, … Read More

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