Cross-cultural Traces Of Vedic Civilization

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matter and Karma By Bhanu Swami

Karma – Activities of the Conditioned Soul Ignorance of Krsna Desire to Enjoy Material body Identity with body Desire to enjoy in body Action to get enjoyment Immediate Experience Of enjoyment Or suffering Attachment to objects causing enjoyment Repulsion to objects of suffering (samskara) Desires or hatred Restrictions in next life (vasana) … Read More

Home program near Hartford by Niranjana Swami

Srila Prabhupada explains in many places that the human form of life is a juncture at which one can elevate or degrade himself. What is the value of atonement if the propensity to commit sin is still there? One reaction for sinful activities is the continued tendency to commit sinful activities. One … Read More

Evaluate by Kadamba Kanana Swami

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, March 2018, Durban, South Africa, Ratha Yatra Lecture) Human relationships become meaningful when Krsna is the priority. It is not good enough when Krsna is simply there in our lives. I mean, it is still nice that Krsna is there, but when Krsna actually becomes the priority, then it becomes significant … Read More

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